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are not inherently dependent on cyberspace. Whether or not an EM system has
access to cyberspace, that access does
not enable their ability to maneuver in
the EM environment.
From an EM environment perspective, cyber systems reside strictly in the
“data transport” layer. Even potential or
prospective cyber attacks delivered by
RF jammers are essentially performing
a communications function – delivering
software code into a victim system – as
opposed to a jamming function. For the
most part, cyber systems are simply EMS
“users” (just like radars, radios and GPS
receivers), because data networks need
access to the EM environment to move
information around the battlespace.
Their increasing use of the EM environment does not constitute convergence.
Rather it demonstrates EM dependence,
which is the true nature of the CyberEMS relationship.
The reason many in the DOD do not
understand this relationship is because
the DOD has spent the past 20 years
building a network-centric fighting
force. This focus on net-centricity has

skewed much of the DOD’s thinking
around computers and networks to the
point that cyber technologies have been
endowed with significance well beyond
their true importance. It is time to return to a more rational understanding
of maneuver space, operational responsibilities, mission and technology with
regard to the EM environment and the
cyber environment.

THE NEED FOR AN EM STRATEGY
Over the years, JED authors, such as
John Clifford, Jesse “Judge” Bourque, Col
Jeff Fischer and others, have explained
why the DOD needs to understand that
the EM environment is a unique maneuver space upon which all of the other
warfighting domains – Air, Land, Sea,
Space and Cyberspace – depend.
The EM environment is vast, and the
DOD must maintain operational responsibility for all of the parts it needs to
use, manage and control. The DOD cannot afford to build most of its EM strategy around those small portions of the
EM environment that support cybercentric or network-centric operations

while pushing the vast majority of its
EM responsibilities to the outer edges of
this strategy. Instead the DOD needs a
strategic focus that covers the whole EM
environment all of the time because it
is using ever larger portions of this EM
maneuver space. As the US Army discovered when Iraqi insurgents began
using radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs), an adversary will
always seek to exploit areas of the EM
environment where the DOD yields operational control.
The best way to prevent this from
happening again and again in the future
is for the DOD to recognize that it needs
a comprehensive strategy for the EM environment – one that integrates EM use,
EM management and EM control. Many of
the "piece-parts" needed for this strategy already exist. Some areas, such as
EM management and electronic warfare,
are even beginning to coordinate more
effectively. This is a step in the right direction. But the DOD needs to do a lot
more, and the first step is to recognize
that it needs a better strategy for the EM
environment. a

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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
Letters
The Monitor
The Monitor
The Long Hard Road – EW’s Future in Europe
Technology Survey: Signal Generators
Two Domains Are Better Than One
Preview: AOC 50th Anniversary
EW 101
Book Review
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - May 2013 - The View From Here
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JED - May 2013 - From the President
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