News of the Week2001 BUDGET

Research Gets Hefty Boost in 2001 Defense Budget

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Science  08 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5485, pp. 1662-1663
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5485.1662

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Next year's $289 billion defense budget, which President Bill Clinton signed last month, includes big boosts for a host of science programs, from endangered species research to developing laser weapons. And with the two major presidential candidates pledging further boosts, the Pentagon's portfolio is attracting increasing attention from the life sciences community as well. But some analysts worry that Congress and the Pentagon may be shortchanging long-term, high-risk research in favor of projects with a more certain payoff.