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book review phasizes what can be within the reach of most players around the world, not just the few super-high-tech specialists. At the heart of this book is a 40-page bibliography and 217 pages of notes. Baram’s research took him to infrequently r used but insightful resources with unusual u or o little-appreciated bits of information. He H also made extensive use of unpublished government reports and sources and puts go large amount of information from diverse a l sources between the covers. The focus on the sou practical instead of the technical/engineering prac makes mak for a fascinating read. Technology at War: The Electronic DiTechn mension, by Abdul Karim Baram, ISBN 978mens 9948-00-964-1, is available at most of the 9948-0 book sellers as well as directly from ECSSR at usual b By Kernan Chaisson TECHNOLOGY IN WARFARE: THE ELECTRONIC DIMENSION Imagine – a title like this and 789 pages; s; but only one formula, four tables, and six x figures. Abdul Karim Baram, writing for the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), has stepped out of the mold we are used to in technical books and created an interesting volume that would be a useful addition to corporate and agency libraries. (Established in Abu Dhabi in 1994, ECSSR hosts a variety of symposia and other educational events.) When it comes to electronics, we “can’t fight without ’t fi ht ith t it – which is why we have the industry in the first place,” Baram writes. But instead of focusing on how things work, where technology becomes its own beast, Baram takes the reader on a trip across the battlefield of yesterday and today with an eye toward the strategic and tactical purpose of electronics. How systems are used is more important than how the engineers made them work. The result is a book on defense electronics that approaches the subject the way the non-engineer thinks about it. This thick, but readable, book makes a good reference for planners and program specialists, as well as the just plain curious. While it does not reveal anything particularly new, readers can find a nice overview between the covers – much of it what tech experts think they know or what non-experts have wondered about. Another valuable characteristic of this book is its global view of the field. This extends to development and design, as well as tactics and strategy. This expansive approach provides a fresh, new look at the electronic dimension, at least for non-US readers. The author uses a somewhat broader definition of EW and exposes the reader to other related technologies and tactics. Baram begins with the Russo-Japanese war and the idea that the early use of radio to organize and coordinate naval actions more than 100 years ago led to techniques of traffic analysis and rudimentary intercept, deception and jamming operations that “could be considered the embryonic beginnings of modern EW.” He ends his journey with the First Gulf War and includes a chapter on “Post-Gulf War Conclusions, Lessons and Developments.” While he does not delve into EW in the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars, he does look into the future with chapters on “The Role of Infrared and Laser” and “Electronic Warfare in Space.” The rationale for the future em- 50 The Journal of Electronic Defense | April 2011 ELECTRONIC WARFARE POCKET GUIDE A long-time Crow and leader in the field of EW engineering and nd education, Dave Adamy has writtten what the publisher rightly y calls “the perfect companion for r any user that needs to access key definitions, concepts and equations for their work in the field, lab, or even in military theater of operations.” This concise guide provides users answers to real-world electronic warfare problems that come up in everyday concept/technique ncept/technique development, system design and testing, as well as mission planning and operations. It makes an excellent, take-along (3.5” X 4.5”) companion to Adamy’s other books and articles. The EW Pocket Guide’s 38 pages are crammed with definitions, important charts and valuable nomographs with instructions, formulas for a variety of EW and radar topics and sections on antennas and propagation. a The Pocket Guide is published by SciTech Publishing (ISBN 1-89112161-8) and is available for $16.95 (or $13.50 website price) at or

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JED - April 2011
Table of Contents
The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Latin American EW
The US IR Decoy Industry: Planning for a Viable Future
AOC/Shephard EW 2011 Preview
Book Review
EW 101
AOC News
AOC Industry and Institute/University Members
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - April 2011