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washington report CONGRESSMEN DISCUSS EW CHALLENGES Two US Congressmen from the Electronic Warfare Working Group (EWWG) gave their perspective on the future of EW during a media roundtable hosted by the AOC last month. Rep. Joe Pitts (PA16) and Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) spoke with reporters and provided their perspective on what important issues the US electronic warfare (EW) community is facing today. Both congressmen were very positive about the AOC’s report, “Electronic Warfare: The Changing Face of Combat,” calling it a landmark plan for the future of EW. They endorsed the report’s recommendations and said the EWWG was working to educate the rest of Congress, as well as the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), on the challenges EW is facing. Congressman Pitts noted that EW has earned more attention from the DOD leadership in recent years due to the critical role it is playing in Afghanistan and Iraq. “I think the defense leaders have a growing appreciation for the importance of EW,” he said. “I think we are seeing successes both within the civilian and within the services within the counter IEDs, Compass Call and the Growler. The Army has really escalated their investment in electronic warfare, so I think there is a growing awareness of the importance of electronic warfare.” The EWWG sees an opportunity to build on this success and establish stronger EW leadership positions within the OSD and within the services. Congressman Larsen said, “Senior leaders within each service are beginning to understand the value [of EW], but we need to ensure that there is focus on EW from permanent leadership positions within each service and more importantly within OSD.” By establishing stronger leadership for EW, the OSD and the services will be able to consistently focus on EW funding. Congressman Pitts said, “EW is not kinetic, so you can’t see some of its successes, but EW saves lives so we need to stabilize funding and strengthen our investment strategy.” One way to help achieve this goal, explained Congressman Larsen, is to develop a critical technologies list and a stronger joint EW modernization plan. Advocacy for these types of initiatives needs to come from EW leadership within OSD and the services. These are long-term goals for the EWWG. With the pending administration change, Congressman Larsen wants to make sure the EW lessons learned by the current leaders within the OSD are communicated to future appointees. “One of my goals before the end of the year is to sit down with the leadership from OSD to see if we can get this put in the exit memo, if you will,” he explained. Finally, the EWWG leaders pointed to the need for changes in the budget system to make sure the right kinds of authority are there to support EW. The AEA Architecture effort could not be put into the budget as a line item because the budgeting system does not accommodate this. This must be changed, Congressman Pitts said. – K. Chaisson Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial vehicle source selection. Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems (San Diego, CA) won the $1.16 billion, 89-month System Development and Demonstration contract April 22, bidding a maritime derivative of its high-altitude, long-endurance RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV. Lockheed Martin offered an extended-range version of General Atomics Aeronautical System’s medium-altitude, long-endurance Predator B Reaper called Mariner. Both the Global Hawk and the Reaper are in service with the Air Force. The Navy selected the Global Hawk despite its higher cost, mainly due to General Atomics’ poor performance in past UAV programs. Lockheed Martin protested the Navy’s assessment of past performance and effective time on station estimates, but the GAO upheld the Global Hawk selection. The RQ-4N BAMS UAV will be an adjunct to the Boeing 737-based P-8A Poseidon manned aircraft, the Navy’s planned replacement for its aging P-3C Orion sub-hunting aircraft. The UAV will perform persistent wide-area monitoring of open-ocean and coastal areas. The RQ-4N is slated to achieve an initial operational capability (IOC) in 2014, while the P-8A is set to achieve its IOC in FY2013. The Navy plans to procure about 50 of the UAVs, which will fly at altitudes up to 65,000 feet for more than 35 hours. The UAV’s sensors will include a new 360-degree, multifunction active electronically scanned array radar developed by Northrop Grumman (Norwalk, CT), electro-optical/infrared sensors from Raytheon (El Segundo, CA) and an electronic support measures (ESM) system from Sierra Nevada Corp. (Sparks, NV). – G. Goodman a 24 The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2008 BAMS UAV SELECTION UPHELD The US Government Accountability Office has denied Lockheed Martin’s protest of the

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