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washing ton repor t SENATE APPROPRIATIONS BILL SUPPORTS EW PROGRAMS US Senate and House leaders put off further action on the FY2011 Defense Appropriations and Authorization bills until after the November 2 mid-term elections, partly as a result of social policy differences, including amendments to repeal the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding gays in the military. At the time that JED went to press, this meant that the DOD’s FY2011 budget wouldn’t be approved in time for the October 1 start of the new fiscal year. Congress passed a continuing resolution that, in the meantime, allows the US military to continue spending at the same rate as FY2010. The authorization bill sets policy and is normally supposed to precede passage of the appropriations bill. However, it does not provide funding, so is not as critical as the appropriations bill to keeping the US military operating. The latest action on the defense appropriations bills had occurred on September 16, when the Senate version was approved by the full Defense Appropriations Committee and introduced on the Senate floor by Committee Chairman Sen. Daniel Inouye. The full House Appropriations Committee had not yet taken action on the House version as this issue went to press. Differences between the two versions will ultimately have to be reconciled by a House-Senate Conference Committee, and then a single defense appropriations bill will be voted on by both Houses of Congress and sent to the President to sign. The Senate appropriations bill funds a number of electronic warfare (EW) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) procurement and research and development programs, largely without reductions. Highlights by service include the following, with full funding except where noted: • $4 million, unrequested, for Hostile Fire Indication technology for Army and Navy/Marine Corps helicopters. NAVY/MARINE CORPS • $982.9 million for procurement of 12 additional EA-18G Growler support jamming aircraft. This reflects a decrease of $45.9 million from the original Navy request resulting from multiyear F-A-18E/F and EA-18G production contract savings. • $90.3 million for EP-3E ARIES II SIGINT aircraft modifications. • $90.6 million for Next-Generation Jammer development, a cut of $30 million, apparently due to schedule changes resulting from the Navy’s decision to stretch out the technology maturation phase of the program. • $56.5 million for continuing Joint Counter-Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device EW (JCREW) 3.3 system development. • $51.7 million for Tactical Aircraft Directional IRCM (TADIRCM) development. • $26.7 million for SLQ-32 shipboard Electronic Support Measures/ Electronic Attack systems procurement, a $23 million decrease attributed to Block 1B3 upgrades (a $6.1 million cut) and Block 2 receivers (a $16.9 million cut) being “ahead of need.” • $53.5 million for High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) modifications. 32 The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2010 AIR FORCE • $176.6 million for EC-130H Compass Call communications jamming aircraft modifications and $20.7 million for further Compass Call development. • $39.5 million for RC-135 Rivet Joint SIGINT aircraft modifications, a $4.7 million decrease primarily the result of a “delay in the Block 45 upgrade program.” • $17.2 million for Large Aircraft IRCM (LAIRCM) operational systems development. • $90 million for EW Development (EMD); • $25.9 million for Airborne Electronic Attack; • $143.3 million, a decrease of $5 million, for the Airborne SIGINT Enterprise. • $13 million for manned destructive suppression development. • $15.6 million for multi-platform EW equipment operational systems development. • $199 million for development of a Next-Generation Bomber. The Senate appropriators had one complaint aimed at DOD’s stewardship of its Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), noting, “Appropriations for activities such as the JIEDDO are being used to cover unrequested and unjustified items which either are of interest to senior leaders or make up for shortfalls in amounts requested by the services. The mission of JIEDDO is too critical for the program to serve as a blank check book for projects which might not be able to warrant funding on their own merits.” – G. Goodman a ARMY • $211.5 million for development of the new Enhanced MediumAltitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) aircraft. • $71.5 million for additional Prophet wheeled vehicle-mounted COMINT systems. • $16.1 million for Warlock IED jammer procurement, representing a decrease of $8 million. • $25.8 million for continuing Guardrail SIGINT aircraft upgrade modifications (including a $4.1 million decrease in the area of Airborne Precision Geo-location). • $80.4 million for MQ-1 Sky Warrior (Predator) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) payload procurement, a $20 million cut due to “Tactical SIGINT Payload (TSP) schedule adjustment.” • $163.7 million for aircraft survivability equipment infrared countermeasures (IRCM). This includes a cut of $10.5 million deemed “excess to requirement.” • $3 million, unrequested, for an “Advanced EW and SIGINT System.”

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

JED - October 2010
The View From Here
From the Presidents
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
What’s Next in IED Jammers?
Electronic Warfare in Today’s Surface Navy
ELINT Receivers Tackle Dense Signal Environments
A Structural View of EM Spectrum Warfare
AOC News
Book Review
EW 101
Roost Profiles
AOC 2010 Award Winners
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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