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GOVERNING WEAPONS
FOR RF
SPECTRUM
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The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2015

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S and coalition electronic warfare (EW) capabilities face an uncertain
future. Modernizing our EW capabilities to meet emerging threats is organizationally, technically and fiscally challenging. The task is not done!
Ongoing EW initiatives recommended by the Defense Science Board, CAPE
EW/Cyber Strategic Portfolio Review (SPR) and the DepSecDef Memo dated
March 17, 2015 must continue
We are living in an era of hybrid warfare where technological superiority provides
a disproportionate advantage across the full spectrum of conflict. Recently, I attended
a retirement ceremony where the term "governing weapons" was used to define a recognized weapons capability that turned the tide of conflict to one side or the other.
Today, we have three of these governing weapons that pertain to the hybrid conflicts
we are currently engaged in. It is up to our national security leaders to determine
how much we continue to invest in/leverage these pacing technologies to ensure we
maintain our technological edge in confronting asymmetrical warfare threats. The unprecedented global spread of highly sophisticated electronics technology has impacted
EW in many ways.
The first of these governing weapons is unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Today we
are flying 65 caps (24X7 ops) and the likelihood is that we will grow to over 100 caps
within a few years. We tend to use UAVs in our nation's most complex, demanding and
high-risk challenges. The Predator and Reaper continue to provide outstanding support to current operations in the Middle East. Speed, stealth, precision and persistence
are critical military enablers that ensure our national strategy objectives are achieved.
We can and must do a lot more with regard to integrating EW capabilities onto UAVs.
The second governing weapon or capability is the software defined radio (SDR). Our
troops are no longer "network enabled," they are now "network dependent." SDRs are
versatile and can deal with a vast array of signals. They are agile and have extremely
wide bandwidths. In fact, there are a lot of purposeful design similarities between
SDRs and EW systems (i.e., component technologies and amplifier technologies). Lowcost SDR hardware and software are available to everybody, which means SDRs can now
be exploited by both the good guys and the bad guys. Likewise, the proliferation of
our high-end electronics capabilities has allowed micro actors to have macro effects in
both the EW and Cyber mission areas.
The third governing weapon system is EW and Cyber. Antenna designs and digital
processing are facilitating their mutual technology development paths. Semiconductors continue to embed higher levels of functionality, and we have the ability to
manufacture a complete RF front end on a chip. The operational walls between Cyber
and EW need fresh thinking and new approaches to enhance synchronization and
converging effects.
It is vital to continue to modernize our governing weapons. The technological opportunities we have yet to master are no greater than those we have already overcome.
- Maj Gen Kenneth Israel, USAF (Ret.)

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JED - October 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - October 2015

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Going Small: Jamming the Mini-Drones
EW Simulation and Testing: Keeping Up With the Threat
Technology Survey: EW and SIGINT Antennas
EW 101
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - October 2015 - cover1
JED - October 2015 - cover2
JED - October 2015 - 3
JED - October 2015 - 4
JED - October 2015 - 5
JED - October 2015 - The View From Here
JED - October 2015 - 7
JED - October 2015 - Conferences Calendar
JED - October 2015 - 9
JED - October 2015 - Courses Calendar
JED - October 2015 - 11
JED - October 2015 - From the President
JED - October 2015 - 13
JED - October 2015 - 14
JED - October 2015 - The Monitor
JED - October 2015 - 16
JED - October 2015 - 17
JED - October 2015 - 18
JED - October 2015 - 19
JED - October 2015 - 20
JED - October 2015 - 21
JED - October 2015 - World Report
JED - October 2015 - 23
JED - October 2015 - 24
JED - October 2015 - 25
JED - October 2015 - Going Small: Jamming the Mini-Drones
JED - October 2015 - 27
JED - October 2015 - 28
JED - October 2015 - 29
JED - October 2015 - 30
JED - October 2015 - EW Simulation and Testing: Keeping Up With the Threat
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JED - October 2015 - 34
JED - October 2015 - Technology Survey: EW and SIGINT Antennas
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JED - October 2015 - EW 101
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JED - October 2015 - Index of Advertisers
JED - October 2015 - JED Quick Look
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