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the view f ro m h e re KILLING THEM FEBRUARY 2010 • Vol. 33, No. 2 SOFTLY EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editor: Glenn Goodman Assistant Editor: Jon Pasierb Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD UThe Journal of Electronic Defense | February 2010 nless you only read JED for the sports section, you have no doubt followed the excellent work that the Joint Electronic Warfare Center (JEWC) has performed over the past few years. Re-established by US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) in 2006 after an eight-year absence, the JEWC has improved EW on several fronts, providing outstanding operational support to US and allied forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and informing senior decision makers in the Pentagon about the shortfalls and solutions needed to build a better corporate strategy for EW. As of last month, however, the JEWC has ceased to exist. Its parent organization, the Joint Information Operations Warfighting Center (JIOWC), re-designated the JEWC as the EW Division of the JIOWC. On the surface, this is a mere name change. The JIOWC EW Division is still staffed and funded as it was when it was the JEWC – for the moment. But this “name change” has serious implications for the EW support that STRATCOM provides. It diminishes the limited autonomy the JEWC had over its billets and funding. The change also limits the EW Division’s direct liaison authority, which is its ability to directly support forces in the field. The long-term implications of the JEWC “name change” are more problematic. I have little doubt that the JIOWC, left unchecked, will suffocate its EW Division over the next couple of budget cycles, until the division becomes almost irrelevant to the warfighters it must support and the DOD leaders it informs. Unless senior leaders intervene and fence off the EW Division’s funding and billets (something that was much easier to do in the days of the JEWC), I expect the JIOWC will whittle the EW Division into a much smaller organization that only supports IO planning, as opposed to meeting the diverse and extensive EW needs of the Joint Force. You might say my criticism is premature, if not unfair. After all, it is only a “name change,” right? No, this “name change” reflects a lack of thinking (or awareness) on the part of STRATCOM, and it puts an indispensable EW organization in jeopardy. With considerable stakes (and many lives) at risk, why should anyone in the EW community, in STRATCOM or in the field wait around to “see what happens?” Instead of watching the EW Division atrophy, I hope that STRATCOM or the Joint Staff perceives this as an opportunity to properly establish and resource a new Joint EW Center, or dare I say, a Joint EW Command led by a flagrank officer. Unless the senior DOD leadership forces itself to take a hard and honest look at the critical role of EW in modern warfare, it will only see EW as a mere adjunct of IO or cyber or some other planning function or mission area. In the meantime, EW will continue to be (dis)organized and (mis)managed according to the interests of whichever entities want to co-opt it. That de facto policy is not merely a string of missed opportunities. It is a collective strategic failure. – John Knowles Mr. Tom Arsenault President, Electronic Solutions, BAE Systems Mr. Roy Azevedo Vice President, Advanced Concepts and Technology, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Mr. Chris Bernhardt President, ITT Electronic Systems Maj Gen Bruno Berthet Deputy Director for International Development, DGA, French MOD COL Laurie Buckhout Chief, EW Division, Army Asymmetric Warfare Office, USA Mr. Pierre-Yves Chaltiel Senior Vice President, Solutions for the Government Sector, Thales Aerospace Lt Col Dean Ebert Warfighter Integration, Aviation Weapons Requirements Branch, HQ USMC Col Tim Freeman Commander, 330th Aircraft Sustainment Wing, AFMC, USAF Mr. Gabriele Gambarara General Manager, Elettronica S.p.A. Mr. Tony Grieco Former Deputy for Electronic Warfare, OSD Mr. Itzchak Gat CEO, Elisra CAPT John Green Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Ron Hahn Deputy Director, Joint EW Center, US Strategic Command Mr. Micael Johansson President, Saab Avitronics Mr. Anthony Lisuzzo Director, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, CERDEC, USA WO2 Gavin O’Connell Operations Warrant Officer, Y Squadron, UK Landing Force Command Support Group, Royal Marines CAPT Paul Overstreet Commander, ATAPS Program Office (PMA-272), NAVAIR, USN Rep. Joe Pitts (Honorary Member) US Congress, Founding Member, EW Working Group Mr. Kerry Rowe President and COO, Argon ST Wg Cdr P.J. Wallace Commander, RAF Spadeadam Mr. Richard Wittstruck Chief Engineer, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, USA Mr. Walter Wolf Chairman, JED Committee, AOC PRODUCTION STAFF Layout & Design: Barry Senyk Advertising Art: Lesley Helash Contact the Editor: (978) 509-1450, Contact the Sales Manager: (800) 369-6220, ext. 3407, or (352) 333-3407 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 ©2010 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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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - February 2010

JED - February 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
New Solutions in Shipboard SIGINT
Technology Profile: What’s New in Antennas?
EW 101
AOC Industry and Institute/University Member Guide
AOC News
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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