CENTRAL WA: Senator Murray Secures Support for Job-Creating Defense Projects in Central Washington

Sep 15 2010

Funding will support Armed Forces while creating family-wage jobs

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Defense Subcommittee announced that she has included critical funding for Central Washington companies in the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Appropriations bill.  The funding will create jobs and help Washington state remain at the forefront of technology, research, and innovation.

The key job-creating bill passed through the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee today, and will now move to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.

“This investment in companies right here in Washington state will help create family-wage jobs while supporting our national defense,” said Senator Murray. “This is about bringing Washington state tax dollars back to companies in our own backyard. And the plain truth is that if I’m not fighting for these job investments to be made here in our state, they will go to other states like Texas and California. Our state’s innovative companies deserve their fair share of federal funding so they can hire, expand and provide our service members with tools to keep them safe. I’m proud to have secured this support for local companies to help them create jobs.”

Central Washington projects are listed below:

Project Title: 2.0kW Stirling Tactical Cogeneration System (STaCS)
Recipient:       Infinia Corporation
Amount:         $3,500,000
Location:        Kennewick, WA

This investment would be used to further develop a small, low maintenance engine for the Army that uses solar power to simultaneously produce hot water and electricity for troops in the field. In addition to supporting jobs in central Washington, this would improve field conditions and safety for warfighters by allowing them to generate hot water and electricity more reliably, efficiently and quietly.

Project Title:  National Guard CST/CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package Sustainment Training and Evaluation Program (CST/CERFP STEP)
Recipient:       Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center
Amount:         $1,500,000
Location:        Richland, WA

This investment would bring specialized National Guard teams from across the country to the Volpentest HAMMER Center in Richland, where they would receive critical hands-on training in responding to potential Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incidents. This would boost the National Guard’s WMD response capabilities, addressing the 2008 Commission on the National Guard and Reserve finding that the U.S. “does not have sufficient trained, ready forces available” for WMD incident response.

Project Title:  The Biological and Chemical Warfare Online Repository of Technical Holdings 2 System (BACWORTH2)
Recipient:       Battelle Northwest
Amount:         $2,000,000
Location:        Toppenish, WA

This investment would provide access to comprehensive, detailed data on chemical and biological warfare to Department of Defense analysts. This would allow military analysts to better understand threats posed to our country and its citizens by Weapons of Mass Destruction.