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message f ro m the p re s i d e nt Association of Old Crows 1000 North Payne Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314-1652 Phone: (703) 549-1600 Fax: (703) 549-2589 PRESIDENT Walter Wolf VICE PRESIDENT Laurie Buckhout SECRETARY Jesse “Judge” Bourque TREASURER David Hime AT LARGE DIRECTORS Michael “Mick” Riley William “Buck” Clemons Steven Umbaugh Cliff Moody Linda Palmer Paul Westcott Robert Elder David Hime Tony Lisuzzo REGIONAL DIRECTORS Southern: Wes Heidenreich Central: Judith Westerheide Northeastern: Nino Amoroso Mountain-Western: Jesse “Judge” Bourque Mid-Atlantic: Bill Tanner Pacific: Joe “JJ” Johnson International I: Robert Andrews International II: Gerry Whitford APPOINTED DIRECTORS Robert Giesler Jim Lovelace Donato D’Angelantonio Thomas Metz IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Chris Glaze AOC STAFF Don Richetti Executive Director Norman Balchunas Director, Operations Mike Dolim Director of Education Carole H. Vann Director of Administration Shelley Frost Director of Convention and Meeting Services Kent Barker Conferences Director/FSO Glorianne O’Neilin Director of Membership Operations Stew Taylor Marketing and Exhibits Manager Tanya Miller Member and Chapter Support Manager Jennifer Bahler Registrar Keith Jordan IT Manager Tasha Miller Membership Assistant COLLECTIVE EW LEADERSHIP hat is “Electronic Warfare Leadership” and who are our EW leaders? Often discussed as the number one gap of Electronic Warfare, “leadership” is the most important challenge facing our community. Without strong EW leaders, we will not solve the big problems confronting us and we will not move forward decisively. This is as much a question of the paucity of EW leadership positions in our defense organizations as it is about the types of EW leaders that we have. Is the solution a person, an office or a team? The problem is neither singular in source, nor can it be solved with a singular organization or even within just one government. Fiscal realities are forcing the EW community to pay more attention to the collective challenges its members face, and it will take a broadly conceived EW leadership to solve and manage them. Strong leadership has to be something that exists at every level of the EW universe, within governments all the way through to civil and military practitioners. The EW industry must also demonstrate leadership. EW companies sell in a market characterized by “hypercompetition.” However, that does not mean that EW companies do not face some common challenges that are best addressed by all its members – at least on a country basis. Few US or European EW companies would say that their defense ministry has a sound industrial policy for EW. Fewer still would say that their defense organizations have EW officials at the senior ministry or service positions who can advocate for smarter practices. How about EW export policy? Has that been a success story for the EW community? These are collective challenges facing industry, and they must be addressed collectively. It will take strong EW leadership to work together – inside the industry, between services and between nations to solve common issues; acquisition reform, EW technology investment, EW capability fielding and sustainment, export reform, and government-to-government laws on spectrum management, monitoring and enforcement. No matter what organization you represent, as an EW professional you are probably faced (directly or indirectly) with a list of common challenges that we can all work on together. As a community, we can either pour our efforts into building a discipline and profession that will serve the warfighter well, or we can fail to cooperate and then be left to wonder why a certain program was cancelled or that defense leaders do not engage us with any consistency. It comes down to leadership within the EW community, a widespread leadership that is focused on building a strong EW discipline that provides sovereign options to nations. Our community has the wisdom, the conviction and the know-how to succeed. Resolution of the EW leadership gap requires a collective EW leadership that is keenly focused on promoting, preserving and promising the viability of EW as a core mission for our defense. – Walter Wolf W 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - May 2011

JED - May 2011
The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Europe’s Leading EW and SIGINT Programs
TWTs and Beyond: Putting More Power into EW
EW 101
AOC News
AOC Membership Page
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - May 2011