Proposed 2015 budget means more funding for DARPA

March 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says the Defense Department's proposed 2015 budget will restore more of its financial resources.

Those resources, it said, will allow promising "investments in new technology-driven ideas for the United States."

"We (the United States) are faced with huge uncertainties and shifting threats, but we also have unparalleled opportunities to advance technologies in a way that can provide the nation with dramatic new capabilities," said DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar.

The proposed Defense Department budget is part of President Barack Obama's budget request to Congress. DARPA will receive $2.915 billion in funding for 2015 if the current budget request is passed. The fiscal year 2014 appropriation was $2.779 billion, which restored $199 million in previously cut funding.

DARPA said it lost 20 percent in real terms between fiscal 2009-2013.

The new amount would "enable DARPA to invest more in vital areas that will improve U.S. national security by rethinking complex military systems, capitalizing on information at scale, and advancing biology as technology," Prabhakar said in a release. "It also would allow DARPA to restore funding for its basic research portfolio so that we can continue to create new technologies in support of future capabilities."

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