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nsition
Two out of the original three TRACSVAN shelters remain in service.

SUPPORT TO TRAINING
Demand for JEWCS' services across
the alliance and among individual member states remains high. Recent realworld events, not least the Russian EW
onslaught into eastern Ukraine, have
provided NATO with a real and immediate demonstration of the importance of
EW in a "hybrid" battlespace.
"Our adversaries are getting very
good," says Dobson. "They're practicing
EW as an art form. We need to get back
on step, and I think our leaders recognize that."
Deploying from its base at RNAS
Yeovilton, JEWCS supports between 25
and 30 exercise events annually, comprising a mix of NATO, national and
NEWFIP [NATO EW Force Integration
Program] exercises. "We are working at
100 percent capacity given current manpower constraints," Dobson says. "For
example, we are rostered for five pod
technicians, but currently only have
three assigned. That limits what we can
deliver."
To deliver support to training, JEWCS
maintains a substantial inventory of
radar and communications jamming,
simulation and surveillance equipment
by which to deliver electromagnetic ef-

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fects in support of EW training. This includes a pool of ALQ-167 jammers and RF
threat emitter simulation pods normally
carried by contractor-operated Falcon 20
(Cobham Special Mission) and Learjet 35
(Skyline Aviation) business jets.
It is an aging inventory, according
to Stuart Sweetlove, JEWCS technical
support officer. "A lot of our equipment dates right back to the inception
of MEWSG back in the early 1980s," he
tells JED. "There have been upgrades in
between, but the age of the kit is making support more challenging, as many
of the OEMs are no longer around or simply no longer have people who are familiar with equipment of this vintage. So,
turnaround times for repairs can be long.
"That said, the kit remains relevant,
and we have worked hard to grow our
own expertise in sustainment. For example, we have brought support for our
airborne jamming and RF threat emitter
pods in-house so that we can now perform repairs down to component level."

RECAPITALIZATION PLANS
Plans to recapitalize the JEWCS
equipment inventory have been in development for over a decade, but NATO's funding blight in the wake of the

The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2018

"It's been like running a small business full time," says Dobson. "We have
come through a massive restructuring
effort, and it has been hard going. But
we now feel that we are over the hump.
During 2017, we were designated by the
North Atlantic Council as a NATO military body reporting to ACOS J3 in SHAPE
[Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations,
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers
Europe]. That recognizes us as a legal
entity [an International Military Headquarters under the Paris Protocol]."
Since standing up as an MOU organization, JEWCS has seen membership
swell to 12, with the Czech Republic,
Romania and, most recently, Spain all
coming on board.
Manpower continues to be a challenge for the organization, although
Dobson notes that opportunities to fill
currently-gapped billets serve an incentive to membership.
"Each member nation only needs to
contribute one person as a minimum, together with funding," he says. "We currently have 70 staff billets, of which 53
posts were filled at the end of 2017. That
comprises 15 civilian contract support
staff from MASS (Cambridgeshire, UK)
with the remainder being uniformed
personnel coming from the 12 nations.
"We also have a couple of volunteer
national contributions. For example,
our liaison officer in SHAPE is a Greek
colonel."
The MOU nations collectively fund
14 MASS staff to cover administration
and budgeting, operations analysis,
technical support, maintenance and
systems support, and storekeeping. The
remaining post is funded by UK Defence
Equipment and Support (DE&S) as JEWCS
Capability Package coordinator.

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor - DOD Rolls Out $686 Billion FY2019 Budget
World Report - Russia Developing More Sophisticated Approach to EW
The Domain of the Tube – Millimeter Wave and Beyond
A Wild Weasel EWO Kills a SAM – from an AC-130E Gunship
Resilient and Ready: NATO JEWCS in Transition
EW 101
2018 AOC Industry & Institute/ University Member Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - March 2018 - cover1
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JED - March 2018 - The View From Here
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JED - March 2018 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - March 2018 - Courses Calendar
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JED - March 2018 - From the President
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JED - March 2018 - The Monitor - DOD Rolls Out $686 Billion FY2019 Budget
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JED - March 2018 - The Domain of the Tube – Millimeter Wave and Beyond
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