- Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific
- Maintain a strong commitment to security and stability in Europe and the Middle East
- Sustain a global approach to countering violent extremists
- Prioritize and protect key investments in technology
- Reinvigorate efforts to build innovative partnerships
Before his departure, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel had launched a number of defense initiatives designed to promote innovation in technologies relevant to conflicts with great power adversaries like China and Russia. The President’s budget request increased the research development testing and evaluation (RDT&E) budget by $6.3 billion to a total of $69.8 billion. FY 2016 briefing slides listed a few technological areas the DoD hopes to develop as a result, including high energy lasers, rail guns, improve navigation and positioning, and high speed strike. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to be a vocal advocate of increased DoD investments in RDT&D:
“…the most important advocate for the future will have to be the presumptive Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter. Protecting these [technology] investments, many of which have their roots in Dr. Carter’s tenure as Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, will likely be a priority for the new Secretary, and he will be the one to commit to maintaining these future investments over other near-term priorities.” – Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2015
Keep an eye out for Part II of this series, will focus on analysis of cyber developments for FY 2016, including budgetary analysis; the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center; and Executive Order 13691.
- Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request, Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2015. http://www.defense.gov/pubs/FY16_Budget_Request_Rollout_Final_2-2-15.pdf
- DoD Official: No Alternate Sequester Budget in '16, Paul McLeary, 2016. http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/2015/02/19/pentagon-budget-sequestration/23664853/
- DoD Budget Sectors: A Mixed Bag, Paul McLeary, 2016.
- Pentagon Unveils $585 Billion Budget Request, Gordon Lubold Marcus Weisgerber, 2015.
- Obama Wants More Money for Military Spy Satellites, Lasers, Space Fence, Patrick Tucker, 2015.
- Work: 2016 Budget Submission Reverses Five Year Defense Spending Decline, Sam LaGrone, 2015
- Navy’s 2016 Budget Preserves Shipbuilding and Aircraft Procurement Plans, Valerie Insinna, 2015. http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=1734
- Obama boosts defense spending, but faces uphill battle, Jon Harper, 2015.
- Pentagon budget 2015: New long-range bomber moves ahead with funding uptick, Daniel Wasserbly, 2014.
- The FY 2016 President’s Budget, Ryan Crotty, 2015.
- The FY 2016 Budget: The Defense Impact, CSIS - Ryan Crotty, Kathleen H. Hicks, Melissa Dalton, John Schaus, Andrew Philip Hunter, Stephanie Sanok Kostro, Maren Leed, Mark W. Lawrence, Thomas Karako, Sharon Squassoni, T.J. Cipoletti, Angela Weaver, 2015.