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Pentagon’s R&D Request Will Be the Biggest Ever, Shanahan Says

  • $104 Billion research plan would boost space, hypersonics
  • Fiscal 2020 request is $9 billion more than current year

Photographer: Saul Loeb/Bloomberg

The Pentagon will request a research and development budget of $104 billion, the biggest in the department’s history, boosting spending in space and for hypersonic weapons, according to defense officials.

The record request to be included in President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal 2020 budget on March 11 is about $9 billion more than Congress appropriated for R&D in the current fiscal year.