WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed the completion of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2010.
“This is the first step in a long legislative process. Timely funding is critical to the readiness of our forces stationed around the world,” Inhofe said. “If the majority makes passage of this bill a priority, we could get the bill to the President before the next fiscal year. This bill will help improve care and support provided to our military members, veterans and their families in Oklahoma and around the world.”
Inhofe continued, “In addition to the $1.2 billion cut made to the Missile Defense budget, one of the biggest disappointments is this bill’s termination of the manned ground vehicle portion of the Future Combat System (FCS). For eight years, the requirement for the program was validated by both Army and Joint Requirements Oversight Council, with the Department of Defense providing oversight. Unfortunately, modernization and overall security have fallen victim to budget constraints placed on the military by President Obama. I am committed to working with the Pentagon and the Army so that knowledge and corporate expertise from the FCS is used in the development, testing and fielding of the Army’s next-generation self-propelled howitzer program within 5-7 years. However, I am pleased that the committee agreed to increased funding for the Paladin Integrated Management program that will occur in Elgin.”
Oklahoma Military Installations
The bill would provide for much needed military construction at all Oklahoma military installations and helps ensure their viability for years to come.
· $20.0 M to repair taxiways at Altus Air Force Base in Altus, OK
· $2.7M to replace upload facility at Altus Air Force Base in Altus, OK
· $3.5M for Automated Infantry Squad Battle Course at Fort Sill in Lawton, OK
· $65.0M for barracks at Fort Sill in Lawton, OK
· $22M Warrior in Transition Complex at Fort Sill in Lawton, OK
· $10.5M Dental Clinic at Fort Sill in Lawton, OK
· $28.0M for Joint Fires Effects Trainer System at Fort Sill in Lawton, OK
· $1.3M for Depot Level High Explosive Magazine at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester, OK
· $11.2M for General Purpose Storage Building at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester, OK
· $13.0M to construct new hanger door in Building 3001 at Tinker Air Force Base
· $10.7M to construct an Air Traffic Control Tower at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, OK
· $7.3M for Support Operations Squadron beddown at Will Rogers World Airport
Support of National Defense – Oklahoma Industries/Universities
$2.0M for Advanced Ultrasonic Inspection of Helicopter Rotor Blades and Other Composite Components - (Veracity Technology Solutions in Midwest City, OK).
Fields an advanced ultrasonic inspection system for aging helicopter rotor blades that provides the military with the ability to conduct comprehensive, digital inspections to improve safety, maintenance as well as save costs and improve aircraft readiness.
$5.0M for Airborne Infrared Surveillance System (AIRS) - (L3 Com/Aeromet in Tulsa, OK). To develop a land-based airborne infrared capability providing a precision tracking system that supports the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System in defending against rogue missile threats against the United States and its allies.
This infrared capability could be integrated with either manned or unmanned airborne anti-missile platforms to provide for a layered missile defense plan.
$5.0M for Call for Fire Trainer II/Joint Fires and Effects Trainer System (JFETS) (Stanley Associates in Lawton/Fort Sill, OK). Sustains the development of the state of the art virtual fire support training system at Fort Sill enabling Soldiers, Marines and Airmen to train in a realistic combat environment that simulates the terrain and scenarios they will encounter during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. As the Joint Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill trains joint observers from the Army, Marine Corps and the Air Force, including special forces troops, on the employment of indirect fire (artillery/mortar) and close air support from fixed wing fighter aircraft and rotary wing (helicopter) aircraft.
$7.5M for Ground Warfare Acoustical Combat Systems of netted sensors (GWACS) (GWACS Defense Inc. in Tulsa, OK). Funds the continued development of a Soldier or vehicle mounted acoustical sensor system that detects hostile fire and locates the origin of enemy fire. The system is designed to provide U.S. combat troops with immediate battlefield situational awareness.
$7.0M for FIDO Explosive Detector (ICX Nomadics in Stillwater, OK). Provides funding for handheld and mounted detection equipment to detect and deter Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as individuals responsible for the manufacture of IEDs.
$5.0M for Bomb Line Modernization at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (MCAAP) (McAlester, OK). Provides funding for upgrades needed to improve the 67 year old load facilities at. Upgrades will ensure MCAAP can support the current and future missions of each military branch that it serves, and better allow our military heroes to respond to threats.
$25.0M for Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI) (Land Legacy in Tulsa, OK): Addresses encroachment issues around military installations, specifically Ft. Sill. Funding allows REPI to develop partnerships between DoD, state and local government, and willing landowners to ensure the safety of the public, readiness of the military, and health of the environment.
$8.0 M for Rehabilitation Technology Transition Center (RTTC) (OrthoCare Innovations in Oklahoma City, OK): Transitions prosthetic and other medical technology for amputees, initially developed for military use, for clinical use. Newly available technology will improve quality of life for veteran and civilian amputees.
$3.0M for Tactical Metal Fabrication (TacFab) (IMTEC in Ardmore, OK): Technology allows deployed forces to fabricate cast parts for small to medium size crew weapons. Will increase ability of our military heroes to prepare for conflict by ensuring weapons parts are sound.
$4.0M for Technology Applications for Security Enhancement (TASE) (Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK): Will fund an effort to develop a comprehensive National Bio-Security Plan through the Center for the Mitigation of Evolving Threats (CMET). Will enhance national chemical/biological threat preparedness.