U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced Senate approval of important defense funding for North Alabama included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2010. Following today’s action by the Senate, the bill will go to the President for his signature.
“The funding approved by the Senate will support important defense-related programs that strengthen our national security,” said Shelby. “These programs are critical to the stability of our nation’s military infrastructure and readiness, and the Senate’s approval demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the safety of our citizens and the strength of our military.”
Mi-17 Helicopter Language
Senator Shelby included language directing the Department of Defense to report back to the Senate Appropriations Committee a comprehensive plan for procuring rotary aircraft for the security forces of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, including current requirements for these aircraft, an analysis of alternatives, and the future costs and funding sources available for such procurement.
“The DoD program to provide Russian-made Mi-17s for the Afghan, Iraqi, and Pakistani military appears to be an ad hoc procurement process with inadequate oversight. The program is undefined, delayed, and simply not a good use of taxpayer funds,” said Shelby.
Missile Defense Agency (MDA) - $7.7 Billion
MDA is an organization that oversees research and development for our nation’s missile defense programs. MDA’s headquarters are located in Huntsville, Alabama.
“The need for a robust national missile defense has never been more apparent than it is today,” said Shelby. “Threats from rogue nations that seek to do America and her allies harm must be countered. This funding will help ensure the safety and security of our country.”
Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) - $1.033 Billion
GMD is our nation’s premier midcourse defense capability defending us from threats posed by rogue nations. In addition, Senator Shelby was successful in including reporting requirements on how MDA will utilize the funds in the GMD program in FY 2010 to maintain the Ground-based Interceptor production line. It is imperative that we fund GMD at the highest possible level to ensure continued research and development.
“Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) is the first line of defense deployed to defend our homeland against ballistic missile attacks by rogue nations or terrorist organizations,” said Shelby. “There are many countries that wish to do us harm and GMD is an effective way to stop them.”
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) - $1.134 Billion
On March 17, 2009, the THAAD completed another successful test involving the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target. This was the 36th successful hit-to-kill intercept of 44 attempts since 2001, and was the 30th successful of 31 tests conducted since September 2005.
“THAAD is designed to defend against medium-to-long range theater ballistic missiles,” said Shelby. “THAAD will provide our nation with an extended defensive coverage against missile threats and the capability to protect population centers.”
Patriot PAC-3 - $569 Million
PAC-3 is a surface to air missile employing a hit-to-kill technology that is utilized by the Army to defend against missile threats. It is the most mature of all hit to kill weapon technologies we currently employ.
“The PAC-3 procurement program was fully funded, allowing the military to procure PAC-3 missiles,” said Shelby. “This system will provide a critical force protection element on the battlefield.”
Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) - $257.4 Million
This bill contains $57.6 million above the President’s budget request for procurement of six addition SM-3 for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense. The SM-3 is part of the Navy’s sea-based ballistic missile defense system that will provide theater-wide defense against medium and long range ballistic missiles.
“It is critical to ensure the most robust missile defense possible for our nation. SM-3 will be an important aspect of the layered missile defense architecture we rely on for safety and security.”
Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) - $569 Million
MEADS is an air defense system that is tactically mobile and transportable to counter short-range ballistic missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles, and aircraft. Highly mobile, MEADS will improve the safety of our expeditionary ground forces by providing them protection on the move.
“Working in conjunction with our international partners from Italy and Germany, MEADS will protect mobile forces and stationary installations from attack by ballistic missiles. This system will be a significant advancement in ensuring the safety and security of our service members.”
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
UAV research and development is conducted at Redstone Arsenal, and the Army UAV Center of Excellence is located at Ft. Rucker.
“The DoD Appropriations bill includes, for a fifth year, language that prohibits the transfer of program authority relating to tactical UAVs from the Army,” said Shelby. “The language ensures that the Army will retain responsibility for and operational control of the Sky Warrior UAV. With the Army conducting the vast majority of UAV operations in Iraq, it is imperative that control of UAV assets is kept with the battlefield commander to ensure that these assets are readily available to our troops who are deploying them for tactical missions.”
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) - $1.102 Billion
The EELV is utilized to improve the United States’ access to space by enhancing the affordability and reliability of space launch vehicles. EELV replaces the existing fleet of launch systems with two families of launch vehicles, the Boeing Delta IV and Lockheed Martin Atlas V.
“The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle is built in Decatur and serves as the Air Force’s space lift modernization program,” said Shelby. “EELV improves our nation’s access to space by making space launch vehicles more affordable and reliable.”
Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) - $326 Million
The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is designed to perform medical and casualty evacuations as well as disaster relief, and to assist in homeland security situations. Our military will receive great benefit as a result of this new capability.
“The primary mission for the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is to provide aerial transport for logistical and administrative support,” said Shelby. “The LUH is intended to replace the Vietnam era UH-1H Huey and OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. Our bill includes $332 million for the procurement of LUH, which is managed at Redstone Arsenal.”
Joint Air-to-Ground (JAGM) Missile - $127.43 Million
Designed as a next-generation, multipurpose replacement for the Hellfire, Longbow, and Maverick air-to-ground missiles currently used by the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, JAGM will be a vital asset for our armed forces in years to come.
“I am pleased that research and development initiatives are fully funded for the JAGM,” said Shelby. “JAGM is essential because it will bolster our warfighting potential and provide our service members with a new capability to ward off the unconventional threats of the 21st century.”
Advanced Commercial Technology Insertion for Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering - $3.1 Million
This program proposes to enhance the capabilities and efficiencies for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, aviation, and missile testing. It will do so by leveraging commercial advances in selected technologies. By doing so, the military will have direct benefits for current and planned projects at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile, Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Army Aviation – Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) Life Cycle Asset - $1.2 Million
This program will reduce Army aviation operation and sustainment costs by providing accurate and timely maintenance data. It will provide critical and significant repair information to ensure that supplies and equipment are available to support the Army mission by enhancing Condition Based Maintenance programs. Streamlining inventory processes and reducing material acquisition costs for replacement, repair, and unnecessary purchases is important to our military.
Army Responsive Tactical Space System Exerciser - $3 Million
Our military is looking for new and existing technologies to replace aging or disabled satellites. Funding for this program provides support in architectural analysis and simulation to determine if the technology will meet our needs. The military will then determine, based on the data obtained by this analysis, what technologies would work best.
Autonomous Cargo Acquisition for Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - $1.28 Million
This project will allow the U.S. Army to leverage rotorcraft unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to provide unmanned delivery for logistics supply and weapons placement. These systems could also become useful for emergency evaluation and interoperability with unmanned ground systems. Funding for this program demonstrates unmanned cargo pickup and delivery under favorable conditions.
Enhanced – Rapid Tactical Integration for Fielding of Systems Initiative - $3.12 Million
Funding for this project will leverage and evolve existing efforts to enhance interoperability testing by establishing an Army Battle Command System – Brigade Architecture to test all digital communications. The early identification of interoperability issues will limit cost and schedule overruns for development on aviation and missile systems. The Enhanced – Rapid Tactical Integration for Fielding of Systems Initiative will assist in this effort.
Extremely Large, Domestic Expendable and Reusable Structures Manufacturing Center - $7.84 Million
Current domestic large-scale production capacity is constrained by limitations associated with the large diameter of the items being manufactured. At the same time, the Air Force is making future plans to utilize structures with diameters in excess of nine meters. The current domestic industrial production capacity does not support this scale of extremely large structures. Funding for this program would increase domestic composite manufacturing/processing capacity to meet critical military space access requirements.
Low Cost Interceptor - $1.68 Million
This program, managed by the Space and Missile Defense Command, is proving through a technology demonstration that a long-range, low-cost missile interceptor can be developed using primarily off-the-shelf technology. This weapon system architecture provides significant cost-per-kill and operational savings.
Missile Attack Early Warning System (MAEWS) - $2.08 Million
The purpose of MAEWS is to significantly enhance the protection of our troops from ballistic missile attack. It is also designed to damage the enemy’s capability to launch ballistic missiles against our forces and allies in the future. This program provides a significant enhancement to existing deployed early warning systems which only broadcast a wide area alert. The problem with this method is that it ties down an unnecessarily large force and limits our ability to respond and destroy the inbound threats and prevent the enemy’s ability to launch them.
On-Board Vehicle Power Systems Development - $2.48 Million
The military continues to add electronic equipment to both their tactical and support vehicle fleets. However, most vehicles have limited capability to produce sufficient power to support the growing electronic requirements. Funding for this program would benefit both the Army and Marine Corps in delivering a significant percentage of the mobile and exportable electric power for their vehicles.
Rapid Response Hostile Fire Detection and Active Protection of Ground and Air Vehicles Sensor Demonstration - $2.56 Million
There is an immediate and critical need at forward operating bases in Afghanistan to detect and locate projectile and missile threats both for perimeter security and to protect Army vehicles. Funding for this program will enable the Army’s Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center to integrate and demonstrate hostile fire detection sensors with the Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle, providing an unmanned hostile fire surveillance platform. This will support our ground troops with coverage and protection in rugged, inaccessible terrain.
Remote Monitoring and Troubleshooting Project - $2.32 Million
The U.S. Navy is continuously exploring alternatives to improve efficiency, operate with fewer sailors, and shape tomorrow’s infrastructure. To make this a reality, the ability to move hull, mechanical, electronic controls, and information is essential. Saving time, travel expenses, and salaries by collectively supporting the entire Naval fleet with one office of experts, this program eliminates redundant on-site support while raising the efficiency and effectiveness of the on-shore infrastructure.
Scenario Generation for Integrated Air and Missile Defense Evaluation - $3.36 Million
An Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system was established by the military to address capability gaps against air breathing and cruise missile threats. Funding for this request will be used to develop scenarios required for ground test and evaluation of the IAMD battle command system. Investment in this activity will maintain the critical milestone schedule.
Swarms Defense System - $2.4 Million
This program will satisfy the need to protect soldiers and critical assets against enemy fire, especially high volumes of small munitions such as mortars and rockets. Funding for this project will provide improved protection against high volume low tech munitions, as well as cruise missile and larger caliber rocket threats.
Tactical UAV, Heavy Fuel Engine - $1.6 Million
The Shadow UAV provides direct surveillance information to commanders, soldiers, and ground operators, providing significantly improved situational awareness. The concept behind the project is to replace the low to medium power gasoline engines, found in Shadow UAVs, with a less polluting, heavy fuel engine that burns multiple fuels. The scope of this project would include building engines to perform platform integration and flight testing for use in the U.S. military.
UAS Ground Based Sense and Avoid Capability Development for Integration into the National Air Space - $2.88 Million
Producers and users of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have an immediate need to operate their platforms in the National Air Space (NAS). This need arises primarily due to Department of Defense access for the purposes of development, testing and training. In 2009, an interim system to allow very limited operation of a UAS in the NAS was accomplished. This funding is critical to expand the interim capability from a single site supporting development testing to a robust capability.
UH-60 Aviation Software Performance Assessment Testbed - $5.69 Million
The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is the primary utility helicopter in the U.S. Army arsenal and will continue to be used for decades to come. Currently, the UH-60M model is being upgraded. To successfully manage a complex integration effort, the project manager has established a performance assessment program that will assure all software upgrades prior to deployment in the aircraft. Funding for this performance assessment effort will further ensure that vendor-provided software meets the required specifications of the contract.