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message f rom the pre side nt EW IS A GAME CHANGER IN MODERN CONTINGENCIES P The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2014 12 rime Minister David Cameron recently said that we needed to rethink our relationship with Russia and strengthen the alliance's ability to respond quickly to any threat. In 2014, the world is more unpredictable than ever and we meet at another pivotal moment in the history of the alliance. The outstanding attribute of EW is that it is an "on call asset," ready to use at any time and at any location in the world. And EW directly contributes to the "kill chain" by increasing the combat capability of every platform, every sensor, every weapon and every decision maker it supports. This is not a time to under appreciate the warfighting value of EW, and we must ensure its robust funding and support across our alliance and coalition partners. Recent budget decisions have thrown this cardinal warfighting principle/commitment into question. Threats are modernizing at alarming rates, and the diversity of threats from regional/theater/unconventional threats has never been so extreme. General (retired) Deptula has characterized tomorrow's battle space as being heavily influenced by threats, technology and the velocity of information. All three of these conditions impact our Allied Electronic Warfare capabilities and modernization efforts. Threats: The globalization of electronic warfare is getting special attention from users, developers, operators and industry. Most operators know that EW has profound goodness on the battlefield and they want more of it. The recent shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 reminds us that no SAM threat can be taken for granted. As a consequence, both stand-off and stand-in jamming need to be fully considered for any future conflict against a sophisticated adversary possessing a state-of-the-art integrated air defense system (IADS). Technology: Technology is evaluating the growing sharing of the electromagnetic environment between EW and cyber. Both of these domains share the electromagnetic environment or spectrum, and more interaction is required to fully capitalize on the inherent, synergistic capabilities of cyber and EW. Cyberspace ISR and Cyberspace Attack Operations share many common effects with our heritage EW capabilities. The sooner we begin to understand and leverage these joint capabilities, the better deterrents we can provide. Velocity of Information: In any warfighting environment, the speed of information must exceed the speed of engagement. Today, our ability to understand the spectrum and what is actually operating in the spectrum is vital to a successful military operation. Next year's Vigilant Hammer Exercise is the first real test of how accurately we understand what is happening in a real world operational electromagnetic environment with high-tempo operations. Likewise, the decision to curtail the Compass Call fleet should be re-examined. If you disrupt an adversary's command and control capabilities, it has a direct effect on the ability to expeditiously execute forces. We should not be cutting vital core EW programs in the face of today's growing electromagnetic spectrum challenges. Modernizing our Defense Wide, Joint and Coalition EW capabilities is not only a priority, it is an imperative. - Gen. Ken Israel (USAF, Ret.) additional message on page 14 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 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 Bridget Whyde Marketing/Communications Assistant whyde@crows.org

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
I2WD – Driving Next Generation Army EW and Cyber Technology Into the Future
Technology Survey: Communications Jammers and Rcied Jammers
EW 101
AOC Convention Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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