Federal funds will go toward military projects across Md.



WASHINGTON -- Maryland will receive more than $150 million for military projects across the state, from Aberdeen Proving Ground to Patuxent River Naval Air Station, under a defense spending measure that received final congressional approval yesterday.

The legislation, which includes $453 billion for the Department of Defense and $29 billion in aid for hurricane victims, passed the Senate on Wednesday and the House yesterday.

President Bush is expected to sign the bill, which funds the Pentagon for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.

Tucked into the package is $2.8 million for the Maryland National Guard to buy extended cold weather clothing. Aberdeen Proving Ground would get more than $14 million, including $4 million to improve the safety of military helicopters. Patuxent River would receive money for several projects, including $2.8 million for a program to help develop high-tech battle analysis capabilities for the Navy.

Fort Detrick is in line for $1 million in federal money for medical intelligence efforts, among other projects.

Another Maryland military facility, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in Bethesda, would receive $2.3 million for its nursing school and $1 million for its centers for responding to chemical, biological and nuclear catastrophes.

The measure also provides $1 million for an Army program to use Maryland emergency medical services and shock trauma units as a proving ground for techniques that could be used on the battlefield, and $3 million for the University of Maryland, College Park's development of a program to provide a faster way to supply troops overseas.

A $2 million grant for collaboration in a management program between Morgan State University and the Army Research Lab is also included.

Volvo's Mack Trucks division will get $2.5 million to help build four prototype diesel-electric hybrid vehicles for the Air Force at the company's plant in Hagerstown.


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