Aug 01 2002
WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Joe Biden and Tom Carper announced today that the U.S. Senate appropriated more than $41 million dollars for high priority national security programs and projects in Delaware in the 2003 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The legislation includes substantial funding for Newark-based Quantum Leap, Delmarva firm Patrick Powers and a 4.1% across-the-board pay raise for military personnel. The projects in the bill are designed to strengthen the United States' defense capability and fortify our nation's Armed Forces. "The money and projects included in this bill are critical to strengthening America's defense capabilities and ensuring that our military men and women have the capacity, the capability and the resources they need to respond to any and all threats against the United States," said Biden. "The innovative research being done by companies and universities in Delaware give our military the edge they need to be ahead of potential adversaries now and in the future." "The funding included for Delaware projects is substantial and mission essential," Carper said. "These programs are critical to reducing the Defense Department's worker safety costs, to improving the military's biodefenses and to protecting our forces from extreme weather on the battlefield." The fiscal year 2003 Department of Defense Appropriations bill includes:
- $5 million for the DuPont Army Worker Safety Program
- $5 million for Patrick Powers' Rotary, Multi-Fuel Auxiliary Power Unit for the Army
- $8 million for Quantum Leap Innovations for biological warfare technology
- $14 million for W.L. Gore's cold weather protection gear
- $9.826 million for the University of Delaware's Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM)
- $96.3 million for 9 additional UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, bringing the total to 21 new UH-60s.