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USAF Plans To Boost RDT&E: As personnel and readiness costs have risen, USAF has devoted less money to procurement and research and development, Maj. Gen. Frank Faykes told reporters at a briefing on USAF’s 2007 budget request. In 1986, USAF put 55 percent of its budget into procurement and RDT&E. Today, the amount is around 35 percent. Faykes said the Air Force intends to increase the RDT&E budget by nearly $12 billion over the next five years.