Defense Appropriations Bill Includes $30 Million to Protect Troops and Boost Oregon’s Development of Advanced Technologies

Washington, D.C.
– Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and
Ron Wyden announced today that $30 million for Oregon projects will be heading
to the floor of the U.S. Senate as part of the fiscal year 2010 Defense
Department appropriations bill.  Projects in the bill include funding for
the research and development of clean energy technologies, equipment to help
ensure military personnel land aircraft safely in severe weather conditions,
and updated data and voice communications systems.  The bill also includes
funding for the Oregon National Guard Reintegration Program, which helps
soldiers transition back to civilian life. 

“These research grants will create jobs in Oregon and advance important
technologies to improve the safety and capability of our military personnel,”
said Merkley.  “I’m thrilled to get funds that will strengthen programs to
assist the men and women of our National Guard and help get their feet back on
the ground when they return home.”

“In addition to supporting the creation of a nanotechnology
industry for Oregon, this funding will give our National Guard and active duty
servicemembers additional resources to do their jobs and safely return to
civilian life when their service is over,” Wyden said.

The Defense Appropriations bill must still pass the full Senate, be merged with
a companion bill from the House, and be signed by the President before it
becomes law and the funds become available.

Funding for the following
projects include:

ONAMI Nanoelectronics, Nanometrology and Nanobiotechnology Initative – Portland State University – $4,800,000 – Multnomah County
Funds will help advance research into biomedicine, measurement/imaging and

ONAMI Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing – University of Oregon 
– $4,400,000 – Lane County

Funds will be used to develop safer and greener nanomaterials and
nanomanufacturing methods.

Recoil UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Wild Land
Fire-Fighting Tank System – Recoil
Suppression Systems, LLC – $4,000,000 –
Josephine County

Funds will be used to provide a wildfire tank system for the Blackhawk
helicopter to help the Army National Guard fight wildfires.

ONAMI Miniaturized Tactical Energy Systems
Development – Oregon State University – $3,000,000 – Benton County

Funds will be used to develop miniaturized energy systems such as
soldier power systems and advanced cooling units.

Transportable Transponder Landing System – Advanced Navigation & Positioning Corporation – $3,000,000 – Hood River County
Funds will be used to help enable all types of military aircraft to land safely
in any terrain or weather conditions.

Permanent Magnet Generator – Wave Energy Buoy – Columbia Power
Technologies, LLC – $2,400,000 – Benton County

Funds will be used to develop an ocean tested wave power electricity generating
unit to be deployed to Navy sites.

SiC – RF Power for Airborne Avionics Systems – Microsemi Corporation
– Power Products Group – $2,000,000
– Deschutes County

Funds will be used to develop critical components for data communication
systems on new and upgraded Air Force platforms.

Assessment of Alternative
Energy for Aircraft Ground Equipment (AGE) – Lektro, Inc. – $2,000,000 – Clatsop County

Funds will be used to assess new power technology applied to Aircraft Ground

F-16C (ANG) Improved Voice/Data Communications – Rockwell Collins,
Inc. – $2,000,000 – Clackamas County

Funds will be used to upgrade voice and data communications for military

ARL-ONAMI Center for Nanoarchitectures for Enhanced Performance – University
of Oregon – $1,000,000 – Lane County

Funds will be used to continue to build early stage technology for Army
sensing, communications, portable energy storage and generation and thermal
management requirements.

Reinforcement HMMWV Repair Hood
Kits – Miles Fiberglass &
Composites, Inc. – $1,000,000 – Clackamas County

Funds will be used to repair and reinforce High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled

Oregon National Guard Reintegration Program – $400,000 – Statewide
Funds will be used to support the ONGR program which helps returning National
Guard members transition back to civilian life.

Metals Affordability Initiative – $5,000,000 – Multi-state
Funds will be used to support the military war fighting capability while reducing life cycle cost through
technology innovation.  Funds will be distributed to programs in multiple
states through a competitive grant award process.