December 19, 2005
House Approves Nearly $14 Million for Military Projects Sought by Gallegly
WASHINGTON, DCThe House of Representatives early today approved funding for four military projects championed by Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties).
The nearly $14 million in projects championed by Gallegly was approved by the House on a 308-106 vote. The Senate is expected to vote on the package later this week.
"Overall, this bill provides the materials, equipment and support our military needs to bring the war to our enemies," Gallegly said.
Specifically, the Gallegly-championed projects funded in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act were:
* Global Observer unmanned aerial vehicle program ($8 million)The Global Observer program will provide, within three years, a prototype unmanned aerial vehicle with over a week of endurance, and whose payload of up to 500 to 1,000 pounds will allow it to carry communications relay or surveillance and reconnaissance payloads. It is being developed at AeroVironment's Simi Valley facility.
* Asymmetric Warfare Initiative, Point Mugu ($3.4 million)The Asymmetric Warfare Initiative is a national program that develops and evaluates technologies designed to recognize, counter, and control the effects of asymmetric warfare threats, including terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and information warfare. Gallegly has persuaded his colleagues to provide funding for the project for several years.
* Southern California Offshore Range (SCORE) Navy Smart Target Program, Naval Base Ventura County ($1.35 million)The Navy uses simulated hostile signals at fixed and mobile sites to facilitate operator training. The San Clemente Island Range Complex where SCORE is located is the only remaining littoral live fire training range since the loss of Vieques Island in Puerto Rico. Additional Smart Target Threats at SCORE will significantly aid in improving the electronic warfare. Gallegly has persuaded his colleagues to provide funding to upgrade SCORE for several years.
* Defense Motor Vehicle Safety Demonstration Program, BST, Ojai, ($1 million)Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury for all military personnel. The program will help the Marine Corps to comprehensively address the problem. Last year Gallegly persuaded his colleagues to provide $1 million for the program.
In all, the House-Senate Defense conference report authorizes $441.54 billion in budget authority for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. This includes $76.9 billion in procurement funding, $70 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation and $108.9 billion for military personnel.