JED - April 2014 - 30

The Electromagnetic
Challenge

Operational Perspectives

By Jesse "Judge" Bourque

The Journal of Electronic Defense | April 2014

30

To indulge a metaphor, electronic warfare (EW) has become a rose in the desert
watered only by the sweat of combat.
Becausee EW expertise forms the operational foundation of Electromagnetic
Battle Management (EMBM), EMBM's
future will be largely decided by our
answers to the following questions:
Shall we continue to admire that rose's
beauty only when we have sweat to keep
it watered? Will there be senior SMEs,
flag advocates and dedicated DOTMLPF/P
(doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel, facilities and
policy) sustainment mechanisms in place
once the captains, lieutenants and sergeants have finished watering it? Will the
EW DOTMLPF/P enterprise ever be held to
account at the OSD level, or will it continue to live in that unstable wormhole
between Service-level field grade officers
and members of Congress?
With no institutional memory upon
which to rely, we court the same scenarios
yet expect different results. The point
of this discussion is not to describe how
to build EMBM, because Service components and related support agencies are
feverishly experimenting and developing its components as we speak. The
purpose is instead to change the game
(i.e., replant the EW rose in more fertile
ground) by constructing a framework
in which EW and EMBM can achieve the
operational durability and stability they
both deserve.
Folks who benefit from the EW mission
area but manage programs that compete
against its resourcing typically ask, "So
what?" So what if EW is again allowed an
ungraceful descent into the penalty box
when peace breaks out? While the fundamental value of achieving coherence
across our spectrum opportunities may

be patently obvious to some, it has yet
to be characterized attractively to others
of significance. Logically, this is a slam
dunk. Warfare models business, in that
the only way to succeed and survive is
to offer a superior product using a sustainable (and efficient) operating model.
Although the service offered by the DOD
is globally without peer, its operating
model is increasingly threatened due to
evolving and encroaching environmental dynamics, notably global technology
evolution, rapid/inexpensive commercial
technology offerings and near informational ubiquity. As a result, our forces now
find it harder to communicate, navigate,
defend, conduct confident command and
control, withstand asymmetric environments, counter anti-access strategies and
conduct operations quickly. All of these
examples demonstrate failures in spectrum capability and all of these examples
can, and do, cause otherwise avoidable
losses of time, money and lives.

"Gentlemen, we've run out
of money. Now we have to
think." - Winston Churchill
While we might not yet have completely
exhausted our fiscal reserves, all indications point to a permanent case of "doing
more with less," elimination of marginal
activity and duplicated effort and, at long
last, setting sail from the nostalgic default
and safe harbor of kinetic groupthink. The
contest for control of the Electromagnetic
Spectrum (EMS) in conflict is experiencing
a watershed transition as sophisticated
power handling technologies, sensor technologies, antenna applications,
directed energy (DE)/laser applications,
multispectral low-observability (MSLO)
"stealth" technologies, complex waveforms

and computer networking capabilities
are operationally maturing to support it.
Radiant electromagnetic energy (i.e., the
EMS), previously dismissed as a simple
utility of limited or isolated significance,



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
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JED - April 2014 - 17
JED - April 2014 - 18
JED - April 2014 - 19
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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
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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
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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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