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The conference program at last year's
AOC National Symposium and Convention, held in December in Washington
DC, focused squarely on the US strategy for, and allied perspectives on, how
best to advance the West's capabilities
in Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations
(EMSO). Early reporting on the takeaways
from the many top-level presentations
centered largely on near-term accomplishments, schedules and soon-to-be-released reports, but a far more important
overall message, as well as the critical
implications and challenges ahead for
the developing EMSO strategy, can be
clearly seen upon closer examination and
cross-compilation of many of the major
points made by presenters throughout
the conference.
The first thing that all attendees
should have come away with was a clear
recognition of the undeniable importance now being placed on EMS superior-

ity by the DOD and the Services, as well
as by US allies. While this may not be a
surprise to many in the EW community,
the level and scope of this new appreciation is without question unprecedented,
and for good reason. It is not hyperbole
to say that technological superiority, in
particular EMS technological superiority, is now unquestionably mandatory to
the US and its Allies' ability to defend
themselves and to ensure their freedom
of operation around the world, unhindered by any adversary.
As stated by opening speaker, VADM
Charles Richard, Deputy Commander,
USSTRATCOM, "All of our joint operations
depend on the US maintaining asymmetric advantage in our warfighting domains,
and all of that hinges on our freedom of
access and maneuver within the EMS. The
central idea behind Joint EMSO (JEMSO)
is that EMS superiority is essential to all
joint operations. If you want to achieve
superiority in the air, on land, on sea,
space or cyberspace, it will require achieving and maintaining EMS superiority.
USSTRATCOM's responsibilities serve as
an acknowledgement that maintaining
asymmetric advantage across the spectrum constitutes a deliberate DOD line of
effort of enduring strategic value."
So, the message is clear - achieving EMSO superiority is not just a niceto-have advantage, it is a competition
and race that we absolutely cannot afford to lose. In fact, it may well be that
this die had already been cast with the
adoption and pursuit of the 2nd Offset
Strategy, which decisively directed our
military force structure to rely heavily
on superior technology and capabilities
in our weapons systems, and that the
3rd Offset Strategy simply reinforces
that which has already been irreversibly
decided and pursued, and which has
resulted in an ever-greater reliance on
EMSO superiority to remain effective.
As Admiral Richard said, "We have
incredibly adaptive adversaries advancing at the speed of global-technology-

proliferation. To secure the strategic
advantage, we have to act in the Spectrum to increase the cost, delay and uncertainty for our adversaries while we
manage, protect and sense in the Spectrum to reduce our own cost, delay and
uncertainty for all friendly forces. The
Spectrum is perhaps the only physical
maneuver space that allows us to influence the battlespace as a whole to such a
profound level. We're just going to have
to figure out how to get our requirements and acquisition process to become more unconstrained to keep pace
with this reality."
Recognizing the requirement does
not meet it, however, and clearly many
difficult challenges must be overcome
to achieve and maintain the goal. The
first challenge is defining and establishing exactly what is the actual required technology level and operational
capability target that must be achieved
- and, what is the mandatory timeline
that must be met in achieving it.
The critical importance of this point
and the sensitivity of the challenge it
poses can be seen in how Dr. William
Conley, Deputy Director, EW, Tactical
Warfare Systems, OUSD(AT&L) framed
his announcement that the EW Executive Committee (EW EXCOM) had now
completed the base-strategy portion of
its EW Strategy document, which was
making its way up to the Secretary of
Defense for signature at the time of the
AOC Covention. (This document was
signed in January. See story above.)
Conley emphasized that this base strategy document is "very deliberately an
unclassified document that will allow us
to share broadly with industry and with
our partners and Allies where we're going from the US EW EXCOM side in terms
of investment in EW." But, on the other
hand, Conley was also very clear that,
"regarding the specifics of how to implement it, and what the metrics will be
for measuring success, we'll keep that

The Journal of Electronic Defense | February 2017

Sources close to JED have confirmed that
the US Department of Defense's hotly anticipated official electronic warfare strategy, which has been developed through
the EW Executive Committee (EWEXCOM)
over the past year, was signed in January
by outgoing Secretary of Defense Ashton
Carter. The strategy document, which will
be unclassified by marked as "For Official
Use Only," is expected to be available in the
coming weeks.
The EW Strategy follows more than a
year of significant discussion and study
of US EW status and needs, with major
reports from both the Defense Science
Board and the Center for Strategic and
Budgetary Assessments calling out critical gaps in EW funding and infrastructure. As such, the strategy represents a
significant and necessary move forward
for EW policy. Look for additional
coverage and analysis in JED as more
information is released. - J. Haystead




JED - February 2017

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - February 2017

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Asia-Pacific SIGINT Programs
Technology Survey: Analog-to-Digital Converters
Operator 101
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick LookThe
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JED - February 2017 - From the President
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