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t he monitor news DOD EMS CONTROL ORGANIZATION PROPOSED Key DOD panels are expected to receive briefings this month about two recent studies that address how the DOD could establish a new joint organization to provide warfighter support across a range of electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) warfare activities. The two studies were directed in a 2009 Joint Requirements Oversight Council Memorandum (JROCM) after the JROC was briefed on results of an Electronic Warfare (EW) Capabilities Based Assessment that identified critical EW gaps and a follow-on Functional Solutions Analysis that proposed fixes for those gaps. The leading issue identified in those studies, which were conducted by US Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM’s) Joint EW Center, was the need for an organization that focused not just on EW or spectrum management, but instead looked across the full range of joint warfighter needs for establishing EMS Control. Based on the 2009 JROCM, USSTRATCOM and the US Joint Forces Command were tasked to collaborate on an EMS organizational study. In order to obtain an outside perspective, the JROC also requested a second study to be performed by a non-DOD organization. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) was selected to carry out the second analysis. The CSIS study recommended that the DOD’s leading short-term option is to establish an EMS Control Center within USSTRATCOM that would be responsible for joint EMS policy and doctrine, requirements, resources, operational support and intra-government and private sector coordination. Within USSTRATCOM, the Joint IO Warfighting The Journal of Electronic Defense | July 2010 US ARMY COMPLETES NEW ISR TURBOPROP Industry teams submitted their bids on June 25 for the US Army’s Enhanced Medium-Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance (EMARSS) aircraft, the latest scaled-down iteration of the service’s former Aerial Common Sensor (ACS) program. The Army specified the small, twin-engine King Air 350ER turboprop built by Hawker Beechcraft (Wichita, KS) as the EMARSS platform. The teams are competing for a winner-take-all engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) and low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract to outfit 36 of the aircraft with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors and communications equipment on an accelerated schedule. The Army plans to award the EMARSS EMD contract in late September. Teams led by Boeing and by L-3 Communications are known to be chasing the program. The winning team will deliver four EMD prototypes for test and evaluation. The Army’s current schedule calls for DOD Milestone C approval for LRIP to occur only a year after the EMARSS contract award, and an early operational capability to be achieved with EMD models made available for overseas duty under a Forward Operational Assessment. EMARSS will be equipped with two ISR sensor systems – a rotating ball turret with long-range, high-resolution, electro-optical and infrared cameras and a communications-intelligence (COMINT) payload – with the specific systems proposed by each bidder. The aircraft will have a pilot, a co-pilot, a sensor operator and a COMINT specialist, with the latter two manning workstations. The EMARSS requirements call for mission endurance time at 25,000 feet of between five and seven hours. The Army previously fielded about 20 modified King Air B200 and 300 models in Iraq and Afghanistan under Quick Reaction Capability programs, with the latest called MARSS (see photo above). The Air Force also has been fielding 37 MC-12W King Air 350 and 350ER aircraft modified under the Project Liberty program championed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. These small low-cost ISR turboprops have proven to be of great utility in directly supporting US ground forces engaged in irregular warfare. – G. Goodman 15

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

JED - July 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
SIGINT for Special Mission Aircraft
Fighter Aircraft EW: Shifting from Defense to Attack
Technology Survey: Airborne Radar Jammers
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Sales Offices
JED Quick Look

JED - July 2010