Staff and wire reports, Published October 07 2009
DORGAN: Defense bill contains $70 million in spending for North DakotaWASHINGTON, 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.