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SAC PLAYS HARDBALL ON EW PROGRAM FUNDING AMOUNTS
The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2014
In general, EW programs and funding lines fared quite well
in the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) report on the
FY2015 Defense Appropriations Bill. That said, however, the
SAC was considerably less generous than its House counterpart
in a number of program areas, meaning that many final EW
program funding levels will need to be negotiated in a HouseSenate conference.
As the House Appropriations Committee (HAC) had done
earlier, the SAC specifically referenced the importance of EW
to the Nation's military preparedness, noting, in particular,
that "Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) is a capability that has
proven critical in recent military engagements and for which
there will be growing demand in the future."
Backing up the statement, the SAC endorsed the HAC's increase to the Navy's EA-18G "Growler" EA aircraft procurement
budget request, which will provide for an additional 12 aircraft. The SAC recommended a total budget increase of $1.3
billion with $1 million directed at ensuring the Navy extends
the current EA-18G production rate to a minimum of two aircraft per month into 2016. The SAC did not endorse, however,
the HAC's $10 million procurement funding increase for ALQ-99
Low Band Transmitters (LBTs), leaving the program with $34.8
million for FY2015.
In other Navy procurement, citing "restoring acquisition
accountability: unit cost efficiencies," the SAC agreed with the
HAC's $5.3 million cut from the AGM-88 HARM modifications
budget line, leaving $106.5 million. The SAC also maintained
the HAC's recommended cut of $19.4 million from the AN/SLQ32 program, bringing it to $195.2 million, citing "restoring acquisition accountability: Block 1B3 and contract delay due to
test schedule slips; installation funding ahead of need due to
contract delay; and Block 2 installation funding ahead of need
due to contract delay."
In Air Force procurement lines, both appropriations
committees approved $57.8 million in Compass Call
funding for modifications to in-service aircraft. Both
also approved $13.2 million for Large Aircraft IR Countermeasures (LAIRCM), and $11.5 million for C3 countermeasures (C3CM).
While the HAC had ostensibly cut the Army's Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) procurement line
by $47 million, they had, in turn, added $32.6 million
to the Army's Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE)
line. However, the SAC maintained the cut from CMWS
without adding to ASE funding.
The SAC also called out the Army for its confusing, duplicative and inefficient aircraft program management structure,
stating that it was a major factor in causing cost-overruns in
the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) program. Because of these overruns,
the Army cancelled the program in FY2015, leading the SAC
to rescind $73.5 million in FY2014 funds intended for new
Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E)
In its report, the SAC noted several areas of particular concern regarding the military's readiness and capabilities going
forward. One of these was the Navy's Counter Anti-Access/Area
Denial (A2/AD) capabilities, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. The SAC urged the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to "conduct research efforts on technologies that enhance the ability of
US naval forces to operate in heavily contested environments."
The SAC cut $17.7 million from the Ship Self Defense (Engage: Soft Kill/EW) line, leaving $116.9 million, citing "budget
documentation disparity: unjustified Rapid Capability Insertion Program (RCIP); and restoring acquisition accountability:
SEWIP Block 3 PDR delay." The HAC had recommended cutting
$13.2 million from this line item, leaving $121.3 million
Although the HAC had cut $4 million from the Navy's ASE
Self Protection Optimization program due to "program growth,"
the SAC recommended a cut of only $2.1 million, leaving the
program with $6 million. The SAC cited "budget documentation
disparity: unjustified request for test assets."
In Air Force RDT&E, although the HAC had left the program
item intact at $30.7 million, the SAC cut Airborne Electronic
Attack (AEA) to $10.7 million. The SAC cited "restoring acquisition accountability: next gen electronic attack analysis-ofalternatives inherently governmental." Likewise, the HAC had
also approved the full Operational Systems Development funding request of $68.9 million for the F-15 Eagle Passive/Active
Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS) system, but the SAC
cut $30 million from the program citing "restoring acquisition
accountability: optimistic schedule." And, although the HAC
had approved $106.8 million for Airborne SIGINT Enterprise,
the SAC cut the program to $74.5 million, citing "improving
funds management; medium altitude on hold."
Total Army RDT&E funding requests of $18.5 million for EW
Applied Research and $70 million for EW Advanced Technology Development (ATD passed both the HAC and SAC. The
$145.4 million requested for Common IR Countermeasures
(CIRCM) was fully funded. - J. Haystead a
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - September 2014
The View From Here
From the President
I2WD – Driving Next Generation Army EW and Cyber Technology Into the Future
Technology Survey: Communications Jammers and Rcied Jammers
AOC Convention Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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