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ome of the best training I received as an aviator was at the USAF's "Red
Flag" (RF) exercises. I was fortunate to train at RF with my crew and
our superb strike aircraft, the B-1B, and years later with my squadron
and our "electronic warfare (EW) machine," the EA-6B. RF presents a
robust emulation of an adversary's integrated air defense system - to
include "Red Air" aggressors, very capable surface-to-air-missiles and
a networked system of radars and communications. While this threat array was
excellent to train against, RF's focus was not our capability - in terms of EW or
broader spectrum control - to deal with these threats thus enabling Blue Air to
reach their targets.
EW and electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO) aspects of RF were dampened by anemic intelligence preparation of the environment, strict limits on what
frequencies could be jammed, and the EW debriefs were often just to a small few
- RF staff to individual crew member, as I recall. The priorities were the air-to-air
engagements, which were debriefed to larger audiences. Still, it was great training
and it helped prepare me and many others for real-world combat missions.
There is a small group that overachieves in its efforts to try and bring more
realism and a robust Opposing Force (OPFOR) for Joint EMSO (JEMSO) to as many
exercises as possible. The Joint EW Center (JEWC) has its "Red Cell," or EM OPFOR, led
by a very capable and charismatic leader; his "Band of Brothers" have an incredible
collection of EW "toys" and the organic expertise to employ them. Yet, this group
can only do so much.
There needs to be a national (or international) JEMSO OPFOR that can ensure
a robust adversary in the EMS domain is present at ALL our exercises. Also, there
needs to be a push at the highest levels to review and remove wherever possible,
so many of the "handcuffs" that are placed on exercises like RF and on the JEWC's
Red Cell. I can remember being briefed - upon pain of death - that there were only
a handful of Red Air frequencies I was allowed to jam. Really? How realistic is that?
Still, funny how when I flew as an observer on the EC-130H Compass Call, Red Air
made sure we were always the first ones to "die."
If we are to accomplish our collective security objectives in anti-access/area denial
(A2/AD)-type environments, then we should review some low or no-cost options,
like more realistic training with the assets we already own. Those experiencing
this training will recognize and elevate to decision-makers our honest ability to
deal with a robust threat in the EMS domain, and let the decision-makers take it
from there. AOC sponsored a briefing in October to the Congressional Range and
Test Center Caucus that helped educate Congress on issues such as Range spectrum
encroachment. AOC is on the case! -Wayne L. Shaw III. Lt Colonel, USAF (ret)

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JED - December 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - December 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Seeing the Light: Laser Warning Systems Facing Increasingly Lethal Threats
2014 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - December 2013 - cover1
JED - December 2013 - cover2
JED - December 2013 - 3
JED - December 2013 - 4
JED - December 2013 - 5
JED - December 2013 - The View From Here
JED - December 2013 - 7
JED - December 2013 - Conferences Calendar
JED - December 2013 - 9
JED - December 2013 - Courses Calendar
JED - December 2013 - 11
JED - December 2013 - From the President
JED - December 2013 - 13
JED - December 2013 - 14
JED - December 2013 - The Monitor
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JED - December 2013 - 17
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JED - December 2013 - World Report
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JED - December 2013 - Seeing the Light: Laser Warning Systems Facing Increasingly Lethal Threats
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