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Electronic Warfare Funding Up, But Short of DSB Marker

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“We have not achieved $2.3 billion in budget growth,” Pentagon EW acquisitions director Bill Conley told me. “We are continuing to add investment (and) we are addressing the most pressing gaps.”

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Pentagon Builds Mega-Database For Spectrum & Electronic Warfare

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The JSDR database won’t just keep American communications officers from mistakenly scrambling each others’ signals, either. By providing a comprehensive baseline of what friendly transmissions look like, the mega-database will make it easier for Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Electronic Warfare (EW) troops to hone in on enemy transmissions.

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Army Wrestles With SIGINT vs. EW

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This internal budget battle in the Army could cede the actual battlefield to high-powered Russian and Chinese jammers, electronic warfare advocates fear, with the same lethal consequences for US troops that Ukrainian forces have suffered since 2014.

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Busting The Green Door: Army SIGINT Refocuses On Russia & China

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Over 17 years of fighting terrorists and insurgents, “our SIGINT forces mastered the art and science of identifying and tracking individual threats with pinpoint precision,” Lt. Gen. Berrier said. “We now face a significant challenge on a much larger scale.”

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US Needs Hi-Lo Mix Of ‘Exquisite’ & Affordable ISR: Intel Official

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“Those will be debates we’ll have over the next couple of years, and those are some tough choices,” intelligence official Kevin Sherman told me. “Do we reduce some of those capabilities have been very helpful in the CT (counter-terrorism) fight, that a lot of our combatant commands have relied on, in order to buy more exquisite things?”

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No $ For New B-52 Engines Til 2020; Nuke Modernization Moves Ahead: Gen. Rand

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CORRECTED: Inserted Photo Of Minuteman III; Removed Photo Of Titan WASHINGTON: Gen. Robin Rand, the Air Force bomber and missile boss, really wants new jet engines for his aging B-52s. The service has invited interested companies to a two-day information session in December and Boeing and Rolls-Royce are already publicly campaigning for the contract. But,… Keep reading →

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Spectrum (EW) Should Be A Warfighting Domain: Rep. Bacon

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WASHINGTON: After two decades of decline, American electronic warfare is recovering, but not fast enough, says general-turned-congressman Rep. Don Bacon. What the military needs to do, Bacon said is to elevate the electromagnetic spectrum to an official domain of warfare — alongside land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace — and appoint general officers as EW… Keep reading →

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Air Force Launches Major Electronic Warfare Study: VCSAF

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WASHINGTON: After two decades of relative inattention, the Air Force is sharpening its commitment to Electronic Warfare because, in the words of its Vice Chief of Staff, “he that dominates the spectrum wins.” That includes the launch of a formal Enterprise Capability Collaboration Team (ECCT) to study the subject, Gen. Stephen Wilson said. But, the brainy… Keep reading →

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1st-Ever Electronic Warfare Strategy Headed For SecDef’s Desk

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WASHINGTON: With Russian jammers blasting Ukrainian radios off the air, the US Defense Department’s racing to regain its edge in electronic warfare. But there’s been no comprehensive strategy to guide all the armed services’ efforts — until now. The first Defense Department-wide electronic warfare strategy is “basically finished” and headed to Secretary Ashton Carter’s desk… Keep reading →

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Army Building 1st Battlefield Cyber/Electronic Warfare Team

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WASHINGTON: This afternoon, Army generals gathered to begin designing a new kind of unit, a tactical cyber/electronic warfare detachment, whose first experimental exercise overseas could be as early as next year. For the first time since the Cold War, at least a small part of the Army could have radio and radar jamming capabilities to… Keep reading →

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