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Obama R&D spending plan doesn't beat inflation

Patrick Thibodeau | April 11, 2013
President Barack Obama's federal budget, released Wednesday, calls for increases in federal research and development spending. The overall spending increase, though shows a decline when adjusted for inflation.

That challenge is driving a re-thinking of all aspects of systems development. But because of funding uncertainty, federal officials have said that an exascale system may not be developed in the U.S. until 2022..

The Energy Dept. funds the largest systems. The Obama proposal calls for a 6% increase the department's advance scientific research program, and a 4.2% increase for networking and information technology R&D.

Holdren said the "adverse impacts of the sequester" are already being felt in R&D projects. If the proposed 2014 budget is enacted, the sequester woes would be "replaced with a much more sensible well thought out approach to balanced deficit reduction."


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