In Defense [Of] Innovation And Research

2016-04-22T17:22:01+00:00 April 22, 2016|
Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Credit: http://www.darpa.mil/)

(Click to enlarge) Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Credit: http://www.darpa.mil/)

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing to review the Administration’s budget request for defense innovation and research in FY17 to learn more about the U.S.’s role as the world’s leader in technology and innovation.

President Obama’s budget request is in line with Department of Defense (DOD) priorities and increases investment in technology, with $12.5 billion requested for DOD Science and Technology Program for FY2017. This is 1.9% higher than last year’s budget request and includes $2.102 billion for basic research, $4.815 billion for applied research, and $5.584 billion for advanced technology development.

Dr. Arati Prabhakar (Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) described new innovations currently in development, including an upcoming self-driving ship with “autonomous capability to navigate and to follow the rules of the oceans to avoid collision” and a hybrid fuel cell powered Large Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle that will improve capacity for deep ocean exploration.