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the view f ro m h e re THE FUTURE OF LAND EW MARCH 2011 • Vol. 34, No. 3 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, John Clifford, Barry Manz, Luca Peruzzi, Tom Withington Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD D 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2011 ue to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, our concept of EW – especially land EW – has evolved tremendously over the past several years. It is almost impossible to recall how land forces thought (and didn’t think) about EW just a decade ago. Ground commanders, schooled in Cold War concepts of tank battles in open terrain, seemed to have their views of warfare confirmed by the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The role of EW was minor in these operation – military intelligence (MI) units could collect COMINT to provide indications and warning to commanders and employ communications electronic attack when needed. This arrangement seemed to work fine in those operations. And then IEDs appeared, forcing ground commanders to think about applying EW below the level of a brigade or a regiment. IEDs drove new questions about how to protect individual vehicles in convoys and individual soldiers patrolling on foot. This was not a problem that could be handled by the MI units. The EW focus began to shift from its historical association with SIGINT units to a new focus on non-kinetic fires. However, IEDs were merely a starting point for new thinking in land EW. At the small unit level, the EW target set includes much more than IEDs. It includes command and control systems, GPS receivers, voice communications from a variety of military and commercial devices and much more. In order to detect, identify and locate these targets, small units need organic electronic support capabilities that can give them a real-time picture of what they are about to encounter in the next 100 meters of the city street they are patrolling or in the village they are entering. They also need to surgically jam these targets when required (again without waiting for MI electronic attack assets to become available.) The evolution of processing power, shrinking EW technologies and automated functions backed by powerful software will soon put this kind of EW capability into the hands of soldiers operating within small units. In essence, land EW (both EA and ES) is no longer limited to the MI units. Some land forces, such as the Royal Marines, the British Army and the US Marine Corps, seem to recognize this trend and they are aligning their EW and tactical SIGINT units more closely with their operational staffs and fires centers. Very often, especially with EW, the lessons learned during a conflict are too easily forgotten once the shooting stops. I am hopeful, however, that land EW concepts will continue to evolve and mature under the leadership of officers who used EW and depended on it every time they went on patrol or led a convoy. Regardless of what land forces do in EW, one factor is certain to remain constant – the EM threats they face will continue to evolve. – John Knowles Mr. Tom Arseneault 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 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 Mr. Gabriele Gambarara 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 VP, EM Spectrum Strategies, URS Corp. Mr. Micael Johansson Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area, Electronic Defence Systems, Saab Mr. Anthony Lisuzzo Director, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, CERDEC, USA CAPT Paul Overstreet Commander, ATAPS Program Office (PMA-272), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Jeffrey Palombo Senior VP and GM, Land and Self-Protection Systems Division, Electronic Systems, Northrop Grumman Corp. 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 Military Strategic Planning 2, International Policy and Planning, UK MOD 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: Jean-Baptiste Bonnelame 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 ©2011 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. Editorial: The articles and editorials appearing in this magazine do not represent an official AOC position, except for the official notices printed in the “Association News” section or unless specifically identified as an AOC position. PUBLISHED MARCH 2011/JED-M0311/5292

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What Electronic Warriors Should Know About Physics, Language and Concepts
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