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The Journal of Electronic Defense | February 2014


ast month, I had the opportunity to visit the Surface Navy Association
Symposium in Washington, DC. My main take-away from this event is
that the US Navy's surface warfare community is, like the US Army and
US Marine Corps a decade ago, developing a renewed appreciation for
the electromagnetic operating environment in general, and electronic
warfare (EW), in particular.
Although this EW renaissance within the surface Navy has been quietly
building for many years via the multi-phase Surface EW Improvement Program
(SEWIP), the corporate leadership of the Navy is focusing on EW today because
of its importance to the Pentagon's Air-Sea Battle (ASB) concept. Carrier Strike
Groups, especially those operating in restricted sea lanes characterized by complex electromagnetic environments, such as the Strait of Hormuz or the Taiwan
Strait, must have a robust EW strategy.
Today, the Navy is testing (with great success) a major SLQ-32 electronic
support (ES) upgrade known as SEWIP Block 2. In the coming months, it will
be developing a major electronic attack (EA) upgrade known as SEWIP Block 3.
Complementing SEWIP is a series of ongoing and future decoy efforts, such as
E-Nulka (an upgrade to the Nulka active missile decoy), the Transportable EW
Module (TEWM) and the Advanced Offboard EW (AOEW) decoy. At the same time,
the Navy has been demonstrating high-power lasers for ship defense in advance
of full-scale development programs.
Non-kinetics are becoming a big deal for the surface navy, and CNO ADM Jonathan Greenert wants his Surface Warfare Officers (SWOs) to appreciate this.
Speaking to an audience of SWOs on the first day of the Surface Navy Association
Symposium, Admiral Greenert spoke about his focus areas for 2014. Topping the
list was what he called "Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare" or EMMW. "...We
aren't going to be able to shoot down everything that's shot at us," he told the
audience. "And getting out into the electromagnetic spectrum, understanding
it, jamming and spoofing and defeating by other means is the way of the future.
We've got to learn how to do that." Later, he explained, "We have to know our
signature. We don't know it very well, now. We think we turn everything off and
everything is silent - we've actually done some objective measurements - and
we're not silent. And when we're not silent, we're being targeted and that's the
facts. And if somebody is developing a new cruise missile, and they're shooting
it at us, we'd be better off jamming and spoofing it than trying to go find something that can keep up with it."
This combination of new EW technology and the strong interest of senior military leaders can make a huge difference in advancing EW. As we saw with the Air
Force during the Vietnam War and with the Army more recently during the Iraq
War, it gets important things done. Kudos to Admiral Greenert and the US Navy
for getting it done today. - J. Knowles

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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
JED - February 2014 - 3
JED - February 2014 - 4
JED - February 2014 - 5
JED - February 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - February 2014 - Conferences Calendar
JED - February 2014 - 9
JED - February 2014 - Courses Calendar
JED - February 2014 - 11
JED - February 2014 - From the President
JED - February 2014 - 13
JED - February 2014 - 14
JED - February 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - February 2014 - 17
JED - February 2014 - 18
JED - February 2014 - 19
JED - February 2014 - World Report
JED - February 2014 - 21
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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