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INTELLECTUAL
CAPITAL

Association of Old Crows
1000 North Payne Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-1652
Phone: (703) 549-1600
Fax: (703) 549-2589
PRESIDENT
Wayne Shaw
VICE PRESIDENT
Ken Israel
SECRETARY
Vickie Greenier
TREASURER
Joe Koesters
PAST PRESIDENT
Robert Elder

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his month, the Australian chapter hosts their biennial conference in
Adelaide. With the US pivot to the Pacific, it promises to be of keen
interest to many regional militaries and governments.
I was lucky enough to work with some outstanding Australian military members during my year in the Middle East a few years ago. They
were key to my US Central Command EW shop having visibility into the
Australian counter-radio controlled improvised explosive device electronic warfare
(CREW) gear and efforts of the Australian Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. They
were great team members!
Other great team members were back in the US at the ranges and labs. One that
stands out in my memory as providing great value to those of us "downrange" was
the Joint EW Effects Laboratory (JEWEL) at Pt. Mugu, California, led by Dr. Melissa
Midzor. I had the chance to meet and thank Melissa during the AOC's 2014 Pt.
Mugu conference. It was a wish come true to finally see the JEWEL, meet its team
members and say thank you in person. That lab, and many others like it around the
US, and the people that make up the intellectual capital of these labs, are truly US
national assets. The knowledge they have built up over the years of war in Iraq and
Afghanistan and how to mitigate interference, optimize the geometry and power
of land-based and air-based jamming platforms, how to keep CREW from fatally
interfering with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and on and on - not to mention all
the cool gear they have accumulated to accompany all their test benches and test
gear - would be impossible to replace.
With the US combat role in Iraq now over and the US combat role in Afghanistan nearly so, all that expertise, hard-won lessons learned, lab space, CREW gear,
as well as the personnel, are most likely going to be mothballed. In today's constrained fiscal environment, JEWEL personnel, along with other EW lab personnel like them, could be looking for new jobs soon. Someday, we will be forced to
re-learn what the JEWEL discovered and taught us during our most recent wars.
During six years supporting the Joint IED Defeat Organization from its standup in
November 2007, the JEWEL conducted approximately 1,300 tests and 3,600 modeling and simulation measurements. It was not uncommon for the JEWEL to have
300+ lab test points to identify eight-to -12 really key range test points. By helping
narrow down what really needed to be tested on the open air ranges, the JEWEL
reduced the required flight and open air testing by 420 weeks and saved the DOD
approximately $200 million.
EW expertise is in short enough supply. Contact your Congressman and express
your concern about the loss of such US national assets if something is not done to
preserve their capabilities. Advocate and make a difference! - Wayne L. Shaw III,
Lt Col, USAF (ret)

AT-LARGE DIRECTORS
Powder Carlson
Todd Caruso
Lisa Frugé
Vickie Greenier
Mark Schallheim
Robin Vanderberry
Muddy Waters
Paul Westcott
APPOINTED DIRECTORS
Dean Ebert
Deke Philman
REGIONAL DIRECTORS
Southern: Wes Heidenreich
Central: Joe Koesters
Northeastern: Charles Benway
Mountain-Western: John Wikheim
Mid-Atlantic: Douglas Lamb
Pacific: Joe Hulsey
International I: Robert Andrews
International II: Jeff Walsh
IO: Al Bynum
AOC STAFF
Mike Dolim
Acting 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
Lauren Stewart
Logistics Coordinator
stewart@crows.org
Bridget Whyde
Marketing/Communications Assistant
whyde@crows.org



JED - August 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - August 2014

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Back to the Future With HF SIGIHT
HF SIGIHT Battles the Ionosphere
Technology Survey: Solid-State Power Amplifiers
Book Reviews
EW 101
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - August 2014 - cover2
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JED - August 2014 - 5
JED - August 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - August 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - August 2014 - Courses Calendar
JED - August 2014 - 11
JED - August 2014 - From the President
JED - August 2014 - 13
JED - August 2014 - Letters
JED - August 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - August 2014 - Washington Report
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JED - August 2014 - World Report
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JED - August 2014 - Back to the Future With HF SIGIHT
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JED - August 2014 - HF SIGIHT Battles the Ionosphere
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JED - August 2014 - Technology Survey: Solid-State Power Amplifiers
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JED - August 2014 - Book Reviews
JED - August 2014 - EW 101
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JED - August 2014 - Index of Advertisers
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