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the view f rom he re FIELDING NEW IDEAS L The Journal of Electronic Defense | January 2016 6 ast month the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) released an excellent study titled, "Winning the Airwaves - Regaining America's Dominance in the Electromagnetic Spectrum." We wrote about it in JED last month, and it is now available at www.csbaonline. org. The study runs about 50 pages and it offers wonderful insight into how Electronic Warfare (EW) and the wider scope of Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) Warfare will evolve in the coming decades. The CSBA study was rolled out last month at the beginning of the AOC Symposium in Washington, DC, and on Capitol Hill the following day. Several members of Congress and their staffers came to the Capitol Hill event, which reflected the higher level of interest that EW is receiving from policy makers these days. The study's authors, Bryan Clark and Mark Gunzinger, identify and discuss many of the challenges that are hindering the DOD's transition to new operational concepts for EMS Warfare. Among the solutions they suggest is to accelerate the EW acquisition process in order to keep pace with threat technology that is evolving and proliferating very quickly. For example, the operational community that coordinates EW requirements is often not fully aware of the technological developments that can help shape and enable new EMS Warfare operational concepts. As Clark and Gunzinger made clear in their briefing on Capitol Hill, simply providing better communications between the EW S&T community (i.e., the DOD's labs, as well as EW companies) on one side and the operational community on the other would enable EW operators to learn more about the art of the technologically possible. At the same time, this type of exchange would help the technology developers to better understand what the operational community needs in ways that might not be articulated very well in a requirements document. This suggestion is not meant to sideline the program offices at places like NAVAIR, ASC and PEO IEWS. In fact, what is probably needed is an annual Joint Electronic Warfare Conference (hey, wasn't there a time not too long ago when we used to hold this conference every year?) in the Washington, DC, area. This Joint EW Conference would bring together the EW operators (not just the requirements folks, but also the EW practitioners from the operational units representing all of the Services and all of the EW mission areas), the technologists from the labs, the EW companies, the EW program managers and the policy makers from Capitol Hill. The first two days would be spent listening to the operational units describe their missions and their EW needs. The next two days would be spent listening to the labs and the EW companies talk about the technologies they are working on. This type of exchange would do wonders for advancing new EMS Warfare operational concepts along several vectors. The point is that we need to innovate across the entire EW community, and a lot of this work depends on connecting the various stakeholders in our community. If we don't share ideas and experience, how are we going to advance new operational concepts and field new technologies? - J. Knowles The Journal of Electronic Defense JANUARY 2016 * VOL. 39, NO. 1 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editor: John Haystead Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Editorial Assistant: Brittany Bowen Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Luca Peruzzi, Richard Scott Marketing & Research Coordinator: Kent Agramonte Proofreader: Shauna Keedian Sales Administration: Candice Blair EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Mr. Petter Bedoire Vice President and Head of M&S and EW Systems, Electronic Defence Systems, Saab Mr. Anthony Lisuzzo Vice President, Strategic Innovation Group, Booz Allen Hamilton Mr. Edgar Maimon General Manager, Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT - Elisra Mr. Jeffrey Palombo Senior VP and GM, Land and Self-Protection Systems Division, Electronic Systems, Northrop Grumman Corp. Mr. Steve Roberts Vice President, Strategy, Selex Galileo Mr. Travis Slocumb VP, Electronic Warfare Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Gp Capt P.J. Wallace Assistant Head Targeting, Military Strategic Effects, UK MOD Mr. Brian Walters Vice President and General Manager, Electronic Combat Solutions, BAE Systems Electronic Systems Dr. Jim Wickes Senior Principal, Survivability, Defence Science and Technology Lab (dstl), UK MOD Dr. Rich Wittstruck Associate Director, Field-Based Experimentation and Integration, CERDEC, US Army PRODUCTION STAFF Layout & Design: Barry Senyk Advertising Art: Elaine Connell 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 5950 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607 Phone: (800) 369-6220 * Fax: (352) 331-3525 ©2016 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 - January 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
On the Brink: Laser Wars Not Just a Movie Fantasy
Light Saber – LaWS Prototype Brings Directed Energy Onto the Front-Line
Technology Survey: RF Signal Generators
Threat Monitor
EW 101
AOC News: Views from the AOC Symposium and Convention
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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