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ACETEC is closely following the fiscal 2020 budget request for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) as one of the biggest DOD budget documents we’ve ever seen. It calls for military spending of $715.1 billion on the U.S. military in fiscal 2020. The biggest chunk of the budget is focused on defense systems modernization. It is also targeting increased spending for research in cyber, electronic warfare, space, artificial intelligence and hypersonics.

Missile defense has been a hot area given the emerging threats from around the globe. ICBM’s were once the prime delivery system but now the application has broadened to include shorter-ranged non-nuclear tactical and specific theater missiles.

Radar, as much as ever is a defense market which is estimated to reach $10.4 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 3.9% from 2016 to 2022. It uses electronic equipment to track an object using radio waves, determining the spread, angle, and speed of the object falling within its radius. It is also used to forecast and detect spacecraft, aircraft, missiles, weather, and other form of vehicles. Radar can be naval, airborne, ground-based or space-based.

Electronic Warfare (EW) is another type of defensive measure and refers to any action involving the use of electromagnetic spectrum (EM spectrum) or directed energy to sense, protect, and communicate. EW involves the military’s use of electromagnetic energy to prevent or reduce an enemy’s effective use of the EMS while protecting its use for friendly forces. Included in this field is Electronic Attack (EA), (ECM) Electronic Counter Measure, and (ESM) Electronic Support Measures.

Finally, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) can take on many forms of technical information gathering via COMINT (communications intelligence) and ELINT (electronic signals intelligence) type systems. These systems would have onboard infrared cameras or direction finding equipment deployed on a variety of airborne systems for instance.

Of the branches of the DOD we see getting the most attention recently, the Navy is one of the top. Modernization in the Navy has the aim of increasing the operational capacities of the Coast Guard in
seek-rescue and application of the laws of the sea.

Some of the Projects/Contracts include:
 Construction of ships for the Coastal Guard
 Naval Surveillance System
 Operational, Inter-ministerial centre for the Navy.
 Creation of a navy with helicopters able to support at a national level and participate in operations led
by NATO. This includes multi-role helicopters and projects for Air Surveillance Systems