Schumer, Clinton: Congress Backs $26 Million For Western Ny Defense Projects
US Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that Congress approved $26 million in the 2005 Defense Department spending bill for Western New York defense projects. Projects to be funded under the bill include, $10.2 million for Carwell Products Inc. in Cheektowaga, for their Army and Marine Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, $2.5 million for UMTE Modernization Program Communications Reliability Upgrade by DRS, and $9.8 million for Amherst Systems Air National Guard and Navy Joint Threat Emitter projects, $2.5 million for the Calspan/University at Buffalos LENS X Hypervelocity Grountesting Program, and $1 million for Apple Aid's Digital Communicator Program. The bill must now be sent to the President and eventually signed into law.
"This money will great things for Buffalos economy while supporting major advances that will improve the lives of all Americans, said Senator Schumer. The University of Buffalo Research Center funding will help the university in its drive to develop a stateoftheart missile research center and the Joint Threat Emitters will help ensure that our pilots get the best training available."
As a Senator, and especially since joining the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have been very impressed by the research, technologies and skills that Western New York has to offer to our national defense. Funding for these projects means that we are supporting the areas cuttingedge knowledge and expertise, that in turn will support our men and women in uniform, Senator Clinton said.
The Defense Appropriations Bill contains funds for the Army Corrosion Prevention and Control program and the Marine Corps Corrosion Prevention and Control program. This funding will establish new corrosion centers at Fort Polk, Louisiana, Ft. Lewis, Washington, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and Ft. Stewart, Georgia. In addition, these funds would be used to support continuing efforts at Schofield Barracks, HI and Ft. Hood, TX.
The Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) is an advanced, mobile, rapidly programmable electronic warfare threat simulator with proven capability to generate all known groundbased threats by employing broadband frequency techniques. The JTE has the capability to generate six modern threats from one groundbased platform and replaces more expensive, singlethreat per platform units. The funding approved today includes $2.3 million for the Navy Joint Threat Emitter program and $7.5 million for the Air National Guard Threat Emitter program.
During the past year, CalspanUB Research Center (CUBRC) has designed and tested a prototype of a revolutionary ground test facility capable of performing ground testing of fullscale missile and space systems at Mach numbers from 10 to 22. These funds will be used to complete, instrument and test this facility prior to the demonstration of its performance in investigating the communication, guidance and aeroheating problems associated with advanced missile and space systems to mitigate the risks and costs associated with the new hypervelocity missile systems in initial development by the
Department of Defense.
The $26 million in Buffalo area projects is in addition to $2 million for the State University of Buffalos Center for Bioinformatics, also announced by the Senators Friday.