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the view from he re A SEAT AT THE TABLE MAY 2009 • Vol. 32, No. 5 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editor: Glenn Goodman Assistant Editor: Marianne Kunkel Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Washington Editor: Kernan Chaisson Contributing Writer: Dave Adamy Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD W 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2009 hen US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates gave his press conference early last month to discuss the FY10 DOD budget, the message was clear and insightful: things are going to change – a little bit. My biggest take-away from the press conference was not so much about the cuts he made to programs like the F-22 and Future Combat Systems. I was more interested in his decision to formalize budget planning for irregular warfare. At one point, a reporter asked Gates if his FY10 budget proposal would “cure this building of next-war-itis.” In his response, Gates said, “I mean, the reality is that – and let me put this very crudely – if you broke this budget out, it would probably be about 10 percent for irregular warfare; about 50 percent for traditional, strategic and conventional conflict; and about 40 percent dual-purpose capabilities. So this is not about irregular warfare putting the conventional capabilities in the shade. Quite the contrary: this is just a matter – for me, at least – of having the irregular-war constituency have a seat at the table for the first time when it comes to the base budget.” This, I think, is a potentially significant development for EW. As we have seen for the past several years, irregular warfare has huge EW requirements. Consider the billions of dollars the DOD has spent since 2001 on aircraft missile warning systems, DIRCM systems and flares, as well as IED jammers and COMINT systems. Obviously, control of the electromagnetic spectrum is just as important in counterinsurgency operations as it is in conventional operations. Until the Global War on Terror, however, this was not widely recognized as being true. Based on past experience (i.e., the Cold War), EW was thought of almost exclusively in terms of supporting conventional and nuclear missions. EW requirements primarily were focused on providing combat survivability for platforms that represented the “tip of the spear,” such as bombers, fighter jets, surface combatants and attack helicopters. Platforms that operated in support roles were not considered to be as vulnerable because they did not typically operate in harm’s way. In irregular warfare, however, any aircraft, ship or ground vehicle that operates in theater needs to be protected from threats that rely on the electromagnetic spectrum, whether it is a radar-guided missile, IR threat, laser threat or remotely-controlled IED. Until Secretary Gates’s press conference last month, I was expecting the usual precipitous drop in EW advocacy (and funding) as the conflict in Iraq begins to wind down. As the saying goes, EW is a friend in war and a victim in peace. By “institutionalizing” irregular warfare, however, Gates has given formal authority to a new set of EW advocates, especially within the Army and the Marine Corps. I am hopeful that by giving irregular warfare a “seat at the table,” EW will get a better, more permanent seat at the table as well. – John Knowles Mr. Roy Azevedo Deputy, Tactical Airborne Systems, and Manager, EW, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Mr. Chris Bernhardt President, ITT Electronic Systems Maj Gen Bruno Berthet Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA), French MOD Col Laurie Buckhout Chief, EW Division, Army Asymmetric Warfare Office, USA Lt Col Dean Ebert Warfighter Integration, Aviation Weapons Requirements Branch, HQ USMC Col Tim Freeman Commander, 542nd Combat Sustainment Wing, AFMC, USAF Mr. Gabriele Gambarara General Manager, Elettronica S.p.A. Mr. Tony Grieco Former Deputy for Electronic Warfare, OSD Mr. Itzchak Gat CEO, Elisra Mr. Ron Hahn Deputy Director, Joint EW Center, US Strategic Command Mr. Walt Havenstein President and CEO, BAE Systems Inc. Mr. Jay Kistler Technical Director, Air Warfare OUSD (AT&L), OSD Capt Steve Kochman Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN Maj Gen William Lord Commander, Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional), USAF Capt Paul Overstreet Commander, ATAPS Program Office (PMA-272), NAVAIR, USN Rep. Joe Pitts (Honorary Member) US Congress, Founding Member, EW Working Group Mr. Kerry Rowe President and COO, Argon ST Col Robert Schwarze Chief, EW and Cyber Warfare Requirements (A5RE), Air Staff, USAF Wg Cdr P.J. Wallace Commander, RAF Spadeadam PRODUCTION STAFF Layout & Design: Barry Senyk Advertising Art: Lesley Helash Contact the Editor: (978) 509-1450, Contact the Sales Team Leader: (800) 369-6220, ext. 3385, or (352) 333-3385 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 ©2009 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 MAY 2009/JED-M0509/8389

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - May 2009

JED - May 2009
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Protecting Helicopters
Ground-Based COMINT Steps Up
Roost Profile
EW 101
AOC News
Index to Advertisers
JED Sales Offices
JED Quick Look

JED - May 2009