Senate appropriators have joined House appropriators in adding funding to alternative fuel research, praising the Navy's efforts in developing new fuels.
House and Senate appropriators both added $40 million to the alternative-energy research section of the force-protection applied research program. The Navy had requested $143.3 million for the larger program, and received $213.3 million from both appropriations committees, with $30 million for other programs as part of the larger one.
Will Rogers, the Bacevich fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), said he approved of the appropriators' decision, noting that it would help the Defense Department deal with the increasing scarcity of traditional fuels due to the higher use in countries such as China and India.
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