Budget woes must not inhibit battlespace R&D, official says

Despite climate of decreasing defense funding, the Defense Department cannot afford to put development of battlespace technology on the backburner, says Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn.

Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn, in a May 11 speech to investors, emphasized the need to continue developing defense technologies in the areas of unmanned aircraft, cyber tools and long-range strike forces despite $400 billion in looming budget cuts, reports to Defensenews.com.

Lynn, who compared the current spending crisis to the one previously experienced by the defense community in the 1970s, called for "targeted research and development" to provide future generations with the technology they will need.

"Each of these technology areas will be crucial to future conflicts," he said.