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Schumer, Clinton back $2 million for Binghamton

Senator Charles E. Schumer
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced last month that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $2 million for Binghamton University’s Small Scale Systems Packaging Center to provide reliability enhancement for U.S. military weapons applications.

Researchers at Binghamton are working with small-scale sensors to find ways to program bombs more accurately. Sensors that are able to perform under harsh conditions, collect multiple data from several sources and make decisions locally are key to the next generation of weapons. Small-scale system technologies such as those being created at Binghamton should dramatically improve weapons reliability.

“Our small systems packaging research offers opportunities to reshape technology as we know it. Key research currently in process involve medical and biomedical; homeland security; industrial and consumer products; computers and communications; and military applications,” said Bahgat Sammakia, director of the Center. “This particular funding will be used to develop smart fuses that — from a safety perspective — will give the U.S. military more control over how and when a device will explode. The ability to more effectively target these devices will allow self-guiding weapons to maximize damage to the target while minimizing loss of both civilian and U.S. military lives as well as collateral damage.”

“With so many of our sons and daughters serving in uniform today, this funding is good news both at home in the Binghamton area and abroad,” Schumer said. “This money will help give our troops the most technologically advanced equipment possible. These projects made in the Southern Tier will allow our armed forces to be as effective as they can possibly be. We will continue to work to guide these projects through the remaining rounds of the budget process.”

“I have been very impressed by the research, technologies and skills that the Southern Tier has to offer to our national defense,” Clinton said. “Funding for these projects means that we are supporting New York’s cutting-edge knowledge and expertise, that in turn will support our men and women in uniform.

“I am so pleased that we were able to secure authorization for these federal dollars to help Binghamton University develop and run its Reliability Enhancement Program,” she added. “We must support projects that modernize and strengthen the tools used by our armed forces and Binghamton’s cutting-edge research will do just that.”

The bill must now be approved by the full Senate before being sent to a House and Senate Conference Committee for final negotiations.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08