The AOC urges the President, Defense Department, and Congress to implement the following agenda to ensure an integrated and coordinated electronic warfare (EW) force structure and capability.
o Provide for a Joint Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) Capability. The AOC calls for the modernization and expedited development of joint AEA resources to ensure an integrated and coordinated system-of-systems capability to counter advanced enemy air defense systems.
o Modernize Legacy Platform Self-Protection Systems. The AOC calls for increased investment to improve and optimize legacy platform self-protection systems, many of which are 20-30 years of age and insufficient to counter current and future enemy weapons systems.
o Support EW Force Structure and Capability for Ground Forces. The AOC calls for strengthening force structure and leveraging advanced technology to provide a full-spectrum EW capability for the Army and Marine Corps.
o Strengthen Investment Infrastructure for EW Component Technology. The AOC calls on the Defense Department to strengthen the investment infrastructure for existing and next generation EW component technology to ensure that our warfighters have the EW capabilities they will require in future conflicts.
2008 Watch List
In addition to the 2008 Policy Agenda, the following Watch List identifies areas of special interest to the EW community. The Watch List will be updated regularly as issues arise or develop.
o Reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs – Harness the innovative talents of small technology companies in the U.S., especially those focusing on electronic warfare, for military and economic strength.
o Buy America – Ensure that requirements to buy strategic materials from American sources do not unduly burden the electronics industry or force non-compliance; and therefore, delay or disrupt the development of technologies critical to electronic warfare.
o Reform the Security Clearance Process – Provide for an overhaul of the security clearance process, which is mired in bureaucracy and irrevocably broken. Defense contractors need an effective and efficient clearance process to obtain access to classified information and facilities.
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