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US funding for key IT research programs could be slashed

Agam Shah | March 6, 2014
While the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency may get more money in 2015 to study sensors and robots for use in warfare, the hot area of cognitive computing research could lose out.

More money is being assigned to warfare related research. The single largest budget of $386.9 million is being assigned to the network-centric warfare technology program, which focuses on the development of networking, robotics and other technology in naval systems to minimize damage and increase battlefield efficiency. Robots from companies like iRobot are already being used by the U.S. military in the battlefield.

The sensor technology program also received a funding boost with a budget of $312.8 million, with research focused on technology that could be used in drones. Last year the program had funding of $276.4 million.

 

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