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the view f ro m h e re US NAVY CYBER – CAUTIOUS PESSIMISM or the past month, I have been reading, hearing and generally trading information with anyone who can tell me anything about the US Navy’s plans to establish its new Fleet Cyber Command (FLTCYBERCOM)/Commander Tenth Fleet (COMTENTHFLT) by October 1. I have read a “leaked” memo from the Chief of Naval Operations that has been making the rounds in various circles. It lays out a logical plan to establish FLTCYBERCOM, which will directly support the new US Cyber Command at Fort Meade. However, the memo also states that FLTCYBERCOM will serve as the Navy’s…“central operational authority for networks, intelligence, cryptology/SIGINT, information operations, cyber, electronic warfare, and space in support of forces afloat and ashore….” It will also…”coordinate Navy’s requirements for intelligence, information operations, networks, cryptology/SIGINT, and space capabilities.” In its capacity as COMTENTHFLT, it will provide “…operational support to [Navy] commanders worldwide in the area of cyber, information and computer network operations, electronic warfare, and space.” On paper, this seems relatively straightforward. Then why the “cautious pessimism” on my part? Well, the EW community had a very difficult time establishing its relationship with the Cyber community. Back in the 2006-2007 timeframe, the US Air Force made a strong (and ultimately unsuccessful) play to subordinate EW under its Cyber concept. I have no doubt that the Air Force was only interested in selected pieces of EW, (i.e., electronic attack) and the resulting plan would have broken apart and weakened EW further in the Air Force. Cynical as it may sound, the idea was that computer network operations alone did not “own enough hard assets” to justify a major command. But the Air Force did have some assets (i.e., EC-130H Compass Call aircraft) that were politically weak and easily transferred to the new Air Force Cyber Command. Fortunately, the plan was shot down by the current Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Last year, the Army’s Combined Arms Center also tried to “lash-up” EW and Cyber under its proposed Cyber-Electronics concept. Again, I have no doubt that it would have hindered the establishment of an effective EW capability in the Army. That idea, too, was ultimately rejected by the Army’s leaders. Now, the Navy is looking at EW and how it can support its new FLTCYBERCOM. On the one hand, I applaud the Navy leadership for recognizing that EW and Cyber need to work together at the operational level. On the other hand, I think the EW community should keep a close eye on exactly how the FLTCYBERCOM fashions its relationship with EW today and over the next few years. Is this an attempt to establish EW-Cyber synergy or the opening gambit of what will be a Cyber land-grab for Navy EW, taking the Growler and other assets with it? It is difficult to tell at this point, and past experience had left me wary of the Cyber community’s “good intentions” toward EW. I hope that time will show my suspicions to be wrong and label me an unfair cynic. In the meantime, I will remain cautiously pessimistic. – John Knowles SEPTEMBER 2009 • Vol. 32, No. 9 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editor: Glenn Goodman Assistant Editor: Jon Pasierb Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writer: Dave Adamy Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD F 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2009 Mr. Tom Arsenault President, Electronic Solutions, BAE Systems Mr. Roy Azevedo Deputy Vice President, 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 Mr. Pierre-Yves Chaltiel Senior Vice President, Solutions for the Government Sector, Thales Aerospace 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 Mr. Anthony Lisuzzo Director, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, CERDEC, USA 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: Christina O’Connor 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 - September 2009

JED - September 2009
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Defeating Threats to Large Aircraft
The Threat Test Resource Gap
EW 101
AOC News
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
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JED - September 2009