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Frelinghuysen, Appropriations Committee Approve Picatinny Armament Technology Facility Expansion

Location: Washington, DC

Frelinghuysen, Appropriations Committee Approve Picatinny Armament Technology Facility Expansion

Enhancement project demonstrates how Picatinny s new role as the military's "joint specialty site for guns and ammunition" benefits servicemen and women

Washington, DC - The House Appropriations Committee today approved Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen s (NJ-11) request for $9.9 million to expand and enhance Picatinny Arsenal's existing Armament Technology Facility.

This critical military readiness and construction project was approved by the Committee as part of the Fiscal Year 2007 Military Quality of Life Appropriations bill and is consistent with Picatinny s new role as the Department of Defense s (DoD) "joint military services specialty site for guns and ammunition" for research and development.

"The Armament Technology Facility construction project is a leading example of how Picatinny's new role as the military's 'joint specialty site for guns and ammunition,' will greatly benefit our warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Frelinghuysen, New Jersey's senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Vice Chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. "By consolidating military capabilities under one roof, this construction will help the Arsenal significantly improve its ability to rapidly deliver smarter weapons systems and munitions to our troops fighting the global war on terrorism."

Building an addition on Picatinny's Armament Technology Facility is necessary to accommodate the expansion of the facility s current Simulation Center and to provide a new indoor 100-meter "live fire" facility, a Weapon System Integration Lab (SIL), and a modeling and simulation design lab.

Currently, each of these operations is located in different facilities at the Arsenal. The Armament Technology facility consolidation and addition will provide a unique capability to perform concurrent design, development, experimentation, evaluation, and integration of small and medium caliber weapons systems in one central location. This capability, which will drive down development time and costs by leveraging common technologies, does not presently exist within other DoD installations or the private industry.

Last year, the President and Congress approved recommendations made by the Secretary of Defense and Base Realignment and Closing Committee (BRAC) to name Picatinny Arsenal as the "joint specialty site for guns and ammunition" for the Army, Marines, and Navy. This new responsibility expands the Arsenal s roles and responsibilities in the war on terrorism and creates hundreds of new jobs at the installation.

To support our military families and veterans, the FY07 Military Quality of Life Appropriations also provides a 10 percent increase in veterans medical benefits, $4 billion for the construction of military family housing, and $1 billion for health programs that support our active duty and reserves forces and their families.


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