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w a sh ing to n r e p or t SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PASSES FY2012 DEFENSE SPENDING BILL The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) last month passed the Senate’s version of the FY 2012 DOD spending bill, which cuts $26 billion from the DOD’s request. Funding cuts include $9 billion in procurement spending and $4.3 billion in research, development, test and evaluation. Overall, electronic warfare (EW) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) funding fared quite well. The SAC supported funding for a number of EW/SIGINT program areas that had received cuts in the House Appropriations Committee’s version of the bill, with a few notable exceptions. Army RDT&E: The SAC made significant cuts to the Army’s EW Engineering and Manufacturing Development line, including $67 million from the Common IR Countermeasures (CIRCM) program, due to year-long program delays (which means the Army will not award CIRCM development contracts until January 2012 at the earliest), and $7.4 million from the Integrated Electronic Warfare System (IEWS) development. This zeroes out both programs for FY2012. Weighing in on a long-running dispute between the Army and the Navy, the SAC noted that the Navy is the DOD’s Executive Agent for Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare and that it “does not believe it is prudent to initiate a new program (i.e., IEWS) of this magnitude that has such significant overlap with the Department’s program of record.” The SAC also cut $14.1 million from the Tactical UAVs line due to contract award delays and acquisition strategy changes for the Tactical SIGINT Payload (TSP) program. Army Procurement: Citing significant delays in the development schedule of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) program (due to contract award protests), the SAC zeroed out FY2012 production funding ($540 million) for the program. The funds were requested to procure aircraft four through 21 with deliveries beginning in November 2013. Navy RDT&E: Citing a late contract award for Technology Development, the SAC cut the Navy’s $189 million budget request for the Next Generation Jammer by $35 million. Navy Procurement: The SAC provided full funding ($1.1 billion) for the Navy’s EA-18G Growler procurement request for 12 new aircraft. This will likely be an item for the House-Senate conference to resolve, however, because the House version of the bill cuts this line by $70.8. The Navy wants to procure the final 12 of 114 Growlers in FY2013. The Committee also cut $2.9 million from the Navy’s $103.6 million request for “shipboard information warfare exploit” systems. It cited a change in procurement strategy for the Paragon signals intelligence system, which is also part of the IRIS SHARK effort in the Navy’s Rapid Technology Transition effort (PE 0203761N). In the “Airborne Electronic Attack Systems” line, the SAC cut $2.3 million for an air-launched decoy jammer, matching a cut in the House version of the bill. This reduces the budget line to $31.8 million. It also cut $1 million each from the “H-53 Series” helicopter line and the Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group (FEWSG) line. In the “Common ECM Equipment” line, the SAC cut $2.8 million due to DIRCM “A Kit” savings. (In its version of the bill, the House cut an additional $48.2 million of the $92 million request.) The SAC also cut $3.2 million from the Navy’s $43.1 million SLQ-32 shipboard EW improvement request, citing that Block 1B3 units are no longer required. Air Force RDT&E: The Air Force’s $26.8 million request for Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) Development was cut by $8.1 million due to delays in starting the DEACON communications jamming pod and contract delays in the AEA System of Systems battle management program. The SAC also cut $10 million from MALD-J Increment 2 development due to contract delays. The Airborne SIGINT Enterprise request ($121.7 million) was cut by $12 million due to delays in awarding the Airborne Signals Intelligence Program (ASIP) 2C contract, which will provide a SIGINT system for the MQ-9 Reaper. Other cuts included $22 million from the B-2 program for delays in awarding an upgrade contract for the bomber’s Defense Management System and $12 million from the Combat Training Ranges line due to changes in the Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) Increment 2 program. Air Force Procurement: The SAC cut $29.5 million from the MQ-9 Reaper procurement line citing that the ASIP 2C request (see above) was “early to need.” Several EW and SIGINT budget items in the SAC version of the bill are not in line with the House’s version. As such, they will need to be resolved in conference. – J. Haystead and J. Knowles a 26 The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - October 2011

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
RF EW Program Forecast
EW Ideas and Innovation
Technology Survey: Portable and Flightline EW Testers
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - October 2011