Gregg Harper secures $68M in MSU ground sensor research funding

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) announced $8 million in funding today for continued research and development of Advanced, Long Endurance Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies (UGS) housed at Mississippi State University.
“The unparalleled research conducted at Mississippi State University for the Unattended Ground Sensor program benefits the U.S. Special Operations Command’s ongoing efforts to provide real-time battlefield information to our troops,” said Congressman Gregg Harper. “I am encouraged by the House’s decision to include defense funding for this instrumental Mississippi research project.”
The Unattended Ground Sensor aims to achieve and maintain real-time battlefield situational awareness in modern military operations. The reliable and up-to-the-minute technology provides critical support for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in their global war on terrorism. Specifically, the continued research and development will preserve vital USSOCOM reconnaissance and surveillance missions by providing robust target detection, imaging, tagging and tracking; high bandwidth conversions of communications data, both voice and video; and data exfiltration via satellite communications for display using advanced visualization technologies.
H.R. 2647, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 389 – 22 and now heads to the U.S. Senate for approval.
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A conservative man of faith and integrity, Gregg took the Oath of Office in January 2009 to serve the citizens of Mississippi’s Third Congressional District. Prior to being sworn-in, his peers elected him as the only freshman on the Republican Steering Committee in the House of Representatives. Gregg is the only Republican freshman appointed by Republican Leader John Boehner to the Committee on House Administration and also sits on the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on the Budget. Gregg currently resides in Pearl with his wife of 29 years, Sidney, and their two children, Livingston and Maggie, where the Harpers are active members of Crossgates Baptist church.

Gregg Harper release
6/25/9