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is on fire these days - seemingly in a good way.
Senior Pentagon leaders testifying before Congress
cannot stop talking about how important EW is or
how much they want new EW capabilities to help
support Air-Sea Battle. EW Market forecasts predict significant growth in the EW market through
at least 2020. The Office of the Secretary of Defense has even taken a whack at
updating DOD EW policy. The DOD wants to close the gap on the threat, and it is
building an EW portfolio to help accomplish this goal.
This is all good stuff, right? Well, maybe. It's worth noting that EW's "big moment" is essentially a political moment. In six months or a year or maybe two,
Pentagon leaders will eventually determine that they have funded the big EW
programs and accordingly will have "fixed" EW's problems for a while before they
turn their attention to other areas.
The essence of EW's problem is not money or fleeting political attention or its
struggle for relevance. The real challenge for EW is that DOD leaders (and many
inside the EW community) seem to understand EW almost exclusively in terms of
materiel, as if funding new ESM systems and jammers is really all that is required
for the DOD to manage EW successfully. EW is more than a black box or a pod, and
it needs to be managed (not "fixed") under a far more comprehensive strategy.
Aside from its recent re-stating of DOD EW policy, there is little thought given
to broad EW policy or strategy. As it has for the past 20 years, the DOD today
doesn't seem to know how it wants to organize EW. In the 1990s, it tried to organize EW under Information Operations. That failed. More recently, the Services
have been trying to organize EW under Cyber. That, too, is inadequate if EW is
to fulfill its broad responsibilities to provide Electromagnetic Spectrum Control.
EW strategy belongs within a larger DOD EMS strategy, which itself is just coming
into existence. The DOD's EMS strategy is off to a good start, Eventually, however, it needs to be about more than sharing spectrum with commercial telecoms
The only way the DOD is ever going to build an EW enterprise for the 21st
Century is to first understand EW in a Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel,
Leadership, Personnel, Facilities, and Policy (DOTMLPF-P) context. For example,
the DOD has many EW organizations, but there is no organization of these organizations. Nor has the DOD created enduring EW leadership paths that reach
above the rank of O-6. The DOD's EW expertise is dwindling because the skill
sets it needs for achieving EMS Control in the future are poorly understood and
I applaud the DOD leadership's current interest in EW, and I hope the spotlight
the DOD is shining on EW continues. Hopefully that spotlight will widen to include everything EW needs. - J. Knowles

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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
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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
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JED - June 2014 - From the President
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JED - June 2014 - The Monitor
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