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Consolidation Is 
the Course for Army 
Electronic Warfare

April 1, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

Melding the disciplines of spectrum combat will enable greater flexibility and more capabilities.

The growth in battlefield electronics has spurred a corresponding growth in electronic warfare. In the same manner that innovative technologies have spawned new capabilities, electronic warfare is becoming more complex as planners look to incorporate new systems into the battlespace.

No longer can electronic warfare (EW) function exclusively in its own domain. The growth of cyber operations has led to an overlap into traditional EW areas. EW activities for countering remote-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Southwest Asia led to an increased emphasis on EW defense and offense. It also exposed the problem of signal fratricide when those EW operations interfered with allied communication.

The U.S. Army sped many systems into theater, and now it is working to coordinate those technologies into a more organized capability. The effort focuses on an integrated EW approach that will reconcile many of the existing conflicts and clear the way for more widespread use of EW in future conflicts.

“The Army definitely has wrapped its arms around the importance of EW,” declares Col. Joe DuPont, USA, project manager for electronic warfare at the Program Executive Office (PEO) Intelligence Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEWS), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

The majority of the Army’s EW assets currently come from quick reaction capabilities (QRCs) that have been fielded over the past decade; these capabilities are attack, support and protection. The requirements largely came from theater, and the next systems due for fielding reflect those requests.

Northrop Grumman Awarded JCREW Option

January 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems, Network Communication Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $14,098,840 modification to exercise an option under previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for all material and services to support system development and demonstration phase through preliminary design review for the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (JCREW) 3.3 System of Systems. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

Next Tier to Build JIEDDO Enterprise Portal

October 19, 2012
George I. Seffers

Next Tier Concepts Inc., Vienna, Va., is being awarded an $8,980,601 firm-fixed-price contract for enterprise portal technical and strategic support services. The contract will provide strategic and technical support to mature the JIEDDO knowledge management governance model and architect; and build, operate and maintain the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) enterprise portal. The contracting activity is the JIEDDO Contract Operations, Arlington Va.

U.S. Marines Up CREW Contract to $500 Million

June 28, 2012
By George Seffers

Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, is being issued a modification to a previously awarded five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to change the maximum contract value to $500 million. This contract is for the product support integrator for the U.S. Marine Corps Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) Program. The work provides program management and maintenance technicians to support the CREW systems used in and outside the continental United States. The contracting activity orders product support integrator services through the award of individual delivery orders based on the terms and conditions in the basic contract.  Work will be performed in Charleston, South Carolina, Twentynine Palms, California, and Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed August 20, 2014. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Procures Mobile Homemade Bomb Detector

April 5, 2012
By George Seffers

Chemlmage Bio Threat LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was awarded a $9,890,534 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification to procure the LightGuard on-the-move device for the detection of homemade explosives and precursor materials. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

EDO Jammers to Counter Emerging Threats in Iraq and Afghanistan

September 30, 2011
By George Seffers

EDO Communications and Countermeasures Systems Incorporated, also known as ITT Force Protection Systems, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a $103,000,905 firm-fixed-price contract to procure 3,351 Band-C upgrade kits, initial spares and consumables, engineering support services hours, and data to upgrade fielded Counter Radio-Controlled Electronic Warfare Vehicle Receiver/Jammer (CVRJ) Systems. CVRJ systems are vehicle-mounted electronic jammers designed to prevent the initiation of radio controlled improvised explosive devices. This contract was not competitively procured as no other source can meet the required schedule for fielding a unit to counter new, emerging threats against military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

R4 to Support Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Systems

July 15, 2011
By George Seffers

R4 Incorporated, Eatontown, New Jersey, was awarded about $9 million for contractor logistic support on various improvised explosive device defeat/protect force equipment at approximately 60 locations. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

Integrated Systems Supports Counter Explosive Device Effort

May 6, 2011
By George Seffers

Integrated Systems, Ellicott City, Maryland, was recently awarded a $49 million contract to provide operational support services for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, with an estimated completion date of May 10, 2013. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

National Guard Boosts Bomb Training at Home

April 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Army National Guard is ramping up training opportunities for troops to fight back against the deadliest weapon in war zones-the improvised explosive device (IED).

ITT to Support Electronic Jammer Systems

March 4, 2011
By George Seffers

ITT Corporation, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a more than $8 million basic ordering agreement for engineering service support for Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) Vehicle Receiver Jammer (CVRJ) systems, fielded in theater. The CREW CVRJ systems are electronic jammers that are mounted in vehicles and at fixed-site compounds that prevent the detonation of radio-controlled improvised explosive devices. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane Indiana, is the contracting activity.


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