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washing ton repor t SENATE TO DEBATE FY2011 DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL This month, the full US Senate is expected to debate its version of the FY2011 Defense Authorization Bill, which includes a number of provisions for electronic warfare (EW) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) programs. The defense policy bill, S. 3454, was marked up by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) in May and passed by the committee last month. In the committee report (Senate Report 111-201) that accompanied the authorization bill, the SASC addressed several SIGINT programs. Noting that the Army’s Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) “has an ambitious and risky development schedule that has already suffered schedule delays,” the SASC felt that the Army’s $88.5 million request for procurement funding was unlikely to be used in FY2011. The SASC recommended “a provision that would prohibit the obligation of any funds for the Airborne Common Sensor, EMARSS, until the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology certifies to the congressional defense committees that the system has successfully completed its limited user tests and demonstrates the technical performance necessary for successful Milestone C approval.” The SASC recommended cutting $24.2 million of the Army’s $30.2 million request for the RC-12 Guardrail Common Sensor Program within the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) portion of the budget. “The Army decided to modernize and retain 14 GRCS platforms after the budget was submitted,” the SASC noted in its justification for the funding decrease. The SASC also expressed concern over Navy airborne SIGINT programs, especially in light of the cancelled EP-X program, which was slated to replace the Navy’s fleet of EP-3E Aries SIGINT aircraft. The SASC recommended a provision that would prohibit the Navy from retiring its EP-3E or Special Projects Aircraft until it has “readied replacements that are equivalent or better in terms of meeting the requirements of the combatant commanders.” It added, “The EP–3E and SPA fleets must be maintained and kept current while the Navy firms up and executes plans to acquire SIGINT on the Broad-Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aerial system (UAS), and develops and produces the ship-based mediumendurance UAS.” The SASC also recommended a cut of $18.3 from the Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper UAS procurement line. This is the amount needed to begin production of the Airborne SIGINT Payload 2C (ASIP 2C) system for these aircraft. The SASC, citing the Government Accountability Office, said that the ASIP 2C would not be ready for production in FY2011. The SASC had less to say about EW programs, but it did make funding adjustments in these budget lines. The committee recommended adding $5 million to the Navy’s common electronic countermeasures procurement line for an AAR-47 computer processor upgrade. The Navy also received an additional $7 million to accelerate a series of upgrades to the Nulka anti-ship missile decoy. The Army’s $18.4 million request for development of EW technologies (PE 063270A) was plussed-up by $3 million to develop laser technologies for “light aircraft missile defense.” This was requested by both senators from Michigan and is directed at Omni Sciences Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI), which is developing mid-IR fiber lasers. The Army also received an additional $5 million in its EW development line (PE 0604270A) for further development of hostile fire detection technology for helicopters. In the Air Force procurement account, the SASC added $7.5 million for modernization of the Joint Threat Emitter (JTE). Several senators provided plus-ups to acquire JTE systems for military training ranges in their states. Another Air Force program that received a boost from the SASC was the Large Aircraft IR Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Program. The SASC plussed-up this procurement line by $11 million to provide LAIRCM systems to the Michigan Air National Guard. The SASC also focused on directed energy programs. Noting that the Air Force is planning to install and test a solid-state laser on a B-1B bomber, it has asked the DOD for a report on the cost and viability of installing high-energy lasers on other aircraft, as well. The US House of Representatives passed its version of the defense authorization bill (H.R. 5136) in late May. The Senate hopes to pass its version of the defense policy bill before Congress adjourns for the August recess. Members of the House and Senate will then meet in a conference session to iron out differences and draft a single defense policy bill for consideration by the House and the Senate. Both the House and Senate’s appropriations committees are expected to draft their respective versions of a defense spending bill sometime this month. – J. Knowles a 24 The Journal of Electronic Defense | July 2010

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

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