Spending headed up for military communications and intelligence electronics

U.S. military electronics spending is set for substantial increases next year, as the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is asking Congress for $10.74 billion in fiscal 2017 for procurement and research in military communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence (CET&I) technologies.

Mar 18th, 2016
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WASHINGTON - U.S. military electronics spending is set for substantial increases next year, as the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is asking Congress for $10.74 billion in fiscal 2017 for procurement and research in military communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence (CET&I) technologies.

The 2017 DOD budget CET&I budget request is up 5.1 percent from the $10.09 billion that Congress allocated this year. The $10.74 billion request for CET&I equipment and research is the highest in at least three years. 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. It also does not include DOD-wide spending for CET&I activities.

U.S. military electronics spending is heading upward for communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence technologies.

The DOD's CET&I budget request for fiscal 2017 includes $7.47 billion for procurement, up 3.6 percent from this year's congressional enacted level of $7.11 billion. The budget also requests $3.37 billion for CET&I research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E), up 13.3 percent from this year's enacted level of $2.97 billion.

Highlights of the Army's CET&I 2017 procurement budget request includes $437.17 million for the War- fighter Information Network-Tactical Ground Forces Tactical Network; $43.81 million for the Defense Enterprise Wideband Satellite Communications Systems; $273.65 million for the Handheld Manpack Small Form Fit digital radio; $131.36 million for communications security; and $192.04 million for the Distributed Common Ground System-Army.

The Navy's 2017 CET&I request includes $248.77 million for fast attack submarine acoustic equipment; $274.89 million for AN/SLQ-32 shipboard electronic warfare equipment; $145.7 million for the Fixed Surveillance System deep-sea sonar system; $212.03 million for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services tactical shipboard network; $102.48 million for shipboard tactical communications; and $170.73 million for shipboard information warfare.

The Air Force CET&I request includes $98.45 million for air traffic control and landing systems; $72.36 million for communications security equipment; $198.92 million for the Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network; and $117.94 million for tactical communications and electronics equipment.

The 2017 DOD budget request asks Congress for a total of $583 billion, reducing overall Pentagon spending by $2.2 billion over last year's request.

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