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Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced today that he secured $4.2 million in funding for the Mounted Warrior Nomad Command & Control Heads Up Display (C2HUD).  This critical technology will develop a wireless Helmet Mounted Display connectivity between mounted and dismounted crewmen necessary for dispersed operations for both combat vehicles and Stryker configurations. 

“This technology has a direct effect on the Stryker Brigade stationed at Fort Lewis,” said Smith. “Giving our fighting men and women the best and most advanced equipment in the world is critical to our success in combat operations. These funds will make significant improvements to what is currently available, including giving soldiers the ability to have full situational awareness and access to important data.”

Smith requested funding through the 2005 Defense Appropriations bill. It is expected that this bill will be finalized before Congress adjourns this year.

Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced today that the House Armed Services Committee has approved full funding for an additional 14 C-17 aircraft. The C-17 is the workhorse of the Air Force and is stationed at McChord Air Force Base in the Congressman’s district.

“The C-17 modernizes the U.S. Air Force airlift fleet with the world’s most versatile, reliable and capable airlift aircraft,” said Smith. “The C-17 has the unique abilities to excel in both the intercontinental strategic airlift mission and the intertheatre tactical airlift role.”

Smith also added language to the bill that would support the multi-year procurement of this vital U.S. Air Force aircraft.

Smith requested funding through the 2005 Defense Appropriations bill. It is expected that this bill will be finalized before Congress adjourns this year.

 

Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) has announced today that he has secured $2.5 million for Advanced Interactive Systems, based in Tukwila, for a project on mapping that will be used by the National Guard and the Department of Homeland Security.

The funds will advance the mapping of cities, creating accurate virtual models of public spaces that will be used for simulated homeland security training. Smith led a letter from five Members of Washington’s delegation in supporting this vital Homeland Security project.

“I’m pleased that this program will allow our professionals to access this technology, which will enable them to conduct virtual exercises,” said Smith. “Ultimately, this technology will be available nationwide and will enable first responders the opportunity to train for how to effectively manage emergency scenarios before they happen.”

Smith requested funding through the 2005 Defense Appropriations bill. It is expected that this bill will be finalized before Congress adjourns this year.

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced today that he has secured $1 million for the National Defense University pilot program. This project has the basic premise that information technology is the keystone for military transformation and network centric warfare.

“As a Member of the House Armed Services committee, it is important that we understand the best way to utilize technology on the battlefield,” said Smith. “The funding of this program gives us information on new uses for information technology for new missions such as stabilization and reconstruction operations and homeland security.  Also, many of these new technologies that form the basis for transforming our military are vulnerable to disruption in various ways which could adversely affect US military capabilities. We have several projects designed to analyze this problem and to suggest possible solutions.”

As a leading proponent of technology, Smith sees the usefulness of this study. The projects will also focus on how we stay ahead of potential military competitors when it is the commercial sector that is driving most of the innovation in this area because competitors have access to the same commercial technology. The program is pursues several projects designed to allow the U.S. military to acquire more efficiently and more quickly new innovative technologies coming out of the commercial IT sector. Finally, the projects will show us the best way to share information technologies with our allies, who are playing an increasingly important role in combat operations.

Smith requested funding through the 2005 Defense Appropriations bill. It is expected that this bill will be finalized before Congress adjourns this year
 

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced today that he has secured $3 million for the AirWeighs system to be installed on the U.S. Air Force C-30 fleet.

Investigators of the crash of an Air Force Special Operations Command C-130 in Afghanistan blame the crash on miscalculated weight and balancing.  The AirWeighs system is an onboard weights and balance system that can improve aircraft safety, improve speed and cost-savings by measuring the actual aircraft weight and center of gravity.

“It is critical that the aircraft in the U.S. Air Force have the most advanced safety systems available,” said Smith. “As we ask our men and women in uniform to put their lives on the front line, we at home must ensure that we are providing them with the best equipment in the world that will bring them home safely.”

Smith requested funding through the 2005 Defense Appropriations bill. It is expected that this bill will be finalized before Congress adjourns this year.