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am writing this month's column from the Electronic Warfare Asia 2016 conference, which was held September 20-21 in Kuala Lumpur. Something's been
bugging me recently, and I couldn't put my finger on it until I heard a very
simple but coherent argument during a briefing here earlier today. In the presentation, by Professor John Louth of the UK's Royal United Services Institute
(RUSI), he suggested a change in the way we procure next-generation EW capabilities. Professor Louth explained to the audience that maintaining the current, rigid,
requirements-based acquisition process will almost certainly guarantee a continuation of today's long and unwieldy weapon system development cycle by virtue of the
very bureaucracy that has become accustomed to the process. On the other hand,
adopting an effects-based acquisition process lends itself to greater flexibility to
respond to global threat trends (and potentially much shorter cycle times for EW
technology development). This led me to ponder a chain of thoughts that began
with my February column about fostering innovation through parallel experimentation, and then to think about the constant anguish over the "valley of death," as
EW programs transition from science and technology development to programs of
record (i.e., acquisition).
Next, I thought about the DOD leadership's constant cry for EW to be more technologically responsive and agile in order to match the rapid pace and proliferation
of today's advanced technologies. This led me to recall my assertion (from my May
column) that it's all about desired military effects, and finally to the notion of open
system architecture. And then the light bulb went off.
With the right architecture, I wonder if the acquisition system can establish a
process akin to a do-loop "engine" in which we can experiment with technology
solutions (allowing for feedback tweaking if unsuccessful) and "spin out" early
positive results to a rapid prototyping loop or even a rapid fielding stage. Multiple
technologies "looping" in parallel can potentially converge to one or more solutions even more rapidly, and everyone - DOD labs, DARPA, the EW industry and
academia - gets to collaborate in this "engine," whether it is to develop hardware
or software. As I recall, a diagram of just such a process was included back in that
same EW Technology Task Force report (circa 2010) that I've mentioned before; and
its focus was all about generating EW solutions faster, which is similar to Professor
Louth's agility argument.
Now, the professor hypothesized that perhaps a long-term, first-tier "prime" integrator would be needed for configuration control and architecture compatibility,
and my only suggestion on that would be, perhaps, to ask if DOD system program
offices would not want to take on this responsibility. Regardless, with this new
acquisition model, the competition then becomes intensive for 2nd- and 3rd-tier
suppliers. And with an open system architecture environment, I would assert that
EW technology insertions and upgrades will happen at a much more rapid pace than
we currently achieve.
But, do we have the fortitude to create this EW technology acquisition paradigm?
- Dave Hime

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - October 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Bait in the Trap: Trainable Soft-Kill Systems Proliferate for ASMD
2017 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
SIGINT History
EW 101
AOC News
Index to Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - October 2016 - cover1
JED - October 2016 - cover2
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JED - October 2016 - 5
JED - October 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - October 2016 - Conferences Calendar
JED - October 2016 - 9
JED - October 2016 - Courses Calendar
JED - October 2016 - 11
JED - October 2016 - From the President
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JED - October 2016 - The Monitor
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JED - October 2016 - World Report
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JED - October 2016 - Bait in the Trap: Trainable Soft-Kill Systems Proliferate for ASMD
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