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– not the mass of an EA-18G, perhaps,
but enough to attract notice – and mobilize support.
To some degree, Army EW leaders feel
the need to downshift from the frenzy
of the 10-year QRC campaign, which was
necessary, but very inefficient. “And
now that we’re out of Iraq and we’re coming out of Afghanistan,and we’re kind of
going to go into this lull because of the
current fiscal environment, we need to
do things a lot smarter. Now is the time
to take the longer view,” said Ryan.

With strong support and good
management, “big and deliberate”
can certainly succeed as an acquisition strategy. But “big and deliberate”
also makes for a better target. A long
lull lies between the withdrawal of US
forces from Afghanistan in 2014 and the
planned fielding of IEWS in 2020. “And
past history has shown that once we
come out of those [war] cycles we tend
to not do the proper feeding and caring
of EW and it gets sacrificed for something else,” acknowledged Ryan.

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But the bigger threat may be the
creep in requirements and program
scope that has delayed and ultimately
derailed high-profile EW programs in
the past.
And for IEWS and the Army’s EW
cylinder as a whole, the issue is not so
much a creep as a wholesale invasion by
the rapidly growing cyber apparatus. An
emerging Army concept called CEMA,
for cyber-electromagnetic activities,
espouses the convergence of EW, cyber
operations and spectrum management;
new doctrine enshrining the concept is
due to be released in early November.
The impact on the EW community
could be immediate, and significant.
According to Hisle, one option under
discussion would merge cyber activities and EW under one center of excellence. On the materiel side, “PEO IEWS
and the PM EW potentially could have
systems that they’re working on for EW
that could also be systems that they’ll
have under their portfolio that do cyber things.”
Some Army EW proponents see this
convergence as a means to fortify their
community, by hitching it to a cyber
wagon that will receive plenty of political and budgetary support. The risk
is that as developmental EW systems
adapt to new cyber requirements, the
laser focus on the BCT is lost. The fundamental strategy for Army EW has been
to tie its relevance to the BCT, because
“the Army is willing to sacrifice a lot in
order to keep their force structure [of]
BCT building blocks,” said Buckhout. “It
is the enablers that are tied to brigade
combat teams, to include materiel, that
are going to find themselves more or less
successful I think in the next two years
for the Army.”
Can the Army’s small core of EW leaders pull off such a delicate balancing
act? Hisle, for one, remains confident
that “We’re pretty far down the road
with EW as opposed to cyberspace ops,
that’s for sure. I think we’ll get something to the BCTs that’s very EW-centric,
and if there’s a push to get something
that’s a dual cyber-EW capability, it will
be fielded at higher levels and [pushed]
down on a case by case basis.” a
Photos courtesy US Army.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - October 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
Growing AOC’s EW Advocacy Program
World Report
Beyond CREW: Army EW Fights for a Bigger Spectrum
US Army Electronic Warfare in the Post- Global War on Terrorism World
RF Decoys for Fighter Aircraft
New Products
EW 101
AOC News
AOC 50th Annual International Symposium and Convention Guide
AOC 2013 Award Winners
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - October 2013 - cover1
JED - October 2013 - cover2
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JED - October 2013 - 4
JED - October 2013 - 5
JED - October 2013 - The View From Here
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JED - October 2013 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - October 2013 - Courses Calendar
JED - October 2013 - 11
JED - October 2013 - From the President
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JED - October 2013 - Letters
JED - October 2013 - The Monitor
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JED - October 2013 - Washington Report
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JED - October 2013 - Growing AOC’s EW Advocacy Program
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JED - October 2013 - World Report
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JED - October 2013 - Beyond CREW: Army EW Fights for a Bigger Spectrum
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JED - October 2013 - US Army Electronic Warfare in the Post- Global War on Terrorism World
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JED - October 2013 - RF Decoys for Fighter Aircraft
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JED - October 2013 - New Products
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JED - October 2013 - EW 101
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