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EW EUROPE
2015 - A GREAT
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recently had the good fortune to represent the AOC at Europe's premier annual
EW Conference, which was held this year in Stockholm, Sweden, May 26-28. The
growing challenges of developing EW capabilities to confront non-linear warfare
belligerents were extensively debated and reviewed.
The theme of the conference: "Future of EW: Innovation, Information and
Interoperability" was well chosen. There were several strategic messages that
resonated with everyone. First, it was clear that high-end, electronics-savvy, product
design and EW applications are proliferating at unprecedented rates. Every country is
marketing exceptional "niche" capabilities that fill critical gaps in our current systems
and services. Second, there is widespread concern about the shrinking support for
national security budgets. Only four of 28 NATO countries are meeting their "2 percent
of GDP" commitment to national defense measures. The US is also facing a difficult
decision on sequestration reductions to its defense budget. Perhaps the most striking
development is the erosion of allied EW technology dominance across all military domains and even in the commercial marketplace. This is very troublesome because EW
contributes directly to successful mission solutions and to platform survivability and
lethality. Third, many of the conference delegates realize that now is the time to invest in EW and to harvest the most advanced capabilities and those with significantly
mature technologies to improve performance in contested environments.
The conference also addressed several future trends to ensure EW capitalizes on
the digital, software-driven revolution and maintains its relevance against evolving
hybrid warfare threats: 1) the need to have more comprehensive situational awareness
of spectrum activity is critical to ensure adequate countermeasures are available; 2)
there is an imperative to approach near-real-time adaptability to changing threats
with advanced reprogramming capabilities, and 3) the requirement to have both offensive and defensive options available to enable EW decision makers to impose a
discretionary cost-effective strategy.
General Denis Mercier, the former French Air Force Chief of Staff and the new Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, recently predicted that: "The future is not
about platforms, it is about networks and the EMS." The first battle of future conflicts
will be for the control and dominance of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) and
space. This is not the time to be taking half measures with EW and cyber capabilities.
There is a window of opportunity to leverage the overwhelming effects of modern EW
capabilities/technologies to make a strategic difference on tomorrow's battlefield. EW
must not be sub-optimized and considered just an add-on capability - it is central to
establishing all-domain access and dominance across the non-linear battlespace. EW
investments have long been simply a matter of doing our best to fund what is affordable. To do better now, we must collectively fund what is required to survive and win
against increasingly sophisticated, digital, complex and networked threats. - Maj Gen
Ken Israel, USAF (Ret.)

Association of Old Crows
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PRESIDENT
Ken Israel
VICE PRESIDENT
Dave Hime
SECRETARY
Vickie Greenier
TREASURER
Joe Koesters
PAST PRESIDENT
Wayne Shaw
AT-LARGE DIRECTORS
Powder Carlson
Todd Caruso
Vickie Greenier
Craig Harm
Brian Hinkley
Amanda Kammier
Mark Schallheim
Muddy Watters
Paul Westcott
APPOINTED DIRECTORS
Robert Elder
Anthony Lisuzzo
REGIONAL DIRECTORS
Southern: Lisa Fruge-Cirilli
Central: Joe Koesters
Northeastern: Nino Amoroso
Mountain-Western: Sam Roberts
Mid-Atlantic: Douglas Lamb
Pacific: Joe Hulsey
International I: Robert Andrews
International II: Jeff Walsh
IO: Al Bynum
AOC STAFF
Mike Dolim
Executive Director
dolim@crows.org
Shelley Frost
Director, Logistics
frost@crows.org
Glorianne O'Neilin
Director, Member Services
oneilin@crows.org
Brock Sheets
Director, Marketing
sheets@crows.org
John Clifford
Director,
Global Programs
clifford@crows.org
Stew Taylor
Exhibits Manager
taylor@crows.org
Bridget Whyde
Marketing/Communications Assistant
whyde@crows.org



JED - July 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - July 2015

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
The Modern MANPADS – an Evolving Threat
Technology Survey: RF Tuners and Tuner Modules for SIGINT Applications
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - July 2015 - The View From Here
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JED - July 2015 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - July 2015 - Courses Calendar
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JED - July 2015 - From the President
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JED - July 2015 - The Monitor
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JED - July 2015 - World Report
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JED - July 2015 - The Modern MANPADS – an Evolving Threat
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