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the view f ro m h e re STUDIES AND SCORECARDS JANUARY 2013 • Vol. 36, No. 1 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editor: John Haystead Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Barry Manz, Richard Scott Marketing & Research Coordinator: Heather McMillen Sales Administration: Chelsea Johnston EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Mr. Tom Arseneault Vice President for Product Sector and Chief Technology Officer, BAE Systems Inc. Mr. Gabriele Gambarara Elettronica S.p.A. CAPT John Green Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Micael Johansson Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area, Electronic Defence Systems, Saab Mr. Mark Kula Vice President, Tactical Airborne Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Col Steve Ling Director, Joint Electronic Warfare Center, US Strategic Command LTC James Looney Chief, Electronic Warfare Division, Directorate of Training and Doctrine, Fires Center of Excellence, US Army CAPT Paul Overstreet Joint Strike Fighter Weapons System Program Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, USN Mr. Jeffrey Palombo Senior VP and GM, Land and Self-Protection Systems Division, Electronic Systems, Northrop Grumman Corp. Col Jim Pryor Chief, Electronic Warfare, Operational Capability Requirements Headquarters, USAF Mr. Steve Roberts Vice President, Strategy, Selex Galileo Mr. Rich Sorelle Acting President, Electronic Systems Division, Exelis Wg Cdr P.J. Wallace Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation, UK MOD Dr. Richard Wittstruck Director, System of Systems Engineering, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, USA O 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | January 2013 ne thing I have been noticing lately is a significant uptick in the number of EW studies and reports, especially in the US. Congress has asked for two EW reports in its 2013 defense authorization bill, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense is tasking the Defense Science Board with a summer study that will focus on EW and EMS operations. All of these developments are good for EW. But, I wonder what will ultimately come of these efforts. I have been around long enough to see many other EW studies commissioned. In 1994, there was the Joint Tactical Airborne Electronic Warfare Study (JTAEWS). In 1999, the Air Force’s leadership kicked off the EW Operational Support Study (EWOSS). In 2008, US Strategic Command’s Joint EW Center completed a comprehensive EW Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA). There have been many other EW studies and reports conducted during the past 20 years. All of these have made sound recommendations to build a stronger EW capability. However, it often seems that senior DOD leaders will receive one of these EW studies and decide to follow through on just one or two of the many recommendations before the study is locked in a safe somewhere and forgotten. This is a blunt and perhaps cynical assessment, but I don’t think it’s unfair. How many JED readers have participated in an EW study during their careers only to see most of the study’s recommendations ignored? Maybe there would be better “corporate memory” if all DOD EW studies were kept in a single virtual library where defense leaders could access them and read their executive summaries before commissioning a new study or report. It might provide them with a better sense of the chronic problems facing EW. One idea that could serve as a useful adjunct to all of these studies is to create a running EW scorecard across the DOD. The scorecard could cover EW doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, facilities and policy (DOTMLPF-P). A scorecard could be kept by any (and every) EW-related organization in the DOD, whether it is a lab, an aggressor squadron, a test range, a system program office, an operational EW unit, a schoolhouse, etc. Obviously, not all of the DOTMLPF-P elements in the scorecard will apply to every EW organization. However, most EW organizations regularly deal with multiple DOTMLPF-P aspects and their different perspectives would be valuable. These EW scorecards can be aggregated up through the services and ultimately to OSD. This would provide service and OSD leaders with some sort of self-generated assessment of the broader EW status within the DOD. And, it may give those many past and present EW studies a little more context and staying power before they are retired to a quiet shelf in a forgotten safe somewhere in the corner of somebody’s office. – J. Knowles PRODUCTION STAFF Layout & Design: Barry Senyk Advertising Art: Christina O’Connor Contact the Editor: (978) 509-1450, Contact the Sales Manager: (800) 369-6220 or Subscription Information: Please contact Glorianne O’Neilin at (703) 549-1600 or e-mail The Journal of Electronic Defense is published for the AOC by Naylor, LLC 5950 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607 Phone: (800) 369-6220 • Fax: (352) 331-3525 ©2013 Association of Old Crows/Naylor, LLC. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written authorization of the publisher. 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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
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From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
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Technology Survey
EW 101
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