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EW AND THE
"TRINITY OF 21ST
CENTURY WARFARE"

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The Journal of Electronic Defense

DECEMBER 2015 * Vol. 38, No. 12

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Editor: John Knowles
Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson
Senior Editor: John Haystead
Technical Editor: Ollie Holt
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The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2015

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ast month, at the Reagan National Defense Forum, Deputy Secretary of
Defense, Bob Work, provided new insights about the DOD's Third Offset
Strategy and how it is progressing. His comments were very encouraging for the EW community.
For those not familiar with the Third Offset Strategy, it is the DOD's
wide-ranging effort to strengthen US conventional deterrence and give its forces a decisive operational advantage over near-peer competitors (such as Russia
and China) in the coming decades. As Secretary Work explained to the audience, there are many aspects to the Third Offset Strategy, including a robust
research and development (R&D) program. Work could not discuss the details
of this R&D investment at the Forum, mostly because the DOD's FY2017 budget
request won't be completed until February.
While he could not speak about the budget details just yet, some of Work's
other comments were very interesting. For example, in describing the Third
Offset Strategy, he said, "When combined-arms warfare in the 21st Century
is the trinity between kinetic, electronic warfare and cyber operations on the
battlefield, what does that look like?'" Another aspect of the Third Offset, he
explained, focuses on driving advances in robotics and pushing the operational
advantages of human-machine collaboration by allowing machines to help humans make faster decisions.
Work also described the wide scope of the DOD's first two offset strategies
in the 1950s and 1970s, as well as the current one. He said, "They are not just
about technology. This is not about a revolution in military affairs. There is
always a strong technological component, but it is strategy based, technologically oriented, and you want operational and organizational constructs that
give you an advantage and an offset against your adversaries, who might outnumber you. It is focused on the operational level of war, or the campaign."
This last point is interesting because it suggests that the Third Offset
Strategy may influence much more than just the DOD's R&D budget. In the EW
sphere, it might address career paths for EW personnel and EW leadership development beyond the O-6 ranks. It may drive the DOD to review the entire EW
doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities
(DOTMLPF) enterprise and make sure EW is adequately resourced and organized
for its role in the "trinity" mentioned above.
I am very encouraged by what Secretary Work has said about the Third Offset Strategy, at this forum and at other events this year. I am especially excited
about the impact it may have on the EW community in the US and among its
allies. I have no doubt that it is going to challenge us to think about EW in new
ways, develop new ideas, and drive EW technology forward at a rapid pace. The
Third Offset Strategy will certainly demand a lot from the EW community, but
it will offer a lot in return. - J. Knowles

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Mr. Petter Bedoire
Vice President and Head of M&S and EW Systems,
Electronic Defence Systems, Saab
Mr. Edgar Maimon
General Manager, Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT - Elisra
Mr. Jeffrey Palombo
Senior VP and GM, Land and Self-Protection Systems Division,
Electronic Systems, Northrop Grumman Corp.
Mr. Steve Roberts
Vice President, Strategy, Selex Galileo
Mr. Travis Slocumb
VP, Electronic Warfare Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
Gp Capt P.J. Wallace
Assistant Head Targeting, Military Strategic Effects, UK MOD
Dr. Jim Wickes
Senior Principal, Survivability, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl)

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - December 2015

The View from Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
2015 AOC Award Winners
SIGINT on the Border
Jamming Down Under
Commercial Airliners: Still Vulnerable to MANPADS
New Products
Threat Monitor
EW 101
Report from the 2015 AOC Pacific Conference
Report from the 2015 AOC CEMA Conference
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - December 2015 - cover1
JED - December 2015 - cover2
JED - December 2015 - igc
JED - December 2015 - OGC
JED - December 2015 - 3
JED - December 2015 - 4
JED - December 2015 - 5
JED - December 2015 - The View from Here
JED - December 2015 - 7
JED - December 2015 - Conferences Calendar
JED - December 2015 - 9
JED - December 2015 - Courses Calendar
JED - December 2015 - 11
JED - December 2015 - From the President
JED - December 2015 - 13
JED - December 2015 - Letters
JED - December 2015 - The Monitor
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JED - December 2015 - Washington Report
JED - December 2015 - 31
JED - December 2015 - World Report
JED - December 2015 - 33
JED - December 2015 - 2015 AOC Award Winners
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JED - December 2015 - SIGINT on the Border
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JED - December 2015 - Jamming Down Under
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JED - December 2015 - Commercial Airliners: Still Vulnerable to MANPADS
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JED - December 2015 - New Products
JED - December 2015 - 77
JED - December 2015 - Threat Monitor
JED - December 2015 - 79
JED - December 2015 - 80
JED - December 2015 - 81
JED - December 2015 - EW 101
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JED - December 2015 - 84
JED - December 2015 - 85
JED - December 2015 - Report from the 2015 AOC Pacific Conference
JED - December 2015 - 87
JED - December 2015 - 88
JED - December 2015 - 89
JED - December 2015 - Report from the 2015 AOC CEMA Conference
JED - December 2015 - 91
JED - December 2015 - 92
JED - December 2015 - AOC News
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JED - December 2015 - 96
JED - December 2015 - Index of Advertisers
JED - December 2015 - JED Quick Look
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