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Stimson's Introduction to
Airborne Radar: Third Edition
George W. Stimson, Hugh D. Griffiths, Chris J. Baker, Dave Adamy
Reviewed by Kernan Chaisson
first two editions were written. There are twelve new
chapters, including six on electronic warfare (EW). The
other six cover Special Topics and Advanced Concepts.
The original book addressed EW with a few scattered
paragraphs. The second edition expanded its treatment
of EW to three chapters for a total of 33 pages. This edition took a fresh approach
to the topic, producing six
completely new chapters,
coming in at 84 pages.
The clear, straightforward text explains the basic
concepts of EW systems in a
way fully comprehensible to
EW professionals as well asnon-EW types, such as pilots,
ground crews, avionics technicians and students. Like the
rest of the chapters, there are
self-study exercises. Recommended readings help anyone
who wishes to delve more deeply
into the topics.
There are also the same high
quality illustrations that clarify
concepts and techniques. The
writers make effective use of the
"Stimson blue box" to present
fundamental concepts and techniques for the reader. The chapters
on basic EW concepts - support, attack, protection, decoys and LPI - make for a mini-course in basic electronic
warfare without a lot of advanced mathematics.
This book concludes with a new seven-chapter section
on "Special Topics and Advanced Concepts" - a look at
where radar is going. They include future radar trends,
advanced processor architectures, as well as new concepts for radar waveforms and target classification. The
authors wanted to pay tribute to Stimson for his vision in
writing the original masterpiece. They did this in words
during the "Introduction"; but better yet they did so in
deed by producing a book worthy of the name Stimson.
Stimson's Introduction to Airborne Radar, ISBN 978-161353-022-1, is published by SciTech Publishing, an imprint of the IET, 2014. a

The Journal of Electronic Defense | August 2014

In 1989, radar expert George W. Stimson and the
Hughes Aircraft Company produced a book that would
explain radar fundamentals clearly without the need
for a heavy math background. Introduction to Airborne
Radar set new standards for clarity of explanation,
well-crafted illustrations and introduced a series of unique "side
boxes" that explained important
topics and concepts. The first
edition was intended to be a
private publication to be given
away or sold at nominal prices to customers and friends,
mostly in the DOD. In 1992,
when it was announced there
would be no reprints, Stimson
(as the book was known) became one of the most coveted
radar books around. Owners
guarded their copies zealously and possessing one became
a matter of pride.
In 1998, SciTech Publishing took on production of a
second edition of Introduction, bringing the text up
to date with the advances
in technology since the
original book was written.
Although Stimson had retired, he had been working on updates and was available to help. Every effort was
made to keep the tone, readability, and visual character
of the original.
Fifteen years later, updating the classic was a must.
But, with Stimson gone (he passed away in 2009), producing a book that was up to date (with 20 years of changes
in radar technology) yet kept the character that made
the book a joy was daunting. To meet this challenge, the
publisher assembled at team comprising three overall editors, nine chapter editors and 55 volunteer reviewers who
applied their individual expertise throughout the book to
ensure the result would be worthy of the Stimson name.
(Full disclosure: I was one of the volunteer reviewers.)
All chapters were modernized, with many updated to
include technologies and systems unheard of when the

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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 - The View From Here
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JED - August 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - August 2014 - Courses Calendar
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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
JED - August 2014 - EW 101
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JED - August 2014 - Index of Advertisers
JED - August 2014 - JED Quick Look
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