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t he
HASC REPORT ON 2016 DOD BUDGET
RECOGNIZES CRITICAL IMPORTANCE
OF ELECTRONIC WARFARE

These included restoring $28.7 million to
the Air Force's EC-130H "Compass Call,"
EW aircraft modification program, "in
recognition of the unique electronic
warfare capabilities provided by this
aircraft," and an additional $50 million
to conduct integration and testing for
an F-16 AESA radar upgrade, an effort
that had previously been cancelled, and
which had also included major associated upgrades to the F-16's EW suite.
"The committee notes that, despite the
termination of the F-16 Combat Avionics
Programmed Extension Suite (CAPES),
the Department of the Air Force is considering a new effort to upgrade F-16
radars from the current APG-68 system
to a modern AESA radar system ...and,
accordingly, encourages the Department
of the Air Force to budget for development and procurement of this upgrade
in the Future Years Defense Program."
Reflecting even more detailed attention, the Committee called out the fact
that the Navy's FY2016 budget request
for the Next Generation Jammer (NGC)
program did not include funds for the
low-band transmitter consolidation
Engineering Change Proposal (ECP). "The
committee notes that the Increment 2
(Inc 2) element of the NGJ program,
which addresses low band jammer issues,
is planned to begin fielding later, in
2026, and that, as a result, the current
ALQ-99 low band transmitters will be
required in the interim... Therefore, the
committee recommends $37.2 million,
an increase of $15.0 million, for the low
band transmitter consolidation ECP. The
Committee expects that these funds
would be used for production and fielding of low band transmitter consolidation
ECP installations."
Knowledge of, and attention to, electromagnetic spectrum technology and
requirements was not limited to the RF
and microwave portions of the spectrum. For example, the committee also
stated its belief that the Air Force should

consider, as part of the requirements for
the Next Generation Joint Surveillance
Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), an
integrated electro-optical/infrared (EO/
IR) search capability. "The committee
notes that EO/IR capability is already in
very high demand and that adding this
capability to Next Generation JSTARS may
enable the platform to provide additional
intelligence support capability." The committee directed the Secretary of the Air
Force to provide a briefing to the HASC
by March 1, 2016, on the potential utility
of an integrated EO/IR capability on Next
Generation JSTARS aircraft.
And, on a fiscally cautious note, but
also reflecting the Committee's level of
attention on the technology, the HASC
also observed that both the Air Force
and Navy are developing new IRST capabilities for their F-15 and F/A-18 aircraft,
respectively. It required the Secretary
of Defense to submit a report by March
1, 2016 comparing the requirements of
the two efforts and explain any need for
the Navy and Air Force to field different
IRST systems.
In other EW funding, all of the Army's
EW equipment procurement requests
were fully funded, including $2.96 million for CREW, $2.6 million for the EW
Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT)
program, $13.7 million for the Army's
EMARSS and $56.2 million for Aircraft
Survivability Equipment (ASE). Funding
for the Common Missile Warning System
(CMWS) received an increase of $26 million to meet an unfunded requirement
for Apache Survivability Enhancements.
The Navy received an additional $28
million to meet an unfunded requirement for two SEWIP Block II systems. The
Marine Corps' MAGTF EW for aviation budget request of $7.7 million was also fully
funded. The Air Force's Large Aircraft IR
Countermeasures (LAIRCM) procurement
was also fully funded at $84.3 million.
EW RDT&E funding also did well in
the HASC bill, including an additional

The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2015

EW technology and programs received
significant attention and support in the
House of Representatives version of the
National Defense Authorization Act (H.R.
1735), which was passed on the House
floor as this issue of JED went to press. In
the committee report accompanying the
bill, the House Armed Services Committee
(HASC) expressed its strong endorsement
of the recent establishment of the EW
Executive Committee (EXCOM) by the
Deputy Secretary of Defense with an initial focus on EW strategy, acquisition,
operational support and security. "The
committee commends the Department of
Defense for making such a strong move to
improve oversight of all EW activities, and
looks forward to hearing more from the
Department about how it will operate and
key recommendations it plans to make."
The committee also noted its recognition of the importance of EW in countering specific, growing threat areas, such as
that posed by unmanned aerial systems
to US and coalition forces. For example,
it highlighted the Army EW Division's
efforts to develop technology that
can recognize and disrupt the uplinks
between unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
and their ground-based controllers. The
committee "encourages the Army to continue its research into severing these
control signals."
The HASC report also listed EW as one
of the key elements to be considered in
the DOD's approach to providing a "robust
approach to passive defense both left and
right of enemy launch" for Integrated Air
and Missile Defense (IAMD), as identified
by the Joint Chiefs of Staff's "Vision 2020"
study released in December of last year.
In addition to general statements
in support of EW, the Committee also
took strong and specific measures in key
funding areas of importance to EW priorities, including unfunded requirements.

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JED - June 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2015

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Leadership Interview
Missile Warning for Fighter Aircraft
Technology Survey: RWR/ESM Systems
EW 101
2015 AOC Election Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - June 2015 - cover1
JED - June 2015 - cover2
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JED - June 2015 - 4
JED - June 2015 - 5
JED - June 2015 - The View From Here
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JED - June 2015 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - June 2015 - Courses Calendar
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JED - June 2015 - From the President
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JED - June 2015 - 14
JED - June 2015 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2015 - World Report
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JED - June 2015 - Leadership Interview
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JED - June 2015 - Missile Warning for Fighter Aircraft
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JED - June 2015 - 2015 AOC Election Guide
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JED - June 2015 - Index of Advertisers
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