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finished my career flying in the U.S. Air Force...with the U.S. Navy. After
the EF-111 retired while I was on the staff, the USAF called me and asked if
I would be willing to start training in the Navy EA-6B in a few months. The
answer was "Hell yes!" Completing the U.S. Navy's EA-6B training was long
and different from my previous USAF aircrew training, and was solid preparation for flying in my operational squadron, VAQ-133. I will always be indebted
to the U.S. Navy for including me on a carrier qualification (CQ) detachment aboard
the USS Constellation. All the training I had thus far received - which at times
seemed odd - came into focus as I experienced my first "cats and traps." We collectively owe a debt of gratitude to those in our nations' Naval Aviation branches
who do this for a living, both the aircrew and all who support them. Here in the
U.S., this of course includes the Navy's brother and sisters in the Marine Corps who
are "first to fight."
A retired EA-6B naval aviator organized an EW Functional Area Working Group at
the Fleet EW Center (FEWC) in 2009 in which I participated. No doubt he chose the
FEWC as the rally point for a reason - that's where many of the Navy's EW thought
leaders live! We in the AOC are fortunate to have some Navy thought leaders on the
AOC Board. Read the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert's article
in Proceedings on EW-Cyber merging, as well as his keynote from last year's AOC
Convention, if you doubt the thought leadership of the Navy in the realm we Old
Crows hold dear. Many of these thought leaders will be at the AOC's Pt. Mugu conference, will you?
Something those of us in industry care about is building new gear! Few words
get our attention like the word "acquisition," because building new and improved
systems to wage battle in the electromagnetic spectrum is our reason for existence.
The idea of "networked EW" has been around for years, on both sides of the Pacific.
So the U.S. Marine Corps' plan to make its "Marine Air Ground Task Force EW Concept
of Operations" a reality by using a new gateway radio system on its MV-22 Ospreys is
very important to us. Just as the Marines led the way with the introduction of the
EF-10 Skynight after Korea and the EA-6A in Vietnam, I am excited to see how the
"Devil Dogs" will figure out how to once and for all make networked EW really work.
We often hear that when a crisis erupts, the U.S. President asks, "Where are our
carriers?" Though he doesn't realize it, the EW capability resident on those carriers
- provided by AOC's industry partners - is part of the reason the President asks.
- Lt. Col. Wayne L. Shaw III, USAF (Ret.)

Association of Old Crows
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PRESIDENT
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VICE PRESIDENT
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SECRETARY
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TREASURER
Joe Koesters
PAST PRESIDENT
Robert Elder
AT-LARGE DIRECTORS
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Muddy Waters
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Northeastern: Charles Benway
Mountain-Western: John Wikheim
Mid-Atlantic: Douglas Lamb
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International I: Robert Andrews
International II: Jeff Walsh
IO: Al Bynum
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JED - April 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - April 2014

The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Interview: Rich Sorelle
The Electromagnetic Battle Management (EMBM) Challenge
Technology Survey: Radar Jammers
Show Preview: EW Europe 2014
The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - April 2014 - cover1
JED - April 2014 - cover2
JED - April 2014 - 3
JED - April 2014 - 4
JED - April 2014 - 5
JED - April 2014 - The View From Here
JED - April 2014 - 7
JED - April 2014 - Conferences Calendar
JED - April 2014 - 9
JED - April 2014 - Courses Calendar
JED - April 2014 - 11
JED - April 2014 - From the President
JED - April 2014 - 13
JED - April 2014 - 14
JED - April 2014 - The Monitor
JED - April 2014 - 16
JED - April 2014 - 17
JED - April 2014 - 18
JED - April 2014 - 19
JED - April 2014 - 20
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JED - April 2014 - 22
JED - April 2014 - 23
JED - April 2014 - Washington Report
JED - April 2014 - 25
JED - April 2014 - World Report
JED - April 2014 - 27
JED - April 2014 - Interview: Rich Sorelle
JED - April 2014 - 29
JED - April 2014 - The Electromagnetic Battle Management (EMBM) Challenge
JED - April 2014 - 31
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JED - April 2014 - Technology Survey: Radar Jammers
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JED - April 2014 - 46
JED - April 2014 - Show Preview: EW Europe 2014
JED - April 2014 - 48
JED - April 2014 - 49
JED - April 2014 - 50
JED - April 2014 - EW 101
JED - April 2014 - 52
JED - April 2014 - 53
JED - April 2014 - AOC News
JED - April 2014 - 55
JED - April 2014 - 56
JED - April 2014 - Index of Advertisers
JED - April 2014 - JED Quick Look
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