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Defense infrastructure : further actions needed to support Air Force electronic warfare evaluation simulator relocation plans

Author: Brian J Lepore; United States. Government Accountability Office.
Publisher: Washington, DC : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2011]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : English
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According to Department of Defense (DOD) officials, the Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator (the Simulator), located at Air Force Plant 4 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. The Simulator at Plant 4 is one of only two Air Force facilities of its kind that test countermeasures against  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brian J Lepore; United States. Government Accountability Office.
OCLC Number: 700961891
Notes: Title from p.1 screen (viewed Feb. 7, 2011).
"January 26, 2011."
"GAO-11-123R."
Description: 1 online resource (22 pages) : illustrations
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.; System requirements: Adobe Reader.
Other Titles: Further actions needed to support Air Force electronic warfare evaluation simulator relocation plans
Responsibility: [Brian J. Lepore].

Abstract:

According to Department of Defense (DOD) officials, the Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator (the Simulator), located at Air Force Plant 4 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. The 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. Although the Simulator equipment and facility are government owned and managed, they have been operated by Lockheed Martin since 1958. However, as part of a larger Air Force initiative to consolidate and streamline test and evaluation activities, the Air Force is planning to terminate the Simulator contractor operations in Texas; relocate its six radio frequency threat simulators to Wright- Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; and redirect infrared test work to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Both proposed receiving locations currently have other government-operated electronic warfare test facilities. The Air Force considers the infrared capabilities at Plant 4 in Texas and at the Eglin facility redundant, and Eglin's facility has been utilized at a higher rate than the Simulator at Plant 4 over the last several years. In light of this lower utilization at Plant 4, the Air Force has placed the Simulator's infrared test equipment in on-site storage. It does not consider moving the Simulator's infrared test configuration essential to current mission needs, but would prefer to do so to potentially reuse this test equipment at Eglin. According to Air Force officials, this relocation proposal would reduce costs; result in critical technical advantages, such as higher-fidelity testing; and provide them with more operational control over these testing and evaluation assets. 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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