U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today announced that $20 million for Phase II of the Software Engineering Directorate (SED) at Redstone Arsenal was included in the Senate’s fiscal year 2007 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee bill. Following today’s action by the Senate, this bill will now go to conference committee with the House of Representatives.
Senator Shelby made the following remarks about the project, “Once again, the value of the SED building for our Armed Forces has been recognized. 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. 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,” Senator Shelby concluded.