Congressman Announces Nearly $17 Million in Funding for SC Defense Projects

Sep 27, 2006 Issues: Defense and National Security

(Washington, DC) – Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn today announced the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the fiscal year 2007 Defense Appropriations bill, which includes $12.7 million he secured for projects in South Carolina.   

           “The defense of our country is multifaceted, and each of these projects represents an important aspect of our defense priorities,” Congressman Clyburn said.  “I am pleased to be able to deliver this funding to South Carolina to insure our state will continue to play a significant role in our protecting the safety and security of America.”

Project

Appropriation

Project Description

Eagle Vision

$3.5 million

Funding for McEntire Air National Guard Base to improve the capability of the Eagle Vision system, a mobile commercial satellite used for imagery collection and processing.

Army Troop Health Promotion Studies

$1.1 million

Funding for the South Carolina Health Disparities Institute at the University of South Carolina to conduct research into health promotion and preventative medicine strategies to improve troop stress and health readiness upon call-up.

Antiballistic Windshield Armor

$2 million

Funding for Bamberg-based DefenseCS, Inc. to produce cost-effective armor that attaches over the windshield and eliminates the problems with armored glass.

Security at

The Citadel

$500,000

Funding for The Citadel to construct a new perimeter fence around the campus.

National Robotics Training Center

of Excellence

$1.1 million

Funding to establish a National Robotic Training Center of Excellence at Florence-Darlington Technical College to train qualified maintenance personnel to maintain the Department of Defense’s numerous robotics technologies.

Techlink Southeast

$1 million

Funding for a program to identify, prioritize and solve the technological needs of regional industry.  It is a partnership with all Department of Defense branches – Army, Navy, Air Force, and various defense agencies – and Federal laboratories, research universities and the private sector.  TechLink accounts for approximately one-fourth of all Department of Defense Patent License Agreements nationwide.

Advanced Warfighter Sustainment Systems for the

21st Century

$2 million

Funding for Sopakco in Marion County to improve Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) food quality, as well as packaging.  The program will use nutraceuticals to deliver high performance combat ration components that maintain or enhance troops’ cognitive and physical performance.

Tabletop Trainers

$1.5 million

Funding for the South Carolina Army National Guard to procure the Tabletop Trainer Program to provide better on-site convoy and crew training for soldiers who are deployed.

 

The Senate must approve the Defense Appropriations conference report before the President can sign it into law. 

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