WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States will establish a council to lead its electronic warfare policy and develop recommendations, US Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work announced at a Credit Suisse-McAleese defense conference in Washington, DC.
“Our potential competitors seek to contest the Electronic Warfare (EW) space, an area where we retain a decided lead,” Work said on Tuesday. “But that lead is tenuous and we believe that there has been insufficient focus on EW across the [Defense] Department.”
Work explained he would sign a memo later on Tuesday creating the Electronic Warfare Programs Council to lead in establishing and coordinating the Defense Department’s electronic warfare policy.
Electronic warfare is a small investment but “it has the potential to have a very high payoff,” Work added.
The Electronic Warfare Programs Council will be co-chaired by Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs James “Sandy” Winnefeld and US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall.