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the view f ro m h e re STRATEGIC THINKING? SEPTEMBER 2011 • Vol. 34, No. 9 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editors: Glenn Goodman, John Haystead Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Gabor Zord, Barry Manz, Tom Withington Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs I   6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2011 n late July, I had the opportunity to attend an electronic attack conference on Capitol Hill that drew many leaders from across the US electronic warfare (EW) community. The event, sponsored by the Lexington Institute, aimed to provide lawmakers and their staffs a better understanding of the Services’ approaches to electronic attack, including some of its most important programs. The conference’s timing was apt. Congress was nearing the August 2 deadline to raise the government’s debt ceiling, and the subsequent deal between the Democrats and Republicans has left future defense spending facing substantial cuts if political leaders cannot agree on future spending plans. Regardless of what happens, EW programs across the DOD, including Next Gen Jammer, Joint Allied Threat Awareness System, Common IR Countermeasures, Integrated EW System and Long-Range Strike, will need to fight hard to demonstrate their importance and value if they are to remain intact over the next several years. These programs cannot be allowed to turn into bill payers for other non-EW programs, as has often happened in the past. Funding challenges aside, I was pleased to hear many of the DOD speakers at the EA conference describe the electromagnetic spectrum as a maneuver space and as a warfighting domain. I listened to many European defense leaders make similar points earlier this year at the EW 2012 conference in Berlin. Clearly, the concept of the EMS as a warfighting domain has started to take hold over the past few years, and it marks a significant leap in our EW thinking. In many ways, it is the foundation for what we are trying to achieve, not only in EW, but also in future warfighting doctrine and concepts. Yet, the path forward is neither clear nor simple. Where will this lead? My expectation is that once the EM Domain is more widely acknowledged, we can then begin managing and integrating the EMS users (radar, comms, GPS, ISR, etc.) and EMS managers and warriors (EW and spectrum management) under a single EM strategy. This does not need to upset rice bowls or program ownership. It’s really a matter of working together on a common strategy. What are the risks if we fail to acknowledge the EM Domain and don’t build a coherent EM warfighting strategy? For one thing, it will undermine the networkcentric warfare concepts that many countries are pursuing. National and coalition military forces will struggle with interoperability. EM vulnerabilities will constantly be uncovered on the battlefield instead of in the lab or on the training range. In general terms, many of the advantages that network-centric warfare provides will be missed, and its liabilities will become all too apparent. We cannot revert to the decentralized, piecemeal approach to the EM Domain that we have used in the past. We need our EW experts to build on the knowledge we have gained over the past 70 years so that we can begin pulling together the EM warfighting strategies we will need for the next 70 years. We can do this proactively or reactively. Which approach sounds better? – John Knowles EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD 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 or 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. Editorial: The articles and editorials appearing in this magazine do not represent an official AOC position, except for the official notices printed in the “Association News” section or unless specifically identified as an AOC position. PUBLISHED AUGUST 2011/JED-M0911/5298

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Detecting and Defeating IEDs
Developing Critical EW Technologies: Digital Devices Move Into the Analog Space
New Products
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - September 2011