Alan Shaffer: Funding Cuts Undermine Pentagon’s Tech R&D Efforts

Alan Shaffer
Alan Shaffer

The Defense Department‘s research and development officials told a House Armed Services subcommittee Thursday the possible return of sequestration in fiscal 2016 will hurt military innovation, Defense News reported Thursday.

Andrew Clevenger reports Alan Shaffer, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, told the subcommittee that half of sequestration-related defense spending reductions would come from modernization and these cuts “undermine our efforts to secure future advantage.”

Mary Miller, the Army‘s deputy assistant secretary for research and technology, noted at the hearing that the military service could lose some of its top engineers due to budget uncertainty, according the report.

“Defense sequestration jeopardizes the military’s technological superiority and our ability to outmatch and outclass potential adversaries,” Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities, said during the meeting.

Subcommittee ranking member Rep. James Langevin (D-R.I.) added DoD could face long-term consequences if the agency fails to invest in science and technology because of insufficient funds, Defense News reports.

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