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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Chambliss, Isakson Announce Defense Funding for Georgia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss- R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved funding for the fiscal year 2007 Defense Appropriations Bill saying that the bill strengthens national security, addresses important quality-of-life issues for troops and includes funds for weapons systems made in Georgia .   

 "Georgia troops play a key role in the global war on terrorism and, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am committed to ensuring that all of our soldiers have the resources and tools they need to complete their missions," said Chambliss.  "Additionally, there are countless civilian employees in Georgia working to construct the world's most cutting edge weapons systems currently in use by the joint forces.  We will continue doing all we can to make sure these aircraft maintain their viability and production lines in Georgia ."   

" Georgia 's military bases and defense systems manufacturers are critical to our national security and have played a key role in the war in Iraq , and I am very pleased to see such a strong commitment to them from Washington ," Isakson said.

Highlights of Georgia-related items included in the bill are: 

  • $2.9 billion for production of F-22A weapons system plus authorization of a multi-year procurement contract
  • $2 million for the Reach Out and Read program
  • $867 million for 12 C-130J's
  • $126 million for 2 KC-130J's
  • $2.3 billion for C-17 plus language directing DoD to budget for additional C-17's in FY08
  • $919 million for Trident II modifications
  • $6 million for ULTRA armored vehicle program
  • $7 million for APN-241 Color Weather Radar for C-130H2 aircraft
  • $8 million for Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/ Air Traffic Management for Joint STARS
  • $1 million for Covert WPM Waveform Modules
  • $1 million for Adv Bio-engineering for Enhancement of Soldier Survivability
  • $2 million for National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center
  • $12 million for C-5 AMP Program
  • $3 million for WR-ALC Aircraft Sustainment Wing Aircraft Availability
  • $1.5 million for Combat Arms Training System
  • $2 million for Moldable Fabric Armor
  • $1.5 million for Rapid Replacement of Mission Critical Logistics Electronics
  • $30 million for Department of Defense Supplemental Impact Aid, including $5 million for disabled students and $10 million to assist local communities affected by BRAC