Sending Office: Honorable Niki Tsongas
Sent By:
Sean.Duggan@mail.house.gov

Current Signers: Tsongas, Kennedy, Langevin, Raskin, Peters, Chu, Lynch, Carbajal

 

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in supporting funding for Department of Defense (DoD)-wide Research and Development by signing the attached letter to the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.  

The letter requests that the Subcommittee provide funding for DoD-wide Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) at or above the level included in the President’s FY19 Budget Request (roughly $92.3 billion).  Adequately funding
defense-related RDT&E helps advance critical national priorities like the design, development, and testing of complex military systems and has the equally-important benefit of making quantum leaps in fundamental research in the basic sciences.

Defense research and development has not only changed the face of modern warfare, it has also changed the way each of us lives our lives.  It is because of defense research and development that we have the Internet, global positioning systems, modern prosthetics
and much more.  Not only do these advancements enhance our lives, they also help ensure that the United States remains the leading global economic power.

Today, our technological edge is at risk in part because the defense RDT&E budget has been reduced over the last decade. While the past two years have seen a modest reversal of this trend, fully restoring robust funding for defense RDT&E is an important
step in reestablishing these critical programs.

I encourage you to support funding for defense RDT&E at or above the level provided in the President’s FY19 budget. Doing so will enable our military to retain the technological edge it needs while boosting the economy.  If you have any questions or would
like to sign onto the letter, please have your staff contact Sean Duggan at sean.duggan@mail.house.gov.

 

Niki Tsongas

            Member of Congress

 

March XX, 2018

 

The Honorable Kay Granger                                    The Honorable Peter Visclosky

Chairwoman                                                             Ranking Member

House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee        House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

U.S. House of Representatives                                U.S. House of Representatives

H-405, The Capitol                                                  1016 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                           Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairwoman Granger and Ranking Member Visclosky,

As you review appropriations funding for Fiscal Year 2019, we urge you to provide funding for Department of Defense (DoD)-wide Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) at or above the level included in the Fiscal Year 2019 President’s budget Request
(roughly $92.3 billion). Defense-related RDT&E has faced a disproportionately sharp cut in recent years, beyond the mandates of the Budget Control Act.  Adequately funding defense-related RDT&E helps advance critical national priorities like the design, development,
and testing of complex military systems and has the equally-important benefit of making quantum leaps in fundamental research in the basic sciences.

For decades the United States military has maintained a technological edge over its adversaries.  This edge has allowed our military servicemembers to overwhelm our enemies and greatly reduce the loss of American lives in recent conflicts.  It is because
of investments in research and development that our military servicemembers are better protected, have access to life-saving technology, and we as a country have peerless technological advantages on the battlefield.  Many of these advances also serve as force
multipliers in the field and they can lead to significant cost savings.

Furthermore, defense RDT&E has not only changed the face of modern warfare, it has also changed the way each of us lives our lives.  It is because of defense RDT&E that we have the Internet, global positioning systems, modern prosthetics, and much more. 
These advancements not only enhance our lives, but they also help ensure that the United States remains the leading global economic power.

In order to retain the technical advantage for our men and women in uniform, it is imperative that Congress provides stable funding for defense RDT&E.  Every time RDT&E funding is inadequately funded, we lose out on the knowledge we would have gained and
the time it will take to gain that knowledge later.  As Frank Kendall, former Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics said, “Time is not a recoverable asset and R&D really buys you time.  If you give up time, you do not get that
back.”  We can no longer put off investment in defense RDT&E.

Thank you for your leadership and your consideration of full support for the President’s FY19 budget request for defense-wide RDT&E. 

 

 

                               Sincerely,

 

 

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