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message f ro m the p re s i d e nt WHERE HAS ALL THE SPECTRUM GONE? LThe Journal of Electronic Defense | January 2010 ast month your Association engaged with the US Congress over continued efforts to reallocate and sell portions of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) for commercial use. Our actions were in response to HR 3125, the Radio Spectrum Inventory, a bill which we believe will significantly and disproportionately affect the joint warfighters who rely on the EMS to train and fight in demanding environments such as Iraq and Afghanistan. It is becoming increasingly obvious that the EMS is a warfighting domain fundamental to the range of military operations (ROMO). Its availability is essential to existing and emerging technologies in electronic warfare (EW), network-centric capabilities, communications systems, satellite resources and multi-spectral sensors. Current HR 3125 language threatens to undermine the growing military requirement to conduct operations within and across the EMS and raises four primary concerns that our association has regarding the bill: 1. Spectrum Utilization. The Department of Defense (DOD) utilizes the spectrum much differently than the commercial wireless industry. “Utilization” is a snapshot of spectrum activity; however, the bill does not clearly account for passive usage – when receivers and sensors are listening to the EM environment, but not necessarily transmitting signals. Passive spectrum usage is critical to our military’s electronic intelligence (ELINT) and other signals intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities. 2. Annual Inventory/Reallocation. The annual inventory and reallocation process would hurt both DOD and defense industry’s capacity to invest and develop advanced spectrum-utilizing technologies necessary for combat in the 21st century. Defense planning and program management often has a long-term outlook to ensure proper coordination and deconfliction. An annual process creates uncertainty that would dissuade investment in long-range research and development and increase acquisition costs for our nation’s military. “Underutilized” today does not mean unnecessary tomorrow. DOD is experiencing the rapid growth of military spectrum requirements, which is leading to advances in spectrum-utilization technologies and spectrum management. 3. National Security. While the legislation seeks to protect against harming national security, the inventory requires the release of data on spectrum utilization that would harm warfighters. We believe the legislation must provide DOD with greater authority to withhold data from inclusion in the inventory. Furthermore, within the framework of national security, the US military focuses primarily on mission effectiveness. Spectrum encroachment today is detrimental to the military’s ability to train and conduct operations. Our warfighters must be able to “train like they fight” in complex, congested and contested spectrum environments. continued on page 22 Association of Old Crows 1000 North Payne Street, Suite 300 Alexandria, VA 22314-1652 Phone: (703) 549-1600 Fax: (703) 549-2589 PRESIDENT Chris Glaze VICE PRESIDENT Walter Wolf SECRETARY Joe “JJ” Johnson TREASURER Kenneth Parks AT LARGE DIRECTORS Richard Morgan David Hime Kenneth Parks Michael “Mick” Riley William “Buck” Clemons Steven Umbaugh Cliff Moody Linda Palmer Paul Westcott REGIONAL DIRECTORS Southern: Wes Heidenreich Central: Judith Westerheide Northeastern: Nino Amoroso Mountain-Western: Lt Col Jesse “Judge” Bourque, Joint EW Center Mid-Atlantic: Bill Tanner International I: Col René Kaenzig, Swiss Air Force International II: Gerry Whitford Pacific: Joe “JJ” Johnson APPOINTED DIRECTORS Vince Battaglia Doug Swoish Robert Giesler IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Kermit Quick AOC STAFF Don Richetti Executive Director Norman Balchunas Director, Operations Carole H. Vann Director, Administration Shelley Frost Director, Meeting Services Ken Miller Director, Government, Industry & Public Relations Kent Barker Director, Conferences Glorianne O’Neilin Director, Membership Operations Joel Harding Director, Information Operations Stew Taylor Marketing Manager Jackie Kelly Conference Manager Tanya Miller Member and Chapter Support Manager Jennifer Bahler Registrar Justin O’Neilin IT Manager Natasha Miller Member Services

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - January 2010

JED - January 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Asia-Pacifi c EW: All Eyes on China?
Maneuver in the EM Domain
Technology Survey: Surface Naval Expendables and Launchers
EW 101
AOC Industry/Institute/University Members
Index of Advertisers
JED Sales Offices

JED - January 2010