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have across the spectrum of systems we
have, this two-way communication with
the MAJCOMs helps us prioritize and decide which ones need immediate attention and which are satisfactory as is.”
In that regard, it is inevitable that
the Air Force will have to at some point
make some difficult decisions relative
to the schedule for the LRS-B bomber,
how long it will continue to fly the B-1s
and B-52s, and whether to go ahead
with further extensive modifications to
their legacy systems.
According to Lt Col Lewis, AFGSC
does in fact have a bomber roadmap. “In
the current fiscally-constrained budgetary environment, sustaining current
capabilities is sometimes more feasible
than pursuing modernization efforts.
There are currently no retirement dates
set for any of our legacy bombers, so
smart sustainment combined with some
efficient modernization efforts are always being looked at. The health of the
bomber fleet is continually assessed.
This includes aircraft life expectancy.”
Northrop Grumman’s Nyre, notes that
“In terms of the increasingly tight budget

environment expected, there are a couple
i
d h
l
of things that will inform the Air Force’s
decisions and actions going forward.
One is timeline and the other is cost.
An approach using a common family-ofsystems and solutions where you don’t
have to pay to redevelop a system that is
going onto multiple platforms, is clearly
extremely beneficial to the government.”
Exelis’ Edmonds agrees. “The Air
Force recognizes that open architecture
design will be the key to successfully accomplishing its ultimate goals for both
the LRS-B and the EMS-dominance mission overall. Open architecture provides
the ability to do much less extensive,
but more frequent and more rapid upgrades to all of the systems including
EW – a critical factor, particularly in
this budget environment.“

According to Lt Col Lewis, “The current EW systems, coupled with other
Joint EW capabilities, do meet the needs
to project power in the modern day
A2AD threat environment. And, the
AFGSC bomber fleet EW capabilities are
continually assessed to determine the
necessary sustainment and, if required,
modernization, to assure US allies and
deter our potential adversaries.”
Still, looking forward, there is concern that with the geo-strategic pivot
to the Pacific theater, the greater distances involved, and the more complex
and challenging threat environments
posed, that our current long-range
strike EW capabilities may not be everything they need to be. “But this,” says
Edmonds, “is precisely why the types of
things we’re doing now through things
like DRFM-upgrades, more powerful processing, and integration of advanced
technologies like AESA are going to be
needed, and why the Air Force is specifically articulating and advocating for the
budget necessary to accomplish this.” a
Photos courtesy US Air Force.

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Deadline
to
Extended
ril 1!
Ap

NOMINATIONS FOR THE
2013 AOC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Each year AOC’s membership determines
the future of the association by electing
representatives to its Board of Directors.
Nominations for the 2013 election are being
accepted now. The deadline is April 1.
The election will begin on July 1, 2013 and will end on July 31, 2013.

chapters across the world and meeting with leaders in the Electronic Warfare
community. This is a significant but rewarding commitment.
The 2013 election slate will also include three At Large Director positions.
At Large directors serve a three-year term. In addition, Regional Directors will
be elected for three-year terms from the International I, International II and
Information Operations Regions. If you want to nominate for than one person,
please duplicate the form.

The 2013 election slate will include the position of President-Elect, who
will serve as Vice President in 2014 and as President in 2015. The AOC

Nomination packets must be received at AOC headquarters by close-of-

President appoints the Association’s Secretary and Treasurer, presides over

business on April 1, 2013. Nomination Forms are also available on the AOC

the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and appoints committee

website at www.crows.org or by contacting Glenda Reyes-Montanez at

chairs. The President is also the AOC’s primary spokesperson, visiting AOC

reyes-montanez@crows.org.

For any questions or assistance, please contact: GLENDA REYES-MONTANEZ // AOC Election Coordinator
Office: (703) 549-1600 // Fax: (703) 549-2589 // Email: reyes-montanez@crows.org


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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
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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
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JED - March 2013 - From the President
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JED - March 2013 - The Monitor
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JED - March 2013 - Enabling Global Strike: EW Updates to the USAF’s Bomber Fleet
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