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w a s h i n g t o n r e p ort SECDEF OFFERS FY10 BUDGET PREVIEW The US Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, took the extraordinary step last month of holding a press conference to discuss the major aspects of the FY10 Department of Defense (DOD) budget request more than a month before the document had been completed and sent to the White House. During the April 6 press briefing, he outlined a budget plan that reflects adjusted DOD priorities, such as acquisition reform and a greater emphasis on irregular warfare. Secretary Gates announced decisions on several acquisition programs, such as capping F-22 production at 187 aircraft (the program of record since 2005 has been 183 aircraft) and cutting most of the ground vehicle portions of the Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. These decisions were offset by increased spending on the F-35 and a promise to begin a new ground vehicle program for FCS that reflects updated requirements. Gates did advocate for spending more money on programs that support irregular warfare, especially in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) arena. He said the FY10 budget request would include the acquisition of 50 additional Predator/Reaper-class unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as well as more manned turboprop ISR aircraft. Another major aspect of the FY10 budget is acquisition reform. Gates said the DOD would reduce its civilian workforce, which currently accounts for 39 percent of the overall DOD workforce. Instead, he would hire 13,000 new civil servants in 2010 and seek to hire a total of 30,000 new civil servants over the next five years. In terms of the electronic warfare (EW) market, the FY10 budget request is something of a mixed bag. The F-22 production cap, for instance, was partially offset by the increased production of the F-35. However, the longer-term implications are good for the EW market, as the focus on irregular warfare creates more opportunities for EW and signalsintelligence (SIGINT) manufacturers. The DOD is expected to finalize its budget request and send it to the White House this month. – J. Knowles anti-access/area-denial strategy includes the electromagnetic and information spheres. PLA authors often cite the need in modern warfare to control information, sometimes termed ‘information blockade’ or ‘information dominance,’ and to seize the initiative as a critical function in the early phases of a campaign. China is improving information and operational security. It is also developing electronic and information warfare capabilities, as well as denial and deception strategies. China’s ‘information blockade’ likely envisions employment of military and non-military instruments of state power across all dimensions of the modern battlespace, including outer space. “The PLA is investing in electronic countermeasures, defenses against electronic attack (e.g., electronic and infrared decoys, angle reflectors, and false target generators), and computer network operations (CNO). China’s CNO concepts include computer network attack (CNA), computer network exploitation (CNE), and computer network defense (CND). The PLA has established information warfare units to develop viruses to attack enemy computer systems and networks, and tactics and measures to protect friendly computer systems and networks. In 2005, the PLA began to incorporate offensive CNO into its exercises, primarily in first strikes against enemy networks. “China has or is acquiring the ability to hold aircraft at risk over or near Chinese territory or forces (via imported and domestic fourth-generation aircraft, advanced long-range surface-to-air missile systems, air surveillance systems, and ship-borne air defenses). The air and air defense component of anti-access/area-denial includes surface-to-air missiles such as the HQ-9, SA-10, SA-20 (which has a reported limited ballistic and cruise missile defense capability), and the extended-range SA-20 PMU2.” – JED Staff a DOD ISSUES CHINESE MILITARY POWER REPORT The Pentagon released its Annual Report to Congress: Military Power of the People’s Republic of China 2009 in late March. The following are excerpts. “China’s ability to sustain military power at a distance remains limited, but its armed forces continue to develop and field disruptive military technologies, including those for anti-access/area-denial, as well as for nuclear, space and cyber warfare, that are changing regional military balances and that have implications beyond the Asia-Pacific region. “PRC military writings highlight the seizure of electromagnetic dominance in the early phases of a campaign as among the foremost tasks to ensure battlefield success. People’s Liberation Army (PLA) theorists have coined the term ‘integrated network electronic warfare’ to describe the use of electronic warfare, computer network operations and kinetic strikes to disrupt battlefield network information systems that support an adversary’s warfighting and power-projection capabilities. PLA writings on future models of joint operations identify ‘integrated network electronic warfare’ as one of the basic forms of ‘integrated joint operations,’ [again] suggesting the centrality of seizing and dominating the electromagnetic spectrum in PLA campaign theory. “[One element] of an emerging area 24 The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - May 2009

JED - May 2009
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Protecting Helicopters
Ground-Based COMINT Steps Up
Roost Profile
EW 101
AOC News
Index to Advertisers
JED Sales Offices
JED Quick Look

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