Sep 14 2010

Shelby Announces Defense Funding for North Alabama

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced Subcommittee approval of important defense funding for North Alabama included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2011.  Following today’s action by the Subcommittee, the bill will now go to the full Committee for consideration.

“The funding approved by the Subcommittee will support critical defense-related programs that strengthen our national security,” said Shelby.  “These programs are vital to the stability of our nation’s military infrastructure and readiness, and the Subcommittee’s approval demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the safety of our citizens and the strength of our military.

Missile Defense Agency (MDA) - $8.4 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 Subcommittee funded MDA at the President’s budget request level.

“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) - $1.3 billion

GMD is our nation’s premier midcourse defense capability defending us from threats posed by rogue nations.  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.” 

Patriot PAC-3 - $613.8 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 subcommittee recommended an increase of $133.6 million.

“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) - $232.6 million

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. This bill includes $121 million for 13 SM-3 Block 1A interceptors, and 12 are funded in the Overseas Contingency Operation fund.

“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) - $467.1 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 sixth 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) - $1.15 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) - $310.2 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.  This amount is a $5 million increase above the President’s Budget request.

“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 $310.2 million for the procurement of LUH, which is managed at Redstone Arsenal.” 

Joint Air-to-Ground (JAGM) Missile - $231.1 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 servicemen and women with a new capability to ward off the unconventional threats of the 21st century. I look forward to the contract being awarded in December.” 

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.

Advanced Prognostic Capabilities System for Unmanned Aerial Systems - $4.4 million

In conjunction with Auburn University, this project will develop and demonstrate the Advanced Prognostic Capabilities System for Unmanned Aerial Systems. This project will enable the warfighter to detect when an unmanned aerial system must be serviced before launch, make assessments of on-ground mission readiness, and allow in-flight corrective actions, providing real-time operational and maintenance benefits.
Army Responsive Tactical Space System Exerciser - $2.6 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.

Collaboration for Improved Missile Assessments - $2.5 million

This project would provide collaboration between the Office of Naval Intelligence and Space Intelligence Center to enable better quality and timeliness of intelligence support to our Combatant Commands’ planning and operations activities by sharing hardware and software analysis tools for the purpose of enhancing direct intelligence support.

Cyber Assurance Tool Set - $4.6 million

This project would provide a capability to safely embed weapon systems in a cyberspace threat environment to ensure unprecedented levels of situational awareness, data distribution, and operational coordination. This project gives warfighters a proactive posture to operate network embedded weapon systems in a hostile cyberspace environment. Warfighters can rapidly operate net-centric capabilities with confidence that reported data will be timely, accurate, and decisive.

Cyberspace Technology Integration - $4.2 million

The Department of Defense depends on the secure and effective performance of global networks and interconnected systems, requiring the integrity and trustworthiness of components, sub-systems, and supporting services. This project will seek to address the security of complex military systems using cyber capabilities through an integrated process of systems analysis, modeling and simulation, attack scenarios, testing, operational implementation, and training. Cyberspace Technology Integration will provide tools, services, and infrastructures to prepare, plan, test, and create simulated exercises in cyberspace to establish cyber mission readiness.

Damage Tolerance Improvement and Monitoring for Condition Based Maintenance - $2.6 million

Worldwide Army aviation missions expose helicopter components to harmful environmental conditions and operational loads. Once damaged, components are removed from service, usually well before reaching the designed retirement life for the part. The effect is higher component removal rates, shorter component lives, and the subsequent increases in maintenance and overhaul costs. As a result, the Army has an urgent requirement to reduce the susceptibility of these components to minor damage and develop a capability to monitor actual component loads. This project would address these issues, improving the maintenance, supply and operational readiness of aviation units worldwide, providing operational readiness, improved maintenance efficiencies, and reduced operation and sustainment costs without compromising flight safety. The result will provide technology to ensure that serviceable supplies and equipment are not prematurely removed due to repairable damage and will reduce costs by using existing technologies to monitor loads and improve damage tolerance of components – increasing component lives and operational readiness and reducing the maintenance burden.

Detection Algorithms and Software for Force Protection - $1.2 million

This project would utilize algorithms and software to detect, identify, and alert military forces and local civilian populations to Improvised Explosive Devices and their triggers, tripwires, and remote detonators. Improvised Explosive Devices are currently a major threat to the U.S. military and civilian populations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program would transition current detection algorithms and software to enhance specific force protection sensors while reducing the Improvised Explosive Devices false alarm rate and increasing warfighters’ operational confidence.

Enhanced – Rapid Tactical Integration for Fielding of Systems Initiative - $5 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. 

Integrated Cyber Test and Evaluation Environment - $7.8 million

Threats to U.S. forces and information systems are increasing daily. The Army needs to be able to provide realistic cyber threat representations to operational forces and developmental programs, and has a requirement to standup an integrated operational environment for space and cyber threats that will be integrated with other centers that rely on this information. The Integrated Cyber Test and Evaluation Environment will form the framework for a single, comprehensive environment to support all Threat Systems Management Office customers.

Intelligence Collection Management Tool Follow-on Development - $2.5 million

Significantly improved sensors and new platforms used to collect data have shown the capability to collect previously unavailable intelligence data. This project would improve efficiency and responsiveness of the Missile and Space Intelligence Center’s (MSIC) foreign missile intelligence collection requirements identification. Funding for this project will continue the development and implementation of automated tools to assist MSIC and will provide analysts in managing all-source collection requirements. Results will optimize and streamline the process of locating both surface and air-based sensor assets to gather critical intelligence data on foreign missile launches and deployments.

On-Board Vehicle Power Systems Development - $4.6 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 - $4.5 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. 

Self-Separation Technologies for Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems - $2.5 million

The U.S. military increasingly relies upon unmanned systems to perform combat missions and persistent surveillance of the battlefield. The dramatic rise in the use of unmanned aircraft increases the probability of collision with manned platforms, increasing risk to both personnel and equipment. Self-separation technologies are needed to allow unmanned aerial systems to avoid other aircraft in their airspace. Funding for this project’s self-separation technologies will build upon current sense and avoid efforts and algorithm development to form an integrated air picture.

Swarms Defense System - $2.5 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.