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Sensors, electronics, nets top defense dept spending

Posted: 23 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:George Leopold?

Sensors, electronics and electronic warfare gear along with the IT building blocks for network-centric operations account for the bulk of Pentagon technology spending this year, according to an industry survey.

In a budget forecast released on last week, the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA) said projected science and technology spending for military electronics and sensors should approach $1.85 billion in fiscal 2007. Spending on information systems technology is not far behind at an estimated $1.64 billion.

The next closest category, according to GEIA, was weapon development, which it pegged at almost $1.2 billion in fiscal 2007.

The three categories, along with basic research spending, will account for more than half of Department of Defense's technology investment in fiscal 2007, according to David Janos, business development manager at Northrop Grumman's electronic systems unit, who presented GEIA's science and technology forecast.

The nearly $139 billion federal R&D budget for fiscal 2007 includes $13.3 billion for military science and technology programs, Janos said. Included in that total is about $3 billion for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency programs. He identified development of "transformational technologies" as the key trend in Pentagon R&D for 2007. These include net-centric warfare technologies that can help soldiers in the field sooner rather than later, he added.

Over the next decade, military electronics and communications spending is expected to reach $221 billion, GEIA said.

- George Leopold
EE Times




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