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washington report HOUSE PASSES FY10 DEFENSE SPENDING BILL Before breaking for the August recess on Capitol Hill, the US House of Representatives passed its version of the FY2010 Defense Appropriations Bill. The bill totals $636 billion (including funding for the Department of Energy), which is $10.2 billion more than FY2009 and $3.8 billion above the President’s request. The House supported most of the electronic warfare (EW) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) programs requested by the Pentagon, including $1.6 billion for EA-18G Growler procurement and $248.5 million for research and development of EW devices. In the Air Force operation and maintenance portion of the bill, the House called special attention to the Air Force Electronic Warfare Simulator (AFEWES): “The Committee is aware of an Air Force effort to relocate the Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator (AFEWES) from Air Force Plant 4 to the Air Force Flight Test Center. Several government studies, including the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission and a 1997 Government Accountability Office report, highlight the absence of a cost or capability rationale to justify this relocation. Therefore, the Committee directs that the Department shall not obligate or expend funds to relocate the AFEWES from Air Force Plant 4 until a comprehensive cost/benefit analysis, reviewed by the Government Accountability Office, is provided to the Congressional defense committees. Further, because the AFEWES specialized test capabilities are a vital element of our national defense posture, study findings should demonstrate the technical merits of any proposed relocation.” House appropriators were very aggressive with their funding plus-ups and cuts, and many EW programs were affected. The House cut $43 million from 10 EW and SIGINT programs, while adding $6 million to three others. The Committee was more generous with the research and development lines, where they added $81 million to 26 EW and SIGINT programs, while cutting only $24 million from five programs. The following are some of the highlights: Navy Procurement: • Cut $3.5 million from ALE-47 retrofit kits. • Add $5 million for AAR-47D(V)X missile warning system. • Add $2 million for Crane Integrated Defensive ECM Depot Capability. • Cut $3 million from AGM-88 HARM. • Cut 9.8 million from Air Expendable Countermeasures due to MJU-55 contract delay. • Cut $5 million from Air Expendable Countermeasures due to “support funding carryover.” • Cut $3 million from SLQ-32 procurement due to “support funding growth” and buying Block 1B2 specific emitter identification systems ahead of need. • Cut $7.1 million from Nulka Decoy procurement due to cost growth. • Add $5 million Emitters. for Joint Threat US Navy RDT&E: • Add $2 million to the RF Systems Applied Research Line for GaN power technology. • Add $4.4 million to the Power Projection Advanced Technology Line for AARGM Counter Air Defense Future Capability ($2.5 million) and Tactical High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Propulsion Demonstration ($1.9 million). • Add $17 million to the Directed Energy and Electric Weapon Systems Line. • Add $2 million for the EA-18G Next Generation EW Simulator. • Add $4 million for the NAWC-WD Point Mugu EW Lab upgrade. • Cut $10 million from the Next Generation Jammer program due to “program growth.” • Add $1.5 million to the Ship Self-Defense Line for the Laser Phalanx program. • Add $2 million for the Navy Advanced Threat Simulator. US Air Force RDT&E: • Add $2.5 million to the Materials Line for GaN Microelectronics. • Add $1.5 million for Advanced Electromagnetic Location of IEDs Defeat System. • Add $3 million for Senior Scout COMINT Capability Upgrade. • Add $2 million for Electromagnetic Battlespace Management • Add $2.5 million for Rivet Joint Services Oriented Architecture. Defense-Wide RDT&E: • Add $6 million for Unattended SIGINT Node. 24 The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2009 Air Force Procurement: • Cut $9.1 million from LAIRCM procurement for C-17 and C-130 aircraft. • Add $1.5 million for “podded” LAIRCM systems for Air Force Reserve KC-135 aircraft. Defense-Wide Procurement: • Cut $11 million from Special Operations Command funding for ALQ-211 SIRFC procurement. Army RDT&E: • Add $2.5 million for Advanced Ground EW and SIGINT System. • Add $1 million for ALQ-211 Networked EW Controller initiative. • Add $3 million for “electronic combat and counter terrorism threat developments to support Joint Forces.” The Senate is expected to finish its version of the defense appropriations bill when it returns from recess early this month. The two bills will be resolved in conference. The President has threatened to veto the defense appropriations bill if a number of controversial Congressional adds, such as the alternate engine for the F-35 and new presidential helicopters, remain in the bill when it is sent to the White House. – JED Staff. a

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - September 2009

JED - September 2009
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Defeating Threats to Large Aircraft
The Threat Test Resource Gap
EW 101
AOC News
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - September 2009