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the from here view EW JUNE 2012 • Vol. 35, No. 6 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editors: Glenn Goodman, John Haystead Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Barry Manz, Luca Peruzzi, Richard Scott, Gábor Zord Marketing & Research Coordinator: Kaydee Currie Sales Administration: Chelsea Johnston INNOVATION his month’s JED features a pair of articles that I hope you will enjoy. John Haystead writes about the US Navy’s Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program, which is nearing the Technology Development phase. The second article, written by Ollie Holt, is a product survey of spectrum analyzers. Although they are very different, both of these articles illustrate the innovation that is at the very heart of EW. NGJ is undoubtedly one of the most important EW programs going. It will be an active electronically scanned array (AESA) jammer, which will provide unprecedented electronic attack capabilities on a tactical platform. In addition to providing greater performance, NGJ leverages billions of dollars of investment the DOD has made in AESA radar technology and applies it to EW. While this is a huge savings in an era of potentially austere defense budgets, it also is important to recognize that an AESA jammer differs significantly from an AESA radar. This is the main reason why the US Navy will spend approximately $2 billion to develop NGJ over the next several years. Yet NGJ still exemplifies what the EW industry does best – leveraging existing solutions from all areas of defense electronics, pulling them apart, developing new technologies and integrating them in new ways to build a system that performs the mission (in this case the airborne electronic attack mission) much better than before. If the NGJ program represents the technologically elegant character of EW, then spectrum analyzers typify the mass market. These systems have migrated from the lab, where they have traditionally been used to support development of radars, radios and EW systems, to the field. In Iraq, the US Marines were using bench-top spectrum analyzers for SIGINT missions as they tried to find the signals from radio-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) triggers in the congested EM environments of Baghdad and other cities. At the same time, US Army and US Marine Corps convoy personnel have been using inexpensive commercial handheld spectrum analyzers to perform ad hoc spectrum management and deconflict between communications, IED jammers and other electronic systems in convoys. This type of innovation has more to do with the EW operators who are leveraging existing hardware in new ways and the companies that are developing the software applications to meet rapidly emerging requirements. Why does this spirit of innovation matter so much to the future of EW? As defense electronic systems migrate from dedicated and discrete radars, radios, ESM systems, RF jammers, missile warners, DIRCM systems, IFF systems, etc., to multi-function systems, it will be the EW community that can offer the unique systems engineering and integration know-how to make these systems a reality. These multifunction systems may be designed for large, complex weapons systems, or they may be commercially derived smart-phones sporting an array of EW apps. Either way, the spirit of EW innovation, which reaches back to the early days of World War II, is certain to continue for many decades to come. – John Knowles EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD T 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2012 Mr. Tom Arseneault President, Electronic Systems, BAE Systems Mr. Chris Bernhardt President, ITT Exelis Electronic Systems Mr. Gabriele Gambarara Elettronica S.p.A. Mr. Itzchak Gat CEO, Elisra CAPT John Green Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Micael Johansson Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area, Electronic Defence Systems, Saab Mr. Mark Kula Vice President, Tactical Airborne Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems LTC James Looney Chief, Electronic Warfare Division, Directorate of Training and Doctrine, Fires Center of Excellence, US Army CAPT Paul Overstreet Commander, ATAPS Program Office (PMA-272), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Jeffrey Palombo Senior VP and GM, Land and Self-Protection Systems Division, Electronic Systems, Northrop Grumman Corp. Col Jim Pryor Chief, Electronic Warfare, Operational Capability Requirements Headquarters, USAF Mr. Kerry Rowe Vice President, ISR and Force Protection Systems, Electronic and Mission Systems, The Boeing Company Wg Cdr P.J. Wallace Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation, UK MOD Dr. Richard Wittstruck Director, System of Systems Engineering, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, USA PRODUCTION STAFF Layout & Design: Barry Senyk Advertising Art: Christina O’Connor Contact the Editor: (978) 509-1450, JEDeditor@naylor.com Contact the Sales Manager: (800) 369-6220 or sales@crows.org Subscription Information: Please contact Glorianne O’Neilin at (703) 549-1600 or e-mail oneilin@crows.org. The Journal of Electronic Defense is published for the AOC by Naylor, LLC 5950 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607 Phone: (800) 369-6220 • Fax: (352) 331-3525 www.naylor.com ©2012 Association of Old Crows/Naylor, LLC. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written authorization of the publisher. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2012

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
Letters
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

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