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the view f rom he re RAID BREAKER The Electronic Warfare Publication The Journal of Electronic Defense APRIL 2015 * Vol. 38, No. 4 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editor: John Haystead Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Barry Manz, D The Journal of Electronic Defense | April 2015 6 OD leaders are calling for ideas on how to beat salvos of guided munitions, and kinetic solutions are not necessarily part of the solution set. That's what Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work told an audience of defense industry leaders, investors and journalists at the McAleese/Credit Suisse FY2016 Defense Programs Conference last month. It was one of the most important speeches on EW - ever. Work spoke about the military advantage US forces have enjoyed for decades thanks in large part to defense technologies, such as stealth, satellite navigation, precision targeting and stand-off precision guided munitions, that were developed during the Second Offset Strategy of the 1970s and 1980s. The Second Offset Strategy began with a DARPA program called Assault Breaker that demonstrated how NATO forces could attack Warsaw Pact second echelon armor formations deep behind the lines as they moved forward to reinforce the front-line units. Assault Breaker helped to convince the Soviet General Staff that NATO's smaller forces were capable of concentrating their fire and delivering effects (equivalent to tactical nuclear weapons) that only large formations could previously achieve. In many ways, Assault Breaker and the Second Offset Strategy that followed, "broke" the Soviets' military confidence for good. The US has enjoyed several decades of military advantage because of the Second Offset Strategy. However, many other nations, especially potential adversaries, have closed the gap in recent years by developing or importing the reconnaissance, C2, targeting, and guidance technologies that enable them to launch well-coordinated salvoes of long-range precision-guided munitions, such as anti-ship missiles, air-toground missiles and other smart munitions. What the DOD wants, according to Work, is an Assault Breaker equivalent that can defeat these threats at multiple points in the enemy kill chain. It's a program he has appropriately dubbed Raid Breaker, and he doesn't want to create self-imposed costs by trying to simply launch a larger salvo of precision guided munitions against an adversary. He wants something smarter than this, which is where non-kinetic solutions, such as directed energy, RF jamming and RF-delivered cyber attacks, come into play. Raid Breaker may only be a demonstration program, but it is likely to dictate the huge role that EW and cyber are likely to play in the DOD's Third Offset Strategy. In his remarks, Work also said that US adversaries consider EW as an important part of their defensive and offensive arsenals. The DOD sees this trend and wants to make sure it does not lose the lead it has in EW technology development. To help with this, Work has established an EW Programs Council to provide recommendations to the top officials in the OSD. (See Monitor article on page 15.) This is certainly a good start, but the DOD is going to take a combined arms approach to the Third Offset Strategy. This means the entire EW community, including those with expertise in electronic attack, cyber attack and directed energy, will need to come together and bring their respective skill sets to the table. The technology is important, but this process is going to depend on people. - J. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - April 2015

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Honoring the Prowler
Technology Survey: Low Noise Amplifiers
Preview: EW Europe 2015
EW 101
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - April 2015