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HASC MAKES NO CUTS IN FY12 DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL MARKUP
The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) completed its markup of the Fiscal Year 2012 Defense Authorization Bill on May 12. In a rare occurrence, particularly in a congressional climate favoring drastic cuts in federal government spending, the HASC essentially rubber-stamped the Obama Administration’s FY2012 defense budget request. The Committee’s chairman, Buck McKeon (R-CA), held the line against any hasty cuts to military spending. The panel’s funding authorizations matched the DOD’s budget line requests – dollar for dollar – except in a mere handful of cases. In fact, the HASC report recommended fully funding every electronic warfare (EW) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) procurement or research and development spending request from the military services or DOD agencies for FY2012, with one exception, and in that case the program had been delayed by contract award protests. The Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of the bill is slated to occur this month and is almost certain to produce greater spending cut recommendations than the House version. The differences between the two bills will have to be resolved by a House-Senate conference committee and then approved by both the full House and Senate before being signed into law by President Obama. The FY2012 Defense Appropriations Bill, to be marked up by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in the upcoming weeks, will approve the actual dollars allocated to each DOD funding line request. The House Appropriations Committee announced on May 11 that it tentatively planned to shave $8.9 billion from the DOD’s $553 billion FY2012 base budget request. (The authorization bills produced by the Armed Services committees only make funding recommendations to their Appropriations brethren; the main purposes today of the authorization bills tend to be providing congressional defense guidance and directing the DOD to make changes in its policies or to submit reports on specific areas.) DOD EW and SIGINT-related FY2012 base budget funding line requests fully approved by the HASC included the following: • • • • $72 million for 23 additional Prophet Ground SIGINT Vehicles. $162.8 million for Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS). $36 million for Aircraft Survivability Equipment. $24.1 million for Counter Radio-Controlled IED EW (CREW) jammers. • $220.6 million for Joint IED Defeat Organization Staff and Infrastructure; $2.6 billion is requested for JIEDDO (Attack the Network, Defeat the Device and Train the Force) under separate FY2012 war funding. Due to program delays resulting from an Army decision to reevaluate industry bids following protests of a contract award to Boeing, the HASC authorized only $121.7 million of the service’s $539.6 million FY2012 procurement request for its Enhanced Medium-Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS), a new SIGINT aircraft to be based on the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350ER twin-engine turboprop. The $539.67 million request would have procured aircraft four through 21, with deliveries beginning in November 2013.
• $1.1 billion for another 12 new EA-18G Growler support jamming aircraft to replace EA-6B Prowlers; the Navy will procure the final 12 of 114 Growlers in FY2013. • $83.2 million for EP-3E SIGINT aircraft modifications. • $92.1 million for Common Electronic Countermeasures Equipment. • $34.1 for Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) systems. • $73.1 for High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) modifications. • $43.1 million for SLQ-32 shipboard EW improvements. • $103.7 million for Shipboard Information Warfare Exploitation.
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Air Force Procurement:
• $256.6 million for EC-130H Compass Call communicationsjamming aircraft modifications. • $162.2 million for RC-135 Rivet Joint SIGINT aircraft modifications. • $25.6 million for HARM modifications. The HASC report affirmed that the Secretary of Defense has the authority to conduct military activities in cyberspace, including clandestine activities in support of military operations, outside the US or to defend against a cyber attack on an asset of the Department of Defense. – G. Goodman a
• $27.6 million for RC-12X Guardrail SIGINT aircraft refurbishment and upgrades (the final seven of 14 planned RC-12Xs).
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2011
JED - June 2011
The View From Here
From the President
The World’s SIGINT Aircraf
Upgrading Fighter Aircraft
Country Profi le: France’s EW Programs
Technology Survey: Airborne Dispensers and IR Expendables
2011 AOC Election Guide
AOC Membership Page
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - June 2011