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was very encouraged by a couple of directed energy (DE) events that I
attended back in June. The DE community is really excited and feels it
is ready to take its promising high-energy laser (HEL) and high-power
microwave (HPM) programs from the labs to the field. With demonstrations, such as the Laser Weapons System (LaWS) on board the USS Ponce
and the CHAMP HPM demo, there is a sense that some DE programs are ready to
transition from Science and Technology (S&T) funding to acquisition programs
of record (POR).
I learned something interesting at the June DE events. When I asked several
of the DE leaders why they did not form a closer relationship with the electronic warfare (EW) community, many of them pointed out that DE aligns with
two communities. In terms of Joint Doctrine, DE is a form of electronic attack
and is part of EW doctrine. This is a point that some leaders in the EW community have raised before. JED certainly believes that DE (both HEL and HPM
technologies) represents a major leap forward in electronic attack. The problem
is that the EW community as a whole has been slow to embrace and advocate
for DE programs over the past two decades. Even as some DE S&T programs are
on the verge of transitioning to acquisition programs, the EW community has
been mostly silent about DE. So, despite what Joint EW Doctrine may say, in
practical terms, EW and DE have not formed a very strong bond.
DE's other relationship is with the weapons community. Among the many
communities of interest (COIs) established by the Office of the Secretary of
Defense, DE is part of the Weapons COI and not part of the EW COI. The logic
behind this is that DE is a non-kinetic weapon that will in many cases replace or complement kinetic weapons on most platforms. To be fair, leaders in
the weapons community have been vocal advocates for DE programs in recent
years. This matters a lot to DE at this particular point in its history as it seeks
to transition HEL and HPM programs to acquisition.
Considering the choice between EW and the weapons community, I can see
why DE might choose to align itself closer to the weapons community right
now. However, I still think that EW can play a huge role in DE's development
over the next decade as more DE systems become operational. EW still shares a
lot with DE simply because both are non-kinetic capabilities, and EW personnel
can provide the operational experience - mission planning, rules of engagement, targeting restrictions, understanding of second- and third-order effects,
etc. - that can ensure DE's successful transition into the field. For that reason
alone, the relationship between EW and DE is something that both communities need to develop. - J. Knowles

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Nothing to See (Or Hear) Here – Concealing Tactical Communications
Technology Survey: Manpack COMINT and DF Systems
The Heat is On
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - September 2016 - From the President
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