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association news LESSONS FROM THE OPERATIONALIZING INTELLIGENCE FOR ELECTRONIC WARFARE IN THE 21ST CENTURY CONFERENCE On July 27-28 the AOC held its first Intelligence and Electronic Warfare conference at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Titled “Operationalizing Intelligence for Electronic Warfare in the 21st Century,” the conference’s principle objective was to foster a better integration of Intelligence and Electronic Warfare. As the saying goes “It’s all about relationships.” And nowhere is that more clear than those forged over the years between intelligence, acquisition and operations. Conference chairman Craig “Magnum” Harm, Col, USAF (Ret.) focused the assembled field at NASIC on ensuring that the relationship is refreshed and healthy. The lineup of speakers centered on these relationships and their respective perspectives. Presenters included technical and scientific intelligence analysts, system acquisition professionals and current operators. The topics discussed were centered on three key themes: Perspectives, Technology and Systems. Each theme was discussed within its own session, led by a senior leader with the respective experience and credentials. This flow gave the attendees the opportunity to take a look at the integration of EW and Intel from various perspectives, learn about the advancement in applicable EW technologies and finally gain an understanding of the impact of these perspectives and technology on EW system development and employment. With enthusiastic and pointed comments about the increasing emphasis on warfare in the electromagnetic spectrum, Lt Gen Tom Owen, Commander, Aeronautical Systems Center, raised the curtain on the conference. Dr. Brian Kent’s, the Chief Scientist Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory keynote presentation on Electronic Warfare at AFRL provided the perfect discourse to give everyone a perspective on AFRL’s EW activities. His comments on threats and their proliferation across the entire Electromagnetic Spectrum gave everyone a true understanding of the magnitude of the challenge ahead of us. We face countries around the world that don’t throw away the older threat systems but are cheaply and effectively modernizing systems with incredible capabilities such as DRFMs readily available on the worldwide market. Meanwhile, with our own fiscal constraints we are unable to recapitalize aging systems, and new systems may be leading edge – but barely. Day 2’s keynote speaker, Maj Gen Thomas Andersen, Air Combat Command, A-8, turned the table on the conference and said the title of “Operationalizing Intelligence” had the modifiers backwards; what we needed to be doing was “Intelligizing Operations;” in fact it’s really “Intelligizing S&T, acquisition and operations through execution.” As joint operations have matured and technologies begin to converge, the relationships between the J2, 3, and 6 communities have gone through a lot of changes. These relationships are being tested by rapidly evolving threats and the availability of inexpensive but powerful commercial offthe-shelf technologies. Meanwhile, growing demand for intelligence analysis is creating tension between time-dominant (immediate/on-seen) intelligence and content (deep-dive/long-term) intelligence. The intelligence community can only provide that time-dominant intelligence by maintaining content dominance on threats and capabilities. Technologically, threat content has been evolving at such an incredible rate and the demand for it increasing even more dramatically, that a focused prioritization is needed to prevent making the wrong tradeoffs. Advanced Technology discussions challenged the audience to consider that as cyber capabilities mature and directed energy weapons proliferate, what will have to change? With a broad scope of topics including TechSIGINT and Electronic Warfare, Intelligence support for Acquisition, Proliferation of Digital Technology, Foreign Material Exploitation, and Current EW Operations, conference participants were actively engaged in addressing what it will take to advance the “intelligizing” of acquisition and operations. 92 The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2010

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

JED - October 2010
Contents
The View From Here
Calendar
From the Presidents
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Interview
What’s Next in IED Jammers?
Interview
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

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