The House Armed Services Committee has voted to include $22 million in the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill to continue work on improving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System at Lockheed Martin's Moorestown complex, where 5,000 people work, U.S. Rep. James Saxton (R., N.J.) said today.

If the funding ultimately becomes part of the federal budget enacted by Congress and signed by the President, it will pay for research and development that "lays a foundation for work at the plant down the road," Saxton said.

About $20 million was approved for the same work last year.

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