EARMARK DECLARATION; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 15
(Extensions of Remarks - February 02, 2010)

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                          EARMARK DECLARATION


                            HON. TOM LATHAM

                                of iowa

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, February 2, 2010

  Mr. LATHAM. Madam Speaker, pursuant to the House Republican standards 
on earmarks, I am submitting the following information.
  Bill Number: H.R. 3326--Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 
  Project Name: Aircraft Evaluation Readiness Initiative (AERI)
  Provided: $2,400,000
  Account: Research, Development, Test and Evaluation--Air Force
  Recipient: Iowa State University
  Recipient's Street Address: 1750 Beardshear Hall, Ames, IA 50011-2035
  Description: This project would continue a program to address a range 
of aircraft inspection needs to help extend the life of the aging Air 
Force fleet, as part of a partnership between the Center for 
Nondestructive Evaluation at Iowa State University and the Air Force 
Materials Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
  Bill Number: H.R. 3326--Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 
  Project Name: Galfenol Energy Harvesting
  Amount Provided: $2,800,000
  Account: Research, Development, Test and Evaluation--Army
  Recipient: ETREMA Products, Inc.
  Recipient's Street Address: 2500 North Loop Drive, Ames, Iowa 50010
  Description: The US Navy has a goal of reducing crew sizes, moving 
toward all-electric designs and increasing survivability of its 
vessels. A key strategy is the use of remote sensors to monitor areas 
and functions of a ship normally covered directly by personnel. The 
objective of the project is to develop this technology. 
Magnetostrictive materials like Galfenol offer a unique capability to 
harvest stray energy from routine ship vibrations and other sources 
which can power these sensors and the wireless radios used to transmit 
the data. Remote sensors would communicate information to a central 
processing station using a wireless network and thereby avoid adding 
the weight and complexity of additional wiring. An important benefit is 
the increased survivability of such a vessel in the event of an 
emergency or attack. By decentralizing command and control functions of 
a vessel through virtual control centers, damage to any one section of 
a vessel can be circumvented.

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