DoD Eyes $104B Budget for R&D in FY20

The Pentagon plans to request $104B in funding for research and development in fiscal year 2020, $9B higher than what Congress appropriated for 2019, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

The latest request would be the largest amount for research and development in the department's history, officials said.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the department's latest budget request would provide increased funding for military projects devoted to hypersonic weapons and space. The request will be part of President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal scheduled for release on March 11.

Shanahan said he expects the next budget to reflect the priorities and initiatives set in the latest National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture and Missile Defense reviews.

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