Budget requests reveal military’s R&D priorities

Parsing through budget requests can be a great way to gain insight into the future of the military. It demonstrates where the service’s priorities are, especially in today’s climate of sequestration and budget constraints.When funding is tight, the military must choose what they feel is most important.

Research and development is a key aspect in determining where the military services want to go, what they feel is important to their specific branch, and what they see as the particular threats they face. Whether they’ll get everything they’ve asked for is another story, of course, but here is a rundown of the R&D priorities of each branch from the 2016 Defense budget request:

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