Pentagon’s FY2017 Budget Request – R&D and Cyber Remain High Priorities

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On February 2nd, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced The Pentagon’s proposal for the fiscal year 2017 budget. The budget, which is the first prepared under Carter, will propose more spending on cyber and high-tech weapon capabilities, increased attention on research and development (R&D) and a larger presence of U.S. forces in Europe.

The Pentagon’s 2017 budget request totals $583.0 billion, which is $10.0 billion more than Congress approved for this year. The increase in spending marks a major inflection point for the department. “In this budget we’re taking the long view,” Carter said. “We have to. Even as we fight today’s …read more

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