CSULB President F. King Alexander recently announced that the university has been awarded an additional $4.7 million by U. S. Department of Defense (DoD), through its Office of Naval Research, to support a Strategic Mobility 21 multi-year Joint Logistics Concepts Demonstration.
Strategic Mobility 21 is the largest federally funded applied research program on the CSULB campus. Administered through the CSULB Foundation in collaboration with the colleges of Engineering, Business Administration and other campus departments, the program is in transition to become a Department of Defense program of record with a permanent link to the CSULB campus research community. The program founder and managing director is Lawrence G. Mallon with the CSULB Foundation.
Recognizing the strong support of the California Congressional delegation for university research, education and training efforts, Alexander singled out Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.), ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), ranking member of the Committee on Appropriations, as well as Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
Alexander said these lawmakers recognize the statewide logistics educational and workforce development opportunities and military force deployment and distribution components of the project, while serving as the prime movers behind the Defense Appropriations request that culminated in the contract award.
"Strategic Mobility 21 is the first successful spinoff program of the campus' Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technology (CCDoTT) in both agile port technology and logistics training and certification and degree programs," Alexander noted.
"This program embodies the quintessential community outreach capabilities of CSULB applied research as a 'university without boundaries,'" he added. "It combines the global logistics and port and distribution system domain capabilities of Cal State Long Beach applied to important regional, statewide and national issues of trade-related container traffic growth, major disaster response and interagency collaboration and coordination. It also looks at issues of community quality of life, congestion mitigation, security and air quality improvement."
Under the contract, CSULB will continue to demonstrate and transition dual use commercial and military agile port concepts at the former George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif. The project is an emerging multi-modal freight hub combining air, rail and truck movement in cooperation with the Southern California Logistics Airport and Rail Authority, and is administered by the city of Victorville, the U.S. Joint Forces Command, headquartered in Suffolk, Va., and the U.S. Transportation Command, headquartered at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
Alexander also recognized Mayor Terry Caldwell and Councilman Mike Rothschild of the Victorville City Council for providing CSULB the unique opportunity of working with the city, authority and Sterling International (and its President Dougall Agan) in a public-private partnership.
"Together," he said, "the city and congressional delegation and university have realized a shared vision of transforming the former DoD fighter base into a world class multi-modal transportation facility in a project of regional and national significance."