Pentagon eyes 12.3 percent spending boost in electronics, communications, and intelligence

U.S. military spending in substantial electronics accounts is set for notable increases next year as spending increases are expected for procurement and research in military communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence (CET&I) technologies.

May 1st, 2018
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WASHINGTON — U.S. military spending in substantial electronics accounts is set for notable increases next year as spending increases are expected for procurement and research in military communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence (CET&I) technologies.

Military electronics spending is headed for a 12.3 percent spending increase in fiscal 2019.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is asking Congress for $12.93 billion for CET&I procurement and research in the fiscal 2019 proposed DOD budget, which is up by $1.42 billion, or 12.3 percent, over the 2018 DOD request. These accounts contained $15.1 billion as recently as fiscal 2012.

The DOD request for CET&I procurement and research does not include military activities with substantial electronics content, such as aircraft avionics, vetronics, and missile guidance.

When these additional DOD electronics-heavy accounts are added, Pentagon spending levels for military electronics and defense electro-optics next year could approach $137 billion, industry analysts believe.

The DOD’s CET&I budget request for fiscal 2019, which begins next October, includes $9.83 billion for procurement, which is up by 18.36 percent from the Pentagon’s 2018 request of $8.3 billion.

The proposed budget also requests $3.1 billion for CET&I research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E), which is down from the 2018 requested level of $3.21 billion.

Highlights of the Army’s proposed CET&I 2019 procurement budget request include $469.1 million for tactical network technology modernization; $351.6 million for handheld manpack small form fit (HMS) radios; $213.8 million for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) communications equipment; $88.3 million for communications security; $104.3 million for information systems; $276.8 million for installation information infrastructure modernization; $299.7 million for the Army Distributed Common Ground System; $153.6 million for night-vision devices; $297.8 million for the indirect fire protection family of systems; $431.4 million for Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P); $327.3 million for counterfire radars; and $230.4 million for automated data processing equipment.

Highlights of the Navy’s CET&I request include $318.2 million for fast attack submarine acoustic equipment; $294.7 million for the Fixed Surveillance System deep-sea sonar; $420.3 million for the AN/SLQ-32 shipboard electronic warfare system; $220.9 million for shipboard information warfare exploit; $423 million for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program; and $113.9 million for the Navy multi­band terminal.

Highlights of the Marine Corps CET&I request include $225 million for the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR); $124.8 million for command post systems; $73.8 million for intelligence support equipment; $87.1 million for Next-Generation Enterprise Network (NGE N); $124.8 million for command post systems; and $279.7 million for radio systems.

The Air Force CET&I request includes $114.4 million for communications security equipment; $114.8 million for air traffic control and landing systems; $205.4 million for the Air Force Physical Security System; $132.7 million for combat training ranges; $140.9 million for minimum essential emergency communications; $102.8 million for the Air Force Network (AFNet); $189.1 million for tactical communications and electronics equipment; and $169.4 million for base communications infrastructure.

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