SEC. 234. PILOT PROGRAM ON MODERNIZATION AND FIELDING OF ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM WARFARE SYSTEMS AND ELECTRONIC WARFARE CAPABILITIES.
(a) PILOT PROGRAM.—
(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of Defense may carry out a pilot program on the modernization and fielding of electro- magnetic spectrum warfare systems and electronic warfare systems.
(2) SELECTION.—If the Secretary carries out the pilot program under paragraph (1), the Electronic Warfare Executive Committee shall select from the list described in section 240(b)(4) a total of 10 electromagnetic spectrum warfare systems and electronic warfare systems across at least two military departments for modernization and fielding under the pilot program.
(b) TERMINATION.—The pilot program authorized by subsection (a) shall terminate on September 30, 2023.
(c) FUNDING.—For the purposes of this pilot program, funds authorized to be appropriated for electromagnetic spectrum warfare and electronic warfare may be used for the development and fielding of electromagnetic spectrum warfare systems and electronic war- fare capabilities.
(d) DEFINITIONS.—In this section:
(1) The term ‘‘electromagnetic spectrum warfare’’ means
electronic warfare that encompasses military communications and sensing operations that occur in the electromagnetic operational domain.
(2) The term ‘‘electronic warfare’’ means military action involving the use of electromagnetic and directed energy to control the electromagnetic spectrum or to attack the enemy.
Pilot program on modernization and fielding of electromagnetic spectrum warfare systems and electronic warfare capabilities (sec. 234)
The Senate bill contained a provision (sec. 897) that would stipulate that funds for electromagnetic spectrum warfare systems and EW systems may be used for the development and fielding of such systems. The provision would also amend section 806(c)(1) of the Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107–314) to add a new subparagraph addressing the rapid acquisition of electronic warfare capabilities.
The House amendment contained a provision (sec. 234) that would authorize the Secretary of Defense to carry out a pilot program on the modernization of electromagnetic spectrum warfare systems and electronic warfare (EW) systems. The House provision would direct the Electronic Warfare Executive Committee (EWEC) to select a total of five such systems currently in sustainment for modernization under the pilot program.
The Senate recedes with an amendment that would including fielding of EW systems, increases the number of systems to be selected for the pilot program from 5 to 10, adds a termination date of September 30, 2023 to the pilot program, and authorizes appropriated electromagnetic spectrum warfare and electronic warfare funds to be used for the development and fielding of electro- magnetic spectrum warfare systems and electronic warfare capabilities.
SEC. 240. STRATEGY FOR IMPROVING ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRO- MAGNETIC SPECTRUM WARFARE CAPABILITIES.
(a) STRATEGY REQUIRED.—Not later than April 1, 2017, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, acting through the Electronic Warfare Executive Committee, shall submit to the congressional defense committees a strategy on the electronic and electromagnetic spectrum warfare capabilities of the Department of Defense.
(b) ELEMENTS.—The strategy required by subsection (a) shall include the following:
(1) A strategy for advancing and accelerating research, development, test, and evaluation, and fielding, of electronic war- fare capabilities to meet current and projected requirements, including intra-service ground and air interoperabilities, as well as recommendations for streamlining acquisition processes with respect to such capabilities.
(2) A methodology for synchronizing and overseeing electronic warfare strategies, operational concepts, and programs across the Department of Defense, including electronic warfare programs that support or enable cyber operations.
(3) A description of the training and operational support required for fielding and sustaining current and planned investments in electronic warfare capabilities, including the requirements for conducting large-scale simulated exercises and training in contested electronic warfare environments.
(4) A comprehensive list of investments of the Department of Defense in electronic warfare capabilities, including the capabilities to be developed, procured, or sustained in—
(A) the budget of the President for fiscal year 2018 sub- mitted to Congress under section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code; and
(B) the future-years defense program submitted to Congress under section 221 of title 10, United States Code, for that fiscal year.
(5) A description of the threat environment for electromagnetic spectrum for current and future warfare needs.
(6) An assessment of progress on increasing interoperability between Services and Agencies, as well as increasing application of innovative electromagnetic spectrum warfighting methods and operational concepts that provide advantages within the electromagnetic spectrum operational domain.
(7) Specific attributes needed in future electronic and electromagnetic spectrum warfare capabilities, such as networking, adaptability, agility, multi-functionality, and miniaturization, and progress toward incorporating such attributes in new electronic warfare systems.
(8) Capability gaps with respect to asymmetric and near- peer adversaries identified pursuant to a capability gap assessment.
(9) A joint strategy on achieving near real-time system adaption to rapidly advancing modern digital electronics.
(10) Any other information the Secretary determines to be appropriate.
(c) FORM.—The strategy required by subsection (a) shall be sub- mitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex.
(d) ELECTRONIC WARFARE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DEFINED.— In this section the term ‘‘Electronic Warfare Executive Committee’’ means the committee established on March 17, 2015, and chartered on August 11, 2015, by the Deputy Secretary of Defense to serve as the principal forum within the Department of Defense to inform, co- ordinate, and evaluate electronic warfare matters to maintain a strong technological advantage in United States capabilities.