JED - June 2012 - (Page 12)

message from the president Association of Old Crows 1000 North Payne Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314-1652 Phone: (703) 549-1600 Fax: (703) 549-2589 PRESIDENT Laurie Moe Buckhout VICE PRESIDENT Robert Elder SECRETARY Cliff Moody TREASURER David Hime AT-LARGE DIRECTORS Cliff Moody Linda Palmer Paul Westcott Michael Oates David Hime Tony Lisuzzo Ron Hahn Lisa Frugé Col Robin Vanderberry, USAF REGIONAL DIRECTORS Southern: Wes Heidenreich Central: Judith Westerheide Northeastern: Charles Benway Mountain-Western: Wayne Shaw Mid-Atlantic: Bill Tanner Pacific: Joe “JJ” Johnson International I: Robert Andrews International II: Gerry Whitford IO: Al Bynum APPOINTED DIRECTORS Donato D’Angelantonio Joe Hulsey James J. Lovelace Marc Magram IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Walter Wolf AOC STAFF Tanya Miller Don Richetti Member and Chapter Executive Director Support Manager Norman Balchunas Jennifer Bahler Director, Operations Registrar Mike Dolim Keith Jordan Director, Education IT Manager Shelley Frost Glenda M. ReyesDirector, Logistics Montanez Business Manager Kent Barker reyes-montanez@ Conferences Director/ FSO Tasha Miller Membership Assistant Glorianne O’Neilin Director, Member Miranda Fulk Services Logistics Coordinator Tony Ramos Lauren Stewart Director, Logistics Coordinator Communications Brock Sheets Director, Marketing Stew Taylor Exhibits Manager Bridget Whyde Marketing/ Communications Assistant A PERSONAL EW JOURNEY s EWOs, we all bring our personal experiences with us to the EW fight. When I worked with the Army G3/5/7 and Vice Chief of Staff to help (re)start Army EW in 2006, I thought the Army was then in a unique battle. All the other Services seemed to have all the answers: they had the people, the materiel, the training – from what I could see, they had the full DOTMLPF solution. As more and more warfighters paid the ultimate price to the RCIED and to other spectrum-using weapons, everyone stepped in to help the Army save ourselves. The Navy and Air Force provided EWOs, training and critical expertise on the ground, as well as through their own airborne platforms. The Marines gave us their training and doctrine. Every lab, FFRDC, engineering center and think-tank joined the fray. JIEDDO bore the weight of the fight like Atlas, spending billions to defeat IEDs. Even my boys joined in the fight, with my then 9- and 7-year-olds designing LEGO-constructed directed energy devices and airborne electronic attack platforms. It wasn’t until a couple years flew by that I began to have an epiphany. This fight was nothing new, and what I was experiencing in the Army was not so different from what the other Services had experienced over the years. In the middle of a fight, we created our own identity crisis. We were able to beg, borrow and steal people and materiel to “stop the bleeding,” and everyone received kudos for their quick actions. And along the way, we reinforced all the wrong lessons in the warfighter: we were reactive rather than proactive. Sure, we treated the IED like a brand-new threat, but our mad scramble to react with EW capabilities appeared to be nothing new. Every Service has struggled with maintaining their EW identity and materiel during peacetime. There is no joint or OSD leadership empowered with the ability to ensure Services kept their EW readiness levels adequate to support the COCOMs. Even within our EW community, we find it difficult to articulate the criticality of what we do for others. We’re often unable to relate requirements because of security classifications, and because our Services are led primarily by leaders who understand kinetics best – fighter pilots, infantrymen, tankers and ship-drivers. Creating and sustaining a fully capable EW force is not simply about reaching into the technology toolbox so we can quickly react to the latest threat. EW is about a continuum of threat analytics, training, doctrine, policy, and full-time manning and equipping. So, what did the Army do right? Thanks to lessons learned from other Services and our industry and academic partners, we decided to address EW holistically, across DOTMLPF. We didn’t try to make it happen overnight. (Actually, I wanted it to happen that quickly, but the Army is too big to turn that fast.) Maybe that’s a good thing. Building enduring EW skills is a journey – and we have miles to go before we sleep. – Laurie Moe Buckhout, US Army (ret) A 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2012

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Future EW: Next Gen Jammer
Technology Survey: Spectrum Analyzers
EW 101
AOC 2012 Election Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - June 2012