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or the past several months, the DOD has been discussing the possibility of designating the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) as a
formal Warfighting Domain. This issue has gained significant traction recently, and DOD's Electronic Warfare Executive Committee (EW
EXCOM) has included the EMS Domain concept in a draft of the new
DOD EW Strategy that was circulated to the Services last month for
comments. The Service responses are expected this month, after which the EW
Strategy will be sent to the EW EXCOM leaders and up through the OSD leadership
for final approval by the Secretary of Defense.
Good answers come from tough questions. Whatever the outcome of the DOD
EW Strategy, I wholeheartedly applaud the DOD leadership for taking such a serious and thorough look at the EMS Domain concept. In order for us to get this
right, it is essential that we proceed with our eyes open and with an objective
balance of experience, expectations and facts.
I think there are two essential elements to consider in the EMS Domain discussion. First, the EMS is a strategic maneuver space in modern warfare. Its centrality and importance will continue to grow and shape how we fight. Second,
the EMS Domain discussion is primarily about coherence. If the DOD could solve
its EMS challenges by simply investing in better technology, then I don't think
DOD leaders would even begin an EMS Domain discussion. However, falling back
on a technology-centric EMS strategy that simply focuses on developing a new
generation of EW, radar and C2 systems isn't going to work as well as it did in
the past. (And I say this as someone who spent his career developing EW technologies at ARFL.) The DOD's future EMS concept has to revolve around doctrine,
organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF).
I strongly caution against an EMS Domain discussion based on money or programs or "rice bowls." The DOD already has plenty of resources across its EW, SIGINT, spectrum management, PNT, C2 and other EMS-related communities. If the
DOD wants to integrate these resources into a coherent EMS enterprise, however,
then what it needs more than anything else is a unifying concept that transforms these resources into something more powerful than the sum of its parts.
The question the DOD is trying to answer is whether or not establishing an EMS
Domain will give these communities a stronger DOTMLPF platform on which to
stand and create that coherence.
As I mentioned at the beginning, I do not know how the DOD will decide on
EMS Domain status. But, I am pleased that they are at least asking the right
question. If the answer is, "Yes, the DOD does need to designate an EMS Domain,"
then we have an answer that will lead to hundreds more questions about what an
EMS Domain will look like. But, I would rather ask the tough questions that yield
good answers than avoid asking any questions at all. - Dave Hime

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Advances in COMINT/ DF Systems
Technology Survey: Communications and IED Jammers
SIGINT History
EW 101
Report from the 45th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium
AOC News
2016 AOC International Election Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - June 2016 - cover1
JED - June 2016 - cover2
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JED - June 2016 - 5
JED - June 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - June 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - June 2016 - Courses Calendar
JED - June 2016 - 11
JED - June 2016 - From the President
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JED - June 2016 - 14
JED - June 2016 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2016 - Washington Report
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JED - June 2016 - World Report
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JED - June 2016 - Advances in COMINT/ DF Systems
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JED - June 2016 - SIGINT History
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JED - June 2016 - Report from the 45th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium
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JED - June 2016 - AOC News
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JED - June 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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