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"Future vertical lift S&T funds emphasizes critical technology and aviation protection and aircraft survivability, improves situational awareness and advanced power systems.
"Network S&T funding supports advancing cyber electromagnetic activities and mission- command applications. Funds
emphasize concept development and cyber operations and
modular radio-frequency communications, as well as developing precision positioning, navigation and timing, and a Global
Positioning System-denied battle space.
"Air and missile defense-requested S&T funds will access
technologies and high energy lasers and advance seekers and
advance propulsion. Concept development includes multimission high-energy lasers and a high-energy laser tactical vehicle demonstrator."
Beyond S&T funds, Welch said, "Requested funds for shortrange air defense address the Army's critical shortfall defending maneuver formations and other tactical echelons from
low-altitude, fixed-wing, rotary-wing, unmanned aerial systems, rocket artillery and mortar threats."

During the budget rollout press briefing, RADM Brian Luther, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Budget, covered some of the highlights of the budget request, including
EW programs. The Navy will buy 16 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 ES systems (an
increase of six over FY2018 production rates) and four SEWIP
Block 4 jamming systems (and increase of two over FY2018
production rates).
In the RDT&E lines, Admiral Luther said the Navy "increased
funding for the Navy laser family of systems, which is a designated Rapid Prototyping Experimentation and Demonstration initiative, or RPED, to provide near-term, ship-based laser
weapon capabilities." More specifically, the Navy requested
$190.2 million for the High-Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) program (see related
article in this month's "Monitor"), an increase of $130 million
over the FY2018 request. The program is scheduled go through
Critical Design Review (CDR) in FY2019.

Air Force
Navy
The U.S. Navy requested $194.1 billion for FY2019. This comprises $179.1 billion for the base budget and $15 billion for
OCO. The Navy's procurement request was $58.5 billion and its
RDT&E request was $18.6 billion. Compared with the FY2018
request, procurement accounts increased by $8 billion and
RDT&E increased by $800 million.

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The Air Force's FY2019 budget request calls for $194.2 billion
(an increase of $10.6 billion over the FY2018 request), which
includes $15.6 billion for OCO. The Air Force is asking for $25.7
billion in procurement and $30.4 billion in RDT&E.
MAJ GEN John Pletcher, Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, said the Air Force's budget focuses on six
priorities: readiness, nuclear deterrence, modernization, dependable space, networked battle management and strengthening alliances. He said the RDT&E portion of the budget
focuses in areas such as space EW and directed energy. "Faced
with an eroding technology advantage in an international
environment of great power competition, this FY2019 RDT&E
budget invests heavily in innovative technologies, funds the
modernization of our nuclear force and transforms major
space capabilities to better perform in a contested environment. It also directs funding to game-changing technologies,
such as hypersonics, directed energy, unmanned autonomous artificial intelligence and machine learning systems,
and nanotechnology." With regard to space capabilities, he
further added, "In addition, our space modernization efforts
include development of steerable, high-power, anti-jam capability for our GPS satellites." He also said the budget covers
procurement of counter-UAS systems.

2018-01-31 6:04 PM

The MDA also discussed its FY2019 budget for reporters,
which includes some non-kinetic technology programs. Gary
Pennett, the MDA's director of operations, said, "The request
for technology maturation initiatives is $149 million. This
includes $61 million to continue the development of a LowPower Laser Demonstrator and laser scaling efforts. $5 million
of the investment is to scale up the power, which is a key step
to the eventual boost-phase intercept capability." According
to an MDA budget overview document, "MDA's plan is to continue the design to begin fabrication of a UAV-borne laser to
address boost phase missile defense risks. Scalable, efficient,
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2018

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor - DOD Rolls Out $686 Billion FY2019 Budget
World Report - Russia Developing More Sophisticated Approach to EW
The Domain of the Tube – Millimeter Wave and Beyond
A Wild Weasel EWO Kills a SAM – from an AC-130E Gunship
Resilient and Ready: NATO JEWCS in Transition
EW 101
2018 AOC Industry & Institute/ University Member Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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