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Next Generation Jammer
For more than 60 years, the success of U.S. forces in conflicts large and small has been tied to the ability to deliver crushing blows on adversaries from the third dimension. Dominant airpower consistently provided the hammer which together with the anvil of powerful land and sea forces has formed
For decades, the U.S. military has been the world’s leader in airborne electronic attack (AEA). A branch of electronic warfare, AEA involves the use of aircraft and airborne systems to neutralize, destroy, or suppress enemy air defenses, communications networks, command and control capabilities
The defense industry will need to consolidate if demand for its products continues softening in the years ahead. Because Pentagon policymakers are ill-disposed to managing sector rationalization, it will probably be driven by who wins or loses the handful of big programs that are still up for grabs.
When the jammer currently carried on U.S. electronic-warfare planes first debuted 40 years ago, there were no digital datalinks, no cell phones, no frequency-hopping radios, no monopulse radars and no improvised explosive devices. Today, those developments largely define the threat environment
On Tuesday the Navy issued a solicitation that could end up driving consolidation of the military-electronics business in the years ahead. The service released a request for proposals as it begins the "technology development" phase of its Next Generation Jammer program, an effort that will eventually
The U.S. Navy is developing a much-needed airborne jamming system to replace its Vietnam-era jammers. It's called the Next Generation Jammer, and if all goes as planned then U.S. aviators will soon have an electronic warfare tool with greater power, precision and agility than any previous jammer.
In the latest indication that the U.S. defense electronics sector is overcrowded with players, five different teams are submitting proposals to the U.S. Army for a new system that can jam hostile missiles aimed at its helicopters. The system, called Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM or "kirk-em"),
The Army did something brave this Summer without even visiting a war zone. It retracted a request-for-proposals on its future Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) because senior leaders decided the requirements were too demanding. The reason that was a brave thing to do is because anytime a solicitation
In the two decades since the Cold War ended, the world has undergone a technological revolution. Every facet of commerce and culture has been reshaped by the growing ubiquity of digital sensors, processors and networks. We tend not to notice how dependent we are on these new technologies until