Senate Bill 2486 Introduced to Address EW Capability Gaps

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February 8, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: February 8 on

Congressional leaders are taking notice of the warning signs regarding the electromagnetic spectrum, electronic warfare and how other nations have been closing the gap with the United States. Lawmakers who hold the purse strings and thus influence military decision-making have now taken steps to allocate more resources toward the problem.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have introduced legislation, Senate bill 2486, aimed at cutting “acquisition red tape” and providing funding flexibility for additional EW technology.  “Countries like Russia, China and Iran, are closing the gap on the U.S. military”s electronic warfare capabilities, leaving our servicemen and women vulnerable. This bill will get lifesaving electronic warfare technologies to the warfighter more quickly,” a press release from Kirk”s office announcing the bill said. 

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