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The Miniature Air-Launched Decoy-Jammer (MALD-J) is capable of flying into defended air space
and disrupting an IADS from close range. (US Air Force)

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SIGNAL SOURCES
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switching and low phase noise from
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As Niedzwiecki emphasizes, however,
it's not just a potential threat's signal
parameters and characteristics that
will be involved in the decision-making
process, but rather its behavior in general. "For example, a weather radar or
commercial air-traffic-control radar will
have certain behavioral characteristics
in addition to signal characteristics,
such as scanning the entire air space.
These behavioral characteristics will be
different for a tracking radar that is targeting a particular aircraft and the signal it emits when it's doing that. These
algorithms use that knowledge to help
determine which signals get priority
and what the best set of techniques are
to use against them."
Niedzwiecki points out that the EW
community is leveraging a lot of the
advances in machine learning and in
deep learning that the commercial industry has focused on in the big-data
domain. "We're applying those kinds of
things to the EW domain, combining
machine learning, advanced signal processing as well as our understanding of
physics to solve the problem." In fact,
Moore's law (rate at which processing
capabilities advance) definitely comes
into play. "What is nice now is that a
lot of these algorithms we're defining
can run on very low SWaP processors, so
when you think of the machine learning that some of the commercial applications implement, those algorithms
live on racks of computers that sit in
big network server rooms, but, we're
talking about applying those kinds of
algorithms to run on embedded systems
on a tactical platform. There's a lot of
development work being done on optimizing those algorithms to reduce SWaP
with minimal effect on performance, as
well as on improving the processors, for
example through the use of graphical
processing units (GPUs) that allow you
to do massively parallel computations,
and adopting those kinds of processing
architectures for EW applications." (For
more on cognitive EW, see related story
on page 56 of this issue.)

NETWORKED OPERATIONS
ARE CRUCIAL
The ultimate solution, however,
doesn't end at the individual platform

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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
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JED - December 2016 - cover2
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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
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JED - December 2016 - From the President
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JED - December 2016 - The Monitor
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JED - December 2016 - Washington Report
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JED - December 2016 - World Report
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JED - December 2016 - Interview: Col Jeffrey N. Aldridge, USAF
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JED - December 2016 - Interview: US Rep. Joe Pitts
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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
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JED - December 2016 - The Heat is On
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JED - December 2016 - 2016 AOC Award Winners
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JED - December 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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