JED - August 2011 - (Page 46)
By Kernan Chaisson
THE EW PRO’S BOOKSHELF
JED, as part of its effort to review books of interest to the electronic warfare field, is beginning a series of occasional onal o looks back at some of the classic texts in the field of EW and radar. While there are interesting new books coming out, the laws of physics have not been repealed; so some of the triediedand-true texts are just as valuable today as when they were w written. These texts provide a solid foundation on which to h build and maintain expertise in the field. To understand where we are, it is important to know where here h we came from. There is no better way than with Dr. Alfred fred Price’s three-volume The History of US Electronic Warfare. Written under contract with the AOC, Dr. Price takes the field from the very beginning of battlefield electronics during the Civil War, where some would say that EW was born as spies climbed poles to steal messages from the new-fangled “speaking wire” telegraph lines. From then through the beginning of World War II, scientists worked to harness the new capability, eventually turning rudimentary radios into more complex, more capable special-purpose systems that could find targets in the dark (radar) and prevent the discovery of these targets (jamming). While EW came of age during the war years, the post-war period saw EW mature into its own field; one that could hold its own and keep up with the technology advances and new components inventors were coming up with. The three volumes take the reader through the turn of the century, and finish with a look into the future. Much of History reads just like the stories EW old-timers tell, including all of the nomenclatures and acronyms. There is an extensive array of photographs, some of which can be found nowhere else. With this series on hand, newcomers can discover the roots of EW and come to appreciate those who appr nurtured EW technology and helped to foster the mission EW is today.
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Then there is Old Crow Dave Adamy’s EW series, EW 101, EW 102 and EW 103. Springing from his very popular monthly series in JED, Adamy has gathered his easy-to-read, technicalmaterial-does-not-have-to-be-boring tutorials between the covers of three very popular, very useful books. His first and second courses in electronic warfare present the material in a way suitable for non-experts and experts in other fields. EW 103 became a stand-alone treatment of EW on the tactical battlefield and includes a propagation slide rule and CD-ROM, with the book’s formulas included in plug-in spreadsheets to facilitate computation of a variety of propagation and other problems. The texts give EW experts a clear way of explaining to others what goes on in EW. A valuable companion to these three books is the precursor, Adamy’s little-known volume Practical Communications Theory. This slim volume takes the complex issues of propagation and breaks them down into useful tools for understanding and calculating the outcome of a problem in a straightforward way. Adamy notes that there are no integrals in the book. In seven short chapters and six appendices, the reader is given just about everything needed to understand and deal with getting communications from one point to another without painful, lengthy formulas. Sometimes half a dB is not worth hours of sweat and strain over a multi-page formula. There is a new book that should be considered as well. It is Radar Essentials: A Concise Handbook for Radar Design and
While EW came of age during the war years, the post-war period saw EW mature into its own field; one that could hold its own and keep up with the technology advances and new components inventors were coming up with.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - August 2011
The View From Here
From the President
Defining a Career Path in EW
Technology Survey:SIGINT/DF Antennas
AOC Member Page
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - August 2011