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the view f ro m h e re SMART INVESTMENT DECEMBER 2012 • Vol. 35, No. 12 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editor: John Haystead Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Barry Manz, Richard Scott Marketing & Research Coordinator: Heather McMillen Sales Administration: Chelsea Johnston O 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2012 ne of the things I love about being part of the Electronic Warfare community is that it never gets boring. EW’s job grows more complex and more difficult each year as military and commercial use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) continues to grow. The introduction of more advanced military radars, radios and satellite navigation systems, along with an exploding population of commercial electronics devices, is both frightening and humbling for the EW community. Whereas air commanders can think in terms of air supremacy, and naval commanders can think in terms of command of the sea or naval control, EW operators can, at best, think of EMS control or spectrum control merely in terms of controlling a limited set of frequencies, in a specific location for a certain period of time. That says a lot about the disconnect between the tools EW operators have and the size of the mission they must accomplish. Part of the reason for this situation is that EW usually doesn’t drive the electronics technologies it relies on in the same way that, say, the F-22 has driven advances in aerospace technology, or an Arleigh Burke destroyer has driven naval technology forward. Instead, EW rides electronics technology as if it were a wild, powerful, unpredictable stallion that can never be broken. EW has no choice but to continue holding onto that rope and riding it out because, very often, the same technologies (like the transmit receive modules in an AESA radar or the software algorithms in a cognitive radio) that pose a challenge for EW can also be exploited in the design of a new EW system (like an AESA jammer or a cognitive jammer). Because of this, EW often has to leverage (or poach) electronics technologies from other areas, exploit those technologies, innovate, and integrate those technologies like no one else in the defense electronics area. Often, we have to do this under the extreme pressure of a quick reaction program. Occasionally, however, EW is given the resources to tame the technology stallion, at least for a short time. By this, I mean the DOD sponsors a major technology program that particularly benefits EW and drives it forward. This happened in the 1990s when DARPA funded the Microwave and Millimeter Wave Monolithic Integrated Circuit (MIMIC) program, which led to major advances in EW and many other areas of defense and commercial electronics. Last month, the Air Force Research Lab’s Sensors Directorate released a solicitation for the initial phase of the Advanced Components for Electronic Warfare (ACE) program. Over the next four years, ACE will concentrate on four areas: integrated photonic circuits (IPCs); millimeter-wave source and receiver components for EW; reconfigurable and adaptive RF electronics (RARE); and three-dimensional heterogeneous integration for photonic sources (3D-HIPS). ACE should have a far-reaching impact on the capabilities, SWAP and overall performance of future EW systems. Like the MIMIC program, it should benefit many other areas of defense and commercial electronics. Most importantly for the warfighter, however, the ACE program represents a crucial investment in the future of spectrum control. – J. Knowles EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Mr. Tom Arseneault Vice President for Product Sector and Chief Technology Officer, BAE Systems Inc. Mr. Gabriele Gambarara Elettronica S.p.A. Mr. Itzchak Gat CEO, Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT - 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 Col Steve Ling Director, Joint Electronic Warfare Center, US Strategic Command LTC James Looney Chief, Electronic Warfare Division, Directorate of Training and Doctrine, Fires Center of Excellence, US Army CAPT Paul Overstreet Joint Strike Gighter Weapons System Program Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, 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. Steve Roberts Vice President, Strategy, Selex Galileo Mr. Rich Sorelle Acting President, Electronic Systems Division, ITT Exelis 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, Contact the Sales Manager: (800) 369-6220 or Subscription Information: Please contact Glorianne O’Neilin at (703) 549-1600 or e-mail 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 ©2012 Association of Old Crows/Naylor, LLC. All rights reserved. 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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

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