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the view f ro m h e re RISK AUGUST 2011 • Vol. 34, No. 8 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editors: Glenn Goodman, John Haystead Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Kernan Chaisson, Barry Manz Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD A 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | August 2011 bout 15 years ago, I remember watching the news one night and the big story was about a sailboat sinking in the Pacific. The boat, oneAustralia, was a newly minted 25-meter International America’s Cup Class design participating in a round robin series off the coast of San Diego, CA, in the run-up to the 1995 America’s Cup. During an upwind leg in choppy seas, the crew heard a crack and then the crunch of fiberglass, the skipper immediately turned the boat head-to-wind, the rigging went slack, and then the boat began to fold in half about 3 feet behind the mast. oneAustralia disappeared beneath the waves in about two minutes. Fortunately, none of the crew was lost or injured. What struck me about the incident (aside from the rare sight of watching a boat sink) was a comment from a respected yacht designer in news that evening. He said that he wasn’t surprised at all by the sinking. It showed, he said, that the America’s Cup teams were actually pushing their boat designs and figuring out where the performance limits really were. I admit it’s an expensive way to figure out the boundaries of nautical design, but that comment has often made me think about risk and failure. In the EW world, we think about risk in several ways: design risk, technical risk, operational risk, etc. Our EW history has seen its share of oneAustralia moments – times when we realized that we pushed the envelope a bit too far or introduced a system before we really understood the threat we were trying to defeat (usually out of operational necessity). Fortunately, there is less of that these days. The technical risk in our EW systems is usually wrung out of a program in the lab or on the test range. Combat losses for EW protected platforms are minimal and the figure is shrinking. Yet our operational forces still face significant risk from RF and IR threats. How can this be? A large part of the problem is that our military forces too often wait until a new threat is fielded before they react, often in the form of a new EW system or a new EW technology. In a world in which new threats are often enabled by commercial technology, this “reactive” EW management strategy is doomed to fail. Commercial technology provides the enemy with a threat toolbox that is rapidly growing, increasingly affordable and constantly modernized. There is no realistic way to play “reactive” EW against a threat that is so effectively and efficiently resourced. Military leaders need to respond to this new threat paradigm by thinking proactively. Where in our operational forces do we lack EW? How could (or how does) the enemy exploit those gaps? How can I build an EW toolbox that is as effective as the enemy’s threat toolbox? Until questions such as these are asked and answered, our operational forces will continue to face unnecessary risk. It’s not a failure like that of oneAustralia, where we pushed too hard. It’s an even worse failure because we didn’t push hard enough. – John Knowles Mr. Tom Arseneault President, Electronic Solutions, BAE Systems Mr. Roy Azevedo Vice President, Advanced Concepts and Technology, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Mr. Chris Bernhardt President, ITT Electronic Systems Maj Gen Bruno Berthet Deputy Director for International Development, DGA, French MOD Mr. Gabriele Gambarara Elettronica S.p.A. Mr. Tony Grieco Former Deputy for Electronic Warfare, OSD Mr. Itzchak Gat CEO, Elisra CAPT John Green Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Ron Hahn VP, EM Spectrum Strategies, URS Corp. Mr. Micael Johansson Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area, Electronic Defence Systems, Saab Mr. Anthony Lisuzzo Director, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, CERDEC, USA CAPT Paul Overstreet Commander, ATAPS Program Office (PMA-272), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Jeffrey Palombo Senior VP and GM, Land and Self-Protection Systems Division, Electronic Systems, Northrop Grumman Corp. 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 Military Strategic Planning 2, International Policy and Planning, UK MOD Mr. Richard Wittstruck Chief Engineer, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, USA Mr. Walter Wolf Chairman, JED Committee, AOC PRODUCTION STAFF Layout & Design: Barry Senyk Advertising Art: Carrie Marsh 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 ©2011 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 - 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