Defense Infrastructure: Further Actions Needed to Support Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator Relocation Plans

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "According to Department of Defense (DOD) officials, the Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator (the Simulator), located at Air Force Plant in Fort Worth, Texas, is an important asset for helping to protect U.S. and allied pilots and aircraft against the missile threats posed by adversaries. Most missiles use one of two electronic warfare technologies in order to pursue aircraft in flight and deliver an explosive warhead with the intent to inflict maximum damage. Small shoulder-launched missiles generally use infrared seekers that search for heat sources on an ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. January 26, 2011.

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "According to Department of Defense (DOD) officials, the Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator (the Simulator), located at Air Force Plant in Fort Worth, Texas, is an important asset for helping to protect U.S. and allied pilots and aircraft against the missile threats posed by adversaries. Most missiles use one of two electronic warfare technologies in order to pursue aircraft in flight and deliver an explosive warhead with the intent to inflict maximum damage. Small shoulder-launched missiles generally use infrared seekers that search for heat sources on an aircraft, while more sophisticated air-to-air and larger surface-to-air missiles can use radio waves and infrared seekers to determine an aircraft's location in flight. DOD continually develops and tests countermeasures to protect U.S. and allied aircraft from both types of missile threats. The Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator at Plant 4 is one of only two Air Force facilities of its kind that test countermeasures against heat-seeking missiles, and it is the only Air Force facility that currently houses the equipment necessary to test countermeasures against more sophisticated radio frequency surface-to-air missiles. The Simulator uses an array of computer hardware and software and other equipment to simulate the firing of a missile under various conditions and scenarios, precluding the need to actually fire and destroy a missile in the process. Conducting such tests provides DOD, the Department of Homeland Security, and allied governments with the necessary data to develop various countermeasures for use by military and commercial aircraft. The Test Resource Management Center within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is tasked with reviewing Air Force and other services' proposals to change the test and evaluation infrastructure in accordance with OSD guidance and congressional direction.5 In a July 8, 2009, report, the center provisionally approved the Air Force's relocation proposal and submitted the report to congressional defense committees in response to congressional direction. Subsequently, on July 24, 2009, the House Appropriations Committee expressed concern about DOD's proposed relocation of the Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator. House Report 111-230 directed that funds shall not be obligated or expended to relocate the Simulator until a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis, reviewed by GAO, is provided to the congressional defense committees. Furthermore, the House report, noting that the Simulator's specialized test capabilities are a vital element of our national defense posture, directed that the study's findings should demonstrate the technical merits of any proposed relocation. In August 2009, the Test Resource Management Center submitted OSD's July 2009 report to us in response to the congressional direction in House Report 111-230 and, pending our review, has not submitted that report to the congressional defense committees. Our objectives for this review were to determine (1) to what extent OSD's report on the proposed relocation of the Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator includes a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis and (2) to what extent OSD has addressed the technical issues involved in the proposed relocation."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Defense Infrastructure: Further Actions Needed to Support Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator Relocation Plans, text, January 26, 2011; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc303203/: accessed December 10, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.