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washing t on repor t USAF SEEKS EW TEST FACILITY CONSOLIDATION The US Government Accountability Office (GAO), at the behest of the House Appropriations Committee, conducted a nine-month review of the US Air Force’s plan to relocate the Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator (AFEWES) facilities from Fort Worth, TX, to Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. The Committee, expressing concerns about the cost-saving and technical merits of the relocation, blocked it pending the findings of the GAO review. That recently completed audit, Defense Infrastructure: Further Actions Needed to Support Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator Relocation Plans (GAO-11-123R), found shortcomings in the service’s 2009 costbenefit analysis of the desired move and in its transition plan for staffing and training personnel to operate and maintain the relocated AFEWES capabilities at Wright-Patterson AFB. The DOD subsequently concurred with the GAO’s findings and said it planned to submit a revised cost-benefit analysis and finalized transition plan to the congressional defense committees within 90 days. AFEWES, located at Air Force Plant 4 in Ft. Worth, is operated by Lockheed Martin. It consists of six threat radar simulators and an infrared (IR) threat simulator. The Air Force uses AFEWES to develop and operate high fidelity simulations of IR- and radar-guided missile threats in order to evaluate the effectiveness of electronic countermeasures on US and allied combat aircraft. As part of a larger initiative to consolidate and streamline its test and evaluation activities, the Air Force has wanted since 2009 to close the facility in Ft. Worth, terminate the IR threat simulator work there in deference to a sufficient and more heavily used IR test capability at Eglin AFB, FL (the Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility), and relocate AFEWES’ six radar threat simulators to an existing operational facility (Hangar 4F) at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Ironically, citing its low utilization, the Air Force and the DOD recommended disestablishing AFEWES and relocating its essential capabilities to Edwards AFB, CA, during the 1995 round of the congressional Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) Commission. However, the Commission rejected that recommendation because of the relocation’s high estimated transition costs and risk to overall electronic combat testing capabilities. Three years later, the Air Force retired the then-20 simulators at Plant 4 that were considered by the Commission due to technical obsolescence. – G. Goodman licitation for FY11. The STTR program enables small businesses and government research institutions to partner on cooperative research and development programs and move technology from the labs to industry. In the Navy’s portion of the solicitation, Naval Air Systems Command included two topics of EW interest. Under the title, “Monolithic Beam-Combined Mid-Infrared Laser Array” (Topic N11A-T011), NAVAIR is seeking to develop “a power-scalable, robust, chip-based solution for a monolithic beam-combined quantum cascade laser (QCL) array with high continuous wave (CW) output power in the tens to hundreds of watts and excellent beam quality in the mid-wave infrared (MWIR) spectral range for infrared countermeasure and other relevant DOD applications.” The topic point of contact can be reached at (760) 939-0239. Another NAVAIR effort titled, “Emitter Geolocation Enhancements for Time-Sensitive Targeting and Naval Battlespace Awareness” (Topic N11A-T012), aims to develop new techniques to improve emitter detection and geolocation algorithms in radar warning receiver and electronic support measures systems. The topic point of contact can be reached at (760) 939-5355. Naval Sea Systems Command (PMS-397 and PMS-450) has sponsored a project titled, “Image Feature Extraction for Improved EW Classification” (Topic N11A-T015). This research effort will focus on developing “an innovative data sharing and data fusion approach for improving situational awareness by combining feature extractions from both the onboard imaging sensor (i.e., Photonics Mast and AN/BVS-1) and EW sensors (i.e., AN/BLQ-10) to create better separation in the decision space, resulting in an improvement in automatic classification and a reduction in operator workload.” The contractor will develop “advanced image processing techniques for automatic feature extraction, multi-modal sensor data fusion algorithms and a synchronized data sharing infrastructure to effectively integrate the sensors.” The topic point of contact is Ms. Meganne Atkins, (202) 781-5141, NAVSEA is also seeking proposals for “Tunable Bandstop Filters for Suppression of Co-site Interference and Jamming Sources” (Topic N11A T016). Under this project, the contractor will “design and develop tunable bandstop filters capable of dynamically changing bandwidth, center frequency and stop-band attenuation in the 2-GHz to 18-GHz band for ship board co-site interference and jamming source mitigation.” The topic point of contact is Charles Pagel, (812) 854-2382, All STTR solicitation topics can be viewed at www.acq. Proposals are due March 30. – JED Staff a 24 The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2011 DOD RELEASES SMALL BUSINESS SOLICITATION The Department of Defense (DOD) has released its first Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) so-

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JED - March 2011
The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Airborne Maritime Patrol
What Electronic Warriors Should Know About Physics, Language and Concepts
Technology Survey: RWR/ESM Systems
EW 101
AOC News
AOC Membership Page
AOC Industry/Institute/University Member Guide
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