March 29, 2022
Pentagon's Largest Ever RDT&E Budget Request Reflects AI Prioritization [external]
WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is requesting its largest ever budget for research and development, with heavy investments in artificial intelligence and technology in its fiscal 2023 budget request.
The Defense Department’s $773 billion FY23 budget request includes $130.1 billion in research, development, test and evaluation funding, representing a 9.5% increase over FY22 levels, according to budget briefing slides. Michael McCord, under secretary of defense (comptroller) and chief financial officer, told Breaking Defense today DoD is “still arm wrestling the database” about the exact amount of requested funding for AI in FY23.