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The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and Senate
Armed Services Committee (SASC) both paid major attention to
electronic warfare (EW) and in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017. In addition to fully funding almost all EW-related programs and activities, and in some cases
adding items, or increasing funding levels, both the HASC and
the SASC committee reports called for the DOD to place greater
and continuing focus on EW and Electromagnetic Spectrum
(EMS)-related activities going forward.
For example, the HASC called for the Secretary of Defense
(SECDEF) to carry out a "Pilot Program on Modernization of
Electromagnetic Spectrum Warfare Systems and EW Systems."
It also called for "the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, acting through the Electronic
Warfare Executive Committee, to submit to the congressional
defense committees a report by April 1, 2017, on future electronic warfare concepts and technologies." For its part, the
SASC recommended a provision to amend the Bob Stump NDAA
for FY2003 to address the rapid acquisition of EW capabilities.
"This provision would enhance the abilities of the SECDEF to
respond to the increasingly urgent threat in the area of electromagnetic spectrum warfare and more quickly field critical
EW technologies." Also, noting that no funding was requested
or provided for additional EA-18G Growler aircraft, the SASC
stated that airborne electronic attack (AEA) will be "increasingly vital to our joint warfighting force, with the EA-18G
Growler soon to be the DOD's only tactical AEA aircraft platform." It directed the SECDEF to submit a report, "to either
revalidate the current requirement for the EA-18G Growler total program of record quantity or identify a new requirement
for the total number of EA-18G aircraft the Department would
ultimately procure."

PROCUREMENT
Army
Under aircraft modification funding line items, both committees approved $94.5 million for multi-sensor ABN
recon (MIP), and $13.2 million for Enhanced Medium
Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System
(EMARSS) SEMA modifications.

Navy
Under the Navy's missile modification line, the
HASC approved $178.2 million for HARM modifications; however the SASC reduced this by $30 million
citing production issues.
The HASC authorized the full $275 million request
for AN/SLQ-32 Surface EW Improvement Program
(SEWIP) Block III procurement funding. The SASC rec-

ommended an increase of $23 million to this line item to procure
one additional unit (unfunded requirement). Under reconnaissance equipment, both committees approved $170.7 million for
shipboard Information warfare (IW) exploit activities.

Air Force
The Air Force requested a new-start authorization to re-host
EC-130H Compass Call mission equipment onto a new platform,
designated the EC-37B. The HASC directed a total of $165.7
million across multiple appropriations for the program, but reduced the procurement funding for Compass Call modifications
from $130.3 million to $59.9 million due to the restructure. The
HASC report said the Committee "encourages the Air Force to
optimize the divesture of the EC-130s and accelerate the fielding of the EC-37B." In contrast, the SASC expressed concern
over the planned sole-source purchase of the new aircraft. It
said the sole-source purchase "of ten business class aircraft
would not give us any confidence that the Air Force is achieving the maximum value for the American taxpayer." The SASC
increased the procurement line by $25.6 million to $155.9 million (realignment from initial spares).

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
EW also fared well with both committees in the R&D budget lines. The Army received approval for $25.5 million in EW
technology applied research. The HASC approved its full request of $27.9 million for EW advanced technology development. However, the SASC reduced the request by $5 million,
noting that such technology "is not unique to Army," and to
"encourage the Army to collaborate more fully with others on
EW countermeasures."
In Navy R&D programs, the committees approved $48.8 million for EW system development and demonstration in addition to $577.8 million for the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ)
program and $52.1 million for NGJ increment II. $100 million
in operational systems development funding was approved for
EW readiness support.
Air Force R&D funding approval included $12.5 million for
EW system development and demonstration. Under advanced
technology development, the HASC approved the full request
of $58.3 million for electronic combat technology. However,
as it did with the Army, the SASC reduced the amount by $5
million citing the need to "encourage the Air Force to collaborate more fully with others on EW." Under operational systems
development, the HASC increased the Compass Call R&D budget
line from $13.7 million to $50.8 million due to the program restructure. The SASC maintained funding at the original level.
Both committees approved $90.8 million for the Airborne SIGINT enterprise. - J. Haystead a



JED - June 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Advances in COMINT/ DF Systems
Technology Survey: Communications and IED Jammers
SIGINT History
EW 101
Report from the 45th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium
AOC News
2016 AOC International Election Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - June 2016 - cover1
JED - June 2016 - cover2
JED - June 2016 - 3
JED - June 2016 - 4
JED - June 2016 - 5
JED - June 2016 - The View From Here
JED - June 2016 - 7
JED - June 2016 - Conferences Calendar
JED - June 2016 - 9
JED - June 2016 - Courses Calendar
JED - June 2016 - 11
JED - June 2016 - From the President
JED - June 2016 - 13
JED - June 2016 - 14
JED - June 2016 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2016 - 17
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JED - June 2016 - Washington Report
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JED - June 2016 - World Report
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JED - June 2016 - Advances in COMINT/ DF Systems
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JED - June 2016 - SIGINT History
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JED - June 2016 - EW 101
JED - June 2016 - 47
JED - June 2016 - Report from the 45th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium
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JED - June 2016 - AOC News
JED - June 2016 - 2016 AOC International Election Guide
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JED - June 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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