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Statement Testimony of Mr. Alan R. Shaffer, Principal Deputy, Defense Research and Engineering Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities

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This is an exciting time to be in DoD Science and Technology ST, a time with a great deal of on-going change of focus. For the third straight year, we submitted a Presidents Budget Request for Science and Technology that conveys substantial change driven by the continuing shift in national security priorities to meet the requirements of fighting our current irregular military engagement. In total, we have moved over 6 billion of ST investment over the last three Presidents Budget Requests to address new mission areas. This years budget submission was guided by four strategic principles - the first stated by Secretary of Defense Gates in his FY 2009 Budget posture hearing the other three were highlighted in Secretary Gates April 6, 2009 speech that laid out the budget priorities for the Department of Defense. During the FY 2009 Defense posture statement, Secretary Gates specifically highlighted the need to expand basic research. The three remaining strategic priorities or imperatives were defined by Secretary Gates in his speech of April 6, 2009 outlining the Departments budget priorities. This speech clearly stated these imperatives of the Department, which are 1. Taking care of our people. 2. Developing the capabilities to fight the current and future wars. 3. Improving our acquisition capabilities and accountability. The Department of Defense ST budget submission we are discussing today addresses all of these priorities and more, building upon our budget request of the past several years, that aligns the ST investment to Irregular Warfare challenges. We will discuss each of these principles in detail and highlight the recent accomplishments of the ST program after we provide a macro-scale overview of the Departments ST budget request.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

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