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The Journal of Electronic Defense

OCTOBER 2016 * Vol. 39, No. 10

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or me, 2006 was a pivotal year in EW. I didn't realize it at the time, but
when I look at where the EW community is today, the topics that we
are discussing and the strategic goals we are pursuing that will shape
our future, I am constantly reminded that 2006 was the year we kickstarted the EW renaissance that we are undergoing today.
Back in 2006, the US and its allies had already spent several years fighting two major conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Enemy insurgents in both
countries saw a strategic opportunity to extend the fight into the electromagnetic (EM) domain using cheap commercial electronics to fabricate
RCIEDS for attacking ground forces and obtaining widely available IR MANPADS to attack helicopters.
Initially, the US and its allies were slow to respond to the insurgents' EMbased strategy. But, by 2006, the DOD was fielding new EW capabilities and
creating new field organizations, such as the Joint CREW Composite Squadron
ONE (JCCS-1), that would help wage the EM campaign in theater. Back in the
United States, the DOD was creating new EW organizations, such as the Joint
EW Center (JEWC) and the EW Division at Army Headquarters, which would
provide some of the operational and bureaucratic support that was also needed
to win this EM contest.
As the Iraq and Afghanistan operations started to wind down beginning in
2010 or so, the EW community did something it had not done in a long time.
Normally at the end of a conflict, EW funding and focus would atrophy within
the DOD. That is what had happened after other major conflicts, such as World
War II, the Vietnam War and after the Cold War. But, this time, the atrophy did
not hurt the EW community as much as it had in previous conflict cycles. This
was due in large part to individuals in places like the JEWC and the Army EW
Division (and many others) speaking up and grabbing the attention of senior
DOD leaders by explaining that EW strategies based on "ad hoc" planning and
quick-reaction thinking were no longer "good enough" in 21st-century warfare.
Simply put, the EW community fought to preserve many of the gains it had
achieved since 2006.
The reason that I recount this informal history is that it's easy to forget
how much the EW community has achieved over the past decade. We now have
an EW Executive Committee at OSD that is managing DOD EW from an enterprise-wide perspective. We are leading the charge to establish an EMS domain.
More importantly, the EW community has changed its self-expectations by not
"standing down" at the end of a conflict. Instead, it has chosen to speak up
for what it believes is right. And this simple step, this simple adjustment, has
changed - in a very positive way - how the rest of the DOD perceives the EW
community today. - J. Knowles

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Warfare and Sensors, USA

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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
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JED - October 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - October 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - October 2016 - Courses Calendar
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JED - October 2016 - From the President
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JED - October 2016 - The Monitor
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