Dollars for Antiterrorism R&D

The attacks of September 11, 2001, prompted calls for large increases in government spending on counterterrorism research. Apparently, Congress and the Bush administration were listening. The three agencies listed here are slated for the biggest boosts in research and development funding in fiscal year 2003, with much of the new money going toward better technology for thwarting and responding to terrorist attacks.

Of the three, the Department of Defense comes out on top. It will see an additional $9.1 billion appropriated for R&D over last year’s $49.6 billion. The 18.4 percent increase is the largest the department has ever seen.

R&D Budget (in millions of dollars)
Department FY 2002 Budget
FY 2003 President Bush’s
requested budget
FY 2003
approved budget
FY 2003
House approved budget
Defense 49,616 54,460 58,764 58,764
Health and
Human Services
23,950 27,385 27,578 NA3
0 7992 NA3 NA3
1. Appropriations signed into law on October 23, 2002.
2. Estimated by American Association for the Advancement
of Science.
3. Not available: at press time, Congress had not passed final appropriations bills for these agencies.
SOURCE: American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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