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HOUSE EW WORKING GROUP
SUBMITS EW BILL
The co-chairs of the House Electronic
Warfare Working Group (EWWG) have introduced a bill to strengthen DOD's EW
capabilities. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02)
and Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) crafted
the Electronic Warfare Capabilities Enhancement Act (H.R. 4851), "to help the
US keep its competitive edge in the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum domain,"
according to a joint statement. Their bill
is a companion to the Senate version of
the EW Capabilities Enhancement Act
(S. 2486) introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk
(IL) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) in
February.
The House version of the bill reiterates many of the ideas put forward in
the Senate bill. According the the joint
statement from Larsen and Walorski,
their bill:
*	"Gives	 the	 Department	 of	 Defense	
more flexibility, making it easier to
modernize legacy systems and develop new EW technologies,"
*	"Provides	 leaders	 in	 the	 Pentagon	
with more and better tools to more

rapidly acquire advanced EW technology," and
*	"Calls	on	the	EW	Executive	Committee	
to report to Congress on a strategic
plan to strengthen US EW capabilities,
including new operational concepts,
attributes needed in future EW capabilities, new training methods and
requirements, and progress in streamlining acquisition processes."
Larsen and Walorski also said their
bill "...acknowledges the need to treat
the electromagnetic spectrum as a critical operational domain..." and "places
more responsibility with the year-old
EW Executive Committee to guide a coordinated, Pentagon-wide approach to
EW investment."
"The Department of Defense established the joint Electronic Warfare (EW)
Executive Committee to strengthen our
defense against threats from our enemies, who have worked tirelessly to
increase and expand their own capabilities," Walorski said. "This legislation
will empower the EW Executive Committee in procuring or updating protections
to our military's electronic infrastruc-

ture while also providing the Congress
with the tools to properly fund and
provide resources to these programs...
We must ensure our Service men and
women have access to communications
systems that will allow them to quickly
assert their information dominance in
the fight against global terrorism."
Larsen added, "Our warfighters face
a wide range of threats in the EM spectrum, from terrorist groups using cheap,
secure, commercially-available technology to rival nations deploying highly
innovative electronics. Too often, our
women and men in uniform are using
outdated technology in the increasingly
contested EM spectrum. The way we develop, buy and roll out EW technology
must focus on getting the right capabilities fielded more quickly."
The language from the Senate and
House versions of the EW Capabilities
Enhancement Act are expected to be incorporated into the respective defense
authorization bills from the House and
Senate, when they are introduced in
the coming weeks. If the EW language
in each bill is adopted into the final

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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
DARPA Profile: Advanced Materials
Mission Profile: Non-Kinetic Thinking Creates New Possibilities for Air and Missile Defense
Threat Monitor
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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