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SEWIP Tackles Evolving Anti-Ship Missile Threats By John Haystead It’s not at all hyperbole to say that, you have to go back to World War II to find a time when the US Navy’s surface fleet was as crucial to ensuring the security and interests of the free world as it is today. It’s also true that it has never faced a more challenging anti-ship missile (ASM) threat than today. The increasing quantity, expanding variety and evolving sophistication of these threats has been a chief concern for the Navy since anti-ship missiles first started to appear in significant numbers in the 1960s. With today’s focus on littoral and blue-water operations, shipboard EW has expanded beyond missile countermeasures, and the Navy’s ability to control and dominate the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) via electronic warfare (EW) has become an essential element of naval warfare. As seen by CAPT Douglas Small, Major Program Manager for Above Water Sensors, (PEO IWS 2.0), the main driver, by far, for surface EW requirements is the threat. “The threats don’t stand still and we don’t stand still. In crafting requirements for surface EW, we have to look at all threats in all regions, whether littoral or blue ocean waters, and across the EMS. It’s part of the EW challenge that you have to look everywhere all the time.” As JED reported in October 2012 (see “Pacing the Anti-Ship Missile Threat,” p. 24), anti-ship missiles pose an increasing danger to surface ships. To ensure that its surface ships can continue to operate in the dense threat 24 The Journal of Electronic Defense | January 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - January 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Program Profi le: SEWIP
Technology Survey
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
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JED - January 2013