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his month's JED features an excellent cover story by John Haystead about
the state of Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) across the DOD.
In the article, John talks with Jesse "Judge" Bourque, who helped coin
the term, EMSO, and who has been its greatest champion within the DOD
ever since. The DOD published its first Joint EMSO doctrine in 2012, and
the Services have been working to form new operational concepts around EMSO ever
since. Still, there are big challenges facing EMSO across Doctrine, Organization,
Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, Facility and Policy (DOTMLPF-P). The
DOD is also considering how it can strengthen EMS policy and develop better governance. However, the EMS is not recognized as a full Warfighting Domain, which
is a big problem for EMSO.
Focusing on EMS policy and governance is a major challenge for the DOD. Part of
the problem is that Information Warfare and cyber operations have garnered a lot of
attention and urgency, which has made it extremely tempting to perceive the merits
of EMSO strictly within the context of cyber operations and Information Warfare.
If you look at EMSO purely from a cyber operations perspective, it would seem that
the EMS only exists to move information through cyber networks. Thus, the Services
have started thinking in terms of what I'll call "informationized EMSO." From this
perspective, it is all too easy to conclude (erroneously) that electronic warfare (EW)
is simply part of cyber operations, as well as to perceive (erroneously) that the EMS
and cyberspace are converging.
Though misinformed, the appeal of informationized EMSO is extremely powerful. It is far easier for the Services to look at the challenge posed by information
systems and conclude that the space where information is processed and stored
(cyberspace) and the space where most of that information is transported (the EMS)
are just two sides of the same EMS-cyber coin. However, many (but certainly not all)
professionals in the EW community understand that the EW mission is far broader
than merely supporting cyber operations. The EW target set can be articulated in
terms of all of the weapon systems that transmit or receive electromagnetic energy
via the EMS - everything ranging from radars and tactical radios to IR missile seekers, datalinks, GPS receivers, thermal imagers, laser rangefinders and many, many
more. Just a small percentage of these EW targets are also cyber targets that can
be viably attacked with software code delivered via the EMS. So, if the DOD pursues
some sort of de facto informationized EMSO concept, it will leave 90% of the EW
target set (still comprised of lots of threats that can really ruin your day) outside
of its EMSO planning and poorly addressed. In order to avoid informationized EMSO,
the DOD as a whole and the Services in particular should take more time to better
understand what the EMS Domain really is and what the operational responsibilities
for EW really are. - J. Knowles

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Mr. Steve Mensh
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Electronic Systems
Mr. Edgar Maimon
General Manager, Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT - Elisra
Dr. Steve Roberts
Director, Strategy & Competitive Analysis, Airborne and Space
Systems Division, Leonardo
Mr. Travis Slocumb
VP, Electronic Warfare Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne
Systems
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

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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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