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arlier this year, a book titled, "This Idea Must Die: Scientific
Theories That Are Blocking Progress," was published. The editor of the book, John Brockman, posed a simple question: What
scientific idea has become a relic blocking human progress? The
book comprises responses from 175 of the world's leading thinkers. You may not agree with all of the responses, but it's definitely worth
a read.
In this spirit, I would propose a similar question to JED readers: What
ideas are blocking the progress of electronic warfare? These can be ideas
held within the EW community or outside of it. They can be big problems
or little niggling ones that won't go away.
I pose this question because EW, like the rest of the world, is undergoing rapid changes across many vectors. It is no longer viable to wait for
one generation of EW experts to move on before new ideas are ushered in
with the next. We are seeing significant "intra-generational" change, and
that can be pretty difficult for humans to achieve.
Like John Brockman, we at JED want to publish your "ideas that must
die," because these are valuable perspectives worth sharing. One thing I
know about most JED readers is that each of you has a lifetime of experience in EW, and at some point in your career you probably encountered
some form of institutional inertia (i.e., common wisdom, traditional
thinking or "because we've always done it that way" thinking) that got in
your way. It might be something technological, a training concept, stale
operational thinking, or terminology that no longer worked - whatever.
I can think of a few, and I have written about them in this column from
time to time. But we want to hear from you, and we want to share it.
Here are the guidelines: simply state your name and the idea that must
be retired and, more importantly, say why it must go, in 500 words or less.
E-mail your "idea that must die" to JEDEditor@naylor.com. Nothing is
sacred, and I hope the responses will reach into any and all areas of EW.
This is your chance to speak up and share something that can help push
our EW understanding forward. I hope you will contribute. - J. Knowles

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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
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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 - 33
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
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