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the view f ro m h e re GOING IT JULY 2009 • Vol. 32, No. 7 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editor: Glenn Goodman Assistant Editors: Marianne Kunkel, Jon Pasierb Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Barry Manz Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs ALONE? EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD O 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | July 2009 ver the past couple of months, I have traveled to a number of events, such as the EW 2009 Symposium in London, the International Microwave Symposium in Boston and the Paris Air Show. During these shows, I have been fortunate to meet with many military and industry leaders from around the world, who have offered some excellent insight about where EW is headed in terms of policy, requirements, new programs and technology. One thing that is becoming very clear is that no one country (or company) can do it all in EW these days. International cooperation in EW (at the governmentto-government level and at the industrial level) is becoming more important than ever in the face of new and evolving threats enabled by commercial technology. We simply need to find a better way to develop EW technology, acquire EW systems and train EW professionals in order to keep up with this threat. Today, any military leader who thinks his forces are well prepared for the future threat ought to visit his local electronics shop to get a better sense of what is coming. In 2003, for example, who would have thought their mobile phone was soon to become part of a weapon that would be responsible for thousands of casualties and generate political and military effects on a strategic level? Apparently Al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents did. So, what’s next? I am increasingly convinced that the commercial technology pattern we have seen in the IED world is already occurring in the laser world, and it will soon begin to occur in the radar world. If we don’t start to think about the threat in new terms and respond with a new approach to EW, we will eventually find ourselves again investing billions of dollars to defeat an electromagnetic (EM)-enabled adversary who is investing tens-of-thousands of dollars to leverage commercial electronics technology. That’s a losing proposition for the warfighter, who will be forced to find another way (outside EW) to defeat these threats. Faced with this problem, I don’t think any nation is going to be able to address future EM-enabled threats independently. More and more, countries are cooperating on their EW programs. Look at what Israel has achieved in countries like India and Singapore. Europe is not missing many opportunities either. Think about relationships such as the UK and Saudi Arabia, or Sweden and South Africa or Italy and the UAE. Although the US has experimented with cooperative development in selected countries, it is much further behind in this trend. Clearly, there needs to be more robust trans-Atlantic cooperation if the global EW community is to have any expectation of keeping up with new threats. That cooperation needs to begin with policy makers. So far, I haven’t heard much from them on the subject of EW. I’m concerned that we’re going to have to learn some tough lessons before they realize what we’re seeing in Iraq isn’t an anomaly, but rather the tip of the iceberg. – John Knowles Mr. Roy Azevedo Deputy, Tactical Airborne Systems, and Manager, EW, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Mr. Chris Bernhardt President, ITT Electronic Systems Maj Gen Bruno Berthet Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA), French MOD Col Laurie Buckhout Chief, EW Division, Army Asymmetric Warfare Office, USA Lt Col Dean Ebert Warfighter Integration, Aviation Weapons Requirements Branch, HQ USMC Col Tim Freeman Commander, 542nd Combat 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 Mr. Ron Hahn Deputy Director, Joint EW Center, US Strategic Command Mr. Micael Johansson Managing Director, Saab Avitronics Mr. Jay Kistler Technical Director, Air Warfare OUSD (AT&L), OSD Capt Steve Kochman Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN WO2 Gavin O’Connell Operations Warrant Officer, Y Squadron, UK Landing Force Command Support Group, Royal Marines 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 PRODUCTION STAFF Layout & Design: Barry Senyk Advertising Art: Effie Monson 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 ©2009 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. 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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