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the JAMMER’S EARLY DEVELOPMENT IN HIGH GEAR An Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), a mandatory step in the Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition process, is well underway for the US Navy’s NextGeneration Jammer (NGJ) program. The program aims to provide a replacement for the ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System employed by the Navy’s venerable EA-6B Prowlers and set to transition to new EA18G Growlers that will replace them. The service first fielded the ALQ-99 in 1971 and has upgraded most of its components and subsystems several times over the ensuing decades. The NGJ is slated to become operational in 2018 and provide a significant enhancement to the EA-18G’s jamming capabilities at a reduced operations and sustainment cost. The program is managed by the EA-6B/Airborne Elec- monitor news tronic Attack (AEA) Program Office (PMA234) at Naval Air Systems Command (NAS Patuxent River, MD). John Young, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, approved the formal start of the AoA in December. The AoA, being conducted by a government-industry Integrated Product Team, will perform a detailed evaluation of options to meet the NGJ requirements, including upgrading the existing ALQ-99 jamming pods rather than developing an entirely new replacement for them. Completion of the AoA in FY2010 will lead to a Milestone A decision for the program to enter the Technology Development phase. This phase will see the award of multiple 24to 30-month contracts to demonstrate mature NGJ technologies in systemlevel prototypes. A Milestone B decision to enter an Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase with a single contractor would follow in FY2013. Ray Coutley, the leader of the AoA government team, said in a statement, “The NGJ AoA will evaluate alternative systems in various warfare scenarios, based on expected threats, concept of operations and cost/capability tradeoffs. Our goal is to give decision-makers the best information available, based on quantifiable data.” Industry AoA team members include representatives from the companies Dynamic Analytics and Test (Arlington, VA) and Systems Performance and Analysis (SPA) in Alexandria, VA, and from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. The AoA reports to an Executive Steering Committee, co-chaired by RADM Joseph Aucoin, the Deputy DiThe Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2009 15

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JED - March 2009
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
EW Across the Nordic Region
Case Study: EW Sustainment
New Products
EW 101
AOC News
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
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