JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Congressman Marion Berry has announced that the 2009 Fiscal Year Defense Appropriations Bill passed the House of Representatives as part of H.R. 2638, "The Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act." The legislation awaits action in the Senate and must also be signed by the President to become law. Included in the legislation were several defense research projects for Arkansas State University.
Included among the defense spending priorities were the following projects for ASU:
-Standoff Improvised Explosive Device Detection Program (SIEDP), ASU: $4.8 million for research and development of technologies to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
-Standoff Hazardous Agent Detection and Evaluation System (SHADES), ASU: $2.8 million to continue developing technologies to detect explosives and hazardous chemical agents.
-Biological Air Filtering System Technology (BAFST), ASU: $1.6 million for research and development of technologies to detect and filter biological and chemical threats.