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Arati Prabhakar Outlines DARPA’s Planned $3B FY 2015 Budget

DARPAThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has requested a $136 million funding increase from last year’s budget amid the Defense Department’s plans to cut back $500 million in science and technology spending., Defense One reported Wednesday.

Patrick Tucker writes that DARPA’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget amounts to $2.9 billion, up from $2.8 billion for the previous year.

DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar presented the budget to the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday and detailed plans to allot $15 million for the Big Mechanism program, $8 million for the Advanced Capabilities in Engineering Biology program, $44.8 million for biological warfare defense and $27.5 million for a reusable space plane.

Tucker reports that DARPA has also requested funding increases for work in biological warfare defense and sensor technology.

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