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washing t on repor t CONGRESS WANTS USMC EW REPORT In the FY2013 Defense Authorization Bill, which emerged from conference as this issue of JED was going to press, the House and Senate conferees have included language in the conference report that calls for the Commandant of the US Marine Corps to submit an EW Report to the Congressional defense committees. The report will include “a detailed plan for the disposition of EA–6B Prowler aircraft squadrons” and “a solution for the replacement of the capability provided by such aircraft.” The report should also address “concepts of operation for future air-ground task force electronic warfare capabilities.” Lawmakers have asked for the report no later than 90 days after the bill is signed into law. The conference report also updates the requirements of an annual EW report Congress included in the FY2011 Defense Authorization Bill. In the FY2013 bill, Congress is directing the DOD to submit its report by January 1, 2013, and to “review and update Department of Defense guidance related to electronic warfare to ensure that oversight roles and responsibilities within the Department related to electronic warfare policy and programs are clearly defined. Such guidance shall clarify, as appropriate, the roles and responsibilities related to the integration of electronic warfare matters and cyberspace operations.” In addition, the conference report directs the Commander of US Strategic Command to “update and issue guidance regarding the responsibilities of the Command with regard to joint electronic warfare capabilities.” Specifically, the conference report calls on USSTRATCOM to “define the role and objectives of the Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Control Center or any other center established in the Command to provide governance and oversight of electronic warfare matters; and include an implementation plan outlining tasks, metrics, and timelines to establish such a center.” That information is due to Congressional defense committees by October 1. – J. Knowles current and emerging EW technologies and capabilities that US forces could face over the next 20 years, along with the capabilities they can use against potential threats. Kendall wants a wide-ranging look at future EW needs in the wake of modern electromagnetic spectrum threats and the increasing commercial and civil technologies crowding US forces’ ability to use their own sophisticated technologies within the EMS. In a Nov. 14 memo to the DSB outlining the summer 2013 study on “21st Century Military Operations in a Complex Electromagnetic Environment, Kendall said the DSB’s examination should “uncover major potential deficiencies, risks and opportunities. In addition to examining EW capabilities at the individual technique level, the study should also consider how the Department can assess the value of such capabilities at a force-on-force or campaign level. Such examinations will provide insight on the value of techniques in combination with cyber and kinetic effects at a higher warfighting level, how combinations of techniques may be utilized to advantage, or what unintended disadvantageous consequences may occur in a complex multi-system environment that may not be obvious in ‘one-on-one’ examinations.” The memo outlines three “products” the study should provide. First,the DSB should provide “a set of findings and recommendations to guide the development of new EW capabilities, both offensive and defensive, providing major leverage in potential future conflicts against both near-peer and regional powers.” Second, the study should provide “guidance for the Department regarding what modeling and simulation tools and capabilities are required to examine the interaction of offensive and defensive EW capabilities at a joint force-on-force campaign level and an assessment as to whether or not such capabilities currently exist within the Department or need to be developed.” Third, the study should provide a set of findings and recommendations as to what improvements the Department can make in specifying, testing and evaluating future EW capabilities, particularly when considering potential interactions, both intended and unintended, in complex environments or the action/reaction cycles discussed above.” Kendall said he will sponsor the study, with Robert Stein and William Delaney serving as co-chairmen of the study task force. – E. Richardson a 20 The Journal of Electronic Defense | January 2013 PENTAGON TAKING A NEW LOOK AT FUTURE EW NEEDS Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, has asked the Defense Science Board (DSB) to conduct a study on the

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - January 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Program Profi le: SEWIP
Technology Survey
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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