JED - May 2010 - (Page 12)

message f ro m the p re s i d e nt Association of Old Crows 1000 North Payne Street, Suite 300 Alexandria, VA 22314-1652 Phone: (703) 549-1600 Fax: (703) 549-2589 PRESIDENT Chris Glaze VICE PRESIDENT Walter Wolf SECRETARY Joe “JJ” Johnson TREASURER Kenneth Parks AT LARGE DIRECTORS Richard Morgan David Hime Kenneth Parks Michael “Mick” Riley William “Buck” Clemons Steven Umbaugh Cliff Moody Linda Palmer Paul Westcott REGIONAL DIRECTORS Southern: Wes Heidenreich Central: Judith Westerheide Northeastern: Nino Amoroso Mountain-Western: Lt Col Jesse “Judge” Bourque, Joint EW Center Mid-Atlantic: Bill Tanner International I: Col René Kaenzig, Swiss Air Force International II: Gerry Whitford Pacific: Joe “JJ” Johnson APPOINTED DIRECTORS Vince Battaglia Doug Swoish Robert Giesler IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Kermit Quick AOC STAFF Don Richetti Executive Director Norman Balchunas Director, Operations Carole H. Vann Director, Administration Shelley Frost Director, Meeting Services Ken Miller Director, Government, Industry & Public Relations Kent Barker Director, Conferences Glorianne O’Neilin Director, Membership Operations Joel Harding Director, Information Operations Stew Taylor Marketing Manager Jackie Kelly Conference Manager Tanya Miller Member and Chapter Support Manager Jennifer Bahler Registrar Justin O’Neilin IT Manager Natasha Miller Member Services EW “DOWN UNDER” –A SOVEREIGN AFFAIR A 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2010 s I write this month’s message, the sun is setting on the beautiful city of Adelaide in South Australia. I am enjoying a wonderful glass of 2006 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon from the Bremerton winery which is located in the Adelaide Hills to the north of the city. This full-bodied, passionate wine reminds me of the wonderful people I met during my attendance at the Australian EW and IO Convention 2010. Indeed, I was impressed with the passion and commitment the Old Crows “down under” showed in every aspect of their convention. My congratulations to Ian Hoskins (Chapter President), John Teager (Committee Chair) and the rest of the Directors of our Australian chapter – it was a fantastic event! Our Australian Crows embody the strength, character and criticality of our AOC chapters around the world. As was apparent at this conference, Old Crows worked together to provide an educational and professional development forum, which highlighted the electronic warfare issues and concerns in their part of the world. One such concern grabbed my attention this week. In 2009, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) released a document entitled the Defence Capability Plan (DCP). The DCP outlined a plan in which the Australian government would leverage commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and military-off-the-shelf (MOTS) technologies to maximize rapid technology insertion and reduce non-recurring development costs. The government’s approach is certainly understandable and prudent in a fiscally constrained environment. However, the question raised by the Old Crows in Adelaide was related to the efficacy of indigenous EW suppliers under such a strategy. The reality is that there are a number of current major ADF EW programs coming to a close in the next year; programs such as Echidna and Wedgetail. When you combine an ADF preference for COTS/MOTS procurement, the lack of new EW programs and the closure of existing major EW programs, there appears to be a significant shortfall of future work to sustain the Australian EW industry. The likely outcome is that the indigenous EW industrial capability and technical expertise will decline as resources are lost altogether or sent to other EW suppliers such as those in the US, UK, France and Israel. Either scenario would result in a strategic loss that will take years to recover. This brings me to the “culminating point” of this message. In the Information Age, the availability of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) must be considered a core national security issue and the ability to attack and control the EMS is clearly the mission of electronic warfare professionals and their capabilities. EW operational and technical expertise cannot and should not be delegated to the will of other nations. I posit that EW capabilities must be supported by sovereign means in order to ensure they are responsive and shaped to national security needs. Sovereign EW capability is an operational imperative in the Information Age; without it, you are at the mercy of others. – Chris Glaze

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - May 2010

JED - May 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
European EW
The Future for Airborne Expendables
Protecting Low-Cost and Non-Traditional Platforms
Technology Survey: Missile Warning Systems
New Products
EW 101
Book Review
AOC News
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - May 2010