Defense IT budget could be trimmed by $500M

President Obama’s defense IT budget request might be trimmed by $500 million under a bill that was recently approved by the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, according to FCW.com.

The 3 percent trim would be made in order to better address non-cybersecurity IT investments, FCW said, reallocating research and development money for a variety of defense programs. One such program entails a $15 million increase to STEM education for military children from preschool through 12th grade.

Another $75 million would go toward helping small businesses develop advanced national security technologies. The full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote on the bill on July 17, FCW reported.

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Mark Hoover is a senior staff writer with Washington Technology. You can contact him at mhoover@washingtontechnology.com, or connect with him on Twitter at @mhooverWT.

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