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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2009


Funding To Go To Local Companies for Cyber Defense, Airborne Surveillance and Monitoring Soldier Health - Will Boost Jobs, Economy in Region

Schumer Requested Committee to Include Funding In FY2010 Spending Bill

Bill Set to Pass Senate In Next Few Days

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate is set to approve $6,400,000 in funding for military projects in Central New York.


Included within this funding is $4 million for Cyber Attack and Security Environment (CASE) at ITT Advanced Engineering and Sciences in Rome, and Clarkson University in Potsdam. The Syracuse Research Corporation will receive $1.6 million for its Foliage Penetrating, Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar (FORESTER). Welch Allyn, Inc. in Skaneateles Falls will receive $800,000 for a Personal Status Monitor project.


"This is terrific news for Central New York because it will put people to work during tough economic times," said Schumer.  "Providing our brave men and women with the equipment, services and resources they need – from top flight firms and institutions like those in this area – is essential to the success of our military. I will continue to fight for funds that will help our soldiers perform at the optimum level and to boost the economy in upstate New York."


ITT and Clarkson University will use this funding to support a project to conceptualize and demonstrate the technologies necessary to systemically coordinate, plan, and execute active defensive cyber campaigns; determine effects associated with an offensive cyber weapon; monitor and evaluate events that occur in cyberspace; and ultimately achieve situational awareness of cyberspace with an overall goal of achieving dominance within that critical realm.


The Syracuse Research Corporation’s funding will be used for their FORESTER program, this is an airborne sensor system that provides standoff and persistent wide-area surveillance of dismounted troops and vehicles moving through foliage.  This technology will assist the Department of Homeland Security in tracking personnel and vehicles under foliage in South America in an effort to stop drug trafficking. 


Funding for the Personal Status Monitor will enable the Department of Defense to monitor the health status of a soldier, remotely communicating the data to obtain the most appropriate level of care in a forward combat environment. This equipment will provide the DoD with mobile, wireless monitoring of patients or other personnel who would benefit from being monitored in cases where traditional monitoring has not typically been utilized.


The funding levels have been announced through the FY 2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report and are set to pass the Senate in the next few days.


The Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations funding will help prepare our troops for any emergency that may arise by providing them with first class weapons and equipment, and ensuring that they and their families are well taken care of. The bill makes critical investments in the health, well-being and readiness of our armed forces, addressing issues raised by service members, their families, and Department of Defense officials in testimony before the Congress, and discovered through visits to military bases across the United States and overseas.





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