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f ro m the p re s i d e nt

BEYOND
AIRBORNE
SIGINT

Association of Old Crows
1000 North Payne Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-1652
Phone: (703) 549-1600
Fax: (703) 549-2589
PRESIDENT
Wayne Shaw
VICE PRESIDENT
Ken Israel
SECRETARY
Vickie Greenier
TREASURER
Joe Koesters
PAST PRESIDENT
Robert Elder

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he President of the United States, in a January 2014 speech announcing changes to US government signals intelligence (SIGINT) policies,
stated: "... we have real enemies and threats, and ... intelligence serves
a vital role in confronting them." In addition to SIGINT policy changes
from President Obama, much is changing with airborne SIGINT, including the decision to retire the U-2 and rely more on the RQ-4 Global
Hawk, and the proliferation of other unmanned aerial systems (UAS) with SIGINT
and other EW capabilities. Even if our nations' leaders can keep the bullets from
flying, as the president's quote indicates, they will always want intelligence on
possible adversaries. Some of that intelligence will only be available from airborne
SIGINT.
Changes are needed in how airborne SIGINT assets are tasked and managed
"downrange." During my year running US Central Command's EW Coordination Cell
(EWCC) in the Middle East, airborne SIGINT aircraft like the Nimrod R.1, EP-3E
Aries II and RC-135V/W Rivet Joint were off limits to my direction. They were
controlled by the Combined Air Operations Center's "Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance Division." Simply put, my EWCC could not task an airborne SIGINT
aircraft to ensure that a communications frequency planned for electronic attack
was still the correct one. These handcuffs made synchronization and integration of
tactical effects impossible, let alone implementation of a coherent theater strategy
to control the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). Yet I was constantly pressed by
general officers for e-BDA that could have been provided by the same platforms I
wasn't allowed to task!
While unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - some SIGINT capable - became prevalent in the skies of Iraq and Afghanistan where air defenses had been negated,
future battlefields will not be so UAV-friendly. Other than those that have been
programmed to be fully automated, UAVs will still depend on spectrum access for
their command and control links, to deliver their payload over their mission data
downlinks, and for a position, navigation and timing (PNT) solution. AOC veterans learned much from the dense EMS of Iraq and Afghanistan that can help
ensure the success of future airborne SIGINT efforts based on a UAS construct. All
the unpredictable ways in which the various jammers, radars, beacons, air traffic
control (ATC) systems, communications, and much more could interfere with each
other never ceased to amaze us downrange. Think you're done because you know
the frequency assignment of a jammer? What about harmonics? Do you have any
actual spectral plots? Does that new piece of ATC gear have a little-known health
status transmitting beacon? Just as the AOC participated last year in the US government working group deliberating sharing spectrum, the AOC could help Google's
"Project Loon" and Facebook's "Connectivity Lab," as they try to use different UAS
constructs to bring the Internet to remote parts of the planet. The AOC is ready to
help improve airborne SIGINT, as well as the "Internet of Things." - Wayne L. Shaw
III, Lt. Colonel, USAF (retired)

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



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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
50 Years of Airborne SIGINT
ACE Program Lays Out Plans for New EW Capabilities
Technology Survey: Spectrum Analyzers
EW 101
NAWCWD Hosts 43rd Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - June 2014 - cover1
JED - June 2014 - cover2
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JED - June 2014 - 4
JED - June 2014 - 5
JED - June 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - June 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - June 2014 - Courses Calendar
JED - June 2014 - 11
JED - June 2014 - From the President
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JED - June 2014 - 14
JED - June 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2014 - World Report
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JED - June 2014 - 50 Years of Airborne SIGINT
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JED - June 2014 - Index of Advertisers
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