SEPTEMBER 8, 2006 - Posted at 11:07 a.m. CDT
WASHINGTON - Senators Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln this morning announced that the U.S. Senate has approved funding for several projects critical to Arkansas' military installations, research institutions and defense contractors.
These projects are a part of the Fiscal Year 2007 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, which will provide $468.4 billion for military personnel, operations and maintenance, and equipment procurement.
Pryor and Lincoln helped secure $4 million to assist Arkansas State University, in conjunction with industry, for the Standoff Hazardous Agent Detection and Evaluation System (SHADES). The money is expected to help further sampling and analysis technologies to detect ultra-low concentrations of weapons of mass destruction. These technologies will include Solid Phase Micro-Extraction samplers and unique Gas Chromatography and Laser Spectroscopy techniques.