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the view f ro m h e re EW FOR MAY 2010 • Vol. 33, No. 5 THE SOLDIER his month’s JED features an article about “cheap and dirty EW.” This is a topic that has been emerging for some years now, and it’s beginning to mature in the minds of military leaders. Over the past several years, operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have driven the EW needs of ground forces to the front burner, and we are now beginning to understand what that really means. The number of friendly, enemy and civilian “spectrum users” has exploded, and their impact on the battlespace has been significant. Most of the world’s military forces have not invested in the EW capabilities needed to keep pace with the rapidly evolving commercial technology or the unprecedented proliferation of electronics devices. A critical gap has quietly but quickly opened, and the warfighter’s ability to achieve spectrum control in the battlespace today has become far less certain. Across the world, military leaders are beginning to understand this problem and the major challenge that it poses to current and future operations. I recently spoke to an EW expert who had an interesting point to make: just as the Vietnam War drove airborne EW requirements beyond the bomber force and into fighters and helicopters, so the current operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have generated unprecedented requirements for what some are calling “ubiquitous ground EW.” What specifically is “ubiquitous ground EW?” It’s not the same concept as “traditional EW” (i.e., the airborne EW that most people envision when they think of “EW”) It’s not “networked ground-based SIGINT” either. It is “cheaper, quicker and dirtier” than these types of solutions. The concept is primarily defined by large numbers of small, inexpensive, communications-band EW systems that are connected via the tactical battle network. Being inexpensive and lightweight, they can be widely deployed on most of the UAVs, ground vehicles and soldier radios in the battlespace. At the soldier or squad level, these systems can rapidly detect and defeat an IED down the street or simply provide a general picture of communications activity the next village or the next city block. For the soldier this means unprecedented RF situational awareness and protection. He doesn’t have to be an EW expert. He only has to be able to read emitter information on his digital map display. For the ground commander, the information from these networked “EW nodes” can be fused to provide a valuable real-time RF picture of the battlespace that complements his signals intelligence. Although “ubiquitous ground EW” may sound like it’s a long way off, the DOD is already taking steps toward realizing this concept through efforts, such as the Army’s anticipated $850 million Integrated EW System (IEWS) program. Under the CREW 3.3 technology program, the Navy wants to develop similar capabilities for its newest family of IED jammers. For the ground soldier who faces an ever growing list of RF threats, these capabilities cannot arrive soon enough. – 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, Luca Peruzzi Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD T 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2010 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 COL Laurie Buckhout Chief, EW Division, Army Asymmetric Warfare Office, USA 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 Col Tim Freeman Commander, 330th Aircraft 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 CAPT John Green Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Ron Hahn Deputy Director, Joint EW Center, US Strategic Command 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 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 Commander, RAF Spadeadam 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, 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 ©2010 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 2010/JED-M0510/4078

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