Sep 28 2005


Defense Appropriations Bill Passes Committee

WASHINGTON, DC -- U. S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, announced funding for North Alabama projects included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2006. The bill passed the full Appropriations Committee today and now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.

Senator Shelby, “I am pleased that the committee approved funding for these important North Alabama defense-related programs. They are critical to the stability of our nation's military infrastructure and readiness, and today's approval demonstrates our commitment to national security. In total, this bill provides $490.2 billion for new defense-related needs, including $50 billion for contingency operations related to the Global War on Terror.”

“As we continue to look for ways to reduce our nation's spending in light of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we must also ensure that funding is provided for important priorities, such as our national defense.”

Senator Shelby said, “The $7.9 billion included in this bill for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is essential in light of the missions that Redstone Arsenal gained from the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. In addition, the bill includes $200 million for Ground Based Mid-Course Defense (GMD) Test Program Enhancements and $65 million for the Arrow production and Arrow Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense.”

Senator Shelby said, “Our bill includes $489.7 million for procurement of over 100 Patriot Advance Capability (PAC-3) missiles. This system will provide a critical force protection element on the battlefield.”

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased our bill includes $784.347 million for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, known as EELV. EELV, which is built at Boeing’s facility in Decatur, is the Air Force space lift modernization program. EELV improves our nation’s access to space by making space launch vehicles more affordable and reliable.”

Senator Shelby said, “The primary mission for the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is to provide aerial transport for logistical and administrative support. The LUH is intended to replace Vietnam era UH-1H and OH-58A/C Huey helicopter. Our bill includes $63 million for this program, which is managed at Redstone Arsenal.”

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this bill includes $12 million in research and development funds for the Close-in Active Protection System Integration for use on the Stryker (CIAPS). CIAPS consists of radar staring in all directions that can detect an incoming threat and launch one of an array of pre-positioned interceptors to intercept and destroy the warhead before it hits the protected vehicle. CIAPS is effective against anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) as well as rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs). This research will be performed at Redstone Arsenal.”

Senator Shelby said, “Our bill includes $3.3 billion for Future Combat Systems (FCS). FCS, the core building block of the US Army’s Future Force, is a joint networked combat and combat-support system that provides our soldiers with greater situational awareness so they can “see first, understand first, and act first.” FCS is integral to equipping the warfighter with the most technologically advanced weapons system.” In addition, this bill includes $235.54 million for the Non-Line-of-Sight - Launch System (NLOS-LS) and $107.587 million for the Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) which support FCS.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this bill includes $5 million for the Unmanned Systems Initiative at the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC). The Unmanned Systems Initiative will conduct research and development of unmanned systems to advance, evaluate, and rapidly mature technologies to meet urgent warfighter needs as well as the optimal tactics, techniques and procedures to employ unmanned systems capabilities. Unmanned systems have immense potential to reduce engagement timelines while improving survivability in difficult urban terrain. Acceleration of the transition and fielding of these robotic technologies and capabilities is a critical wartime effort.”

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