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ast month, I had the opportunity to attend the Electronic Warfare
Europe Conference in Rotterdam. It was, as always, an excellent and
informative event that covered a wide variety of EW topics. Compared
with past years, the speakers and the attendees at this year's event
were much more focused on Russia's advanced surface-to-air missile
(SAM) systems and its ability to conduct hybrid warfare.
NATO officials at the conference stressed that A2AD threats, such as Russia's S-400 Triumf, are no longer relegated to hypothetical, red-shaded threat
rings overlaid on a map. They are here. After Russia deployed its S-400 system
to northern Syria late last year, the Alliance's political leaders were able to
appreciate first-hand how swiftly Russia had affected the calculus of NATO air
operations against ISIS forces. Almost overnight, the S-400 gave Russia a massive operational advantage across nearly all of Syria's air space and nearly 250
miles into southern Turkey. NATO leaders gained a better understanding of just
how Russia's other S-400 systems further to the north, in Crimea and in Kaliningrad Oblast, can push NATO's AWACS and ISR aircraft to the edge of the fight.
The situation facing NATO ground forces isn't much better. One speaker at
the conference, Professor David Stupples of City University London, explained
how Russia has spent the past decade learning how to integrate its cyber,
EW and psychological operations (PSYOP) capabilities. He began by explaining
that the Russian government has allowed a loose coalition of Russian-based
cyber criminals and hackers to operate from Russia for more than a decade.
This group, which is essentially a Russian cyber militia of sorts, conducted
large-scale cyber attacks against Estonia in 2006, probably without direction
of the Russian government. In 2007, however, it is likely that the Russian government used this cyber capability ahead of military operations against Georgia. Dr. Stupples explained how Russia has now developed a well-coordinated
combined arms approach that integrates cyber attacks, EW and psychological
operations. This was used to great effect against Ukraine in 2014, when Russia
annexed Crimea and helped to spawn and support a separatist movement in
eastern Ukraine.
A2AD threats and Russian information warfare concepts are nothing new
for NATO's military leaders, who have watched them evolve since the end of the
Cold War. Now that Russia is employing them in two major conflict zones, however, the political leaders and the voters of NATO countries are gaining a much
better understanding of what these developments mean to the Alliance. The
good news is that NATO, as a whole, is finally beginning to focus on these challenges and formulate air and ground strategies to respond to them. EW is now
a top agenda item at NATO summits, and this in itself is progress. Some critics
may bemoan the slow pace at which NATO is likely to move forward with new
EW plans. But, I would rather be discussing the pace of NATO EW modernization
rather than whether or not NATO should modernize its EW at all. - J. Knowles

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Senior VP and GM, Land and Self-Protection Systems Division,
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Vice President, Strategy, Selex Galileo
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VP, Electronic Warfare Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
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President, Electronic Systems, Harris Corp.
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BAE Systems Electronic Systems
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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
JED - June 2016 - 3
JED - June 2016 - 4
JED - June 2016 - 5
JED - June 2016 - The View From Here
JED - June 2016 - 7
JED - June 2016 - Conferences Calendar
JED - June 2016 - 9
JED - June 2016 - Courses Calendar
JED - June 2016 - 11
JED - June 2016 - From the President
JED - June 2016 - 13
JED - June 2016 - 14
JED - June 2016 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2016 - 17
JED - June 2016 - 18
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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 - Technology Survey: Communications and IED Jammers
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JED - June 2016 - SIGINT History
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JED - June 2016 - 45
JED - June 2016 - EW 101
JED - June 2016 - 47
JED - June 2016 - Report from the 45th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium
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JED - June 2016 - AOC News
JED - June 2016 - 2016 AOC International Election Guide
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JED - June 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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