Press Releases


Agency: Department of Defense

Project Title: Arroyo Center
Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Funding would maintain and support staffing levels for the Army’s only Federally Funded Research & Development Center (FFRDC).  RAND Arroyo conducts an integrated program of objective, independent analysis on issues of concern to Army leaders, often providing studies that lead to significant cost savings to the Federal government.  Work will be conducted by the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.

Project Title: Cleanup of Almaden Air Force Station, Mt. Umunhum
Amount Requested: $4,000,000

Funds will be used by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to clean up toxic contaminants at the former Almaden Air Force Station.  Clean up activity at the site has stalled and the remaining toxic materials, including petroleum products, solvents, asbestos and lead-based paint, remain at the site.  Environmental remediation must be completed before the site can be opened for public use.  The project was requested by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in Los Altos, California.

Project Title: Eagle Vision III
Amount Requested: $6,000,000

Funding will allow the California National Guard to significantly improve disaster response, military contingency operations, and search and rescue operations.  Upgrades to the current Eagle Vision system will provide for improved downlink of high-resolution imagery, giving analysts better tools to identify military threats or provide specific information regarding critical infrastructure or disasters.  The recipient will be the California National Guard in Sacramento, California.

Project Title: Fleet Industrial Supply Center Infrastructure Improvements
Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Funding would be used for environmental remediation and demolition of existing buildings from the former NAS Alameda.  When the Navy closed the site, existing facilities were left in place.  Funding would help remediate the area to accommodate a mixed-use reuse plan.  The project was requested by the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority in Alameda, California.

Project Title: Project Air Force
Amount Requested: $4,000,000
Funding would maintain and support staffing levels for the Air Force’s only Federally Funded Research & Development Center (FFRDC).  RAND Project Air Force conducts an integrated program of objective, independent analysis on issues of concern to Air Force leaders, often providing studies that lead to significant cost savings to the Federal government.  Work will be conducted by the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.

Project Title:  Radio Upgrade for California Air National Guard F-16C
Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Funding would accelerate purchase of communications radios for National Guard F-16s.  This program has been identified as a top modernization requirement for Air National Guard F-16s.  The funding will benefit the California Air National Guard in Fresno, California.

In addition, Senator Feinstein submitted the following requests:

Project Title: Edwards Air Force Base Rocket Test Stand Improvements
Amount Requested: $4,500,000

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has been modifying Test Stand 2-A at the AFRL Edwards site over the last several years.  The test stand modifications are required for AFRL to test advanced technology turbo pumps, combustion devices, and rocket engines.  The funding will benefit the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate at Edwards Air Force Base.

Project Title: B-2 Advanced Tactical Data Link
Amount Requested: $14,600,000

There is not an existing capability on the B-2 to provide two-way information exchange between stealth aircraft during certain phases of a mission.  The data link for Air Force B-2s will incorporate two-way secured information exchange in the B-2 avionics systems.  Funding was requested by Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles, California.

Project Title: Blood Safety and Decontamination Technology
Amount Requested: $4,000,000

In partnership with the Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), the recipient would continue development of a system to inactivate infections in donated blood, improving the safety of the military blood supply.  Fiscal year 2010 funds will be used to develop a prototype that can be evaluated for operational use with the military blood supply system.  Funding was requested by Cerus Corporation in Concord, California.

Project Title: HALOH Engine
Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Funding supports development of a hybrid rocket motor for United States Naval Air Systems Command.  Development of hybrid rocket engine technology will eliminate the use of ammonium perchlorate, an environmentally damaging rocket fuel, in some applications.  The project will build on the recent success of a small business innovative research (SBIR) phase 2 contract to move the technology toward deployment as a production system.  Funding was requested by Rotordynamics-Seal Research in Loomis, California.

Project Title: Laser Peening for Aircraft Service Life Extension
Amount Requested: $1,800,000

Older P-3 and C-130 aircraft are prone to fatigue cracking that requires replacement of structural components in the aircraft.   Funding would support technology development of processes to increase life expectancy of components, starting with the United States Navy’s P-3 Orion fleet, thereby reducing maintenance costs and improving safety and reliability.  Funding was requested by Curtiss-Wright Metal Improvement Company in Livermore, California.

Project Title: Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Shipbuilding Program
Amount Requested: $40,000,000

The President’s budget contained $136.3 million for planning and production of the United States Navy’s programmed Mobile Landing Platform.  With $40 million in advance appropriations, General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California would be able to complete additional design elements prior to construction and secure pricing for raw materials from suppliers.  The contractor estimates that $40 million in early appropriations will save the government $210 million on the first ship by locking in prices for raw materials and allowing the contractor to proceed further in the design phase before initiating construction.  This request would release funding to the contractor earlier, it would not provide additional funding to the existing program.

Project Title: Neurogenesis Therapeutics for PTSD
Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Funding would support an FDA-approved clinical trial conducted with the Naval Health Research Center on a compound for treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.  Funding was requested by BrainCells Inc. in San Diego, California.

Project Title: Neuroscience Center for Excellence – Neuropsychiatric and Neurotrauma in U.S. Warfighters
Amount Requested: $3,000,000

Through collaboration with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Northern California Institute for Research and Education Neuroscience Center of Excellence in San Francisco, California would continue research on diagnosis, prevention, and management of neuropsychiatric disorders such as PTSD, TBI, associated neurodegenerative diseases, and other traumatic injuries that occur in U.S. service members.

Project Title: Next Generation Shipboard Integrated Power:  Fuel Efficiency and Advanced Capability Enhancer
Amount Requested: $9,500,000

Funding was requested by L-3 Power Paragon in Anaheim, California and Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles, California to continue development of advanced propulsion technologies to enhance fuel economy, lower acquisition costs, and reduce weight on United States Navy ships.  The program would continue the development of Integrated Power System and Hybrid Electric Drive technologies for surface ship and submarine propulsion.

Project Title: Printed and Conformal Electronics Development
Amount Requested: $3,000,000

The Army Research Laboratory will oversee development of advanced materials and printed and conformal electronics to enable flexible, lightweight and rugged photovoltaic, battery, sensor, and communication products for military systems and integration with textiles and other new surfaces.  The program will be competitively bid and reviewed by scientists and engineers, matched with industry funding, and open to California-based academic institutions and companies pursuing research in these areas.  Funding was requested by FlexTech Alliance in San Jose, California.

Project Title: Portable Fuel Cell Systems
Amount Requested: $3,800,000
This program would improve upon recent success with portable fuel cells and continue efforts to reduce the weight of power systems to 10 lbs. or less for the United States Air Force’s Battlefield Renewable Integrated Tactical Energy System (BRITES) program.  Funding was requested by Ultracell Corporation in Livermore, California.

Project Title: UAV Radar Jammer
Amount Requested: $1,900,000

Funding was requested by AeroMech Engineering, Inc. in San Luis Obispo, California to continue development of an unmanned aircraft to carry a payload capable of jamming radar and missile systems to protect United States Navy aircraft in hostile areas.  The system will be a small, stealthy unmanned aircraft that can remain airborne for up to 24 hours.

Project Title: Ultra High Density Memory Storage for Commander’s Digital Assistant
Amount Requested: $4,000,000

Funding would advance development of a flash memory card for handheld computers used by United States Army field commanders to store digital maps and manage mission information.  The goal is to increase capacity to 512GB, more than 250 times the storage capacity of the 2GB memory cards fielded today.  Funding was requested by Nanosys, Inc. in Palo Alto, California.

Project Title: Vibration Management Enhancement Program
Amount Requested: $4,000,000
The project seeks to take current vibration management technologies fielded by the military and apply them to the United States Army’s M1 Abrams Tank.  The fielded system would reduce maintenance costs and allow maintainers to monitor and correct mechanical issues before a tank breaks down.  Funding was requested by Honeywell International in Poway, California.

Project Title: Renewable Energy Study
Amount Requested: $1.4 million

The project would direct the Department of Defense to conduct a study on developing potential renewable energy sites in Nevada and California on lands currently managed by the military. This will help the Defense Department diversify its energy sources and could also provide more clean energy projects for the public.