JED - March 2015 - (Page 48)
Reviewed by Kernan Chaisson
Richard A. Poisel
The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2015
Receivers are at the
heart of all EW systems
and a significant part of
any discussion of elecelec
tronic warfare. Simply
put, without viable rere
ceivers, the fundamental purpose of any RF
EW system is rendered
null and void.
This book considers in great detail the major elements
that make up good EW systems and the receivers that go
into them. Dr. Richard A. Poisel has taken what is part of
many books and updated the material, combining it into a
single, masterful tome focusing strictly on receiving systems and their architecture. In a little over 800 pages, Dr.
Poisel seized on the opportunity to address the latest design
and performance issues of the fast-moving digital receiver
world. The result is a wide-ranging resource for system design and development of receivers for modern modulations
(such as spread spectrum) as well as for older, common modulation formats.
Each major receiver module is considered in detail, with design information and performance trade-offs for various components. The author discusses in detail the major factors that
influence the functioning of the modules. Key performance parameters are identified, as well as approaches to receiver design
goals. The result is a single volume for engineers' bookshelves
that is a wide-ranging source of proven design approaches and
analysis techniques for older, existing EW receivers as well as
creative approaches to tomorrow's digital equipment.
Dr. Poisel holds patents in the communications electronic
warfare area and is the author of six books on EW systems
Electronic Warfare: Receivers and Receiving Systems, ISBN
978-1-60807-841-7, Artech House Publishing, 2014.
John Burwell Wilkes
In March 2012, JED reviewed John Wilkes' first
book, Raventross, which was released at the AOC
International Symposium that year in Washington, DC. It featured a tricked-up EF-111A as
the main character, a story inspired, according
to the author, by AOC Past President "Pepper"
Thomas. The rest of the cast was based on a variety of Old Crows. The crew is back at it again.
Without giving anything away, think Flight
of the Old Dog, Dan Brown, with some John Le
Carré thrown in. The story builds on the author's experience in international aviation,
airplane financing and leasing and is a good
follow-on to Raventross. It would be good, but
not absolutely necessary, to have read Raventross first. Wilkes' writing creates a nice mental picture of where the action takes place.
He has a knack for creating interesting characters and putting them in fascinating places facing exciting challenges. It
does not take too long before the
reader begins to know them as old
friends, especially the carryovers
from his first book. He made very
good use of time spent at the InterWashing
national Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Interestingly, Wilkes was
able to gather a lot of detail from
some special exhibits there and pick
the brain of Museum Director Peter
Earnest for material.
Like Wilkes' first book, Frigatefire
involves high tech, ultrasecret activna
ities revolving around one of the nation's premier EW assets; adding some
Soviets for excitement and intrigue.
He hints that this may be the second
of what could turn out to be a series of techno-thrillers.
Frigatefire, ISBN 978-1-63396-010-7, CDES Publishing, 2014. a
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2015
The View From Here
From the President
Charting the Future for DIRCM
How Far Can We Take GaN Technology?
2015 AOC Industry Member Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - March 2015