U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today announced Senate approval of $20 million for the Software Engineering Directorate (SED) at Redstone Arsenal in the fiscal year 2006 Department of Defense (DoD) Authorization Bill. The bill will now go to a conference committee with the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senator Shelby made the following remarks about the project, “I am pleased that the Senate 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.