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Alaska Defense and Security Priorities Highlighted in Defense Bill


Begich secures an additional $37 million for Alaska defense industry and military bases

Supporting the strong tie between Alaska's communities and its military bases, the FY 2011 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill works to improve our national security, provide for our service members and create Alaska jobs, according to U.S. Sen. Mark Begich.

Advanced today in the U.S. Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, the bill provides upwards of $37 million for projects secured by Sen. Begich at Alaska military bases, in addition to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense at Fort Greely and operating funds for all of Alaska's installations. The legislation requires approval by the full Senate Committee on Appropriations and the full Senate.

"As a member of the Armed Services and Veterans' Committees, I take great pride in strengthening the resources provided to our brave service men and women," Sen. Begich said. "I look forward to advancing this legislation as it strengthens our communities by creating Alaska jobs and supporting needed projects at our critical military facilities."

In July, the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved $400 million in Alaska projects in the Fiscal Year 2011 Military Construction Appropriations Bill.

The legislation approved today includes:

The Fiscal Year 2011 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill: Funding the Department of Defense at a total of $658.7 billion, the legislation is $8.1 billion below the president's budget request. The legislation includes $157.7 billion for overseas contingency operations.

Alaska Projects (Many Anchorage Projects Represent Statewide Efforts):

·         Eielson AFB: Upgrade Readiness Training Center, $1.7 million

·         Elmendorf AFB: Joint Pacific Alaska range Complex Sustainment/Enhancements,

$7 million

·         Elmendorf AFB: Test/Training Communication Instrumentation Upgrade, $5.6 million

·         Elmendorf AFB: Red Integrated Air Defense System (IADS), $5 million

·         Elmendorf AFB: Repair Arctic Utilities and Infrastructure, $1.15 million

·         Elmendorf AFB: Alaska Land Mobile Radio System (Joint Task Force Alaska), $1 million

·         Elmendorf AFB: Alaska NORAD Region Communication Upgrades & Repairs, $500,000

·         Fairbanks: Future Tactical Truck Composite Shelter, $2 million

·         Fox: PermaFrost Tunnel, United States Army Corps of Engineers, $1 million

·         Fort Greely: Install/Repair HVAC Systems, $2 million

·         Fort Richardson: Alaska National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Facilities, $1.5 million

·         Fort Richardson: Virtual Door Gunner Trainers for the AK RNG, $2 million

·         Fort Wainwright: Entrance Road Resurfacing, $1.2 million

·         Juneau: SpringBoard Technology Transfer, Juneau Economic Development Council, $2 million

·         North Pole: Alaska Industrial Supercritical Water, $1 million

·         Statewide: Alaska National Guard Counter-Drug Program, $3 million

Additionally the Bill Includes Funding For:

·         Ground-based Midcourse Defense and Air Defense Mission

·         Provides tuition assistance for military spouses at $162 million above request.

·         Provides National Guard and Reserve Equipment Appropriation of $500 million.

·         Provides for alternative energy research, $125 million.

·         Provides funding to address Army base operating support shortfalls.
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