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Joint Chiefs spell out doctrine on electronic warfare

The Federation of American Scientists has posted a new publication issued by the Joint Chiefs of Staff covering joint-forces doctrine for electronic warfare.

The report, 'Joint Publication 3-13.1, Electronic Warfare' (GCN.com/734), establishes the rules for electronic-warfare planning, preparation, execution and assessment in support of joint operations across U.S. military services, and the basis for involvement in multinational operations.

The publication lays out the scope of electronic warfare and addresses the organizational responsibilities for protecting spectrum use and disrupting enemy forces' spectrum use. It also defines the three main elements of electronic warfare: electronic attack, electronic protection and electronic-warfare support.

Department to assess skills of its acquisition workforce

The Defense Department is planning in the spring to begin assessing its acquisition workforce skills, while lawmakers at a recent hearing blamed DOD's shabby procurement record at least partly on the reduction of trained personnel over the past seven years.

Sen. John Ensign (R-Ariz.), ranking member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support called cuts to the department's acquisition workforce haphazard.

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), chairman of the subcommittee, noted that while DOD's spending on services has doubled in the past five years, the number of people overseeing those contracts has dropped by as much as 10 percent.

DOD director of procurement and acquisition policy Shay Assad said the department is actively tackling the shortfalls. The department developed an acquisition human capital strategic plan and expects to run pilots of two workforce assessment models in the spring to assess the capabilities of its acquisition workforce, Assad said.

The model will assess the workforce across an assortment of functional areas, such as construction, services and engineering, type of contracts used and job titles.
DOD will perform the assessment for 26,000 acquisition employees, and should be finished by Dec. 31, Assad said.

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