JED - June 2011 - (Page 6)

the view f ro m h e re NEW RULES FOR EW EXPORTS he defense market in general and the electronic warfare (EW) market in particular have undergone a decade of (sometimes intense) spending growth, mostly due to years of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and a desire by some nations to boost defense spending as a percentage of GDP. The most obvious example of this trend is the US, whose defense budget has doubled in that time. But many other nations, particularly in Europe, have followed a similar pattern until recently. This growth is already starting to slow down in the US and Europe and, in some countries, it is reversing itself. As was the case in the 1990s, when domestic defense spending shrinks or stagnates, industry will place more emphasis on export opportunities. For many EW manufacturers, success in the international market can be extremely important when domestic spending becomes constrained. At the same time, however, the EW needs of the international market are becoming more complex. Countries such as Brazil and India are conducting significant fighter aircraft competitions. They do not simply want to buy EW for their new fighters; they eventually want to build advanced EW systems themselves as part of a strategic goal to develop greater self-reliance. So it’s no surprise that these countries are insisting on government-to-government technology transfer deals and foreign industry investment in their tech sectors as part of their fighter selection process. French and Israeli EW companies have been developing partnerships with these countries for more than a decade, and this early work has been a significant advantage for them. The US, UK and Italy, on the other hand, have been focusing heavily on the Gulf States (among others in the Middle East), which are seeking greater self-reliance in terms of EW reprogramming, as well as some component manufacturing. As EW users, many of the Gulf States are also aggressively developing a professional corps of EW operators within their military organizations. This seems to be a strategic initiative throughout the region. Meeting the needs of such a diverse customer base means enabling exporting governments to understand the EW market as well. In the Indian fighter competition, the two US bids were eliminated last month (along with the Swedish and Russian proposals). US companies offered competitive aircraft and competitive EW systems to the Indian Air Force, but the US government reportedly did not offer a very attractive EW technology transfer scheme for either bid. In Brazil, the ongoing three-way competition between Sweden, France and the US looks like it may follow a similar pattern. These countries want to be more than EW buyers. Their ambitions are sophisticated and their needs are more complex than a simpler supplier-buyer relationship. In their own way, the Gulf States want the same sort of EW partnerships. The question for EW exporters is, “which companies and governments understand these evolving expectations of EW buyers and which do not?” The answer will likely determine the shape of the EW market over the coming decades. – John Knowles JUNE 2011 • Vol. 34, No. 6 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, Martin Streetly, Tom Withington, Gábor Zord Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs T EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD 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 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 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2011 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 JUNE 2011/JED-M0611/5295

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

JED - June 2011
The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
The World’s SIGINT Aircraf
Upgrading Fighter Aircraft
Country Profi le: France’s EW Programs
Technology Survey: Airborne Dispensers and IR Expendables
EW 101
2011 AOC Election Guide
AOC Membership Page
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - June 2011