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the view f ro m h e re THE RIDE MAY 2011 • Vol. 34, No. 5 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, Richard Scott Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD L 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2011 ast October, at the AOC Convention in Atlanta, Ron “Fog” Hahn received the AOC’s highest honor, the Gold Award. The AOC recognized Fog’s significant contribution to the EW field, both as a Prowler crew member and in helping to establish and build US Strategic Command’s Joint EW Center. Upon accepting the award, Fog told a condensed version of what he had seen and done in his EW career, so far. He aptly titled his story, “The Ride.” As Fog told his story to the audience, it became apparent that the underlying themes of “The Ride” were working hard hours, awareness of the many changes that are occurring around us, and developing an unflinching commitment to always do the right thing, even when it is usually easier to do nothing. In many ways, our EW community is experiencing a much larger version of “The Ride.” EW is changing in profound ways. It is no longer primarily an aircentric discipline, and we now recognize how important EM Spectrum Control is for winning in all warfighting domains. It is no longer sufficient to perceive EW as merely a collection of EW operators and black boxes that protect aircraft and ships. EW is a unique discipline and a core mission for the warfighter, and it is defined by a set of operational responsibilities. In simple terms, EW is becoming more important to warfare, and our community needs to fully recognize this as we build EW for the future. I’m not just talking about black boxes and EWOs, although they are important. I am also talking about doctrine, organization, training and leadership, too. We need to ask unpopular but important questions. For example, why isn’t EW widely included in regular training exercises? Why aren’t there more flag rank EW billets in our defense organizations? Why are so many staff EWO positions vacant (or nonexistent) throughout our military organizations? Why do the armed services scatter their EW activities so far and wide, when they probably would be more effective if they were integrated into larger, more coherent organizations? EW professionals have often lamented how “EW is a friend in war and a victim in peace.” But perhaps too many of us in the EW profession have come to believe that this must always be true. This type of stale thinking is simply not good enough for today’s conflicts. EW does not have to perpetually lag behind the threats, and we don’t have to live with “just in time” EW management. EW is changing and we need to recognize and drive that change. Our community will only grow and evolve EW if we create the expectation within ourselves that EW must grow. Once we have developed that mentality within ourselves, then we can focus on developing the same expectation in others, such as military and government leaders. This will not come easily. Like Fog’s story at the AOC Convention, it will take commitment, self-discipline and stubborn courage. This is the EW community’s “ride,” and all of us should be on it. – John Knowles 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: Carrie Marsh 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 ©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. 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 2011/JED-M0511/5294

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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

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