The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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December 16, 2009

Hinton to get $2.8 million for technology

Defense technology development in Hinton would be financed with a $2.8 million outlay contained in the Department of Defense’s appropriation bill, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced Wednesday.

Money is intended to support three major defense initiatives in the Hinton area, including $800,000 for an Advanced Technical Information Support Systems at Information Research Corp., a like amount for Anti-Corrosion Nanotechnology Solutions and $1.2 million for the Army/Marine Corps Logistics Interoperability Demonstration both at ManTech.

Rahall said the ATIS project would significantly lower the time to research engineering drawings and technical manuals for operational maintenance and repair of U.S. naval ships, submarines and all related on-board equipment.

“We are extremely pleased to continue supporting the U.S. Navy and our war fighters from West Virginia with this funding,” said Robert Wentz, president of IRC.

At ManTech, the project is designed to combat a $20 billion annual cost of corrosion within the DOD.

Another ManTech function, covered by the $1.2 million appropriation, is a joint venture of the Army and Marine Corps to share a demonstration program to provide the two branches of service with unprecedented and improved information sharing for all ground-based forces.

“These funds will invest in our national security and our local economy by creating jobs which are more and more technology based,” Rahall said.

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