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t has never been possible to accurately rehearse a future conflict -
but technology is closing the loop.
The current timeline for capture, verification, analysis and
exploitation of radio frequency
(RF) data is prohibitively long, taking
in some cases a year or more until systems are updated to reflect the results
of such efforts. Sharing information
across locations is equally challenging.
Even when threat files can be shared, results can vary with different systems or
repeated use. These pitfalls prevent users from thoroughly understanding and
harnessing the true potential of electromagnetic environment simulation.
Advances in electromagnetic environment simulation promise rich capabilities and value amid the backdrop
of changing force structures, quickly
evolving threats and constricting budgets. By leveraging existing technology
enablers, the acquisition, verification
and exploitation of RF information can
be shortened dramatically - driving the
seamless insertion of high-fidelity data
from end to end of the decision-making
process.

DEMANDING A NEW NORMAL
The most recent conflicts have highlighted the rapidly changing face of the
enemy - relentlessly efficient; eager to
adopt readily available and affordable
commercial technologies such as smart-

phones; and savvy enough to exploit
lagging response times to wreak havoc.
The signals intelligence (SIGINT) environment is rife with clues to the enemy's
operational concepts, if one is able to
map it accurately.
Further, being able to fully visualize
the environment would enable it to be
used more effectively and proactively
against the enemy. The legacy approach
to signal jamming overwhelms the environment with RF energy. A more precise
approach, enabled by advanced electromagnetic environment simulation would
allow users to tailor the approach - very
precisely directing energy at a specific
location, perhaps including intelligence,
voice or other digital inputs to counter
or manipulate the threat stealthily.
These are compelling tactical reasons
for a new approach to electronic warfare
(EW) visualization. But what are the
technology factors?
While cross-domain integration is the
goal behind today's focus on interoperable systems of systems, its promise
of seamless collaboration has not yet
reached the EW realm. Often, the very
systems equipping land, sea, air and
space assets to analyze the RF environment are doing so automatically, and
independently of the operator's ability
to course-correct based on that data.
Further, the installed intellect within
those systems may or may not be current. The threats that make up this en-

vironment, whether cell phones or air
defense radars, are seen by numerous
platforms across domains, and resources
must be allocated to counter threats and
operate freely within the environment.
While currently managed on a platformby-platform basis, an integrated approach would allow assets to be tasked
dynamically within the force structure
to achieve the desired results. There is
a recognized opportunity to gain force
multiplication from the integration of
these disparate resources.
Integrated avionics for both manned
and unmanned assets - across the air,
land, maritime and space domains -
promise the same cohesive approach at
the platform level. Directed infrared
countermeasure, or DIRCM, systems represent a first-generation approach to
aligning threat warning and response.
This also can be done in a multi-spectral format to increase confidence and
fidelity. However, a next-generation approach would allow a platform to assess
and respond to threats, as well as share
that data with the battlespace network, in real time for greater situational
awareness, faster decision making and
dynamic asset allocation when every
moment counts.
Finally, single- and multi-platform
phase-based geolocation has added
significant capability beyond legacy
methods such as amplitude measurement and analysis. Advances in digi-

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - February 2014

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Antennas: Shaping the Future of RF Applications
DARPA – No Surprise is the Prize
EW 101
AOC News
Views from the AOC 50th Annual International Symposium and Convention
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - February 2014 - Cover1
JED - February 2014 - Cover2
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JED - February 2014 - 4
JED - February 2014 - 5
JED - February 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - February 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - February 2014 - Courses Calendar
JED - February 2014 - 11
JED - February 2014 - From the President
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JED - February 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - February 2014 - World Report
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JED - February 2014 - Antennas: Shaping the Future of RF Applications
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JED - February 2014 - DARPA – No Surprise is the Prize
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JED - February 2014 - EW 101
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JED - February 2014 - AOC News
JED - February 2014 - Views from the AOC 50th Annual International Symposium and Convention
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JED - February 2014 - 40
JED - February 2014 - Index of Advertisers
JED - February 2014 - JED Quick Look
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