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"... the fact that the
Services are now
individually recognizing
the importance of
EMSO and formulating
their own plans and
strategies for its
implementation 'is not
necessarily bad,' but
... 'it's still kind of a
community-ofthe-willing.'"
EMSO EXCOM), might be a more correct
description of its role and responsibility. For a generation that has grown up
with the term EW, however, this may be
a hard notion to accept.
Perhaps surprisingly, Bourque says
assigning the EMS with full warfight-

ing domain status is not the most important thing to him, but rather, the
implementation of governance. As he
explains, however, the one supports
the other. "The domain itself is not
important, it's a means-to-the-end to
achieve governance. We no longer have
the luxury of treating the collection of
radiant electromagnetic energy (that
we call the spectrum) like a utility that
we can pick up in pieces. It's a continuous, physics-based, operational maneuver space that all forces are immersed
in, and it doesn't care what uniform
they're wearing. So, the reason why we
need to understand that this collection of energy is a warfighting domain,
whether we choose to acknowledge it
or not, is that because it will cause us
institutionally and culturally to govern
it - which means that we will allocate
resources to it, we will allocate forces
to it, and we will allocate authorities
to it. In that way, we will ensure that
a balanced, empowered, elevated, resourced spectrum warfare governance
across the DOD enterprise is put in
place and maintained." a

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their own space of operation. They can
largely buy with impunity with separate
intentions and expectations of outcome.
However, if they treat the spectrum that
way, when all these 'things' are immersed
in the same space simultaneously, we get
all the inevitable fratricide and induce
all of the harm, damage, delays, uncertainty and chaotic consequences. That is
why we need governance."
On the positive side, Bourque says
there are some initiatives that are
moving in the right direction, though
very slowly. "The Services are gradually starting to see the need for some
kind of overall governance of the EMSO
implementation and management strategy, including the acquisition process,
and the EW EXCOM is trying hard to turn
that corner, but we're not there yet."
If such true governance of the overall EMSO implementation process is in
fact to be achieved, however, it would
indeed likely manifest itself within or
from the EW EXCOM. And, this would appear to raise the question as to whether the organization is appropriately
named, suggesting that EMS EXCOM (or

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - February 2018

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Big Challenges Ahead as DOD Tries to Address EMSO Implementation
Tactical CEMA for the Mechanized Force
New Products
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - February 2018 - intro
JED - February 2018 - cover1
JED - February 2018 - cover2
JED - February 2018 - 3
JED - February 2018 - 4
JED - February 2018 - 5
JED - February 2018 - The View From Here
JED - February 2018 - 7
JED - February 2018 - Conferences Calendar
JED - February 2018 - 9
JED - February 2018 - Courses Calendar
JED - February 2018 - 11
JED - February 2018 - From the President
JED - February 2018 - 13
JED - February 2018 - 14
JED - February 2018 - The Monitor
JED - February 2018 - 16
JED - February 2018 - 17
JED - February 2018 - 18
JED - February 2018 - 19
JED - February 2018 - World Report
JED - February 2018 - 21
JED - February 2018 - Big Challenges Ahead as DOD Tries to Address EMSO Implementation
JED - February 2018 - 23
JED - February 2018 - 24
JED - February 2018 - 25
JED - February 2018 - 26
JED - February 2018 - insert1
JED - February 2018 - insert2
JED - February 2018 - Tactical CEMA for the Mechanized Force
JED - February 2018 - 28
JED - February 2018 - 29
JED - February 2018 - 30
JED - February 2018 - New Products
JED - February 2018 - EW 101
JED - February 2018 - 33
JED - February 2018 - AOC News
JED - February 2018 - 35
JED - February 2018 - 36
JED - February 2018 - Index of Advertisers
JED - February 2018 - JED Quick Look
JED - February 2018 - cover3
JED - February 2018 - cover4
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