Frist, Thompson announce $1.5 million for UT research

From Staff Reports

   U.S. Senators Bill Frist and Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., announced that the 2003 fiscal year Defense Appropriations report approved by the Senate includes $1.5 million in funding for research at the University of Tennessee.
   The funds will be used by the UT Space Institute's Laser-Induced Surface Improvement Program (LISI).
   "Strengthening our military includes improving the day-to-day capabilities of our weapons and equipment," said Frist. "This laster technology greatly enhances the quality and durability of our military armor. I'm pleased that Congress is supportive of efforts to improve our military readiness and UT's role in protecting existing equipment from wear and corrosion."
   Thompson said the technology will stretch military dollars.
   "Funding the LISI program recognizes the outstanding research conducted at the University of Tennessee, and I am pleased it has been approved again this year," Thompson said.
   LISI helps protect and preserve existing defense equipment, a major expense for the Department of Defense. The funding will allow expansion from the laboratory into existing military facilities.
   The Senate and House have passed the conference report which now awaits the President's signature.