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message f ro m the p re s i d e nt Association of Old Crows 1000 North Payne Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314-1652 Phone: (703) 549-1600 Fax: (703) 549-2589 PRESIDENT Walter Wolf VICE PRESIDENT Laurie Buckhout SECRETARY Jesse “Judge” Bourque TREASURER David Hime AT LARGE DIRECTORS Michael “Mick” Riley William “Buck” Clemons Steven Umbaugh Cliff Moody Linda Palmer Paul Westcott Robert Elder David Hime Tony Lisuzzo REGIONAL DIRECTORS Southern: Wes Heidenreich Central: Judith Westerheide Northeastern: Nino Amoroso Mountain-Western: Jesse “Judge” Bourque Mid-Atlantic: Bill Tanner Pacific: Joe “JJ” Johnson International I: Robert Andrews International II: Gerry Whitford APPOINTED DIRECTORS Robert Giesler Jim Lovelace Donato D’Angelantonio Thomas Metz IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Chris Glaze AOC STAFF Don Richetti Executive Director Norman Balchunas Director, Operations Mike Dolim Director of Education Carole H. Vann Director of Administration Shelley Frost Director of Convention and Meeting Services Kent Barker Conferences Director/FSO Glorianne O’Neilin Director of Membership Operations Joel Harding Director, IO Institute Stew Taylor Marketing and Exhibits Manager Jackie Kelly Lee Conference Manager Tanya Miller Member and Chapter Support Manager Jennifer Bahler Registrar Keith Jordan IT Manager Tasha Miller Membership Assistant WHY FUNDAMENTAL DEFINITIONS MATTER I 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2011 n this issue of JED, Wg Cdr John Clifford’s article, “Things Electronic Warriors Should Know about Physics, Language and Concepts,” highlights the importance of understanding the fundamental physics that define Electromagnetism (EM), one of the four fundamental forces of nature. EM phenomena are described by quantum electrodynamics and are responsible for nearly everything encountered in daily life except for gravity (also one of the four fundamental forces). So, EM really is a “big deal.” Without EM, the only interactions between anything and everything would be generated by gravity, and the universe would be a cold dark place incapable of supporting any life. What does this have to do with electronic warfare (EW), and why is being scientifically accurate so important to us? EM phenomena are much more complex than the simple definition of “spectrum” – EM is more than a range of frequencies. Also, the notion of “EM Spectrum” is too shallow to define the backdrop upon which to understand an increasingly congested and contested global commons. John’s article does an excellent job of showing us that developing definitions based on sound scientific principles does matter. In discussing terminology, John is spot on that it is not the “EMS Domain” but rather the “EM Domain.” EW (which operates solely in the EM Domain) is more than just the spectrum, and until that is accepted, any global commons doctrine will be fundamentally incomplete. Another example: EM forces are manifestations involving the exchange of photons (Bosons) and not the exchange of electrons (Fermions) in the EM Domain (ask any physicists to explain the Pauli exclusion principle). There is a very big difference between the two, and this has been misunderstood by some. Okay, so why is it so important to know that photons are not electrons and that the EM force is not carried by electrons? EW is certainly performed by electronic devices (as is radar, comms, GPS, etc.), but the energy that EW systems sense and transmit is photonic energy. (The “electronic” in EW pertains to the EW systems and not EM.) Cyber is fundamentally concerned with electrons and electronics rather than photonic energy or free space radiation. John’s article astutely corrects the erroneous notion that EW and Cyber are closely related. At the most fundamental and scientific level, they are not related – they do not “converge.” I encourage you to dive into John’s article; he is “on target” when he says that it is time to pay more attention to the science behind EW and prevent the use of “flawed science” as part of any attempt to fit EW into other disciplines. John ends his article by stating, “We need a plan.” Well, our AOC community is the “we” that needs to help develop “the plan.” Step one of this plan has to be recognition that our definitions and discussions must be aligned with science. Our course must be logical and our vision shared. – Walter Wolf

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2011

JED - March 2011
The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Airborne Maritime Patrol
What Electronic Warriors Should Know About Physics, Language and Concepts
Technology Survey: RWR/ESM Systems
EW 101
AOC News
AOC Membership Page
AOC Industry/Institute/University Member Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - March 2011