May 13 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES AUTHORIZATION FOR REDSTONE ARSENAL PROJECT

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today announced that $20 million for the Software Engineering Directorate (SED) at Redstone Arsenal was included in the 2006 Department of Defense (DoD) Authorization Bill. The bill was reported out of the Armed Services Committee yesterday and is headed to the Senate floor for consideration.

Senator Shelby made the following remarks about the project, “I am pleased that the Armed Services Committee recognized the value of the SED building for our Armed Forces. This two-phase project 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.”

“I believe this project will allow our warfighter to be more versatile by enabling him to trouble shoot and operate any comparable weapon system with a minimum of training. SED is the development, analysis, training, and proving ground for software in accomplishing this mission and is crucial in meeting the requirements associated with a ready force,” Senator Shelby concluded.

While funding for the SED project is authorized in the DoD Authorization Bill, it must still receive appropriated funds through the appropriations process.

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