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he F-35 program has been receiving a lot of positive press lately as
it makes its debut at overseas air shows and as DOD officials begin
to disclose more about how it will use the Lightning in future air
operations. More importantly, the Marines have declared the F-35B
operational, and the Air Force is expected to do the same with the
F-35A later this year.
Many leaders in the Electronic Warfare Community have been waiting for
this moment to arrive because it marks an important tipping point in our warfighting concepts. The reason for this is clear. What makes the F-35 so different
from its 4th Generation predecessors is not its flight performance characteristics (engine thrust, maneuverability, range, payload, etc.). These aspects of
the F-35 are not significantly different from F-16s and F-18s. In the Electromagnetic Spectrum, however, the F-35 represents a huge leap in capability with
regard to the combination of low observability, radar, electro-optic sensors,
datalinks, electronic warfare, etc., as well as its ability to fuse its sensor data
into a single picture for the pilot.
The F-35 operates in two domains simultaneously - the Air Domain and the
Electromagnetic Domain. The Lightning, more than any previous fighter aircraft, is designed to minimize the burden of operating the aircraft and free the
pilot to focus on the fight in the Electromagnetic Domain. This dual-domain
concept isn't restricted to the F-35 or even to fighter aircraft. It's not even that
new. It began when radios, radars and electronic warfare systems began to find
their way onto soldiers, ships, aircraft, etc. Today, just about every weapon
systems operator maneuvers their weapons platform in one of the Air, Land,
Sea, Space or Cyberspace Domains while at the same time maneuvering in the
Electromagnetic Spectrum. But the focus in terms of training and operational
concepts has always been on one of the former domains and not the Electromagnetic Domain. Future weapon system operators will need to spend more and
more time mastering the fight in the Electromagnetic Domain - just like F-35
pilots are doing today.
While the F-35 represents a revolution in weapon system technology, the
larger revolution will happen on a human scale. Just as the F-35 is changing
how pilots prioritize the most important attributes of a fighter aircraft (i.e.,
flight performance vs. EMS performance), the same thinking will be applied to
ships, tanks, soldiers, etc. This changes how weapon systems operators train
and fight on their respective weapons platforms. I'm not saying that pilots
won't be pilots or that tankers won't operate tanks in the future. However, it's
more likely that weapon system operators will need to think dynamically about
fighting across two domains simultaneously and focus more of their attention
to the fight in the Electromagnetic Domain. - J. Knowles

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BAE Systems Electronic Systems
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - August 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Cyber Blitz: US Army Gains New Insight for EW/Cyber Operational Integration
Technology Survey: Solid State Power Amplifiers for EW, Radar and Communications Applications
EW 101
Threat Monitor
AOC Election
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - August 2016 - cover1
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JED - August 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - August 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - August 2016 - Courses Calendar
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JED - August 2016 - From the President
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JED - August 2016 - The Monitor
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