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the view

f ro m h e re

MAKING SENSE
OF SPECTRUM

AUGUST 2013 • Vol. 36, No. 8

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Editor: John Knowles
Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson
Senior Editor: John Haystead
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ometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. That’s certainly the idea we had in mind when we chose the US frequency
allocation chart (covering 3 kHz to 300 GHz) for this month’s cover
of JED. Unfortunately, some of those “thousand words” are probably along the lines of “Holy cow, how did we manage to create that
mess?” and “You’re kidding, right?” Unfortunately, this is the electromagnetic
spectrum (EMS) landscape that we have painted into existence over the course
of a century.
In some ways, this frequency chart reflects the brilliance of human innovation. After all, in just over 100 years humans have created a tremendous variety
of ways to use the EMS. However, today’s frequency chart also shows that our
rate of technological innovation is outpacing our spectrum management concepts, and we (the collective “we” that includes the DOD, other government agencies and the telecommunications industry) need to come up with new strategic
ideas very soon.
Our cover story, “The Spectrum Management Challenge” (p. 28), written by
Barry Manz, offers a look at how EM technology, government policy, commerce
and military needs have combined to create the situation in which we find ourselves today. Why is this so important for the EW community to understand?
For one thing, this EMS (or EM domain) is landscape in which we maneuver. Yet
I would wager that most EW professionals do not necessarily understand the
broader aspects of the EMS as well as they might think. (I would certainly place
myself in that category, and I try to make it my job to think about the EMS in
broad terms every day. The more I learn about the military aspects of the EMS,
the more I realize how little I actually know.)
Another reason why this topic is important is that EW professionals these
days are frequently working with our close cousins in the EM Spectrum Management community under the moniker of EMS Operations or EMSO. Yet, these two
communities don’t understand each other nearly as well as they should. This
situation needs to change, and the process of building understanding between
one another depends on knowing each other’s background. In its modest way,
this month’s article is an effort to help build that understanding. I hope you
will enjoy it, and, as always, I encourage you to send letters to us and share your
thoughts with other JED readers. – J. Knowles

Mr. Tom Arseneault
Vice President for Product Sector and Chief Technology Officer,
BAE Systems Inc.
Mr. Gabriele Gambarara
Elettronica S.p.A.
CAPT John Green
Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN
Mr. Micael Johansson
Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area, Electronic Defence
Systems, Saab
Mr. Mark Kula
Vice President, Tactical Airborne Systems, Raytheon Space and
Airborne Systems
Col Steve Ling
Director, Joint Electronic Warfare Center, US Strategic Command
CAPT Paul Overstreet
Joint Strike Fighter Weapons System Program Manager, Naval Air Systems
Command, USN
Mr. Jeffrey Palombo
Senior VP and GM, Land and Self-Protection Systems Division,
Electronic Systems, Northrop Grumman Corp.
Col Jim Pryor
Chief, Electronic Warfare, Operational Capability Requirements
Headquarters, USAF
Mr. Steve Roberts
Vice President, Strategy, Selex Galileo
Mr. Rich Sorelle
President, Electronic Systems Division, Exelis
Gp Capt P.J. Wallace
Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation, UK MOD
Dr. Richard Wittstruck
Director, System of Systems Engineering, PEO Intelligence, Electronic
Warfare and Sensors, USA

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - August 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From The President
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
The Spectrum Management Challenge: Creating Order From Chaos
Technology Survey: ELINT Receivers
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - August 2013 - The View From Here
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JED - August 2013 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - August 2013 - Courses Calendar
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JED - August 2013 - From The President
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JED - August 2013 - Letters
JED - August 2013 - The Monitor
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