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The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2016

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US Re p. Joe Pit ts

the EWWG and have always been there
for guidance and knowledge. The JED
too has been a valuable resource. So,
thank you. When you look at the
conversation today about the electromagnetic spectrum domain and the
Third Offset Strategy, I like to think
we played a positive role in this over
the years. But there is still so much
left for the EWWG to do and, in some
ways, they have more to do today
than we did (or thought we had to do)
back in 1999. The pace and availability of technology for everyone - state
and non-state actors alike - is amazing and alarming. The EMS domain is
a strategic maneuver space that our
armed forces must access and control
from Day 1 in every military contest.
It is not a US-only challenge, but
a global one - just like every other
physical warfighting Domain.
The EW profession too has changed
more in the last 10 years than it
did in the previous 30 years. In my
day, flying combat missions over
Vietnam, the EW technicians in the
maintenance shed would tinker with
our EW systems in the field, working
on solving problems and sometimes
making small modifications and
tweaking the system's performance
in ways that could end up saving me
and my fellow crew members from
SA-2s and other SAM threats. Today,
EW systems are far more complex and

require more advanced skills. In my
day, EWOs like me were operating the
EW system. Today's EWO is becoming
an EW battle manager who needs a
different set of skills and tools.
So, while the EWWG has exceeded
my expectations, I believe what is
more important is how EW and EMS
operations have exceeded our expectations. The EWWG mission is now
expanding, and I hope that it continues to be a valuable partner in the
conversation. I have great appreciation for Representatives Rick Larsen
and Jackie Walorski, Representative,
and now Senator-elect, Todd Young
and Senator Mark Kirk for keeping
the EWWG moving forward as I had
to reduce my role over the last several years.

JED: What are some of the long-

term goals you hope to see the EWWG
accomplish in the coming years?

CP:

As I'm retiring from Congress
in the coming weeks, I don't want
to overshadow the hard work of the
current EWWG co-chairs and the
long-term goals that they are developing. But, I do hope that the EWWG
continues to grow, and I think it will.
One challenge we've had since Day 1
- and its a challenge I know will continue - is equipping Members of Congress and their staff with knowledge

and resources they need to do their
jobs. On one hand, you have tremendous rate of turnover - of Congress
and staff - and on the other hand
you have tremendous rate of change
in technology and capability. Trying
to keep decision-makers throughout
the community up to speed on the
latest knowledge and policy developments is a difficult task. Advocacy
for EW and EMS operations must be
comprehensive, reliable and enduring. The EWWG cannot do it alone.
They rely on the cooperation of the
community at-large, especially organizations like the AOC, to provide
guidance, knowledge, outreach, etc.
As we welcome the 115th Congress
in January, we need to attract new
members and future leaders of the
EWWG. I hope that Representative and
Senator-elect Todd Young will be an important ally in the Senate, and I know
there are several incoming Freshmen
that have relevant backgrounds that
could serve the EWWG well.
So, I think the need for the EWWG
today is, in many ways, greater than
it was in 1999. I hope and expect that
they will be able to keep the conversation moving forward. I'm glad I
had the chance to start and lead the
EWWG for so many years. It was a
great experience and I look forward
to seeing it succeed in the coming
years. Thank you. a

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JED - December 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - December 2016

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
JED - December 2016 - cover1
JED - December 2016 - cover2
JED - December 2016 - 3
JED - December 2016 - 4
JED - December 2016 - 5
JED - December 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - December 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - December 2016 - Courses Calendar
JED - December 2016 - 11
JED - December 2016 - From the President
JED - December 2016 - 13
JED - December 2016 - 14
JED - December 2016 - The Monitor
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JED - December 2016 - Washington Report
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JED - December 2016 - World Report
JED - December 2016 - 29
JED - December 2016 - Interview: Col Jeffrey N. Aldridge, USAF
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JED - December 2016 - 33
JED - December 2016 - Interview: US Rep. Joe Pitts
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JED - December 2016 - The Future of Airborne Electronic Attack
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JED - December 2016 - Regaining the Advantage – Cognitive Electronic Warfare
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JED - December 2016 - Technology Survey: Flightline and Portable EW Simulators
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JED - December 2016 - AOC EW Singapore Preview
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JED - December 2016 - New Products
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JED - December 2016 - Report from the 2016 EW GCC Conference
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JED - December 2016 - Crows in the Community
JED - December 2016 - 79
JED - December 2016 - The Heat is On
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JED - December 2016 - EW 101
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JED - December 2016 - 89
JED - December 2016 - Report from the 2016 AOC CEMA Conference
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JED - December 2016 - 2016 AOC Award Winners
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JED - December 2016 - AOC News
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JED - December 2016 - Index of Advertisers
JED - December 2016 - JED Quick Look
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