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eturning to EW's roots, this month the AOC hosts the EW Europe conference in the United Kingdom. I have fond memories of flying with
Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornadoes and French Air Force Jaguars in the
skies over Iraq in the 1990s.
I recall one of those EF-111 missions over Iraq when we were jamming an SA-3 acquisition radar in Mosul. Shortly after turning on
the "master rad" switch, I heard an RAF Tornado pilot stating on the strike prime
frequency that he was "defensive for SA-3" and "dropping tanks" as he and his
wingmen flew through the Mosul SA-3 rings. That day I learned that the awesome jamming energy from the traveling wave tube (TWT)-based ALQ-99 can be
mistaken by a radar warning receiver (RWR) as a threat indication, if we have not
shared the data with our Allies. It had never occurred to me that this error was
even possible.
As I learned on additional deployments, RWR processing issues in ever-denser
electromagnetic environments can severely impact operations. On one memorable
mission, microwave towers set off the RWR in the US mission commander's jet, indicating SA-8 activity. Despite the fact that we EF-111 Electronic Warfare Officers
(EWOs) could not confirm the activity, he ordered everyone out of the "pool" and
millions of dollars of coalition airpower aborted the mission. That really taught
us all just how important the proper resourcing of EW Integrated Reprogramming
(EWIR) is for all of our aircraft. The same lesson applies to platforms in all domains
that will operate in today's very dense electromagnetic environments.
Sharing of parametric and mission data will be a huge issue for the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter (JSF) and its international partners. Although the JSF will not have
the benefit of a trained EWO to listen to raw or synthetic audio and be the final
arbiter of a signal's identity (ID), it will have incredible mission data fusion capabilities. It will not only identify the threat, but give the pilot a confidence level
on how that ID was determined. JSF pilots in Europe, and around the world, will
depend on its systems to correctly identify everything in the electromagnetic maneuver space - so let's plan on that ID being correct thanks to sharing of mission
data and proper resourcing of the various mission data production chains. How
tragic it would be to lose an F-35 (or Eurofighter, etc.) pilot and his aircraft because
his system misidentified a surface-to-air-missile as a microwave tower for lack of
legally shareable data!
The AOC helps get people connected to address issues like these, and conferences including EW Europe are a great place for such connections. So, I hope to see
you soon at an AOC conference! - Lt. Col. Wayne L. Shaw III, USAF (Ret.)

Association of Old Crows
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PRESIDENT
Wayne Shaw
VICE PRESIDENT
Ken Israel
SECRETARY
Vickie Greenier
TREASURER
Joe Koesters
PAST PRESIDENT
Robert Elder
AT-LARGE DIRECTORS
Powder Carlson
Todd Caruso
Lisa Frugé
Vickie Greenier
Ron Hahn
Mark Schallheim
Robin Vanderberry
Muddy Waters
Paul Westcott
REGIONAL DIRECTORS
Southern: Wes Heidenreich
Central: Joe Koesters
Northeastern: Charles Benway
Mountain-Western: John Wikheim
Mid-Atlantic: Douglas Lamb
Pacific: Joe Hulsey
International I: Robert Andrews
International II: Jeff Walsh
IO: Al Bynum
AOC STAFF
Mike Dolim
Acting Executive Director
dolim@crows.org
Shelley Frost
Director, Logistics
frost@crows.org
Glorianne O'Neilin
Director, Member Services
oneilin@crows.org
Brock Sheets
Director, Marketing
sheets@crows.org
John Clifford
Director,
Global Programs
clifford@crows.org
Stew Taylor
Exhibits Manager
taylor@crows.org
Lauren Stewart
Logistics Coordinator
stewart@crows.org
Bridget Whyde
Marketing/Communications Assistant
whyde@crows.org



JED - May 2014

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Interview
European Helicopter EW
Advanced ASE And ESM Already On Some US Helicopters
Ground-Based COMINT Solutions
Fighting the Kill Chain: Concepts and Methods of Electronic Attack
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - May 2014 - cover1
JED - May 2014 - cover2
JED - May 2014 - 3
JED - May 2014 - 4
JED - May 2014 - 5
JED - May 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - May 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - May 2014 - Courses Calendar
JED - May 2014 - 11
JED - May 2014 - From the President
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JED - May 2014 - 14
JED - May 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - May 2014 - Washington Report
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JED - May 2014 - World Report
JED - May 2014 - Interview
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JED - May 2014 - European Helicopter EW
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JED - May 2014 - Advanced ASE And ESM Already On Some US Helicopters
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JED - May 2014 - Ground-Based COMINT Solutions
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JED - May 2014 - Fighting the Kill Chain: Concepts and Methods of Electronic Attack
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JED - May 2014 - EW 101
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JED - May 2014 - AOC News
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JED - May 2014 - Index of Advertisers
JED - May 2014 - JED Quick Look
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