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The purpose of the effort was to provide
fense for Acquisition (OUSD AT&L). Mr.
concrete recommendations to advance
Grieco's immediate boss was Mr. Frank
US ability to control the EMS. The reKendall, Director of Tactical Warfare
port discussed the need to "master all
Programs (who would reemerge as a key
aspects of electronic warfare," and recleader 15 years later with the Third Offognized that the EMS was a "complex"
set Strategy initiative). The EW office
operating environment." Any effort to
was relatively effective in its mission
consider the EMS a mere "utility" rather
to coordinate EW capabilities, but it was
than a contested maneuver space was
limited in authority and resources. Undestined to fail. It marked the first time
fortunately, by 2002, the Deputy for EW
that the EWWG began itself to consider
office disappeared in an OSD reorganizathe EMS a warfighting domain.
tion. This caught the attention of the
With this in mind, two years later,
EWWG and marked the beginning of a
Rep. Larsen led the way to add lanyears-long effort to advocate for restorguage to the FY 2010 NDAA that called
ing EW leadership in OSD.
for an annual report to Congress on an
By 2002, the EWWG was growing
EW strategy that would show how DOD
stronger; we added two new and very
was investing in EW, aligning EW with
important co-chairs. The first was Rep.
the National Defense Strategy, and asMark Kirk (IL). He was an intelligence
sess cost, performance and readiness
officer in the Navy Reserves and served
of major EW programs. He followed this
in OAF as part of a Prowler Squadron,
up with other key recommendations,
VAQ-209. He would later help lead the
including language in the
EWWG from the Senate. He
2015 NDAA that called for
was the first EWWG member
an EW Roadmap to "prioriafter Rep. Pitts with operatize and coordinate... intional EW experience. The
vestments to maintain [EW]
second co-chair was Rep.
superiority."
Rick Larsen, elected in 2000
Finally, in 2016, the
to represent the 2nd district
EWWG
introduced
S.
of Washington, which in2486/H.R. 4851, the EW Cacludes NAS Whidbey Island,
pabilities Enhancement Act,
then the home of the Navy
which focused once-again
Prowler fleet and now, the Rep. Rick Larsen
on calling for an EW stratEA-18G Growler fleet. The
egy and recommendations to expedite
EWWG has now been around for 18 years
development and fielding of advanced
- it would not exist today without the
EW technologies. This effort was led by
consistent leadership of Rep. Larsen.
Rep. Rick Larsen and then-Senator Mark
There were other developments back
Kirk. The legislation was incorporated
then that influenced the work and focus
into both the House and Senate versions
of the EWWG. One such was the emerof the FY 2017 NDAA; however, many
gence of the Information Operations
provisions were removed during Con(IO) and, later on, Cyberspace Operaference Committee due in large part to
tions. The rapid evolution of computer
the anticipated release of the DOD EW
networks and the Internet, as well as
strategy, which was ultimately signed
digital wireless communications techby outgoing Secretary of Defense Ash
nologies, opened the door for EW to play
Carter in January of this year.
an important role in supporting IO and
These accomplishments show that
delivering cyber-related effects in the
for years the EWWG had been a leader
battle space. With the DOD's new focus
in Congress advocating (sometimes quion IO and Cyber operations, the EWWG
etly) for the establishment of systemrecognized that the need for EW governance was beginning to come into focus.
atic governance of the EMS. When the
As this conversation evolved, in 2007,
former Deputy Secretary of Defense
the EWWG embarked on a year-long
announced the "Third Offset Strategy"
briefing series and study, in cooperainitiative and the creation of the EW Extion with the AOC, entitled "Electronic
ecutive Committee, it was well-received
Warfare: The Changing Face of Combat."
by the EWWG because it validated years

of advocacy to strengthen leadership,
provide a comprehensive EW strategy
and roadmap, and, most importantly, elevate the discussion of the EMS as warfighting domain.

ON THE HORIZON
Now entering its 19th year, the
EWWG is laying the groundwork to further advance EMS governance and the
evolution toward EMSO and better harmonize congressional perspectives with
OSD leadership. The progress stemming
from the Third Offset Strategy cannot
be understated, nor should it be taken
for granted. The conversation that the
EWWG started in Congress years ago
continues and there are still many challenges to address.
The EWWG leadership today is stronger than it has been in years, as Rep.
Larsen is now joined by fellow Representatives James Langevin (RI), Austin Scott (GA), and Don Bacon (NE). It's
an extremely diverse and experienced
team. Rep. Larsen is now in his 15th
year as EWWG co-chair; Rep. Langevin
is the Ranking Member on the HASC
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and
Capabilities, and is a recognized leader
on national security, cybersecurity and
directed energy. Rep. Scott, like Rep.
Larsen, represents an important "Center
of Gravity" for EW in Robins AFB. He is
active in pushing reforms to improve
sustainment and modernization of legacy EW. Finally, Rep. Bacon, brings operational experience back to the EWWG,
as he specialized in EW throughout his
30 year career the Air Force, retiring as
a Brigadier General.
The role the EWWG has to play continues to evolve, but it's anchored in
its origin: Congress, the DOD, and the
military services need to learn from lessons of the past. It's exciting to see the
progress - both directly and indirectly a
result of EWWG efforts. a



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - December 2017

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
An Approach to UAV-Based ELINT
Combined EW and Cyber Event Illuminates Important Issues and Disconnects
Technology Survey: RF Tuners and Tuner Modules for SIGINT Applications
AOC EW Singapore 2018 Preview
Report from the 2017 AOC CEMA Conference
New Products
Recounting the History of the EW Working Group
EW 101
AOC 2017 Annual Award Winners
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - December 2017 - intro
JED - December 2017 - cover1
JED - December 2017 - cover2
JED - December 2017 - 3
JED - December 2017 - 4
JED - December 2017 - 5
JED - December 2017 - The View From Here
JED - December 2017 - 7
JED - December 2017 - Conferences Calendar
JED - December 2017 - 9
JED - December 2017 - Courses Calendar
JED - December 2017 - 11
JED - December 2017 - From the President
JED - December 2017 - 13
JED - December 2017 - 14
JED - December 2017 - insert1
JED - December 2017 - insert2
JED - December 2017 - The Monitor
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JED - December 2017 - Washington Report
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JED - December 2017 - World Report
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JED - December 2017 - An Approach to UAV-Based ELINT
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JED - December 2017 - Combined EW and Cyber Event Illuminates Important Issues and Disconnects
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JED - December 2017 - Technology Survey: RF Tuners and Tuner Modules for SIGINT Applications
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JED - December 2017 - AOC EW Singapore 2018 Preview
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JED - December 2017 - Report from the 2017 AOC CEMA Conference
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JED - December 2017 - New Products
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JED - December 2017 - Recounting the History of the EW Working Group
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JED - December 2017 - EW 101
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JED - December 2017 - AOC 2017 Annual Award Winners
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JED - December 2017 - Index of Advertisers
JED - December 2017 - JED Quick Look
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