Defense budget plan tops $401 billion
The Defense Department's fiscal 2005 budget request was $401.7 billion, of which $27.4 billion is earmarked for information technology spending.
The budget proposal calls for heavy investing in integrated intelligence systems and places a strong emphasis on science, technology, readiness and training.
President Bush's defense proposal is a
7 percent increase over this year's funding. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the proposal will aid the military in its transformation goals.
The budget includes $68.9 billion for research and development of new weapons systems, up from the $64 billion this year. It also denotes $74.9 billion for weapons and other equipment, including $1.2 billion for unmanned aerial vehicles and $710 million for joint unmanned combat air systems.
Other funding in the budget proposal includes:
* $3.2 billion for the Army's Future Combat System program to link 18 advanced warfighting ground and air vehicles and sensors. The request would push funding up from $1.7 billion this year.
* $4.5 billion for the Joint Strike Fighter, a high-tech combat aircraft being developed by Lockheed Martin Corp. This year, the JSF program will receive $4.3 billion.
* $10.2 billion for the missile defense program, a 13 percent increase over the
$9 billion appropriated this year.