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Staff and wire reports, Published October 07 2009

DORGAN: Defense bill contains $70 million in spending for North Dakota

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The $626 billion defense spending bill that passed the Senate Tuesday includes more than $70 million toward North Dakota military research and projects, Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan said.

Among the many provisions with North Dakota ties are:

- $7 million toward North Dakota State University’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering to develop a next-generation radio to improve the military’s current equipment.

- $8 million toward the Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Education and Training at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

- The acquisition of 34 unmanned aerial systems, such as Predators and Global Hawks, some of which will be based at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

- The acquisition of eight joint-cargo aircraft – some of which will be flown by the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Fighter Wing.