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washington report 2010 DEFENSE BUDGET REQUEST DELAYED The Defense Department’s FY2010 budget request will not be submitted to Congress until April 2009 instead of early February as is customary, according to various published reports, because officials from the new Obama administration want an opportunity to review it and make minor changes before it is sent to Congress. The DOD plans to send only a summary budget outline to Congress February 2, and then it will draft the final detailed FY2010 budget request over a period of two months after receiving fiscal and policy guidance from the incoming Administration, particularly in regard to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In related news, the DOD’s Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) has been advanced to February. The QDR, a congressionally mandated examination of the national defense strategy and the military services’ force structure, modernization plans and infrastructure, typically takes up to 10 months to complete. Robert Gates, who remains the Secretary of Defense under the new Administration, directed an early and quick start to the QDR to allow its initial findings to be implemented in shaping the new FY2010 defense budget request by April, according to Inside the Pentagon. The publication also reported last month that Gates intends to direct major changes in the DOD’s weapon system investment plans this spring. – G. Goodman NEW ARMY OFFICER EW QUALIFICATION COURSE The US Army is moving ahead with its plans to make EW a core competency at all levels, from service component commands to battalion level in its active component, Army National Guard and Army Reserve. The second pilot iteration of the service’s new EW Officer Qualification Course (FA29), part of the creation of an EW Officer Functional Area for commissioned officers, began January 12 at Fort Sill, OK. The 10-week-long course, together with a third pilot iteration scheduled for June 1, offers more EW training than the Army’s previous Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) 1J course and upon completion of the courses, officers will have the option to request a career field transfer. Later this year, the Army will offer courses for a second career track, the military occupational specialty (MOS) for sergeants, warrant officers and commissioned officers. “The new graduates will man positions in Army operations sections, not in intelligence sections, where our electronic warfare types have served in the past,” said COL Laurie Buckhout, chief of the Army’s EW Division, a branch created in 2006 as part of Army Headquarters. With the establishment of its new EW career path, the Army estimates that it will have 1,500 trained EW experts by 2010. – M. Kunkel AOC HIRES NEW DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Colonel Norman J. Balchunas, USAF (Ret), will join the Association of Old Crows (AOC) February 15 as its new Director of Operations. Colonel Balchunas enters the AOC having retired from the US Air Force February 1 after a period of service that spanned 25 years and included such responsibilities as commanding B-52 operations in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, supervising the world’s largest aerospace education program for more than 100,000 students and instructors, performing oversight of international cyber activities and integrating the Joint Warfare Analysis Center and Information Operations into combat operations. Colonel Balchunas’ responsibilities within the AOC will capitalize on his extensive EW expertise. He primarily will lend assistance in planning all future AOC conferences, including support to the AOC’s IO Institute and InfowarCon, as well as overseeing the AOC’s education program and acting as managing editor of the Every Crow Workbook and certification. Colonel Balchunas holds master’s degrees in both Strategic Studies from the Air University’s Air War College at Maxwell AFB, AL, and Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. His EW experience reaches back to his navigator and EW USAF military training in 1984, and has been enhanced throughout his service. – M. Kunkel a 22 The Journal of Electronic Defense | February 2009

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Contents
The View From Here
Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Charting the Course of Indian EW
What's Next in Data Recorders?
Technology Survey: RWR/ESM Systems
EW 101
2009 AOC Industry and Institute/University Member Guide
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - February 2009 - Contents
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JED - February 2009 - The View From Here
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JED - February 2009 - Calendar
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JED - February 2009 - From the President
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