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Defense Spending Bill to Benefit Washington State Passes Full Senate

Oct 16 2002

'Win-win-win' for military personnel, Washington companies, Washington workers

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)–By a vote of 93-1, the U.S. Senate gave final approval to a $355 billion Defense spending bill that will boost funding for the armed forces, while sending important federal dollars to Washington state companies developing new technologies.

Murray, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured funding for a number of Washington state interests to build everything from helicopter stabilizers in Everett to combat computers in Spokane.

"I am pleased to have secured this funding for Washington state," said Murray. "The cutting-edge technologies being developed by Washington state companies will ensure America's military superiority, while providing important jobs here at home. This funding is a win-win-win for our military, for Washington companies and for our workers."

SEATTLE-TACOMA:

In the Seattle-Tacoma region, Murray secured nearly $27 million in the bill.

The University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory's "Remote Acoustic Hemostasis Project," will receive $7 million for the continued development of a battlefield technology, which uses a laser to fuse closed large body cavity wounds.

Nu Elements of Seattle will receive $1.8 million to continue the development of an integrated fuel cell technology for use in Navy aircraft engines.

Camp Murray will receive $5.3 million for its distance-learning center, enabling Guardsmen and women to take coursework and receive college credit without having to travel to campus.

Honeywell, in Redmond, will receive $2.5 million for its Terrain Awareness & Warning System. The Redmond-based company has developed an anti-collision technology to help aircraft avoid obstacles like mountaintops or other aircraft.

Microvision, based in Bothel, will receive $2 million for a Retinal Scanning Display Technology, which will allow battlefield medics to have helmet-mounted access to medical and treatment information for soldiers wounded on the battlefield.

Microvision will also receive $2.8 million for its Virtual Cockpit Optimization Program (VCOP). This technology is for the continued development of a full-color, hi-resolution and brightness helmet-mounted display.

Survival, Incorporated of Seattle will receive $2 million for the Air Force's procurement of the Contaminant Air Processing System. This deployable shelter will allow users to operate in an environment that has been contaminated with biological or chemical agents.

The Madigan Army Medical Facility in Tacoma will receive $1 million for the Tacoma Trauma Trust, which is a local, cooperative agreement among the trauma centers of Madigan and two local hospitals. This money will ensure that Tacoma-area hospitals continue to provide trauma care to Tacoma-area residents.

Real Networks will receive $2.5 million to upgrade and enhance the physical security of the Washington National Guard facility based in Tacoma with cameras and surveillance equipment.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY:

Snohomish County will receive $16.8 million in the Defense Appropriations bill.

Boundary Layer Research, based in Everett, will receive $4 million to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with a new technology to increase aircrew safety with a new tailboom strake.

The strake, an elongated fin attached to the side of a helicopter tailboom, will help stabilize single-rotor helicopters by re-directing airflow losses back to the main rotor to provide additional lift. The stabilizers might have helped prevent the dramatic crash of a Black Hawk rescue helicopter that crashed on Mount Hood in May, 2002. The funding will enable the Marine Corps to attach Boundary Layer tailboom strakes to its AH-1 Cobra Attack helicopters.

Combimatrix Technology, based in Mukilteo, will receive $3 million to develop an advanced chemical detector to monitor the presence of both biological and chemical warfare agents. Operating much like the common smoke-detector, the device would continuously monitor public spaces or the battlefield for biological and chemical agents.

Intermec Corporation, in Everett, will receive $4.2 million for a new Serial Number Tracking System, which will enable the U.S. Navy to catalogue and track maintenance data of individual aircraft components. Intermec will also receive $5.6 million to do the same for the U.S. Air Force.

KITSAP/BREMERTON:

Kitsap County will receive more than $31 million to develop a number of new technologies.

Scientific Fisheries, of Poulsbo, will receive $2.55 million to develop an acoustic temperature profiler. The reusable probe provides real-time temperature data to improve Naval sonar performance.

Corrosion Engineering Services, Inc., of Silverdale, will receive $2.5 million for the procurement of stainless steel paneling.

21st Century, of Bremerton, will receive $3.6 million for the continued development of the Advanced Battlestation Decision Support system, a suite of information management tools that provide the U.S. Navy with a full picture of the battlefield.

Extrude Hone, of Bremerton, will receive $3.5 million for the continued development of Three Dimensional Printing, a computer-aided production technique that allows a three-dimensional manufacturing process for spare parts.

Extrude Hone will also receive $4.2 million for the Femtosecond Short Pulse Industrial Laser, a device used in the precise cutting of fuel injector nozzles on Army diesel engines to increase fuel efficiency.

Raytheon, of Silverdale, will receive $14.9 million for the Mark 54 Lightweight Torpedo Program.

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON:

Sen. Murray helped secure more than $23 million for Southwest Washington.

Oregon Ironworks, located in Portland and Vancouver, will receive $8 million for the construction of a second Sea Lion vessel. This fast boat will be used by U.S. Navy SEAL units in carrying out their missions.

Oregon Army National Guard will receive $2 million to upgrade the UH-60 helicopter to enhance search & rescue capabilities. This was done because of the loss of the Air Force Search & Rescue unit stationed at Portland International Airport.

FLIR Systems, Inc., of Portland, will receive $7.5 million for the procurement of night vision optics the National Guard's OH-58 helicopters, used in counter-drug missions. The funding will also equip Army Special Operations AH-6 "Little Bird" helicopters with night vision optics.

The Oregon Medical Laser Center (OMLC), based in Portland, will receive $5.25 million for the development and procurement of its battlefield hemorrhage control dressing, which not only stops bleeding, but also can be used with minimal training under a range of temperatures.

OMLC will also receive $2.5 million to continue developing battlefield surgical tissue repair technology.

TRI-CITIES:

The Tri Cities will receive more than $3 million in the Defense Department Appropriations bill.

Battelle will receive $2.1 million for the Asymmetric Warfare Initiative, to develop computer tools, including training, rehearsals, and technology assessments to aid in the war on terrorism.

National Counter-Drug Center, HAMMER, will receive $1 million to continue the counter-drug program in Richland.

SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON:

Southwest Washington will receive $3.2 million in funding in the Defense Department Appropriations bill.

WSU will receive $1.8 million for the continued development of the P-3 Micro Power Devices program. These small-scale power devices are essential for the development of next-generation command and control and intelligence-gathering systems.

The devices have the potential to produce breakthroughs in medicine, consumer electronics, computers, space technology and other scientific and engineering applications.

WSU will receive $1.4 million for the VLSI Space Vehicle Communications technology. This technology is being developed as a hardened, wireless communications system for use in space craft.

SPOKANE:

Itronix, of Spokane, will receive $2.8 million for the continued development of its Dismounted Situational Awareness System. This is a small, color computer which enables soldiers to send and receive data, information and maps over current Army radios.