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Murray Includes $72 Million in Job-Creating Defense Contracts for Washington State in Critical Spending Bill

Sep 10 2008

Funding will create family wage jobs and help provide the military with cutting edge equipment that is being designed and built in Washington state

(Washington, D.C) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) today announced that she has included $72 million in federal defense work for Washington state companies in the Fiscal Year 2009 Defense Appropriations bill. Murray, who serves on the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, helped pass the bill out of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee today. 

“This funding will help get the cutting edge military equipment being developed here in Washington into the hands of our men and women in uniform,” said Senator Murray. “It will also help create family wage jobs throughout our state at a time when we need an economic boost. Washington state companies are at the forefront of research and development and they continue to come up with new ways to keep our service members and country safe.  I will continue to work as their partner to bring the best technologies to our military.”

Projects Funded Throughout Washington State

High-Pressure/Microwave MRE Processing
Avure Technologies, Kent and Washington State University, Pullman
$2 million
The Army and a consortium of industry and academic researchers are developing new food preservation technologies to improve the quality and variety of combat food rations.  High-pressure processing (HPP) improves the freshness, shelf life, and taste of food to deployed forces worldwide.  This technology can also be used to provide high-quality, non-refrigerated food for disaster relief and other emergencies.  These funds will help the consortium move this program from the design stage to the demonstration and manufacturing phase. 

Limb Tissue Regeneration after Battlefield Injuries using Bone Marrow Stem Cells
Oregon Biomedical Engineering Institute, Portland, OR
$3 million

The majority of all traumatic combat wounds in current conflicts have involved severe injury to the extremities, primarily caused by IEDs.  More than 20,000 Americans have sustained devastating injuries; the vast majority of these soldiers suffer from permanent disfigurement and disability because there are virtually no tissues available for repair, replacement or regeneration in this country. This funding will be used to initiate clinical trials that use soldiers own stem cells derived from his or her bone marrow to treat compartment syndrome and other extremity injuries resulting from combat. The ability to an individual’s own cells to safely accelerate healing and regenerate tissues lost to trauma, disease and aging could have a vast positive impact on public health while potentially dramatically reducing medical and surgical costs and costs of disability and loss of function.

The Component Object Model (COM) Attitude Control System Simulation/Trainer
Andrews Space, Seattle
$2 million

Current military satellite operator training programs developed in the 1960s and 1970s are out dated and costly to run.  The Component Object Model (COM) Attitude Control System Simulation/Trainer will help the Air Force integrate state-of-the-art software and hardware into Air Force Training Facilities to better train military satellite operators at a lower cost.  Satellite system operators will be able to train with the new simulator in real time on laptop computers at their desks. The simulator—which can be modified for past, present or future spacecraft configurations—will also be integrated into the Air Force’s Satellite Ground Control Facilities.

High Speed Aluminum Towable Boat lifts
Sunstream Corporation, Kent
$4 million

This funding will be used is to procure boat lifts that allow for quick launch capabilities when compared to untying a boat before boarding, pushing off, etc. This program will fund lifts for the Navy that will be configured to support multiple missions at several Navy command stations. They also allow personnel easier craft access and better lift stability to ensure crew safety for boarding and docking.

Research Institute Center for Control of Inflammation and Tissue Repair (CITR)
Benaroya Research Institute, Seattle
$4 million

Roadside bombs and other explosive and projectile weaponry in today’s combat zones can inflict severe injuries and massive tissue loss that challenge available means of treating wounds.  The emerging field of tissue engineering offers promising new treatments for large scale repair and replacement of injured areas of the body.  This funding will move research into improved wound healing treatments toward clinical implementation.  This initiative will support 24 medical researchers and their assistants as well as support research and testing in Washington state.

High Energy Matter Space Propulsion Initiative    
Washington State University , Pullman
$3 million
The funding for this program will continue WSU research related to generation and storage of positrons.  This technology can be applied to materials analysis, medical diagnostics, efficient power applications, and energy sources for space flight.

Weather Observation Systems for the 21st Century
Coastal Environmental Systems, Seattle
$3 million

This funding for new fixed-base weather stations will allow the Air Force to replace obsolete instrumentation.  These observation systems are necessary to assist pilots and air crews to safely take-off and land in all weather conditions.  In addition to providing pilots with accurate weather, wind speed, and visibility information, these stations report data to a larger weather system which provides forecasts worldwide for combat and peacekeeping operations.  This program employs 40 people at Coastal Environmental Systems in Seattle, WA.

Scalable Open Architecture Upgradeable Reliable Computing Environment (SOURCE)
Progeny Systems Corporation, Gig Harbor
$3 million

To meet the fleet desires to accelerate the fielding of Undersea Warfare Decision Support System, the Navy needs to quickly migrate to a more cost effective and efficient method of fielding a more scalable, open, upgradeable, reliable computing environment (SOURCE). 

66’ Coastal Command Boat (CCB)   
SAFE Boats International, Port Orchard
$5 million

This funding will go toward allowing the Navy to field a platform capable of operating in a wide range of weather and sea conditions.

Expeditionary Swimmer Defense System
Sound and Sea Technologies, Edmonds
$3 million

Protecting Navy ships is the Navy’s highest Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection priority.  This program will develop a system for protecting critical infrastructure and military assets from surprise maritime attacks by detecting and defending against surface and underwater threats.  The system seeks to incorporate electro-optical cables and physical barriers to provide Navy ships robust protection from maritime terrorist attacks in a manner compatible with environmental considerations for fisheries and marine mammals. This funding will help complete a final design and prototype testing. 

2.0kW Stirling Tactical Cogeneration System (STaCS)
Infinia Corporation, Kennewick
$ 2 million

This project seeks to provide a small, efficient, quiet, low emission, reliable and low maintenance power generation system.  Funds for this program would transition the STaCS power generation prototype to a field demonstration system. 

Reactive Overlay and Removable CBRN Coatings
Isotron Corporation, Seattle
$ 2 million

These removable coatings protect vehicles against chemical, biological and radiological threats and will reduce vehicle decontamination time after use, as compared to existing technology.  Funding for this project will advance removable vehicle coatings technology to field deployable status. 

Improved Stealth and Lower Cost Operations for US Naval Ships Using High Strength
Flame Resistant LCP Reinforced Netting
Diamond Nets, Inc., Everson
$2 million

This funding will go toward creating a flame resistant cordage net that can be used for all Navy applications, especially where high temperature is required.  This product seeks to create a net that eliminates the threat of radar detection and reduces costs and logistics problems common with other netting.

Navy Region Northwest Large Harbor Tugs
J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding, Tacoma
$11.8 million
This funding will go toward building a Large Harbor Tug for use within Navy Region Northwest.  This region is currently in the process of recapitalizing its tug capacity, and the Navy has identified the need for the immediate availability of a minimum of seven to eight tugs in Navy Region Northwest.

Lightweight Multi-purpose Laser
nLight, Vancouver
$1.2 million

This program will help develop a new class of eye-safe military lasers that will help reduce civilian deaths and friendly fire incidents in combat situations. The project will also help develop U.S. based fiber laser technology to be used in counter IED systems.

Health Surveillance System
CombiMatrix Corporation, Mukilteo
$2 million
Funds would help development of a deployable health surveillance platform to treat varied health conditions.  It uses advanced technology to support over 12,000 analytical tests on a single microchip.  It is configured to detect changes in the body’s chemistry and function that indicate trauma for timely intervention. 

Portable Launch and Recovery System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operation From Small Vessels
Insitu Inc., Bingen
$4 million

The Portable Launch and Recovery System (PLRS) will  allow long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles to operate from small vessels in support of Navy Special Warfare teams.

SEALION Craft
Oregon Iron Works
Clackamas, OR; Vancouver, WA
$4 million

This funding will be used for the research and development on the SEALION craft. Funding for this project will lead to the creation and retention of family wage jobs in the Portland metropolitan area, both in the Oregon Iron Works facilities and in Clackamas, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. 

Inductive Thermography Systems Inspection
Quest Integrated, Kent
$3 million

This funding will assist development of new tools with which to conduct non-destructive inspections of airplane bodies.  Current techniques are either inadequate or overly costly. 

Optical Neural Techniques for Combat / Post-Trauma Healthcare
Aculight, Inc., Bothell
$2 million

This project will focus on mitigating hearing loss with laser nerve stimulation that will target effected nerves and tissues and treat them without affecting surrounding tissues. There is a need to mitigate hearing loss among the servicemember population. 

Light Tactical Vehicle Ambulance Shelter
Amtech Corporation, Wapato
$3 million

The Army and Marines have an immediate need for shelters providing ballistic protection for various light tactical vehicle configurations.  This funding will support finalizing design/development of the basic ambulance module and additional armor plating for light tactical vehicles. 

Low Voltage, Wideband Electro-Optic Polymer Modulators
Lumera Corporation, Bothell
$3 million

The Air Force and Department of Defense have a present and ongoing need for technologies that convert high-speed electrical signals to light signals with low power and high-fidelity.  The additional funding requested will complete the development, prototyping and testing of Low Voltage, Wideband Electro-Optic (EO) Polymer Modulators for data transmission at very high speeds and with ultra-low power consumption.