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roost prof ile Peachtre e Roost By C. Nooriel Nolan C 100 The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2010 huck Dunehew, president of Atlanta’s Peachtree Roost, the host chapter for the AOC’s 47th Annual International Symposium and Convention, is looking forward to hearing about the future direction of electronic warfare (EW) from the senior military and civilian leadership in attendance. As a former US Navy Electronic Countermeasures Officer during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Northern Watch and Southern Watch (with more than 2,000 combat hours of fly time), Dunehew understands the importance of EW. Like all AOC chapters, the Peachtree Roost is devoted to preserving and strengthening EW through community forums that promote the exchange of new ideas and technologies. The Peachtree Roost also works closely with Georgia Tech University to encourage future generations to pursue careers in the EW field. Dunehew is proud of his chapter’s commitment to inspiring young professionals. The Peachtree chapter recently learned that one of their scholarship recipients has accepted a post-graduation position in EW. “I felt like our chapter contributed to building the next generation of EW professionals,” says a proud Dunehew. Dunehew currently heads the Large Aircraft Integration Branch in the Electronic Systems Lab (ELSYS) at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). ELSYS researchers are nationally recognized for their countermeasures techniques developed in support of US government agencies. As a Senior Research Associate, Dunehew “integrates federated aircraft defensive systems to provide increased situational awareness and survivability and decreased aircrew workloads in a combat environment.” To him, the most important element of EW is ensuring the safety of US soldiers, sailors, Marines and Airmen: “I am most proud when I see something that GTRI has developed, and I say, ‘Wow, I wish we had that when I was flying.’ When I have that reaction, I know [they] are safer, better trained and more effective because of our work.” Ensuring cyber security, is key in this information age, Dunehew says. With the widespread use of EMS (electromagnetic spectrum) commercial technologies around the globe, countering military attacks from adversaries is much more difficult for the Department of Defense (DOD.) In the past, the DOD had years to develop countermeasures as a system was being developed and deployed. Today, technology can be replaced in as little as three years time. Therefore, systems must become adaptable to keep pace with this constant turnover, predicting how widely available commercial technology could become a threat to future operations. “I am most fascinated in the new importance of COTS (Commercial Off-the-Shelf) systems brought about by the IED threat in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Dunehew says. Given the tech savvy world we live in, it might seem a daunting task for the military to stay ahead of the game. But Dunehew is optimistic. He believes EW is headed toward a broader view of operations in the electromagnetic spectrum. “We now see that we have to be able to operate across the spectrum at will,” he explains. The community is broadening its scope to look at the entire EMS and not just the RF (Radio Frequency) portion.” Dunehew is confident in the future of EW technology, citing the fact that newer generations are growing up in a world of commercial technology. He believes younger leadership understands the value, and impact, of technology as it applies to all fields and will not need to be convinced of its importance in electronic warfare. a Learn more about the Peachtree Roost by visiting

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - October 2010

JED - October 2010
The View From Here
From the Presidents
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
What’s Next in IED Jammers?
Electronic Warfare in Today’s Surface Navy
ELINT Receivers Tackle Dense Signal Environments
A Structural View of EM Spectrum Warfare
AOC News
Book Review
EW 101
Roost Profiles
AOC 2010 Award Winners
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - October 2010