WASHINGTON The Bush administration's first budget proposal suspends funding for some Clinton-era technology programs and boosts funding for military research and development.
Under the Bush budget blueprint released Wednesday (Feb. 28) by the Office of Management and Budget, funding for the Commerce Department's Advanced Technology Program (ATP) would be suspended pending a review. No new ATP awards are planned in 2001 and 2002, budget officials said.
The White House said it would reduce funding for Commerce programs that "provide subsidies to private corporations and other assistance."
The budget proposal also calls for boosting funding for export licensing, a measure favored by the electronics industry, and a 10 percent boost in funding for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to "help address its growing workload."
A proposed $2.6 billion increase in military R&D initiative would target missile defense and new military capabilities like "information superiority."
But analysts said it isn't clear how the proposed $310.5 billion military budget for fiscal 2002 would be divided, since weapon programs will likely have to be canceled to fund a military pay raise and research initiatives.
The research proposal is part of a five-year, $20 billion effort to boost military capabilities as the Pentagon shifts to a lighter, more mobile force. But the bulk of the funding is expected to be used on developing missile defense technologies.
Under the Bush proposal, the National Science Foundation would receive a slight increase for 2002 to $4.5 billion. Among the technology programs that would continue to be funded is a terascale computing program.