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are critical elements of the DOD's future
AEA system of systems. Another reason
is that EA systems, such as the NGJ, can
be adapted to LO platforms, such as the
F-35. This may seem counter-intuitive,
considering the long-standing (and still
ongoing) stealth vs. EW debate that is
fueled in part by competing Air Force
and Navy budget agendas. But, the combination of NGJ and the F-35 enables
LO aircraft to perform the AEA mission
closer to the radar and C2 systems it
is targeting. This is not really close-in
AEA, nor is it truly stand-off AEA. It really represents more of a middle ground
between the two, and is enabled by the
LO characteristics of the F-35.

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Since the end of the Cold War, the US
has been able to adapt its AEA mission
to cover a wide range of scenarios, targeting everything from a conventional
IADS in the Gulf War to counter-IED and
communications jamming in the Iraq War
and over Afghanistan. What the US has
not faced since the collapse of the Soviet
Union is a modern, advanced IADS. The
trends that are driving IADS modernization will also drive important changes in
the AEA mission. From the perspective
of AEA concepts, nothing covered in this
article is new. Maneuvering decoys were
part of the Gulf War, and UAVs provided
close-in jamming during the Vietnam War.
What is new are some of the technologies
that will be applied, such as cyber attacks
and HPEM weapons. The most important
point is that it is time to re-orient the
AEA mission from today's strong focus on
stand-off jamming, and to more aggressively pursue development of new tools
that support close-in AEA operations, as
well as adapting fifth-gen fighters to perform support-jamming missions.
The AEA mission has always sought
to attack the IADS kill chain at multiple points and disrupt its ability to
operate as a network. This will continue
to be the objective of AEA missions in
the future. But, AEA assets must apply
significantly greater pressure against
advanced IADS networks that are more
complex, harder to map, better defended
and more resilient to attack. The DOD is
already in the process of adapting the
AEA mission to meet this challenge. a

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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Airborne Electronic Attack for A2AD
52nd Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention Guide
2016 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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