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letters f ro m o u r re ade r s JED welcomes letters to the editor. Please send to Letters should include a phone number and contact e-mail. Letters may be edited for length, accuracy, clarity and to conform to JED style. CHINESE POLICY TIED TO EW ACQUISITIONS I read your article “All Eyes on China?” (“EW in the Asia-Pacific Region,” January 2010) and have some comments. Nicely done. I believe that the best indication of China’s future foreign policy, especially as the foreign policy is reflected in Chinese military developments, is the direction of Chinese EW acquisitions. Said another way, as goes Chinese foreign policy, so goes Chinese EW development. The key statement in your article reflecting my view was, “China is expected to become a major military equipment supplier to many of its allies in the region.” Right on point. China is building a military co-equal to its massive but unequal economic development, and not necessarily for the purpose of projecting military power. My view contrasts with prevailing opinions from our US military leadership. China will protect its global interests, but not at the expense of interrupting the markets that buy Chinese products. EW systems do not exist for themselves, rather they serve a mission purpose tied to policy. If the Chinese acquire and equip aircraft EW systems in militarily significant numbers for the purpose of manned penetration of adversary airspace, that would be a powerful signal to the US and our allies. There is a difference in aircraft EW systems used in the air defense of national airspace and aircraft EW systems used in manned penetration of an adversary-integrated air defense system. Subtle, but different. A particularly alarming signal would be if China moved toward an Air Mobility Command structure with modern aerial refuelers and manned penetration supporting EW capabilities. So far that has not happened in militarily significant numbers. So what does all of this mean? • China acquires military aircraft EW systems for the purpose of protecting its national airspace and for enabling its military to guarantee China’s access to global markets. Not for military power projection in the American sense of power projection. Example, Chinese naval aircraft will not appear over Kingston, Jamaica. However, China’s Navy will ensure its export relationship with Jamaica flourishes. • Chinese leadership does not envision a Chinese version of an Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). • China’s foreign policy is competitive, not aggressive. Aggressive seeks military domination, competitive seeks economic access. The Chinese are competitive at the moment and are likely to remain so indefinitely. • The best and most visible indicator of Chinese intentions will be the functionality of EW systems it acquires for Chinese naval aircraft and the types of radars China equips its Navy ships with. Analyzing Chinese aircraft EW functionality will be one of the most important things our intelligence community does in the near term. Example, Chinese development of an E-2C Hawkeye capability mated to an aircraft carrier with refuelable strike fighters would be a powerful indicator of a move toward an aggressive foreign policy. Acquisition of an Aegis radar system for certain Chinese naval vessels indicates a move toward a competitive foreign policy. It is not that China is flirting with an aircraft carrier that matters; it is the mission capability of the assets aboard the aircraft carrier that are the best indicators of the direction of China. Thanks again for your article and your scholarship. Tom Brannon, Electronic Warfare Associates The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2010 KEEPING UP WITH THE SPECTRUM Stellar heads-up editorial message, “Where Has All the Spectrum Gone” (Message From the President, January 2010); have contacted my Representative Walter B. Jones, 3rd District eastern NC and provided him with a snapshot of your four major points and my strongest request to stop HR 3125. Hopefully, I’ll get a response and be able to provide him and his staff with more detailed information from your editorial. As the Operations Director for the Mid-Atlantic Electronic Warfare Range (MAEWR) at MCAS Cherry Point, NC, and being co-located with the Navy Ranges Spectrum Manager, we know full well the impact of everything in your editorial and deal with it on a daily basis. Furthermore, we constantly request frequencies to support events and missions up and down the entire east coast that support the 2D Marine Aircraft Wing and the major naval exercises directed by Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic. Cannot thank you enough for informing us in the trenches about legislation that directly undermines our national defense. The Journal is our go-to pub for big picture SA. So, THANK YOU and keep it coming!! Mike Dolan

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

JED - March 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Modernizing EW Ranges
Shooting Down the Good Guys
USAF EW Sustainment
Technology Survey: TWTs and MPMs
EW 101
AOC News
Industry/Institute/University Members
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - March 2010