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the view f ro m h e re EW SEQUESTERED? L   6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2012 MARCH 2012 • Vol. 35, No. 3 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editors: Glenn Goodman, John Haystead Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Barry Manz Marketing & Research Coordinator: Heather McMillen Sales Administration: James Ream ast month, the DOD released its FY2013 budget request, which includes approximately $5.3 billion for unclassified EW and SIGINT programs (see Washington Report on p. 22). This represents about 1 percent of the Pentagon’s base budget request for $525 billion. These EW and SIGINT spending numbers are fairly strong across the Services, especially considering the disproportionate cuts that EW programs historically have received when the DOD makes spending cuts at the end of a major conflict. As the US speeds up its withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2013, the President has announced that the DOD’s priorities will shift from counter-insurgency (COIN)dominated conflicts (like Iraq and Afghanistan), and “tilt” toward more conventional security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East (the growing influence of China and Iran). An in-depth review of the FY2013 budget reveals these funding and policy trends. The “tilt” toward more conventional operations is apparent from the funding support for a number of EW programs. After decades of struggling to modernize its shipboard EW, the Navy is planning large buys of upgraded ESM systems and RF jammers, as well as developing a new active off-board decoy. Support for the Next Generation Jammer remains strong. The Air Force is upgrading the Defensive Management System on the B-2, and it is investing in its Global Strike mission with development of a new bomber (with significant EA capabilities), and other efforts under the Long Range Strike program. It is also funding a new EW system for its F-15s, as well as continuing to invest in defensive counterspace (DCS) and offensive counterspace (OCS) programs, high-power microwave weapons and other efforts tailored to support military operations against state actors rather than terrorists and insurgents. The FY2013 budget request also shows that spending on COIN-related EW and SIGINT programs has certainly cooled down. The Army’s EMARSS SIGINT aircraft and the Air Force’s communications electronic attack pod for UAVs have been cancelled. In the near-term other programs, such as procurement for AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) upgrades and IR decoys for helicopters, have been trimmed compared with FY2013 planned spending outlined in last year’s defense budget. This is certainly not an all-out purge. In the Army and Navy accounts, much of the EW and SIGINT equipment (Duke, JCREW 3.3, CMWS, DoN LAIRCM, Intrepid Tiger, etc.) bought because of Afghanistan and Iraq is being retained for the foreseeable future, and in many cases it will be upgraded. What does all of this EW spending amount to? For the first time since the Cold War, the DOD is on the verge of achieving a well-balanced EW portfolio that will serve the US very well for at least the next two decades. This was, in many ways, built on the backs of thousands of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan because they did not have the right EW equipment when they needed it. The greatest threat to this EW capability is the specter of heavy spending cuts over the next few years that would almost certainly unbalance the DOD’s EW strategy and, ultimately, US national security. – John Knowles EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Mr. Tom Arseneault President, Electronic Systems, BAE Systems Mr. Chris Bernhardt President, ITT Exelis Electronic Systems Mr. Gabriele Gambarara Elettronica S.p.A. Mr. Itzchak Gat CEO, Elisra CAPT John Green Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Micael Johansson Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area, Electronic Defence Systems, Saab Mr. Mark Kula Vice President, Tactical Airborne Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems LTC James Looney Chief, Electronic Warfare Division, Directorate of Training and Doctrine, Fires Center of Excellence, US Army CAPT Paul Overstreet Commander, ATAPS Program Office (PMA-272), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Jeffrey Palombo Senior VP and GM, Land and Self-Protection Systems Division, Electronic Systems, Northrop Grumman Corp. Col Jim Pryor Chief, Electronic Warfare, Operational Capability Requirements Headquarters, USAF Mr. Kerry Rowe Vice President, ISR and Force Protection Systems, Electronic and Mission Systems,The Boeing Company Wg Cdr P.J. Wallace Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation, UK MOD Dr. Richard Wittstruck Director, System of Systems Engineering, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, USA PRODUCTION STAFF Layout & Design: Barry Senyk Advertising Art: Christina O’Connor Contact the Editor: (978) 509-1450, Contact the Sales Manager: (800) 369-6220 or Subscription Information: Please contact Glorianne O’Neilin at (703) 549-1600 or e-mail The Journal of Electronic Defense is published for the AOC by Naylor, LLC 5950 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607 Phone: (800) 369-6220 • Fax: (352) 331-3525 ©2012 Association of Old Crows/Naylor, LLC. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written authorization of the publisher. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2012

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
US Rotorcraft EW Programs
Technology Survey: DRFMs for EW Applications
Book Review
EW 101
AOC News
2012 AOC Industry/Institute/ University Member Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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