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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 300 Alexandria, VA 22314-1652 Phone: (703) 549-1600 Fax: (703) 549-2589 PRESIDENT Kermit Quick VICE PRESIDENT Christopher Glaze SECRETARY Judith Westerheide TREASURER Kenneth Parks AT LARGE DIRECTORS Matthew Smith-Meck CDR Scott Martin, USN Linda Palmer Richard Morgan David Hime Kenneth Parks Michael “Mick” Riley William “Buck” Clemons Steven Umbaugh REGIONAL DIRECTORS Central: Judith Westerheide Northeastern: Nino Amoroso Mountain-Western: Lt Col Jesse “Judge” Bourque, Joint EW Center Mid-Atlantic: Harvey Dahljelm International I: Col René Kaenzig, Swiss Air Force International II: Gerry Whitford Northern Pacific: Joe “JJ” Johnson Southern Pacific: Vince Battaglia APPOINTED DIRECTORS Mary Ann Tyszko Robert Giesler IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Walter Wolf 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, Education Stew Taylor Director, Marketing Jackie Kelly Manager, Meeting Services Tanya Miller Membership Services Jennifer Bahler Registrar Justin O’Neilin IT Manager SECURITY COOPERATION his month, I am writing about electronic warfare (EW) exports. Although I will discuss US EW exports (an area in which I have been working for the past 25-plus years), the issues I raise truly apply to most nations that export or buy EW equipment. In terms of the global EW market, the US, Europe and Israel account for most export sales. These EW export deals are typically part of a larger weapons buy (fighter aircraft, helicopters or ships, for example). For the supplier and the customer, these export sales are ultimately part of a larger national strategy to develop relationships with allies, help to ensure their security and build a stronger domestic EW industry. International sales also play an important role in developing strong coalition partners in regional theaters. Today, DOD Security Cooperation includes many players – the DOD leadership and individual Services, combatant commanders (COCOMs), industry, and the customer nations who buy the EW equipment. Each of these stakeholders has a different (and I would say distinctive) view about what security cooperation really is and is not. The DOD leadership and the Services are engaged in a broad program of developing partners for peace and maintaining a strong industrial base that can develop and deliver EW systems at the lowest possible cost to domestic customers. From the COCOM’s perspective, I believe security cooperation is primarily about developing strong military allies for coalition operations in future conflicts. It is primarily the COCOMs who focus on developing those “export customers” into potential “coalition partners” and who must think in terms of interoperability. Industry has its own perspective in security cooperation, which is to manufacture and deliver EW systems and earn enough profit to help fund future research and development efforts. It would be refreshing if industry, in a collective sense, was more in line with the DOD, the Services and the COCOMs on requirements for interoperable systems, partnerships and coalition-capable allies. And then there are the international customers. I believe their perspective on security cooperation programs is simply to acquire weapons systems, technology and training to protect the homeland. They, too, need to think about coalition partnership and interoperability. From my perspective, it would be interesting if the four groups mentioned above could understand the common goal they are striving to achieve. (Too often, in my experience, this does not seem to be the case.) In the world of EW, I believe the AOC is the one place where the various stakeholders in security cooperation (regardless of which country is selling or buying) can come together and explore the possibility of making this, to some degree, a reality. Join AOC if you are not a current member and let’s explore together the possibilities (at least in EW) of deploying interoperable systems that provide western nations and their international partners with the ability to fight as one force to defend freedom. – Kermit Quick T 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | July 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - July 2009

JED - July 2009
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Advancing TWT Technology
Technology Survey: COMINT/DF Receivers
EW 101
AOC News
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - July 2009