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wa s hi ng t o n rep ort FY2012 DEFENSE SPENDING BILL PASSED BY CONGRESS Last month, the House and Senate agreed on an FY2012 defense spending bill, which has been signed into law by President Obama. The bill, part of a larger appropriations package passed just before Congress left Washington for their Winter Recess, provides $518.1 billion in regular discretionary funding for the Department of Defense. That figure is approximately $5.1 billion more than was provided in FY2011, but it was also $20.8 billion less than the President requested. The final defense appropriations bill was shaped by a House-Senate conference that met to iron out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The conference reduced funding for a number of electronic warfare (EW) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) programs and added funding for a few. A summary of these changes are: ARMY RDT&E • Smoke, Obscurant and Target Defeating System-Advance Development funding reduced from $9.5 million to $4.5 million. The $5 million cut was described as a “program growth adjustment.” • The EW Development funding line was cut from $101.2 million to $34.3 million due to CIRCM program delays. • Threat Simulator Development funding increased from the President’s $17 million request to $26,158,000 to accommodate program transfers from the disbanded Joint Forces Command. • The Tactical UAV funding line was cut from $44.2 million to $26.5 million due to Tactical SIGINT Payload (TSP) contract award delays and a change to the TSP acquisition strategy. ARMY PROCUREMENT • The conferees decided to cut all funding for procurement of Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System ($539.6 million) due to program delays stemming from bidder protests that impacted the development schedule. • The funding line for the AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System was reduced from $162.8 million to $104.3 million due to contract award delays for A-kit production and installation. NAVY RDT&E • Due to a late contract award for its Technology Development phase, Next Generation Jammer program funding was reduced by $19 million to $171 million. NAVY PROCUREMENT • EA-18G funding was reduced from the DOD’s request of $1.1 billion to $994.5 million due to various cuts not related to the aircraft’s EW systems. • The Navy’s Airborne Electronic Attack line was reduced from $34.1 million to $31.8 million because of a $2.3 million cut for air-launched decoy jammers. • The Navy’s Fleet EW support Group line was reduced by $1 million to $1.7 million. • The Common ECM Equipment line was trimmed from $92.1 million to $63.8 million because of IDECM Block IV concurrency (-$25.5 million) and DIRCM A kit Savings (-$2 million). • SLQ-32 production was cut from $43.1 million to $39.9 million because some aspects of Block 1B3 Units, which would have provided upgraded displays and high-gain, high-sensitivity receivers, were no longer required. • The Shipboard IW Exploit funding line was reduced from $103.6 million to $100.7 million due to a change in procurement strategy for Paragon SIGINT upgrades. AIR FORCE RDT&E • The Next Generation Bomber (Long Range Strike) program received a $100 million increase, boosting it to $297 million. • EW Development was reduced from $26.9 million to $16.9 million due to MALD-J Increment 2 Technology Development contract award delays. • The Airborne Electronic Attack line was cut from $47.1 million to $41 million because of delays in the start of the EA Pod program (-$3.5 million) and AEA System of Systems contract delays (-$2.6 million). • The Combat Training Ranges line was cut from $28,106,000 to $8,106,000, in part due to changes and delays in the Joint Threat Emitter Increment 2 program (-$12 million). • The Airborne SIGINT Enterprise line was cut from $121.7 million to $108.2 million because of Airborne SIGINT Payload (ASIP) 2C contract delays (-$12 million) and RQ-4 program delays (-$1.5 million). AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT • The Air Force’s Compass Call program was boosted to $290.3 million due to an additional $33.7 million for Avionics Modernization Phase 1. SOCOM • US Special Operations Command received two related plus-ups, totaling $7 million, to address unfunded EW requirements. OCO • In the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) section of the budget, SOCOM also received a $12 million RDT&E add for a Tactical SIGINT Geolocation Capability to address shortfalls identified in the field. • In the OCO Procurement section, the Navy’s AEA Systems line was reduced to $45.6 million due to a $7.5 million cut for Intrepid Tiger pod procurement. • The Air Force’s C-130 Series line was cut from $59.6 million to $44.2 million because LAIRCM installation funding was requested “ahead of need.” • The Air Force’s MQ-9 procurement line received a $29.5 million reduction because its request for ASIP-2C sensors was “early to need.” – JED Staff a 20 The Journal of Electronic Defense | January 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - January 2012

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
US IRCM Market Forecast
USMC Moves Out on Air-Land EW
Book Review
EW 101
AOC News
Views from the AOC Convention
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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