U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), today announced Senate approval of the fiscal year 2009 Defense Authorization bill. This legislation authorizes $16.5 million for Phase II of the Software Engineering Directorate (SED) at Redstone Arsenal. The bill will now go to a conference committee with the House of Representatives.
“This project is timely and much-needed,” said Shelby. “As Redstone prepares for the ribbon cutting ceremony on Phase I of the SED building on September 29th, the Senate has again realized the importance of this project. The SED building will provide support facilities for the Army’s expanding reliance on software automation and rapid data transfer across the full spectrum of materiel systems. As the number and complexity of unique software systems developed and supported at Redstone Arsenal continues to increase, so does the requirement for adequate facilities to support them.”
“This project will allow our servicemembers to be more versatile by enabling every warfighter to troubleshoot and operate any comparable weapon system with a minimum of training,” said Shelby. “Software has become a crucial component of our modern fighting force, and the SED building will be the development, analysis, training, and proving ground for military software of the future.”