U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced October 6, 2009 that the $63 million in federal defense work for Washington state companies that she included in the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations bill has passed the full Senate. Senator Murray is a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
“This spending will create good jobs in Washington state and help our armed forces get the cutting-edge military equipment they need and deserve,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Washington state companies are at the forefront of research and innovation, and these contracts will give them the resources they need to continue developing new ways to keep our service members and country safe. The spending I have included in this bill will provide a critical boost to the economy, and it will make a strong investment in research, technology, and innovation in Washington state.”
nLight of Vancouver received $4 million for “Advanced Fiber Lasers Systems and Components.” This funding would be used to improve the Air Force’s eye-safe laser capabilities by developing advanced fiber laser technology. In addition to supporting engineering jobs in Clark County, Wash., this would improve military laser technology used to counter roadside bombs and other threats to the warfighter.
Lockheed Martin Aculight Corporation of Bothell received $4 million for “Optical Neural Techniques for Combat/Post-Trauma Healthcare.” This funding would develop new laser stimulation technology for the Army to address hearing loss, balance disorders and other medical conditions affecting soldiers. This innovative approach towards hearing loss and other medical conditions would advance research to better care for soldiers returning from war.
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