DoD asks for $18 billion increase for future technologies
The Defense Department plans to make significant investments in future technologies with the rollout of the 2019 budget. The Pentagon wants to pump $92.3 billion into research and development for technologies like hypersonic weapons, cyber defense, artificial intelligence, space and directed energy. The budget request is an $18 billion increase from the 2018 president’s budget. The Air Force will see a considerable increase of $4.8 billion over the 2018 request and a two year increase of $10 billion from 2017. “Faced with an eroding technological advantage in an international environment of great power competition, the 2019 R&D budget invests heavily in innovative technologies, funds the modernization of our nuclear force and transforms major space capabilities to better perform in a contested environment,” Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget Maj. Gen. John M. Pletcher said. The research and engineering side will work on prototyping, experimentation, tech transition, tech development, allocation of resources of research and unifying research efforts.