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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 200 Alexandria, VA 22314-1652 Phone: (703) 549-1600 Fax: (703) 549-2589 PRESIDENT Walter Wolf VICE PRESIDENT Laurie Buckhout SECRETARY Jesse “Judge” Bourque TREASURER David Hime AT LARGE DIRECTORS Michael “Mick” Riley William “Buck” Clemons Steven Umbaugh Cliff Moody Linda Palmer Paul Westcott Robert Elder David Hime Tony Lisuzzo REGIONAL DIRECTORS Southern: Wes Heidenreich Central: Judith Westerheide Northeastern: Nino Amoroso Mountain-Western: Jesse “Judge” Bourque Mid-Atlantic: Bill Tanner Pacific: Joe “JJ” Johnson International I: Robert Andrews International II: Gerry Whitford APPOINTED DIRECTORS Robert Giesler Jim Lovelace Donato D’Angelantonio Thomas Metz IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Chris Glaze AOC STAFF Don Richetti Executive Director Norman Balchunas Director, Operations Mike Dolim Director of Education Carole H. Vann Director of Administration Shelley Frost Director of Convention and Meeting Services Kent Barker Conferences Director/FSO Glorianne O’Neilin Director of Membership Operations Stew Taylor Marketing and Exhibits Manager Tanya Miller Member and Chapter Support Manager Jennifer Bahler Registrar Keith Jordan IT Manager Tasha Miller Membership Assistant EW ETHOS – THE HEART OF EMS OPERATIONS 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | August 2011 L   ast month, I wrote about what drives professionals and operational communities to solve problems and that EW has been, and continues to be, all about electromagnetic, information and cognitive elements. This month, I want to talk about the professionals in these operational communities. Are they any different than the EW professionals decades ago or even the explorers in the EM Spectrum over a hundred years ago? At first look, you may say, “Yes, today’s EMS professionals are different because the technology is more advanced and takes a different type of person.” Well, advanced is in the eye of the beholder. I believe that over the millennia of human history, the technology developers, masters and early adopters were and continue to be the innovators – the risk takers – those that just had an inquisitive and exploring character founded on strong beliefs and principles. Early innovators such as Marconi, Tesla, Hertz, Maxwell, Huelsmeyer, Fessenden, Herrold, Power, Armstrong, Watt and many others were the first EMS explorers – the first electronic warfare professionals, even though the term EW had not emerged in the lexicon. So, at the core of an EW professional is the heart of an innovator – an explorer – and, in today’s vernacular, the “geek” who believes in using their skills to save lives and save lifestyles. Often forgotten in peacetime, EW professionals are like the fire department; when you need them, they can’t get there fast enough and when they do, they are everyone’s heroes. The annals of EW history are replete with examples of heroic actions and I am sure the future of EW will have even more. Often I suspect many professionals in the EW field just go about their business not knowing the full ramifications of some aspect of EW that they have innovated, designed, produced, maintained, used or even developed as doctrine or policy for others. One key characteristic of the EW profession is the internal need to mentor and develop the next generation of EW professionals – the need to refill the ranks with people just like us, only better. I may not remember a lot of what I was taught about EW, but I do remember my instructors at the USAF’s 453rd EW school, my B-52 EW and B-1B DSO instructors, the many EW students I taught, the EW maintainers that fixed the stuff I used, the senior DOD leaders that took the time to listen to an EWO, and the many proud times I had to talk to the public on the importance of EW. In my personal EW career, it has been the people that I engaged with, learned from, taught and followed who have shaped my EW ethos. Take a moment or two to rediscover your EW ethos – your guiding beliefs and ideals that shape how you Serve, Lead and Advocate for, in and through the EMS. – Walter Wolf

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

The View From Here
Conference Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Defining a Career Path in EW
Technology Survey:SIGINT/DF Antennas
Book Review
EW 101
AOC Member Page
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - August 2011