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The Journal of Electronic Defense

JUNE 2017 * VOL. 40, NO. 6

EDITORIAL STAFF
Editor: John Knowles
Publisher: Elaine Richardson
Senior Editor: John Haystead
Production Editor: Cody Smith
Technical Editors: Ollie Holt, Burt Keirstead
Threat Systems Editor: Doug Richardson
Contributing Writer: Dave Adamy

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hen we think of anti-access/area-denial (A2AD) threats, we typically envision the challenges they pose to strike aircraft or surface combatants, because they often must operate inside the threat
envelope of those integrated air defense systems and anti-ship missiles. In fact, most of the writing and discussion about A2AD environments (including this magazine) tends to focus on the "area denial" part of the
equation. Yet the "anti-access" piece can be even more problematic, if the planes
and ships carrying troops, weapons systems and supplies cannot transit oceans or
access the airspace needed to get them to the fight.
Few leaders are addressing the scope of this problem, mainly because it has not
been a recognized problem until recently. Transport aircraft and supply ships have
generally relied on the fact that enemy kills chains - everything from ISR systems
to threat missiles - have been restricted by relatively short operational ranges. The
one anti-access threat that has been a long-term challenge for the US and its allies
is the submarine, which Germany used to great effect during World War II. Today,
however, advanced sensors and networks enable potential adversaries to perform
long-range target detection, tracking, and engagement against ships and aircraft.
These anti-access capabilities significantly reduce the sanctuary that transport
ships and aircraft have enjoyed. In the mid-1990s, when NATO forces were flying
C-130s into Sarajevo to deliver relief supplies to the encircled city, those aircraft
were fitted with ALQ-131 pods because of the threat from Serbian SA-6s and SA-3s,
which had a range of less than 25 km. Today, an S-400 equipped with 40N6 missiles
can detect and engage those aircraft from 400 km. In the 1990s, the idea of fitting
an ALQ-131 pod to a C-130 was fairly new. Since then, the threat has evolved, but
EW solutions for these aircraft are still being developed or procured.
In late April, the US Air Force issued an RFP for a potentially large ALR-69A
RWR production contract. (See Monitor, p. 15 in this issue.) Some of the RWRs to
be produced under this contract are slated for C-130 and possibly C-17 aircraft; and
the KC-46A tanker also will carry the ALR-69A. This is good news, because these
aircraft present large radar cross sections and are easy to identify on radar.
The ALR-69A is a digital RWR that will provide much better situational awareness than its analog predecessors. However, the US Air Force has not made much
progress on the RF countermeasures front. Without advanced countermeasures solutions, these aircraft may be aware of threats, but they will still have an access
problem. The same is true for surface ships. Submarines and aircraft fitted with
long-range anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs) and torpedoes can extend the threat
zones further from shore and into areas where supply ships could count on sanctuary. While the US can invest more in killing the threat platforms, it should also
invest in protecting the targets against the ASCMs and torpedoes. Otherwise, we
are only solving one half of the A2AD challenge. - J. Knowles

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Mr. Petter Bedoire
Vice President and Head of M&S and EW Systems,
Electronic Defence Systems, Saab
Mr. Anthony Lisuzzo
Vice President, Strategic Innovation Group, Booz Allen Hamilton
Mr. Steve Mensh
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Electronic Systems,
Textron Systems
Mr. Edgar Maimon
General Manager, Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT - Elisra
Mr. Steve Roberts
Vice President, Strategy, Selex Galileo
Mr. Travis Slocumb
VP, Electronic Warfare Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
Mr. Brian Walters
Vice President and General Manager, Electronic Combat Solutions,
BAE Systems Electronic Systems
Dr. Jim Wickes
Senior Principal, Survivability, Defence Science and Technology Lab (dstl),
UK MOD
Dr. Rich Wittstruck
Associate Director, Field-Based Experimentation and Integration,
CERDEC, US Army

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2017

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
DIRCM Past & Present
Technology Survey: GaN Transistors
EW 101
Report from the 42nd Annual Collaborative EW Symposium
AOC News
2017 AOC International Election Guide
JED Quick Look
Index of Advertisers
JED - June 2017 - intro
JED - June 2017 - cover1
JED - June 2017 - cover2
JED - June 2017 - 3
JED - June 2017 - 4
JED - June 2017 - 5
JED - June 2017 - The View From Here
JED - June 2017 - 7
JED - June 2017 - Conferences Calendar
JED - June 2017 - 9
JED - June 2017 - Courses Calendar
JED - June 2017 - 11
JED - June 2017 - From the President
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JED - June 2017 - 14
JED - June 2017 - insert1
JED - June 2017 - insert2
JED - June 2017 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2017 - World Report
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JED - June 2017 - DIRCM Past & Present
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JED - June 2017 - Technology Survey: GaN Transistors
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JED - June 2017 - EW 101
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JED - June 2017 - Report from the 42nd Annual Collaborative EW Symposium
JED - June 2017 - AOC News
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JED - June 2017 - 2017 AOC International Election Guide
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JED - June 2017 - JED Quick Look
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