Appriopriators cut $388 million from the administration's request for the Navy and $300 million for the Air Force, but added $126 million for the Army and $311 million Defense-wide.
Their report urges further development of lithium-ion batteries and investigation of different anti-corrosion materials, including metallic coatings and types used in oil and gas industries; development of "environmentally sustainable, near 100 percent efficient explosiveordnance disposal technologies"; use of lightweight, "state of the art" polymers in ballistics; development of "cognitive map-based modeling and simulation tools to advance battlefield readiness"; exploration of "novel, high-performance, lightweight, transparent ballistic protectionmaterials"; "new generation munitions material and manufacturing technologies".
They back plans for an Arctic Center of Excellence, urging that it be located where academia can be involved, and plonk down $220 million to develop a U.S.-made liquid rocket engine. Appropriators call for "a pilot program on public-private technology transfer ventures" between Defense R&D centers and "regionally-focused technology incubators, with the goal of increasing the commercialization of intellectual property" energetics, unmanned systems, and rapid prototyping.
Source: American Society for Engineering Education