Pentagon Wants More Money For Researching And Developing New Weapons

The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, taken from an airplane in January 2008. Wikipedia

Bloomberg: Pentagon’s R&D Request Will Be the Biggest Ever, Shanahan Says

* $104 Billion research plan would boost space, hypersonics
* Fiscal 2020 request is $9 billion more than current year

The Pentagon will request a research and development budget of $104 billion, the biggest in the department’s history, boosting spending in space and for hypersonic weapons, according to defense officials.

The record request to be included in President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal 2020 budget on March 11 is about $9 billion more than Congress appropriated for R&D in the current fiscal year.
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Patrick Shanahan
Photographer: Martin H. Simon/Pool via Bloomberg

“Look at things like” hypersonic weapons that can travel as fast as five times the speed of sound or “what we’re going to go do in space,” Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in an interview last week with Bloomberg News. “I think you’ll see much bigger dollars in space.”

While Shanahan, a former Boeing Co. executive, declined to discuss the budget specifics, other defense officials confirmed the increase from the $88 billion that had been projected for fiscal 2020 in budget documents last year.

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WNU Editor: I expect no opposition from Congress on this request.

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