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washing ton repor t DEFINING FUTURE EW OPERATIONS Last month, the Association of Old Crows released a new white paper titled “21st Century Electronic Warfare.” It was written for the AOC by Lt Gen Robert Elder, (USAF Ret.), former commander of 8th Air Force. The report clarifies the differences between electronic warfare operations and cyberspace operations and how they relate to information operations; identifies shortfalls in policies that pose risks for EW operations in the future; and makes a number of recommendations. It can be downloaded at www.crows.org. One of the recommendations driven home in the report is the need to develop and maintain an experienced cadre of EW personnel. As the report notes, “There is a critical need to develop strategic and operational leaders with expertise and experience in EW. Insufficient EW leadership capacity exists due to a shortage of workforce development opportunities and a failure to insist on proper technical expertise and experience in critical EW positions. Civilian leaders and military commanders should build the capacity for EW operations by developing a force structure that includes consistently trained personnel, infrastructure and organizational structures. This workforce should work closely with combatant commands to integrate new capacity into existing operations.” As General Elder told JED, “We haven’t been grooming or developing operational leaders who understand EW and the use of the electromagnetic spectrum. When it comes time to develop operational alternatives for how a campaign might be conducted, we simply don’t have anyone who is part of the planning process who is an expert on how control of the electromagnetic spectrum or the use of electronic attack or directed energy could be used to support our maneuver force. “It’s not only about developing technical expertise – it’s about developing operational leader expertise among our officers. We would like to see people getting into senior positions who have grown up in the EW business, so it can be injected into our overall operational planning.” – G. Goodman Army Procurement: • $88.5 million for the Enhanced Medium-Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS), a new manned SIGINT/ISR aircraft for which release of a request for proposals for engineering and manufacturing development is imminent. • $71.5 million for Prophet Enhanced signals-intelligence (SIGINT) vehicles. • $24.5 million for Army Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE). • $174.2 million for Army ASE Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM). • $29.9 million for Guardrail SIGINT aircraft modernization. Navy Procurement: • $90.3 million for EP-3E SIGINT aircraft modifications. • $33.8 million for Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) systems. • $21.9 million for Common Electronic Countermeasures Equipment. • $53.5 million for High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) modifications. • $49.7 million for SLQ-32 shipboard EW improvements. Air Force Procurement: • $176.6 million for EC-130H Compass Call communications-jamming aircraft modifications. • $44.2 million for RC-135 Rivet Joint SIGINT aircraft modifications. Army RDT&E: • $211.5 million for EMARSS. • $17.3 million for EW Technology (ET) applied research; $21.4 million for EW advanced technology development (including $3 million not requested by the Army for an “Advanced Ground EW System” or AGES); $172.3 million for EW Development and another $21.6 million also for EW Development, both for system development and demonstration (SDD) activities. Navy RDT&E: • $120.6 million for the Next-Generation Jammer (NGJ), soon to enter a pre-SDD Technology Maturation phase with multiple contractors. • $84.5 million for Ship Self-Defense (Soft Kill/EW). • $56.5 million for Joint Counter Radio-Controlled IED EW (JCREW) jammers. • $51.7 million for Tactical Aircraft Directed IRCM (TADIRCM). • $80.8 for EW Development. Air Force RDT&E • $90 million for EW Development, including $3.9 million not requested by the Air Force for a “Joint Analysis Countermeasures Knowledge Assessment & Life-Cycle EW Improvement Program. • $20.7 million for Compass Call improvements. • $25.9 million for AEA. • $12.9 million for Manned Destructive Suppression. • $15.6 million for Multi-Platform EW Development. – JED Staff a 22 The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2010 HOUSE PANEL MARKS FY2011 AUTHORIZATION The House Armed Services Committee released its version of the FY2011 Defense Authorization Bill on May 21. The HASC funded the 12 new EA-18G Growler support jamming aircraft requested by the Navy in FY2011 for $1 billion. The service had planned to buy the final 10 of 88 aircraft in FY2011, but added two more in FY2011 and 24 in FY2012 at the behest of DOD officials to allow the Navy’s three land-based expeditionary squadrons to remain in service. The panel fully funded virtually all of the DOD’s EW- and SIGINTrelated requests. The following are highlights: http://www.crows.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2010

JED - June 2010
Table of Contents
The View From Here
Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Man-Portable COMINT
Technology Profile: RF Interconnect Solutions
EW 101
AOC Election Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Sales Offices
JED Quick Look

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