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CONGRESSIONAL DEFENSE COMMITTEES DEMAND MORE
EW/SIGINT PLANNING AND ACCOUNTABILITY
IN FY2015 BUDGET REPORTS
Both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees
(HASC/SASC) gave major attention to EW and SIGINT programs
in their FY2015 budget reports, with both demanding a number of major follow-on reports and briefings from the DOD and
individual Services.

ELECTRONIC WARFARE (EW)

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In terms of major EW programs, both committees paid particular attention to the funding levels of EA-18G "Growler"
aircraft. Pointing out that the purchase of 22 additional EA18G aircraft at a cost of $2.1 billion was the number one item
on the Chief of Naval Operations' (CNO) unfunded priority list
for fiscal year 2015, the SASC recommended that the Navy
take whatever steps possible to ensure that it retains the
option of buying more EA-18G aircraft if needed. It also included a provision that authorizes the Navy, subject to appropriation, to use $75 million of FY2014 funds for advance
procurement of F/A-18 E/F aircraft for the purpose of retaining this option, and included an increase of $25 million in
section 4101 funding for the purpose. The SASC also directed
the Secretary of the Navy to provide briefings to the congressional defense committees by September 1, 2014 on options
for ensuring that the Navy will be able to purchase the additional aircraft.
The HASC went even further, stating that the Navy had
insufficiently funded the EA-18G Growler requirement, threatening shutdown of the manufacturing line. The committee provided an additional $450 million to the FY2015
budget for five additional EA-18G aircraft. In concert
with this, like the SASC, it also encouraged the CNO
to use the advanced procurement funds for F/A-18 E/F
aircraft in FY14 to extend the production line to a
minimum production rate of two aircraft per month.
The committee also directed the Department of the
Navy to brief it by September 1 on its ability to accomplish this.
Both the House and Senate committees also raised
concerns about the Air Force's plans to retire nearly
half of its EC-130H "Compass Call" fleet beginning in
FY2016. The SASC stat-

ed that Compass Call aircraft "provide an unparalleled capability for our combatant commanders to disrupt enemy command
and control communications and limit adversary coordination
essential for enemy force management." The SASC directed
the Secretary of the Air Force to develop and deliver a plan,
"including milestones and resource requirements, to replace,
modernize, or re-host current Compass Call capabilities," by
September 30. Similarly, the HASC stated that "the current
fleet of EC-130H 'Compass Call' aircraft is the Air Force's only
wide-area, airborne Command and Control Warfare/Information Operations weapon system." It directed the Secretary to
brief the committee on the analysis of alternatives (AOA) it is
conducting on a follow-on capability to replace Compass Call
by June 1, 2015.
Citing contract delays, both the HASC and SASC cut back
proposed FY2015 RDT&E funding for the F-15 Eagle Passive/
Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) program.
The HASC sliced $15.5 million from the proposed $68.9 million
budget number bringing it to $53.4 million, while the SASC cut
the program even further to $49.4 million. Though the SASC
noted that "EPAWSS is expected to significantly improve the
F-15's capability to autonomously and automatically detect,
identify and locate radio frequency threats, as well as provide the ability to defeat radio frequency, electro-optical, and
infrared threat systems," it pointed to the 15-month-or-more
schedule slippage in the program's plan since the previous year
as the reason for the reduction.
Other EW programs such as the Navy's Next Generation
Jammer (NGJ) RDT&E budget request of $247 million passed
through both committees, as did its AN/SLQ-32 procurement
budget request of $214.6 million, the $15.2 million RDT&E
budget request for the Joint Counter Radio Controlled IED
EW (JCREW) program and both the $14.8 million procurement
and $7.8 million RDT&E budget requests for Marine Corps Air
Ground Task Force (MAGTF) EW.

SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE (SIGINT)
A number of SIGINT programs also received special attention
from the committees. For example, the HASC strongly emphasized its concern regarding the cost of maintaining six different collection systems for Army SIGINT programs planned
for near-term fielding including: Guard Rail Common Sensor; Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and



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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
The Art of Fusion – Ew and Radar for Fighter Aircraft
EPAWSS: F-15 Ew Upgrade Ready to Launch
Technology Survey: Airborne Ir Decoys and Dispensers
EW 101
New Products
AOC Election Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - July 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - July 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - July 2014 - From the President
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