AFECO had indeed disappeared into a new electronic combat organization which formed when the Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance System Program Office split into two parts (the EC branch retained the familiar RW designation).
Maintaining AFECO's studies and project expertise within the new Plans and Integration Division was a major objective.
"We had received significant complements over the last few years on the services and products that we have provided to the user community from AFECO. And our objective was that we didn't want to break something that was working."
ASC/XR is expected shortly to award contracts to update studies done by AFECO two or three years ago, Colonel Maleske revealed.
Other activities include the B-1B Missile Warning Study, where AFECO
is conducting an analysis to investigate and define missile warning requirements for this aircraft in a conventional role, and the Millimeter Wave (MMW) Military Worth Analysis.
According to Bednarz, AFECO's original mission to bridge the two commands now takes up only 5% of the organization's time.
The ECSRL, a state-of-the art simulation research lab, was co-dedicated by Wright Laboratory and AFECO to further EC development.
While the future merger of the AFSC and AFLC, the disestablishment of AFECO and the streamlined mission of Wright Laboratory may have raised uncertainties in the minds of those waiting there, their workload has not diminished.
Contractor, we'll let that be known and we'll make sure you get your day in court when it comes time for AFECO
to look at missile approach warning," he said.
Whether it is due to the efforts of AFECO, osmosis or an auspicious alignment of the planets, the shape of MAC's EW efforts is amazingly similar to that of SOF's.
Again, Warner Robins finds itself in the thick of the program, working closely with MAC and AFECO. And Lt Col Damron is the program manager.
According to Col Mike Bednarz, program director for reconnaisance and EW programs at Wright-Patterson and commander of AFECO, medium-threat environments will be the next object of scrutiny.