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message f ro m the p re s i d e nt ELECTRONIC WARFARE ADVOCACY Association of Old Crows 1000 North Payne Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314-1652 Phone: (703) 549-1600 Fax: (703) 549-2589 PRESIDENT Robert Elder VICE PRESIDENT Wayne Shaw SECRETARY Robin Vanderberry TREASURER Charles Benway AT-LARGE DIRECTORS Michael Oates David Hime Tony Lisuzzo Lisa Frugé Ron Hahn Robin Vanderbury Todd Caruso Vickie Greenier Paul Westcott REGIONAL DIRECTORS Southern: Wes Heidenreich Central: Joe Koesters Northeastern: Charles Benway Mountain-Western: John Wikheim Mid-Atlantic: Douglas Lamb Pacific: Joe Hulsey International I: Robert Andrews International II: Gerry Whitford IO: Al Bynum PAST PRESIDENT Laurie Buckhout AOC STAFF Stew Taylor Don Richetti Exhibits Manager Executive Director Norman Balchunas Director, Operations Mike Dolim Director, Education Shelley Frost Director, Logistics Kent Barker Conferences Director/ FSO Glorianne O’Neilin Director, Member Services Tony Ramos Director, Communications Brock Sheets Director, Marketing John Clifford Director, Global Programs Tanya Miller Member and Chapter Support Manager Jennifer Bahler Registrar Keith Jordan IT Manager Glenda M. ReyesMontanez Business Manager reyes-montanez@ Tasha Miller Membership Assistant Miranda Fulk Logistics Coordinator Lauren Stewart Logistics Coordinator Bridget Whyde Marketing/ Communications Assistant E 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2012 lectronic warfare plays an increasingly important role in national security strategy, with EW capabilities serving as key enablers for all military operations, from irregular warfare to major combat campaigns. Unfortunately, many policymakers do not fully understand the significance of EW, the electromagnetic spectrum and its many related issues. AOC performs an important role by educating key political leaders, engaging with military and industry and advocating policies to support EW. AOC is now working to facilitate regular events, including panel discussions, briefings and site visits, to educate, promote, support and explore issues related to EW. Our goal is to encourage broader international support for EW and a greater understanding of the critical role of EW and IO in military operations. As part of this initiative, AOC will encourage members of Congress with EW equities or interests to join the EW Working Group (EWWG), and we will work to form similar working groups in other nations. As part of this program, AOC promotes regular engagements with the military Services, think-tanks and industry. AOC also helps working groups prepare requests for official US DOD and other defense ministry reports on the status of EW operations, platforms and plans for the future of EW. As a first step, AOC is drafting a report that outlines the key issues, major concerns and top priorities of AOC members for use by the EWWG in the US and similar groups to be established in other nations. Specific areas of interest include international EW strategy and acquisition policies, Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) management, EW’s role in contested operations, EW industrial base sustainment, technology advancement, diminishing capability replacement, budget constraints, EW and stealth operational integration, potential export of advanced EW technologies, networking electronic attack, and electronic attack in Effects-Based Operations (EBO). Declining budgets threaten the acquisition of new EW and electronic attack capabilities at the time these capabilities are most needed. EW programs can play a vital role in protecting important platforms and technologies, and investing in EW can potentially generate savings by creating efficiencies, lowering life-cycle costs of older programs and enabling other force structure reductions. AOC activities to support this initiative will provide regular communications with key government decision makers and staff on key EW issues and developments, including studies, reports and military activities. AOC will also facilitate industry-led discussions with members and staff on EW technologies and industrial base capabilities, as well as visits to key EW sites, including government installations and industrial facilities. The use of on-site workshops will expose decision makers and their staffs to EW experts from government, industry and academia to discuss topics, such as technology advancements, acquisition strategies, budget threats and operational utility. Today’s budget challenges provide the EW/IO community with opportunities to open discussions on the important contributions of EW and IO, and the need to resource them properly to allow other military capabilities to operate effectively. I challenge every AOC member to tell this story to your elected representatives. Our militaries cannot afford to operate in contested environments with outdated EW or IO capabilities. – Bob Elder

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
2013 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
Open Architectures for EW and SIGINT
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - December 2012