ONAMI Signature Researcher Kendra Sharp testifies in Congress for ASME on behalf of Defense basic re

May 25 2010

ONAMI Signature Researcher Kendra Sharp testifies in Congress for ASME on behalf of Defense basic research funding

ASME DOD TASK FORCE MEMBER TESTIFIES BEFORE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Dr. Kendra Sharp, a member of ASME’s Inter Sector Committee on Federal Research and Development (ISCFRD) Department of Defense (DoD) Task Force, testified before the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on May 20th. Dr. Sharp is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University’s School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

Dr. Sharp’s testimony focused on three primary funding areas within the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 DOD budget: Engineering (RDT&E); Science and Technology (S&T); and the University Research Initiative (URI). Her testimony also outlined the consequences of inadequate funding for defense research.

Noting that the FY 2011 budget request for defense S&T of $11.8 billion, $1.65 billion less than the FY 2010 appropriated amount, a 12.2 percent reduction, Sharp observed that, “The FY2011 request, if implemented, would represent a significantly reduced investment in Defense S&T. We strongly urge this Subcommittee to consider additional resources to maintain stable funding in the S&T portion of the DOD budget.” Sharp went on to outline the consequences of inadequate funding for defense research, including a degraded competitive position in developing advanced military technology versus potential peer competitors that could harm the United States’ global economic and military leadership.

The full text of Dr. Sharp’s testimony may be found at

http://files.asme.org/asmeorg/NewsPublicPolicy/GovRelations/PositionStatements/22989.pdf

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