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Col Jeffrey Aldridge, USAF

JED: How important is implement-

ing Electromagnetic Battle Management capabilities, and what is
STRATCOM's and the JEWC's role in
defining requirements and shaping
development of a future EMBM system for the DOD?

CA:
nents are also moving in the same
direction and understand the importance of EMS Control.

JED: How important is organization/structure to EMSO?

CA:

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It is very important, but unfortunately DOD is not currently organized to effectively support and
implement EMSO. This problem is well
documented and is being addressed
in the latest DOD EW Strategy and
associated implementation plan. To
effectively implement EMSO, we require a top-down governance structure at the DOD-level, along with
alignment of EMSO-related centers
under a single EMSO agency or command to provide unity of effort.

JED: Based on your experience in

EW, what is your view on the EMS
Domain discussion currently under
way? Is the EMS a warfighting domain or are we approaching this the
wrong way?

CA: I support the initiative and be-

lieve it will help drive the paradigm
shift within DOD to view the EMS as a
maneuver space. However, formally declaring the EMS as a domain alone will
not change how we organize, train and
equip our joint force. Additional due
diligence is required to examine the
advantages and disadvantages along
with implications across the eight possible non-materiel elements involved
in solving warfighting capability gaps
- doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel, facilities
and policy (DOTMLPF-P) - when treating the EMS as a domain.

Implementing electromagnetic
battle management (EMBM) capabilities are crucial to our joint force to
provide automated EMBM tools and
applications. Without an EMBM system, we cannot effectively execute
EMS Operations. EMBM will also enable future networked EW along with
dynamic spectrum management and
EW reprogramming.
As far as the JEWC's role, we are
driving EMBM operational requirements through our EMSO Cell development efforts and recently submitted
an EMBM Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) proposal to
help accelerate EMBM development.
The JEWC is also supporting two
STRATCOM-led efforts which include
an EMBM capabilities-based assessment along with architecture development which is the foundation of
an EMBM system. Providing a unifying joint architecture to integrate
Service programs is essential.

JED:

What do you consider the
game changing or cost-imposing
technologies on the horizon for EW?

CA:

I believe the primary game
changers include networked systems
for cooperative, distributed and coordinated EW along with cognitive
and adaptive capabilities. Networked
systems will enhance cross-domain
synergy and information-sharing
between sensors and platforms.
Cognitive and adaptive EW capabilities are critical to counter agile and
adaptive threats that are defined
by their software. Expanding our
software-defined systems will also
enable multi-functional capabilities
to sense, communicate and deliver
electronic attack (EA) or cyber effects from a single aperture on traditional and non-traditional EW plat-

forms. One thing we should not lose
sight of is with new capabilities come
new vulnerabilities for our weapon
systems. Adequate investment in
'system-of-systems' test and evaluation capabilities for example are vital to mitigate potential effects from
advanced EA and cyber capabilities
delivered via the EMS.
Directed energy capabilities, which
are often overlooked as electronic attack, are also important game changing, cost-imposing capabilities. Highpower lasers and microwaves, for
example, will help close capacity and
capability gaps to counter asymmetric threats employed to overwhelm or
saturate friendly forces and defenses.

JED: The DOD is working on an EMS

strategy that seems to be concentrating on two areas - one is regulatory
and the other is more operationally
focused. The two areas seem to represent different challenges, but can/
should they be linked more closely in
terms of a unified DOD EMS strategy?

CA: The current published EMS strat-

egy was developed by the DOD Chief
Information Officer (CIO) to present
a framework for how the department
should rapidly adapt to the changing
spectrum environment, and to assess
and respond to spectrum regulatory
changes. It focuses primarily on the
spectrum management side of EMSO,
with limited applicability to the operational side.
The EW EXCOM is leading development of a DOD EW strategy that will
also include an implementation plan
and capabilities roadmap. It will offer
the ends, ways and means to achieve
agile, adaptive and integrated EW to
achieve EMS superiority. The DOD EW
strategy captures the operational
side of EMSO and is designed to complement the current EMS strategy.
Both strategies are designed to
work in unison. I believe it's likely
that the next version of these strategies will be a single combined EMS
strategy that not only includes EW and
EMS management, but will include key
aspects of space and cyberspace. a



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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Interview: Col Jeffrey N. Aldridge, USAF
Interview: US Rep. Joe Pitts
The Future of Airborne Electronic Attack
Regaining the Advantage – Cognitive Electronic Warfare
Technology Survey: Flightline and Portable EW Simulators
AOC EW Singapore Preview
New Products
Report from the 2016 EW GCC Conference
Crows in the Community
The Heat is On
EW 101
Report from the 2016 AOC CEMA Conference
2016 AOC Award Winners
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - December 2016 - The Heat is On
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