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HF IS NOT AN OUTLIER
Clearly HF remains a vibrant and active segment of the military communication spectrum, and therefore, also
remains of critical importance to the SIGINT community. Kilgallen observes that
some SIGINT decision makers might benefit from reflecting on the obvious point
that no reasonable seeker of tactical intelligence information would ever start
out by deciding up front where they
were going to find the information they
sought and ignoring all other potential
sources. This adage applies to modulation types as well as frequency bands.
"You can't look at an environment and
say 'okay, we don't have to worry about
this signal or that modem because it's
operating in a legitimate role,' when we
really don't know what we don't know. If
you've got 30 or 40 more new modes in
some band per year, and you start out
with the assumption that you don't need
to worry about 15 to 20 of them, you're
bringing the wrong mindset to the table.
We need systems that can keep us aware
of everything." a

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complicate an already overwhelming task even further. Says Kilgallen,
"Commanders and decision makers
aren't looking for PRI data. What they
want, and have been requesting for
years, is the rapid and efficient provision of useable tactical information
about the emitter - what it is, where it
is, what it is doing?"
Wollesen agrees with this assessment
adding that, "This disconnect between
what a SIGINT system engineer is going to want to design into a system and
what the user actually wants, isn't any
longer a technology problem, which was
historically the case with analog radio,
but a user-interface and user-experience
problem." Wollesen observes that it's
also certainly an ironic situation given
that modern "mobile phones deliver a
wonderful experience to their users, yet
the users of SIGINT systems, who are operating in a far more stressful environment where they have to make far more
timely decisions, and whose decisions
have far more import than anything in
the civil domain, are often dealing with
arcane receiver structures. It's not the
paradigm you want."

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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 - 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
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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
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JED - August 2014 - Index of Advertisers
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