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the view from he re FEBRUARY 2009 • Vol. 32, No. 2 NEW PROGRAMS, NEW CHALLENGES he US EW community is going through an exciting period at the moment, as several EW development programs are currently in competition. Not only will these programs deliver critically needed EW capabilities to the operational community, the outcomes of these competitions also will help to shape the market landscape for the next decade. In the IR arena, companies are chasing the Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS) for US Navy and US Marine Corps aircraft. The US Air Force has selected a new two-color IR missile warner under its NexGen program, and the Army is considering a new XM-216 flare acquisition that may replace a number of flare types. In the RF arena, the Navy is moving forward with its NextGen Jammer program, which will upgrade or replace the ALQ-99. It is pursuing a receiver upgrade for the SLQ-32 under Block 2 of the Surface Ship EW Improvement Program (SEWIP). The Navy also is soliciting proposals for development of new IED jammers under the CREW 3.3 program. Collectively, this is a lot of activity (and a lot of proposal writing for the EW industry). About 15 years ago, the EW industry was enthusiastically pursuing a similar flood of opportunities. Programs like Common Missile Warning System (CMWS)/Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM), the various components of the Navy’s Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) suite, the Army’s Suite of Integrated RF Countermeasures (SIRFC) and the Navy’s Advanced Integrated EW System (AIEWS) all come to mind. Industry and the services learned many tough but useful lessons from these acquisition programs – lessons that I see being applied to the new crop of programs. In terms of acquisition policy, the United States (as well as many other countries) does not develop and buy EW systems in the same manner as it buys most other defense electronics systems like radars and radios. When it comes to acquiring EW, the customer typically is comfortable extending development schedules and then cutting or limiting production – at least until a major operation begins (consider the fate of those EW programs from 15 years ago if you don’t believe me). When the shooting begins, however, the warfighter then wants new EW capabilities yesterday and cannot wait 12-18 months for production to ramp up. While the DOD has learned many lessons about managing EW programs, it also is entering a period of budget uncertainty if not budget reductions. As with most DOD acquisition programs, these future EW programs will be under intense review even before many of them have entered the technology demonstration phase. Proving their value to senior decision-makers outside the EW community will be a challenge. This is a time when advocacy counts, but it also is a time when we should try to break the pattern under which the military customer typically buys EW equipment. The military acquisition system needs to buy EW the way it buys radars and radios – with steady, unwavering support. EW is not ancillary equipment that can be bought later. Too often, “later” means too late. – John Knowles EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editor: Glenn Goodman Assistant Editor: Marianne Kunkel Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Washington Editor: Kernan Chaisson Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD T 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | February 2009 Mr. Roy Azevedo Deputy, Tactical Airborne Systems, and Manager, EW, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Mr. Chris Bernhardt President, ITT Electronic Systems Maj Gen Bruno Berthet Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA), French MOD Col Laurie Buckhout Chief, EW Division, Army Asymmetric Warfare Office, USA Lt Col Dean Ebert Warfighter Integration, Aviation Weapons Requirements Branch, HQ USMC Mr. Björn Erman President, Saab Avitronics Col Tim Freeman Commander, 542nd Combat Sustainment Wing, AFMC, USAF Mr. Gabriele Gambarara General Manager, Elettronica S.p.A. Mr. Tony Grieco Former Deputy for Electronic Warfare, OSD Mr. Ron Hahn Director, Joint EW Center, US Strategic Command Mr. Walt Havenstein President and CEO, BAE Systems Inc. Mr. Jay Kistler Technical Director, Air Warfare OUSD (AT&L), OSD Capt Steve Kochman Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN Maj Gen William Lord Commander, Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional), USAF Capt Paul Overstreet Deputy, ATAPS Program Office (PMA-272), NAVAIR, USN Rep. 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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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JED - February 2009 - The Monitor
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JED - February 2009 - Charting the Course of Indian EW
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