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Another dimension of the AEA networking challenge relates to network
capacity and data rate, with an ever
increasing need to pass more and more
information around the network. To
accomplish this effectively requires
highly efficient network-optimization
techniques. Niedzwiecki says this is
indeed another area that is receiving
significant attention, making sure that
network resource management and network coordination algorithms are resilient enough to handle dropped data or

missing information. "This is especially
important where the signal density in
the environment from an EW perspective is high - the ability to manage your
resources and have, for example, one
platform targeting certain signals and
another platform targeting others."

MERGING OF COMMS AND RADAR AEA
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sions of platforms performing AEA. On
the mission side, communications and
radar AEA missions, which are currently
largely served by different, specialized
platforms and systems will be increasingly met with single, multi-purpose
systems. Says CSBA's Clark, "In the past,
we've had to treat them separately because when you're using hardware-based
signal processing and jamming systems
(TWTs, waveguides etc.) you don't have
that adaptability. The hardware drives
the frequency range and the characteristics of the signals that you can
generate."
Given that threat radars and communication systems have generally operated in different frequency ranges,
this has meant that different AEA systems and the platforms carrying them
have also been different. Now, Clark
says, however, with the advent of GaNbased AESA technology, we can expect
to see more multi-function, softwarecontrolled systems able to operate over
much wider bandwidths performing
both missions. "We're already seeing
some of this today where, for example,
some radar-jamming systems have the
ability to go down into the comms frequency ranges and vice versa. We'll see
more of this with NGJ and with SEWIP
Block 3 in the Navy, and it's inevitable
that we'll see common-purpose AEA systems for both comms and radar."
Raytheon's Yuse agrees but adds
that, "AEA capabilities will need to
be incorporated into sophisticated,
scalable, affordable end-to-end EMSO
systems, and the future of intelligent
EMSO is all about networks, high-gain,
EA, cyber, scalable common back ends
and multi-function arrays. A mix may
be effective, but will require networked
operation that comes with the inherent
challenges of distributed management
and communication. Multi-purpose
systems also face challenges, however.
Multi-purpose tools are compromised
to get something effective for multiple
uses, but suboptimal for one use. Systems with primary and secondary functions (or redundancy) may be a good
compromise and contribute to overall
combat resiliency."
BAE's Niedzwiecki says this leads
back to the subject of resource manage-

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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
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
JED - December 2016 - 7
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
JED - December 2016 - 31
JED - December 2016 - 32
JED - December 2016 - 33
JED - December 2016 - Interview: US Rep. Joe Pitts
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JED - December 2016 - 36
JED - December 2016 - 37
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 - 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
JED - December 2016 - 77
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 - 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
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