Sep 12 2007

Shelby Announces Defense Funding For Anniston

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced committee approval of important funding for Anniston included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2008.  Following today’s action by the committee, the legislation will go to the Senate floor for consideration.

“The funding approved by the Senate will support important defense-related programs that strengthen our national security,” said Shelby.  “These programs are critical to the stability of our nation’s military infrastructure and readiness and the Senate’s approval demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the safety of our citizens and the strength of our military.  Having just returned from Iraq, I know these programs will prove beneficial as we continue the fight against terrorism.  In total, this bill provides $459.3 billion for defense-related needs.”

Abrams Tank -- $588.979 million

“Our bill includes $588.979 million for the M1 Abrams Tank,” said Shelby.  “The M1 Abrams Tank is vital to the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  These funds will ensure that the Abrams continues to be the most lethal ground combat system in existence anywhere and that our troops have the necessary protection and critical survivability capabilities essential to our current military operations.  The Abrams Tank is the backbone of our heavy forces and has been at the core of the work done at the Anniston Army Depot for many years.”

Stryker -- $1.029 billion

“Anniston Army Depot plays a significant role in the Stryker vehicles program, including building, maintaining and upgrading the Stryker vehicle fleet,” said Shelby.  “Stryker production is a vital part of the Army's transformation effort and illustrates one of the many ways Anniston is helping to lead the Army into the future.  The bill includes $1.029 billion for the procurement of 127 new Strykers.”

Hydra 70 Rocket -- $137.9 million

“Hydra 70 rockets, which are produced in the Anniston area, give military aviators critical strike capability,” said Shelby.  “The combat proven Hydra 70 is crucial in the accomplishment of suppression missions in both Afghanistan and Iraq.” 

These funds will be used for the procurement of additional Hydra 70 Rockets.

Depot AIT at Anniston Depot and Red River Depot -- $2 million

“The modernization of depot asset tracking and workflow process management is critical to the effective and efficient use of repair and refurbishment funding provided by Congress for the reset of the force,” said Shelby.  “The Depot AIT Initiative accomplishes this modernization by installing state-of-the-art, commercial off-the-shelf automatic identification and data collection technologies and equipment into the Army depot system allowing for an accurate parts inventory.”

Anniston Industrial Efficiencies -- $1.5 million

“The magnitude of battle-damaged and worn armored vehicles entering Anniston Army Depot’s reset production lines may necessitate changes to the current production line configuration,” said Shelby.  “This funding will afford the latitude to rapidly make investments in production capability that will expedite the return of completely refitted armor vehicles to the troops in harm’s way.  Adjusting and moving holding areas, utilizing unused space and new production equipment investments are a few examples of how this funding will benefit the monumental task of reset and ultimately benefit the warfighter.”