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the view f ro m h e re USAF – APRIL 2011 • Vol. 34, No. 4 “GETTING BACK INTO EW” he US Air Force’s message at last month’s Dixie Crow Symposium in Warner Robins, GA, was clear: the Air Force is “getting back into EW.” Several Air Force speakers touched on this theme, and it echoed comments made by Air Force leaders at last year’s AOC Convention. To be fair, the Air Force never really “left” the EW arena. It has retained much of its EW inventory and modernized its capabilities in certain areas, such as the emitter targeting pods on its F-16CJs and its EC-130H Compass Call fleet. However, the Air Force has certainly stepped back from the support jamming mission and it has failed to perform robust mid-life EW upgrades on most of its legacy fighters and bombers. As a discipline, EW has also atrophied in the Air Force. Its corps of EW officers (EWOs) has dwindled over the past two decades and EWO training is being replaced by Combat Systems Officer (CSO) training under a strategy that attempts to replace quality with quantity. There are certainly going to be a lot of CSOs entering the Service, but their education includes very little EW training unless they reach an operational EW squadron. With dramatic improvements in stealth technology, net-centric capabilities and stand-off precision targeting and munitions over the past two decades, the Air Force has spent most of the post-Cold War era seeking new ways to achieve combat survivability without depending so much on EW alone. This wasn’t an incorrect notion – all of these technologies make an important contribution to combat survivability. But it was a poorly understood and poorly executed strategy. Its implementation often seemed more like an effort to replace EW rather than to complement it with other technologies. The beginnings of change began to develop a few years ago with the establishment of an EW Advisory Group (EWAG) to help smooth out the requirements and systems development process. This group enabled the Air Force EW community (mostly led by colonels) to capture and sustain the interest of senior Air Force leaders. The current Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen Norton Schwartz, seems to have a strong interest in rebuilding Air Force EW. He signed the service’s EW Roadmap last year and has asked for regular reports on the EWAG and other EW activities. The EW Roadmap itself has taken on a much larger role than merely outlining a plan to upgrade and modernize EW systems. It, along with the EWAG, looks across Air Force EW DOTMLPF (doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities), to find problems, solutions and trade-offs. This is much more than a “fix it” approach. It’s a comprehensive EW management strategy. I think (and hope) that the Air Force’s plan to rebuild and modernize its EW capabilities will be substantial and enduring. It has a long tradition of EW, but its biggest challenge is to re-integrate EW into corporate thinking and planning. This can be accomplished with a smart, energetic EW community and engaged Air Force leaders. – John Knowles 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, Barry Manz, Luca Peruzzi, Martin Streetly, Tom Withington Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD T 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | April 2011 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: Gregg Paris Contact the Editor: (978) 509-1450, JEDeditor@naylor.com Contact the Sales Manager: (800) 369-6220, ext. 3407, or (352) 333-3407 sales@crows.org Subscription Information: Please contact Glorianne O’Neilin at (703) 549-1600 or e-mail oneilin@crows.org. 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 www.naylor.com ©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. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - April 2011

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

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