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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 Chris Glaze VICE PRESIDENT Walter Wolf SECRETARY Joe “JJ” Johnson TREASURER Kenneth Parks AT LARGE DIRECTORS Richard Morgan David Hime Kenneth Parks Michael “Mick” Riley William “Buck” Clemons Steven Umbaugh Cliff Moody Linda Palmer Paul Westcott REGIONAL DIRECTORS Southern: Wes Heidenreich Central: Judith Westerheide Northeastern: Nino Amoroso Mountain-Western: Jesse “Judge” Bourque Mid-Atlantic: Bill Tanner International I: Col René Kaenzig, Swiss Air Force International II: Gerry Whitford Pacific: Joe “JJ” Johnson APPOINTED DIRECTORS Vince Battaglia Doug Swoish Robert Giesler IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Kermit Quick 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, Information Operations Stew Taylor Marketing Manager Jackie Kelly Conference Manager Tanya Miller Member and Chapter Support Manager Jennifer Bahler Registrar Justin O’Neilin IT Manager Natasha Miller Member Services A DAY WITHOUT SPECTRUM T 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | July 2010 here have been decades of debate over what the Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz meant by the term “center of gravity” (COG) in his treatise On War. However, I like the definition defended by Dr. Antulio Echevarria II in his 2002 monograph entitled “Clausewitz’s Center Of Gravity: Changing Our Warfighting Doctrine – Again!” Dr. Echevarria states that Clausewitz intended the center of gravity to function much as its counterpart in the mechanical sciences does, that is, as a focal point. He thus argues that “the Clausewitzian center of gravity is not a strength, nor a weakness, nor even a source of strength. A center of gravity becomes the one element within a combatant’s entire structure or system that has the necessary centrifugal force to hold that structure together.” This is why Clausewitz wrote that a blow directed against a COG will have the greatest effect. So, within this framework, the concept of a COG was not related to a source of strength or point of weakness, as has been proposed by US military doctrine in the past, but rather represented as an operational fulcrum or “tipping point,” which when positively affected would significantly impact the outcome of military operations. Over the past few months we have discussed the importance of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) to 21st century warfare. In the 2010 AOC white paper titled 21st Century Electronic Warfare, the critical impact of having available, reliable and secure spectrum is highlighted against the backdrop of electronic warfare activities. However, if we broaden our horizon to the envisioned “net-centric” operations of the future, it appears that our net-centric approach to warfare fits neatly into Clausewitz’s COG focal point theorem. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen PowerPoint briefings with “operational views” (OV-1s) of systems and systems of systems connected by “lightning bolts” of connectivity, which describe a utopian world of spectrum availability and information transfer. What if this ubiquitous connectivity is viewed as a “tipping point” by our adversaries? What would it take to deny portions of the spectrum most critical to joint/coalition operations? How long would this denial of spectrum be required? These and other questions need to be addressed by our military services as we move deeper in the spectrum dependency required of net-centric warfare. The AOC, as a part of its greater issues series of papers, will soon begin its own “Day Without Spectrum” investigation. We look forward to bringing you an objective look at this issue and as always we welcome your feedback! Non Videbunt. – Chris “Bulldog” Glaze

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - July 2010

JED - July 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
SIGINT for Special Mission Aircraft
Fighter Aircraft EW: Shifting from Defense to Attack
Technology Survey: Airborne Radar Jammers
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Sales Offices
JED Quick Look

JED - July 2010