Grassley: Department of Defense Spending Approved by Committee
"The defense spending bill is critical to our current efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also will help Iowans who play an important role in our national defense. Iowa provides innovative ideas and new technologies that directly contribute to our military personnel and operation of forces," Grassley said.
The Defense Appropriations bill now heads to the full Senate, and then must be reconciled with the House bill before heading to the President for his signature. Earlier this year, Grassley sent letters to the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee requesting funding for many Iowa projects.
Here is a list of the Iowa programs funded in the defense spending bill that passed the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee today.
Iowa State University, $1 million — Assessing Aging Military Aircraft — Research, led by Iowa State University, will help improve methods of evaluating aging aircraft systems, including the inspection of engine components. This research is critical for the U.S. Air Force and responsive to national security concerns.
Iowa State University, $4 million — Virtual Teleoperation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles –– Iowa State University has a scientific team ready to lead research in the development of immersive virtual reality-based command and control for unmanned vehicles that will help the Department of Defense meet its aggressive goals for the deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the coming decade. The objective of this initiative is to build upon the existing facilities at ISU's renowned Virtual Reality Applications Center to design, develop, implement, and test the hardware, software, and aeronautical systems necessary.
University of Northern Iowa, $2 million — Painting and Coating Pollution Prevention for Defense Facilities, Spray Technique Analysis and Research (STAR) training program — The University of Northern Iowa, in conjunction with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, has developed the Spray Technique Analysis and Research training program. Continued operating funds will help ensure that coatings are applied in an effective and consistent manner for all defense facilities. Military painting and coating operations are performed at over 350 large military facilities worldwide. A wide variety of equipment, vehicles, aircraft and vessels and their components are painted at these facilities.
University of Northern Iowa, $1 million — Department of Defense Education Activity Staff Development project for Middle Grades and Secondary Teachers of Mathematics and Computer Science — This project helps serve the children of military service members and Department of Defense civilian employees throughout the world. The program proposes to expand the project to include teachers from grades 3-11.
Physical Screenings for Beryllium Lung Disease of Iowa Munitions Workers in Burlington – University of Iowa, $1 million — Funding will help begin medical screenings for beryllium lung disease. Researchers from the College of Public Health have been working with community groups and plant munitions workers to implement the epidemiologic study of deaths and cancer rates. They now would add the medical screenings and clinical evaluation of cases.
Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Insensitive Munitions (IM) Flexible Artillery Manufacturing System, $5 million — This system addresses a multitude of concerns resulting from the transformation of the armed forces, the pending industrial base realignment, ever-increasing environmental requirements and push toward insensitive munitions. The modernized equipment will allow the capability to load, assemble and pack the entire range of artillery munitions including 60mm, 81mm and 120mm mortars as well as 105mm and 155mm artillery projectiles. The flexible system will allow quick changeover from one item to the next at various quantity levels.
Midwest Counterdrug Training Center in Johnston, Iowa, $5 million — The school provides training opportunities for state and local law enforcement in a 15 State region. This ability is not only valuable to those receiving the training, but it also serves as a proven, demonstrated mechanism for providing education and training from the military to local law enforcement.
The Center would be able to provide training, lodging and meals for approximately 5000 students in 150 classes in fiscal 2005. Classes offered by the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center include methamphetamine clandestine lab certification, highway drug interdiction, Spanish for law enforcement and courses on computer, financial and narcotics investigation. Funding would also allow the National Guard to continue to upgrade existing facilities to enhance the ability to offer necessary training at no cost to participating agencies in the Center's 15 state region. In an effort to provide training to as many officers and other professionals as possible, courses are offered using mobile training teams and on-site at the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center's facility in Iowa.
Rock Island Arsenal, Industrial Capabilities Modernization for Rock Island Arsenal, $6.5 million — This funding will help the Arsenal produce materials that are needed in the War on Terror. For example, two laser cutters currently being used have been working non-stop in support of the War on Terror. The funding would help purchase equipment to allow the Arsenal to continue its work in support of the Iraqi effort.
Rock Island Arsenal, $8 million — Rock Island Arsenal AIT Initiative — This funding will allow wireless coverage to be extended to the external areas of the factory, production, and distribution buildings. The Arsenal will use off-the-shelf commercial equipment and technologies to provide visibility, full accountability, and effective tracking of the items in the tool management and distribution operations. Intermec Technologies, a handheld computer company stationed in Cedar Rapids, will compete for this project.
Point of Maintenance / Combat Ammunition System Initiative, $8 million — Designed and developed by Air Force Materiel Command, this Initiative will incorporate equipment and methodologies that are currently in widespread commercial use (such as hand-held terminals; bar codes; wireless local area networks; and, software programs). It will increase the timeliness and accuracy of the maintenance data collected as well as reduce the administrative burden on the aircraft technician. Intermec Technologies, based in Cedar Rapids, would compete for this initiative.
MVMNT Program for Simulation Based Operation, $7 million — Virtual environments have been used successfully in aviation to alleviate the operational effectiveness conditions in the Air Force and Army aviation. The MVMNT program creates two virtual workspaces: 1) to help reduce the cost, risk, and time necessary to configure and deploy C4ISR systems, and 2) to help enhance efficient operation of multiple command and control system in deployed tactical platforms. Fakespace Systems (formerly Mechdyne) based in Marshalltown will compete for this project.
High Powered Ultrasonics and Ship Waste Treatment, $2 million — In fiscal 2004, funding was made available to begin the laboratory-scale investigation of applying high powered ultrasonics and acoustics to various processes used to treat the waste streams generated aboard Navy ships. The work in fiscal 2005 will be to perform pilot scale trials on biologically active waste streams at volumes and flow-rates similar to those used Naval operations. This will verify the scaling of the technology and speed the transition of this technology into the fleet. Work will also continue at the laboratory level to investigate other waste streams that do not have the biological components. Etrema, Inc., based in Ames, will compete for this project.
Undersea Warfare Applied Research and TERFENOL-D, $5 million — Magnetorestrictive Tranduction — TERFENOL-D technology converts electrical energy to mechanical energy, and has useful applications for our national defense. Etrema, Inc., based in Ames, will continue to research and apply its technology for defense related matters.
132nd Fighter Wing, $30 million — ANG F-16 Block 42 re-engine program — The 132nd Fighter Wing in Des Moines, Iowa, along with wings from Oklahoma and Ohio, are involved in a program to re-engine their aircraft to correct an Operational Requirements Deficiency that was identified by the Air Force years ago. The PW-229 engine will provide the F-16 Block 42 aircraft with Block 40-equivalent thrust required to more effectively accomplish its mission. They will improve operational capability, including the ability to carry Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM). It also allows them the speed and maneuver to match new F-16s in active Air Expeditionary Force units.
Navy Seabees of the Naval Construction Force, $6 million — Navy Seabees of the Naval Construction Force are currently recapitalizing and modernizing their Seabee Battalions. Heavy use of Seabee construction equipment during operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom has resulted in this equipment becoming uneconomical to repair or rebuild due to excessive wear or damage. John Deere Company would compete for this project.
Satellite Communications for Learning (SCOLA) in McClelland, $3.5 million — Funding will help support foreign language news and educational programming. SCOLA is an extensive source of world news, and an important resources used by soldiers to learn other cultures, languages, and ideologies.
SCOPE Command High Frequency Communications Network, $5 million — This is a modernization program to upgrade the Air Force's worldwide High Frequency communications network that supports the operational war plans and the daily operations of the White House Communications Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The SCOPE Command program was created to upgrade the High Frequency radios, reduce the number of worldwide stations from 25 to 15, and provide command and control of these stations from a Centralized Net Control Station located at Andrews Air Force Base. Rockwell Collins, based in Cedar Rapids, will compete for this initiative.
Warfighter Technology, $3.2 million — This technology adds solar power generation to Army field shelters, which enables rapid response forces to have power immediately upon deployment. Benefits include increased speed of response, reduction of costs and risks of long logistical tail, and a reduction of the cost and complexity of providing power to more permanent installations. Iowa Thin Film, based in Boone, will compete for this project.