US Congress proposes law to accelerate electronic warfare technology development

4 February 2016 (Last Updated February 4th, 2016 18:30)

US Congress has introduced a new bill to accelerate the electronic warfare (EW) developments to be on par with Russia, China and Iran.

US Congress has introduced a new bill to accelerate the electronic warfare (EW) developments to be on par with Russia, China and Iran.

The Electronic Warfare Enhancement Act upon enforcement will offer better funding to speed up the development of crucial and significant technology to increase the military capability of the US forces.

US Senator Mark Kirk said: "It is critical that the US military dominates the offensive and defensive ends of electronic warfare.

"It is critical that the US military dominates the offensive and defensive ends of electronic warfare."

"This bill will give US Department of Defense (DoD) and industry leaders the tools to quickly develop critical electronic warfare technology for the warfighter, the importance of which I have seen firsthand as an Intelligence Officer with the Navy Reserve in Kosovo."

The new law will replace the existing laws that govern the country's current acquisition process that takes up to ten years.

A US Congress policy review panel in November 2008 found that: "China is aggressively developing its power to wage cyber warfare and is now in a position to delay or disrupt the deployment of America's military forces around the world, potentially giving it the upper hand in any conflict."

Previously, the US had established a cyber command employing up to 1,100 people as response to the emerging threats.