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    Senators Mark Kirk and Kirsten Gillibrand stated that without reforms to its electronic warfare technology and programs, the US military will continue losing its competitive edge to countries like Russia, China and Iran.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A new bill was introduced in the US Congress that seeks to provide more funding to quickly develop criticaltechnology, Senators Mark Kirk and Kirsten Gillibrand said in a press release on Thursday.

    "The US military’s electronic warfare capabilities have fallen behind those of countries like Russia, China and Iran, leaving our servicemen and women vulnerable," the release stated. "This bill will get lifesaving electronic warfare technologies to the warfighter more quickly."

    Without reforms to its electronic warfare technology and programs, the US military will continue losing its competitive edge to countries like Russia, China and Iran, the senators warned.

    The Electronic Warfare Enhancement Act will enable the US Department of Defense to cut through acquisition red tape and provide more funding flexibility to develop electronic warfare technology, the release claimed.

    US Army in Europe Commander Lieutenant General Ben Hodges described Russia’s electronic warfare capability and sophistication as "eye-watering," the release added.

    The current Defense Department acquisition process for electronic warfare equipment can take up to ten years, and often the technology being fielded is out-of-date by the time it is approved, according to the release.

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    criticaltechnology, Electronic Warfare Enhancement Act, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mark Kirk, US
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