President F. King Alexander has announced that CSULB, the lead member in a consortium of CSU campuses including CSU San Bernardino and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, has been awarded a $3.9 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) through the Office of Naval Research. The award will support Strategic Mobility 21, a multi-year Advanced Logistics Concepts Demonstration project.
Recognizing the strong support for university research efforts by the California Congressional delegation, Alexander singled out Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the incoming chair of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. Alexander noted that McKeon recognizes both the long-term regional educational and logistics workforce opportunities and military readiness components of Strategic Mobility 21, serving an important role in the defense appropriations request that culminated in the contract award.
Under the contract, CSULB will demonstrate dual-use commercial and military agile port concepts at the former George Air Force Base in Victorville, at an emerging multi-modal freight hub combining air, rail and truck movement in cooperation with the Southern California Logistics Airport and Rail Authority.
In his remarks Alexander emphasized that “Strategic Mobility 21 is the first successful spin-off program of the highly acclaimed Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technology (CCDoTT), which developed many of the agile port and logistics concepts to be demonstrated.”
He added, “Strategic Mobility 21 embodies the quintessential community outreach capabilities of CSU applied research. It combines the global logistics and port and distribution system domain capabilities of CSU Long Beach with the Inland Empire goods movement expertise of CSU San Bernardino and the Collaborative Agent Design Research Center specialized ontology-based software agent technology of Cal Poly SLO applied to important regional and statewide issues of trade-related container traffic growth, community quality of life, congestion mitigation, security, and air quality management.”