JED - March 2013 - 28

By John Haystead

The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2013

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The point could not be made more clearly. Released in January, the Air Force
Material Command’s “Global Horizons”
Science and Technology Study request
for information (RFI) states that, “Although the US has enjoyed air superiority in all conflicts since the Korean
War, near-peer competitors and future
contested and anti-access/area denial
(A2AD) environments raise the possibility of air parity or even the risk of
conceding superiority to the adversary.
Though pervasive global access is a key
enabler in maintaining air superiority ... being an agile, expeditionary air
force is expensive and complex, posing
challenges for sustainment. And the
platforms and weapons that are highly
effective today risk new threats in the
mid and far term.”
In other words, without renewed attention, the accepted notion that the US
Air Force has the ability to rapidly project power anywhere on the globe and
to thus protect US interests and those
of its allies as required, may soon be a
matter of history rather than reality. To
avoid this scenario, the Global Horizons
initiative identifies several key technology areas, including EW, in which revolutionary advances will be required to
ensure US air superiority and the ability
to conduct global strike missions into
the foreseeable future.
Lt Col Gregory Lewis, Deputy Division
Chief, Advanced Programs Division, Air
Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC),
acknowledges that EW is very important
to the Air Force’s current long-range
strike aircraft and is a key enabler for

planning in the anti-access/area denial
(A2AD) environment. “After years in Afghanistan and Iraq, where EW was very
important, but was focused on supporting counter insurgency operations, our
planning today is more focused on a traditional integrated air defense system
(IADS) rollback mission.”
As pointed out by Bob Edmonds, Vice
President of Air Force Programs at ITT
Exelis (McLean, VA), “As we move further into the current decade, the entire
concept of the global strike mission is
evolving. The anticipated operational
environment will be much degraded
and opposed in terms of A2AD. Whereas, in the past, EW was essentially
about defending a single platform, today the EW mission is becoming a lot
broader, and encompasses the exploitation of the entire electromagnetic
spectrum (EMS). To do this, EW systems
will need to be integrated and effective
across the full spectrum of operations,
systems and domains.”
The good news, according to Edmonds, is that in parallel with the
evolving threat environment, EW
technology has also advanced. “Today’s technology allows EW to no longer be restricted to just the defensive
element. With the right kind of AESA
radar, high-power digital processing,
DRFM capabilities, etc., all tightly integrated into an overall and comprehensive EW capability, you can be both
offensive as well as defensive – exploiting the EM environment much more in
terms of electronic protection (EP) and
electronic attack (EA).”

Janine Nyre, Vice President, RF Combat Information Systems, at Northrop
Grumman’s Land and Self Protection
Systems Division (Rolling Meadows,
IL), agrees. “The bomber fleet remains
absolutely critical to the US’s global
mission, and when we’re talking about
A2AD issues, clearly aircraft going into
those environments are going to need
protection, and protection against a
threat that is evolving at an increasing
rate. Over the last number of conflicts,
we’ve been facing enemies that were not
near-peer (in terms of technology and
capabilities). The next conflicts may not


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JED - March 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Enabling Global Strike: EW Updates to the USAF’s Bomber Fleet
Technology Survey
EW 101
AOC News
2013 AOC Industry Member Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - March 2013 - cover1
JED - March 2013 - cover2
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JED - March 2013 - 5
JED - March 2013 - The View From Here
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JED - March 2013 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - March 2013 - Courses Calendar
JED - March 2013 - 11
JED - March 2013 - From the President
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JED - March 2013 - The Monitor
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JED - March 2013 - Washington Report
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JED - March 2013 - World Report
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JED - March 2013 - Enabling Global Strike: EW Updates to the USAF’s Bomber Fleet
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