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Navy and Air Force banking on appropriations conference to release ASPJ funds.

Navy and Air Force Banking on Appropriations Conference to Release ASPJ Funds

Frustrated Navy and Air Force program managers, shepherding the service's AN/ALQ-165 airborne self-protection jammer (ASPJ) program through the obligatory bureaucratic maze, are hoping the joint House/Senate Appropriations Conference releases funds already appropriated but held up by the Senate Appropriations Committee's action on the fiscal year 1990 DoD appropriation.

The joint Navy/Air Force team thought it cleared the main obstacle when the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) approved the service's request for low rate initial production (LRIP) of the system several months ago. However, it underestimated the micromanagement powers of congressional committees.

The DAB approved the request in a painstaking review and rereview of the service's request for LRIP approval, supported by endorsements from DoD's director of operational test and evaluation and the Navy's operational test and evaluation force. However, the Senate Appropriations Committee has directed that no funds appropriated for procurement of ASPJ be obligated until the system successfully concludes operational test and evaluation and the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition reports on all test results.

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Title Annotation:News from Washington; airborne self-protection jammer
Author:Green, Gerald
Publication:Microwave Journal
Date:Nov 1, 1989
Words:180
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