U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee (CJS), today secured $68.5 million for two explosives training and analytical centers to be located at Redstone Arsenal as part of the fiscal year 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
National Center for Explosives Training and Research -- $23.5 Million
The National Center for Explosives Training and Research Facility, which is expected to bring 64 high-wage jobs to the Huntsville area, will provide the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) a post-blast research and training facility.
“This legislation provides $23.5 million for the completion of a permanent site for the National Explosives Training and Research Facility,” said Shelby. “This training facility will provide federal, state and local law enforcement one-stop training for explosives. The co-location of these agencies will create a training and research component at Redstone that exists no where else in the world.”
Terrorist Explosives Device Analytical Center -- $45 Million
The FBI Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) will provide the FBI a state-of-the-art facility to collect and process evidence for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in support of investigative and intelligence priorities related to all types of explosives. TEDAC will help to prevent potential improvised explosive device (IED) attacks by coordinating and managing the unified efforts of law enforcement, intelligence and military assets to technically and forensically defeat terrorist IEDs. Once obtained, this information can be used to form intelligence to assist in terrorist investigations and develop strategies and technologies to counter terrorist attacks.
“The Terrorist Explosives Device Analytical Center plays a critical role in the mission of the FBI to prevent terrorism and promote national security,” said Shelby. “Along with the $23.5 million dollars secured in this bill to complete the ATF National Center for Explosives Training Research, and the already established FBI Hazardous Devices School, Redstone Arsenal can appropriately be called the Explosives Research Capital of the world. The synergies created by having FBI, ATF, NASA and the Army all in the same location will be invaluable.”