ROME – U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer has launched an initiative to secure $14.2 million for enhanced security at the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, and Congresswoman Claudia Tenney is also advocating for the federal funding as well.
Schumer is pushing for $14.2 million to be included in the Fiscal Year 2019 Military Construction Appropriation bill. The money would be used to enhance anti-terrorism perimeter security and entry point control at Rome Lab, according to Schumer.
The money would help build a security fence around the perimeter of Rome Lab, which would include lighting, video surveillance, card-controlled personal entry access gates, and a visitor control entry point that would help mitigate threats from devices in vehicles.
“Rome Lab is a national leader in countering cyber-threats, and an engine for economic growth right here in the Mohawk Valley. So we must ensure the Lab has the funding it needs to advance research and development and –that it also has a secure perimeter protecting its assets,” Schumer said in a news release. “As the Senate Democratic Leader, with one of four seats at the table for budget negotiations, I will do everything I can to ensure Rome Lab has all the resources in needs to continue its critical mission.”
Congresswoman Tenney also testified in front of members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military, Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies to advocate for funding for the fence around Rome Lab.
“The critical work conducted at Rome Lab necessitates appropriate security safeguards, including a secure system of perimeter fencing,” Tenney said, in part, in a news release. “Without this important precaution, the facility’s sensitive information is left extremely vulnerable. A security fence around Rome’s perimeter will also increase the safety of the Lab’s more than 3,000 personnel and reduce the facility’s susceptibility to terrorist type activities.”
Tenney says she provided the testimony in support of the request submitted to Congress by the Secretary of the Air Force.