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AAU President Troubled By Proposed Cuts to Defense Science & Technology

Following is a statement by Association of American Universities President Mary Sue Coleman regarding the House FY19 Defense Appropriations bill:

We are greatly concerned with the FY19 House Defense Appropriations bill which would cut Defense Science & Technology (S&T) program investments below the current year. Defense research investments are critical to the United States’ ability to address complex military challenges and provide our warfighters with the materials and technologies necessary to handle future threats. At a time when funding for Defense Research, Development, Test & Evaluation is increasing, we are deeply troubled by the proposed short-sighted cuts to the S&T programs, which provide the early-stage research and outcomes that evolve into workable solutions for our national security needs.

We will continue to work with Congress to help ensure FY19 investments in Defense S&T programs can adequately fund the development of new knowledge and technologies vital to economic and national security.

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