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Congresswoman Susan Davis Secures Over $18 Million in Defense Dollars for San Diego

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Congresswoman Susan Davis Secures Over $18 Million in Defense Dollars for San Diego
Davis Supports Defense Bill that Includes Pay Raise for Servicemembers

Washington, DC — Congresswoman Susan Davis secured more than $18 million for San Diego defense programs ranging from bomb and landmine detection to a container detection system to a family mental health center. The funding was included in the $409 billion Defense Appropriations bill (HR 2863) passed by the House of Representatives.

The defense spending bill also included a 3% pay increase for military personnel, as well as a 2.3% pay hike for civilian defense workers.

"The funding for these critical programs demonstrates the technological and innovative role San Diego plays in the area of national security," said Davis, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. "This bill contains a much deserved pay increase for the dedicated men in women who have worked so hard and diligently in the service of the nation."

The following San Diego efforts were allocated funding under HR 2863:

* $5 million for an innovative container threat detection and communication system made by G2 Software and Avvaak in a collaborative effort of the two small, woman-owned businesses.
* $5 million for developing a new and more effective bomb and landmine detection capabilities for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, Quantum Magnetics/GE.
* The University of San Diego will get $1.5 million for a Naval Advanced Education Demonstration Project.
* $1.5 million to the company BriarTek for installing "Man Overboard" Safety Systems on ships.
* $1.5 million went to Defense Web for a Military Family Mental Health Readiness System and Portal to help servicemembers and their families diagnose and find resources to address mental health issues like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
* General Atomics received $4.2 million to develop an Electromagnetic Launcher (rail gun) for the Navy.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

http://www.house.gov/susandavis/press/pr062405defenseapprops.html

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