Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded an $11,525,263 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-5353) to exercise options for engineering, manufacturing and development for advanced off-board electronic warfare (AOEW). The AOEW program will provide an electronic warfare mission package to integrate with a flight vehicle.
New technologies, capabilities and tactics will be necessary for the U.S. Navy to prevail in the burgeoning arena of information warfare. But while some needs are obvious, the course for the overall way ahead remains elusive.
Explaining the complicated nature of naval information warfare was Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, USN, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (N2N6). Speaking at the Wednesday keynote luncheon at West 2018 being held in San Diego February 6-8, Adm. Tighe outlined a series of challenges and potential options, beginning with the state of the realm.
The Army is looking to combine electronic warfare capabilities with intelligence and cyber capabilities, military leaders reported December 13 at AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare discussion, The Future Force Build and Integration of Electronic Warfare and Information Operations Fields into Cyber. AUSA hosted the event at its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, as part of its Hot Topic event series.
Russia has advanced the state of the art in electronic warfare capabilities to overcome and even overpower Western electronic systems, both military and commercial. And now the country’s military modernization plan extending to 2025 lays the groundwork for further advancement, according to a recent European think tank report.
Russia is developing a total package of electronic warfare (EW) systems covering a broad frequency range. The systems encompass traditional areas such as surveillance, protection and countermeasures, and they shield Russian use of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). These total package systems are designed to be highly mobile and include small units deployable by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
A number of emerging technologies, including integrated photonics, microdrones and automation tools, will drive an improved perception of available electromagnetic spectrum by U.S. warfighters and enhanced effectiveness in electronic warfare, says William Conley, deputy director, electronic warfare, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
William Conley has a long to-do list.
He serves on the U.S. Defense Department’s Electronic Warfare (EW) Executive Committee, which helped draft the department’s EW strategy, signed earlier this year. Now, the deputy director of electronic warfare in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics is helping to put together an implementation plan for that strategy, which he expects to be signed in the spring.
U.S. Defense Department researchers are testing cognitive electronic warfare technologies that within the next decade could autonomously counter adversary systems without preprogramming. The capability may allow the military to eclipse its adversaries in the electronic warfare domain.
Three closely related Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) programs apply artificial intelligence to the electromagnetic spectrum and will likely result in electronic warfare (EW) systems with unprecedented autonomy. The first two—Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) and Behavioral Learning for Adaptive Electronic Warfare (BLADE) are considered sister programs. Both apply artificial intelligence, or AI, to EW systems.
The Russian military has been using a clever—and lethal—propaganda technique against Ukrainian soldiers. They spam the soldiers’ cellphones with demoralizing messages and then take advantage of the resulting confusion to geolocate the soldiers’ cellphone signals and launch an attack.
Gen. Baker: You're never going to be able to emulate [in training] the gut-wrenching emotions of Russian-style messaging.#AFCEATechNet
— George Seffers (@gseffers) August 9, 2017
Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA (Ret.), former director of command, control, communications and computers/cyber for the Joint Staff, paints a dire picture of future warfare. The next war, he says, will begin with wave after wave of cyber and electronic warfare attacks that our nation is not prepared for. Although the Army is making strides in training the cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA) force, the service may not be able to address all scenarios in a training environment.
As the Army’s forward deployed footprint has grown smaller in places such as Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the demand for sensors capable of sending data back to the United States for processing has increased significantly. While those sensors provide valuable information, they also place a heavy load on the service’s networks, said Mark Kitz, chief engineer, Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S).
On the multi-domain battlefield of the future, U.S. forces can expect to see more robots, pilotless ships and planes, and driverless convoys, as well as cyber and other game-changing capabilities, said Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command.
Gen. Nakasone made the comments during the afternoon keynote address at AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2017 in Augusta, Georgia.
“We are witnessing a fundamental change and transformation in the character of war," he said. “This transformation is being driven by technology and demographics, socioeconomic and political changes.”
The Army’s first doctrine for fighting in the cyberspace and electronic warfare domains already is changing the way the service operates, said Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., USA, commander, Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, told the AFCEA TechNet Augusta audience in Augusta, Georgia.
Army officials have multiple pilot projects in the works to help define formations that will integrate cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA).
According to Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison, Jr., USA, commander, Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, the Army has initiated one pilot project with the Army Pacific Command and is seeking to begin another within the continental United States to better define formations that will integrate cyber, electronic warfare, signal and intelligence capabilities.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a $57,727,948 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost only contract for Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIEDs) Electronic Warfare (JCREW) Increment One Build One Systems full-rate production in support of the Expeditionary Warfare Program Office. Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems provide combat troops protection against RCIEDs. CREW systems are designed to provide protection for foot soldiers, vehicles, and permanent structures.
SRC Inc., Syracuse, New York, has been awarded a $10,987,104 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to rapidly develop and deploy electronic warfare improvements onto the mobile low, slow, Small Unmanned Aerial System Integrated Defeat System variant to theater and support the variants in theater. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. Work will be performed in Syracuse, New York, with an estimated completion date of July 27, 2018. Fiscal 2017 Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation; Other procurement (Army); and Operations and Maintenance, Army funds in the combined amount of $5,383,681 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S.
Over the next five years U.S. Defense Department researchers plan to build a prototypical system that will converge radar, communications and electronic warfare functions for a range of unmanned aerial systems, including the RQ-7 Shadow and the RQ-21 Blackjack. A do-it-all system will efficiently switch between intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; command and control; networking; and combat operations support missions without changing payloads.
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), San Antonio, Texas, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $13,139,976 cost-reimbursement (cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursement-no-fee), indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering services in support of AN/ALQ-131 and AN/ALQ-184 electronic attack pods. Contractor will provide software test, software studies and analyses, software engineering, software support, test support, and system test and evaluation. Work will be performed at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by May 16, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded a $14,259,233 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management System, along with technical data in support of the P-8A aircraft. This contract includes 38 ALQ-213 tactical threat displays for the Navy (27) and the governments of United Kingdom (3); and Australia (8), 38 ALQ-213 early warning management units for Navy (27); and governments of United Kingdom (3); and Australia (8), 39 OMNI blade antenna for Navy (29); and governments of United Kingdom (2); and Australia (8), 38 ALQ-213 tactical data unit for Navy (27); and governments of United Kingdom (3); and Austra
Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded a $16,414,000 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-5363) to exercise options for full-rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 subsystems (AN/SLQ-32(V)6). SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition and incremental development program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system. SEWIP Block 2 will expand upon the receiver/antenna group necessary to keep capabilities current with the pace of the threat and to yield improved system integration.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded a $98,484,000 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-5363) to exercise options for full-rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 subsystems (AN/SLQ-32(V)6). SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition and incremental development program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system. SEWIP Block 2 will expand upon the receiver/antenna group necessary to keep capabilities current with the pace of the threat and to yield improved system integration. Work will be performed in Liverpool, New York (23 percent); Lansdale, P