DoD bill will fund biological attack sensors

Under the recently $636 billion Department of Defense appropriations bill passed by the Senate, Michigan companies will soon see grants to aid in the prevention of bioterrorism.

Michigan Sens. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, both voted for the appropriations bill, which passed 88-10 and now goes to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it.

"This bill ensures that Michigan's factories and research centers will continue their cutting-edge work that has helped make our military the strongest the world has ever seen," Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the Detroit News.

The bill will send $1.6 million to Dexter Research Center in Dexter, Mich., to continue its development of a security sensor meant to protect military installations from chemical and biological attacks. Dexter Research Center has been working in conjunction with the Army on developing the concept for the sensors.

The money will also fund a chemical agent fate appropriate response tool. The project, which is expected to be granted $1.6 million, utilizes the DoD Chemical Agent Fate Program to provide decision makers with necessary knowledge to plan effectively and carry out critical responses to chemical attacks or other catastrophic events involving chemical agents. The chemical agent fate program is an ongoing project between Kettering University in Flint, Mich., and the DoD.