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This article was Originally Published on Apr 19, 2006 in Volume: 5  Issue: 1

Senators approve $5 million in RDTE for UAVs

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U.S. Senators agreed to provide $5 million in funding for Army research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) for virtual training and airspace management simulation for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The amendment was one of many passed late this past week without opposition as the Senate unsuccessfully tried to compete fiscal 2007 defense spending bill. The Senate will revisit the spending bill when it returns in early September. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) sponsored the UAV training provision. The Senate also approved an amendment that could potentially prevent the Air Force from cutting or moving up to 3,400 military, civilian and contractor jobs from Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base. The amendment required the Air Force to conduct a detailed analysis of any proposed cuts or relocation of the Eglin-based 46th Test Wing and labs, including a review of the cost and local impact.

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