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ceptable level of risk for the mission,
and it is a low-cost asset. This means
that many stand-in assets can be employed to provide a greater saturation
effect from multiple axes than from a
single stand-off jammer.
Importantly, stand-in jammers add
an additional tool to the SEAD Lead's
game plan. As a current Growler EWO,
former Prowler ECMO, and a former EC130H EWO, I want stand-in jammers out
there helping the SEAD package to suppress an IADS. Often, it is the human
condition (or perhaps Western?) that
attempts to solve complicated problems by focusing on efficiency (but
not always effectiveness), which in the
modern age often involves automated
capabilities and often expensive single-solution "platinum bullets." However, we have to be careful to smartly
use new capabilities. To start, we must
acknowledge that technology and gadgetry do not solve our problems in and
of themselves. They exist to help the
decision-maker gain more information,
make decisions faster or attack a threat
more lethally.

The strength of stand-in jammers
is that the SEAD Lead can send these
robots into the IADS to engage closer
to the threat, in more dangerous locations than a manned jammer can fly,
and they are cheap enough to allow
the Commander to use a lot of them to
help saturate and overwhelm an IADS.
We should 1) employ stand-in jammers
against threats that will have difficulty
defeating jamming; 2) use them against
threats where stand-off jammers have
line-of-sight gaps; 3) use them to engage
radar that, if targeted by stand-off jammers, induce severe self-generated Electromagnetic Interference on aircrews.
Inherent in identifying strengths,
we also have to identify weaknesses
when we use stand-in jammers in the
SEAD game plan. We must be aware
that we are using a non-thinking, nondynamic automaton against a thinking
threat operator who will make decisions
that include not only attacking his attackers, but also that will enable him to
see his kids tonight - this last visceral
decision-making piece is wholly absent
from training scenarios. I would argue

that there are two typical approaches when considering automaton use
against a thinking threat: datalink the
information to the automaton or employ
the automaton where a real-time execution flex is not required. At the risk of
using a "straw man" argument, let us
presume a datalink capability on standin jammers. We cannot honestly think
that using a delicate and severable (in
a localized environment) datalink will
necessarily be an asset - we will be
lengthening and delaying our own kill
chain. Better to use a stand-in jammer
against the low-hanging fruit of an IADS
where real-time decision making is not
required, than hubristically presume
that our enemies will allow us use of our
datalink (by not trying to jam it). This
approach turns a potential weakness of
a stand-in jammer into a strength.
An additional advantage of a manned
stand-off jammer is the "smell test"
of realizing that something does not
seem quite right based on experience
or instinct. For example, EA aircrew/
humans, when presented with multiple
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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
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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
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JED - May 2014 - From the President
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JED - May 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - May 2014 - Index of Advertisers
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