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washington repor t HOUSE PASSES HASC’S FY2013 DEFENSE SPENDING BILL The US House of Representative passed its version of the FY2013 defense authorization bill, which authorized overall spending of $642.7 billion, including $88.5 billion for overseas contingency operations. This was $3.6 billion more than requested in the President’s 2013 budget, but $47.4 billion less than that previously estimated for FY2013 in the President’s 2012 budget request. Total base-budget procurement spending was increased by $1.7 billion largely for additional Navy ($99 million) and Air Force ($314 million) aircraft and Navy shipbuilding ($893 million), with the Army also receiving a substantial boost ($383 million) for new weapons and tracked vehicles. Marine Corps procurement funding was cut by $141 million, and $227.4 million proposed for the joint improvised explosive device defeat fund was moved to overseas contingency operations bringing total JIEDDO funding to $1.9 billion. Total Research Development Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) was increased by $980 million In general, overall electronic warfare (EW) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) funding remained largely unchanged between the two budget proposals. However, reflecting the level of importance being given to EW, the Committee specifically directed the Secretary of Defense to “review and update DOD guidance related to EW not later than January 1, 2013 to ensure that oversight roles and responsibilities are clearly defined.” It also directed US Strategic Command to “update and issue guidance regarding the responsibilities of the combatant command with regard to joint EW capabilities.” Separately, the committee also mandated that the Commandant of the Marine Corps initiate a study on the future capabilities of Marine Corps EW including “a detailed plan for EA-6B Prowler aircraft squadrons, replacement of EA-6B aircraft, and concepts of operation for future Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) EW.” Army RDT&E: Applied research funding for EW remained at $15.1 million, along with EW advanced technology development (ATD) funding totaling $72.4 million. Total EW system development and demonstration (SDD) funding was cut by $5 million to $190.3 million due to a “program adjustment,” but the House seemed to accept the Army’s decision to cancel its EMARSS SIGINT program, as funding in the aerial common sensor line remained unchanged at $47.4 million. Army Procurement: Army procurement funding included $16.3 million for modifications to Guardrail SIGINT aircraft and $4.3 million for the mult i-s e n s or a i r b or ne reconnaissance program. Under the ground support avionics category, $34 million is provided for aircraft survivability equipment and $128 million for the AN/AAR-57 common missile warning system (CMWS). $48.8 million is also provided to procure thirteen new Prophet ground SIGINT surveillance systems, and $15.5 million for new CREW system procurement. Navy RDT&E: System development and demonstration funding includes $187 million for the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program, $51.3 million for EW development and $13 million for the EA-18G. USMC MAGTF EW funding aviation was set at $10.6 million and USMC intelligence/EW systems at $23 million. Ship self defense (Engage: soft kill/EW) was increased by $1.1 million to $152.6 million, citing “cruiser retention.” Advanced component development and prototypes funding included $74 million for Tactical Aircraft Directed IR countermeasures (TADIRCM) and $71.3 million for Joint Counter Radio-Controlled-IED EW (JCREW). Navy Procurement: Procurement funding included $92.3 million for the AN/SLQ-32 surface ship EW protection system, as well as increase of $11.2 million to $43 million for anti-ship missile decoy systems, incorporating a $10 million increase for NULKA decoys. Citing the “need to maintain the option for additional airborne EW capabilities, the HASC added two advance procurement EA-18G aircraft to the proposed 12, increasing funding by $45 million, but also citing savings of $30 million in non-recurring costs. $30.1 million was also provided for modifications to EA-6B aircraft, $50 million for AEA systems, $114.7 million for common ECM equipment, and $34.1 million for Marine MAGTF EW for aviation, and $87 million for modification of 100 HARM systems. Air Force RDT&E: The House approved $33 million for advanced technology development of electronic combat technology. System development & demonstration RDT&E funding includes $281 million for the B-2’s Defensive Management System Modernization program, $4.1 million for airborne electronic attack, and $2 million for EW development. Operational Systems Development funding includes $129 million for the Airborne SIGINT Enterprise, $50 million for multi-platform EW equipment, $12.1 million for Compass Call aircraft, and $7.8 million for large aircraft IR countermeasures (LAIRCM). Air Force Procurement: Air Force procurement funding included $165.2 million for RC-135 and $50 million for Compass Call aircraft modifications. $28.8 million was provided for LAIRCM procurement. $23.2 million was authorized for new AGM-88 HARM procurement. – J. Haystead a 28 The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2012

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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Future EW: Next Gen Jammer
Technology Survey: Spectrum Analyzers
EW 101
AOC 2012 Election Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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