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Rick Yuse

means is that future mission system architectures will
need to accommodate and control the capabilities, while
future platforms will likely be designed around the electronics rather than the other way around. You're beginning to see some of this thinking emerging from DARPA's
Aerospace Innovation Initiative, which will produce competitive prototypes of the next generation of air dominance aircraft.
From an EW point of view, converged capabilities and
cognitive or adaptive systems that can sense the RF environment and adapt are the future of intelligent EW. It is all
about networked, high gain electronic attack, cyber, scalable common back ends and multi-function arrays. We are
also seeing the convergence of cyber, signals intelligence
(SIGINT) and EW, which transforms EW from merely being
an enabler to the mission to becoming an effector in its own
right. As a result, expect continued investment in technologies that enable EW in its broadest sense - from DC (direct
current) to light (lasers).

JED: The defense electronics industry is considered to
be entering a new era of multifunction (radar/EW/Comms/
GPS) systems. How is Raytheon pursuing this trend at the
technology level and the systems engineering level?

RY: We are investing heavily in EW, including the develop-

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ment of MFIRES (Multi-Function Integrated Receiver Exciter
System). MFIRES currently performs electronic attack, electronic support, cyber and tactical SIGINT. In addition, we
are bringing our AESA technology to EW by building EW
AESA, which when hooked up with MFIRES and the ALR-69A
Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) via Raytheon's suite controller provides unprecedented EW suite capabilities. Between
missions, MFIRES circuit cards can be swapped and software
loads can be converted to completely change the mission.
Anything we design has to be open architecture, flexible
and scalable, so that you can plug elements together to deliver the required effect. What this ultimately provides is a
mission-adaptable system that delivers unprecedented levels of concise and usable sensor data to pilots.

JED: Innovation is an important element of Raytheon's

engineering culture. What are some of the ways that Raytheon SAS is trying to shorten the development timelines
and lower development costs of defense electronics systems?

RY: One of the ways we try to shorten development time-

lines and lower costs is by working to understand the
threats, missions, and current and future solutions that are
essential to deal with a rapidly changing threat environment. Using high fidelity modeling and simulation, we develop scenarios to deny, disrupt and deceive an adversary's
electromagnetic capability. We deploy our strategic investments so that we can demonstrate the scalable building
blocks of next generation EW systems, allowing us to offer
lower risk, faster, more tailored and affordable solutions to
our customers.

For instance, last October's NGJ prototype demo flight
test at NAS China Lake was a company-funded, risk-reduction flight to assess, for the first time, against real world
threats, all the subsystems in the integrated, end-to-end
EW system. When the NGJ is ultimately ready for its mission on the EA-18 Growler, it will provide the warfighter
with a considerable upgrade in capability over existing
equipment. It is this type of upfront investment that we
feel is worthwhile.

JED: The electromagnetic spectrum has become a critical
maneuver space in modern warfare. How do you see some
of today's technology trends extending into the future to
support non-kinetic strategies?

RY: In the A2/AD warfighting environment, we believe that

we will need to deliver both kinetic and non-kinetic effects
to include EW, cyber and high-energy lasers. We have been
investing for several years in all of these areas because our
warfighters will need to stay in the fight longer than a limited kinetic payload will afford. Laser, EW and cyber effectors can provide an unlimited magazine, if you will. All of
this aligns with DOD's Third Offset Strategy, which aims to
create capabilities to affordably offset adversary A2/AD capabilities. Having the ability to address and negate multiple
enemy capabilities simultaneously - or nearly simultaneously - when it matters most is far more important in the
A2/AD environment.

JED: Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work recently announced the creation of a new high-level council to oversee
all of the Pentagon's EW programs. Why the new focus on
electronic warfare in your view?

RY: The recapitalization of our Nation's and our allies' EW

systems is imperative. Simply put, we have a lot of catching
up to do. Our adversaries see EW as a key part of their offensive and defensive arsenals. If we can use EW to essentially
seize the spectrum, we can provide an advantage to the U.S.
and its allies. The future of warfare is changing, and we
need to continue to evolve the capabilities that we provide
our warfighters to keep them ahead of threat-driven mission requirements.

JED: Any last thoughts?
RY: The U.S. and its allies must maintain their leadership

in electromagnetic operations. Repackaging yesterday's
technology for tomorrow's needs is not technically or financially prudent. We have the capability to give the warfighter modular, open systems architecture that can be easily
adapted and upgraded. These systems will have the ability to deliver an increasingly complex and effective set of
techniques, including cyber techniques. We cannot let today's fiscal constraints deny the warfighter the technology
and capability needed to operate unimpeded in the modern
threat environment. a


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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Leadership Interview
Missile Warning for Fighter Aircraft
Technology Survey: RWR/ESM Systems
EW 101
2015 AOC Election Guide
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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