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The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2017


In its review of the 2018 Defense Bill, the House Appropriations Committee (HAC) paid close and focused attention on a
number of specific EW programs and EW-related actions by the
Services in their procurement and research and development
(R&D) requests.
For example, the HAC expressed major concern with the Air
Force's strategic plan regarding the future mix of fourth- and
fifth-generation fighter aircraft. In particular, it noted the
Service's removal of funds for the F-15C Eagle Passive/Active
Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) from the FutureYears Defense Plan. As a result, the Committee directed the
Secretary of the Air Force to "keep the Committee fully informed of all Air Force studies regarding the F-15C fleet (including modification programs) and the composition of the
fighter aircraft force, and will carefully review any future proposals regarding the F-15C fleet to ensure that all mission areas can be suitably met." The Committee also directed that no
procurement funds for F-15 infrared search and track (IRST) be
obligated until 15 days after the Secretary of the Air Force submits a report certifying that the pods will meet or exceed all
threshold parameters identified in the 2016 defense bill report.
Additionally, the HAC drilled down to the Air Force's need
to continue funding R&D efforts in deployable and reconfigurable multifunctional antennas. It encouraged the Director of
the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to partner with academic institutions capable of advancing technologies with a
potentially transformational impact on important applications
for military use, such as expandable antennas for satellite communications and collapsible antennas that can benefit ground
personnel by reducing the weight and footprint of antennas.
One specific budget reduction of note was that Operational
Development R&D funding for Airborne SIGINT Enterprise was
reduced by $6 million, leaving $116 million, due to "Nontraditional SIGINT unjustified growth."
Similarly, addressing the Army's RDT&E spending
request, the HAC noted that the Army has accomplished significant advancements in "asset-protection" technologies, such as thermal indicating paints,
active sensor systems, novel power solutions, printed
and embedded sensors for aviation structures, flexible electronics, and other technologies. As such, the
Committee "encourages" the Secretary of the Army
to further develop and deploy such advanced multifunctional materials and technologies. Noting similar
advancements in signature-management technology,
the HAC also encour-

aged the Army to complete R&D of its improved camouflage
system, and accelerate low-rate initial production of the
system during fiscal year 2018. It also encouraged the Army
to invest in R&D efforts aimed at countermeasure-hardened
munitions that will ensure the Service's ability to effectively
engage targets. In terms of specific Army EW programs, the
HAC approved the $105.8 million requested for the Common
IR Countermeasures (CIRCM) engineering and manufacturing
development (EMD) program and $31 million requested for aircraft survivability equipment (ASE).
On the Navy side, the Committee encouraged the Secretary
of the Navy to continue to invest in advanced power and energy technology and, in particular, to accelerate the qualification of silicon carbide power modules (a potential technology
to power high-energy lasers on ships) on mission-critical Navy
platforms. "The use of silicon carbide power modules may be
able to reduce the size and weight of power conversion modules and other electronic systems necessary for advanced sensors and weapon systems." Regarding specific R&D programs
of note, the HAC reduced the requested funding for the Next
Generation Jammer (NGJ) by $4 million citing "hardware development previously funded," leaving $628.9 million, and the
funding for NGJ Increment II was reduced by $10.4 million,
leaving $56.3 million, due to "test and evaluation and aircraft
integration early to need." EA-18 funding was also cut by $15.9
million due to "system configuration set development and integration excess growth."
In terms of the surface fleet, the HAC cut the Navy's budget
request for the AN/SLQ-32 shipboard self-protection suite by $7.2
million, leaving $233.2 million, citing "installations insufficient
budget justification." The Marine Corps' Marine Air Ground Task
Force (MAGTF) EW funding was also cut by $1 million due to "insufficient budget justification. The HARM Improvement program
was reduced by $7.9 million, leaving $80.1 million due to "AARGM
ER schedule delays."
In addition to conventional budget line-item figures, the
HAC also added an additional $12.6 billion for procurement,
and an additional $1 billion for RDT&E as part of the "National
Defense Restoration Fund, in order to replace and modernize
the equipment of the military Services and defense agencies.
The funding is available to procure vehicles, ships, aircraft,
munitions, space systems, missile defense systems, modifications to weapon systems and equipment, other procurement
requirements, and emerging requirements deemed by the
Secretary of Defense to be in the National security interest
of the United States." - J. Haystead a


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - September 2017

The View from Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Army Brigade Electronic Warfare Weapons Teams Learn New Lessons at NTC
Technology Survey: Counter-UAS Systems
EW 101
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - September 2017 - intro
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JED - September 2017 - The View from Here
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JED - September 2017 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - September 2017 - Courses Calendar
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JED - September 2017 - From the President
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JED - September 2017 - The Monitor
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