Hearing on National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 and Oversight of Previously Authorized Programs Before the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Hearing on Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2016 Science and Technology Programs: Laying the Groundwork to Maintain Technological Superiority, March 26, 2015 [open pdf - 6MB]
This is the March 26, 2015 hearing on "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 and Oversight of Previously Authorized Programs," Before the House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services. From the Statement of Joe Wilson: "I am pleased to welcome everyone here today for this hearing on the fiscal year 2016 budget request for science and technology [S&T] programs within the Department of Defense [DOD]. We are all aware of the intense downward budget pressure the Department is under these days in the ever-growing universe of threats that we are forced to deal with. Science and technology programs are part of the modernization investments that keep the Department prepared and ready to deal with those threats and ensure that when we send our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines into harm's way, we make sure they are never in a fair fight because technology is on their side. But defense sequestration jeopardizes that technological superiority and our ability to outmatch and outclass potential adversaries. I agree, we cannot ignore today's concerns, including readiness, equipment recapitalization, and the health and welfare of our service members. Nor can we expect to raid our modernization accounts to pay those bills. That is like taking money from the retirement accounts to pay the mortgage today. There are short-term rewards, but you create an even bigger problem down the line. I say that to make the point we understand why science and technology is important, should be protected, but also recognize that in this budget environment we will continue to be under pressure. The fiscal year 2016 budget request for science and technology is seeing a modest increase, but that request was also well above the budget caps set by defense sequestration." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mary J. Miller, Arati Prabhakar, Alan R. Shaffer, David E. Walker, and Mathias W. Winter.
H.A.S.C. No. 114-33; House Armed Services Committee No. 114-33
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