US Defense Acquisition Chief Frank Kendall speaks to journalists at a news conference at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, southern England

Pentagon sets up panel to study electronic warfare requirements

US Defense Acquisition Chief Frank Kendall speaks to journalists at a news conference at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, southern EnglandBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday set up a new panel to address shortfalls in U.S. electronic warfare capabilities across the U.S. military and to ensure the United States retains its competitive edge. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work signed a memo creating a new “Electronic Warfare Executive Committee” to be chaired by Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall and Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Work told a conference hosted by McAleese & Associates and Credit Suisse that the United States still had greater capabilities in the electromagnetic spectrum than potential adversaries, but other countries were investing heavily. In the memo, Work said he created the panel after the Defense Science Board found the Pentagon had “lost focus on electronic warfare at the programmatic and strategic level.” He said the committee would oversee and coordinate electronic warfare programs, strategy and acquisition, while balancing budget and capability needs.

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