It has recently been reported that the United States Air Force has increased its R&D budget for the next fiscal year. The Air Force’s 2017 budget was $171 billion, and they are looking at obtaining $183 billion for 2018. Of that overall budget, just over $25 billion is bookmarked for R&D. While at a glance this might look like a drop in the bucket, it is over 13% of the overall budget of one the nation’s largest military branches.
Many may be quick to assume that President Trump is behind this budget increase, but this was actually an order from the Obama Administration. I believe this increase is a great example of many things (among them being military power…), but particularly for the demand and importance of R&D. Organizations big and small have a need for both research and design. You can also tell a lot about a business by the effort they put into these particular departments.