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U.S. Congressman Price Talks Security, Technology in ARA Raleigh Visit

Dr. Allen York and Congressman Price
Dr. Allen York and Congressman Price

U.S. Rep. David Price paid a visit to Applied Research Associates’ Raleigh, N.C., office earlier this month where he briefed employees about security spending and learned more about ARA’s recent work and its technological capabilities.

Price, who has represented the Research Triangle area for 11 terms, is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and he also sits on the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.

The North Carolina Democrat spoke to Southeast Division and Virtual Heroes teams, and during a lab tour he received a short briefing on the ULTRA-Vis and Fight Sight programs. Virtual Heroes’ team members also briefed the congressman on the Moonbase Alpha game and discussed the follow-on work with NASA on the STEM education game.

Price spoke about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and working with the North Carolina Technology Association in supporting the technology demonstration projects in schools across the state. The group has discussed ways to engage more gaming technology into education with a special emphasis on grades K-12, noting the need to engage the digital generation and support more efforts in STEM.

The congressman also expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming Cyber Test Bed project that ARA is doing in conjunction with the Institute of Homeland Security Solutions, a collaboration between Research Triangle International, Duke University, the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Military Foundation. Price said he views this project as an important piece in the overall cyber security picture for the nation and that the focus on the private sector is a vital aspect for the overall national security framework.

Dr. Allen York, Software, Systems, and Modeling Sector Manager, thanked the congressman for his leadership in supporting the project and expressed ARA’s excitement in presenting some Test Bed “best practices” that can be useful to small and mid-sized businesses.

Price also briefed the group on the recent passage of the House’s Homeland Security appropriations bill and the almost $43 billion effort to protect the United States from man-made threats and natural disasters. A longtime supporter of research and development, Price expressed his commitment to investing in R&D.