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book rev iew PRINCIPLES OF MODERN RADAR: BASIC PRINCIPLES By Kernan Chaisson ciTech Publishing has released Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles, a book that is becoming the “Radar 101” textbook of choice for the next generation of radar engineers, new-hires in the field, re-training professionals, or as a reference for program managers. This book, running 960 pages, can be a convenient and valuable self-study reference for electronic warfare engineers and planners, providing both computational vigor and functional narrative to help specialists get up to speed on today’s radars. Avionics, signal processing, and communications engineers and planners will find this book to be valuable resource in their reference libraries. Principles of Modern Radar focuses on modern principles, techniques and systems. Included in the 21 chapters are fundamental radar concepts, explanations of phenomenology, a description of the major subsystems of a modern radar, and treatment of the basic signal processing functions that make modern radar what it is today. The text strikes a balance between quantitative mathematical models and qualitative descriptions and insights. The authors were careful to balance range of topics versus depth of coverage relative to systems and external phenomenology. To create this uniquely “community-driven” radar textbook, the publisher enlisted a broad cross-section of radar content advisors from industry, government and academic settings. Three book editors, Dr. Mark A. Richards, James A. Scheer and Dr. William A. Holm, authored chapters themselves and enlisted an additional 12 subject expert chapter contributors. Each chapter includes a series of self-study problems – over 250 total – with half of the answers provided in an appendix. They can help both in a classroom setting or for self-study readers in both the radar field and EW specialists. In addition, several instructor aids are available to course instructors who adopt S 94 The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2010 the book. More instructor aids are in development. A request to can provide all answers to the self-study problems. Also included are copies of all equations; each is available in Microsoft Equation Editor format. MATLAB® simulations will be consolidated among the contributors who have them now, and additional contributions will be solicited from the radar community. There has been a steady stream of confi rmed adaptations from several universities and corporate training programs, including the Air Force Institute of Technology, Penn State, Michigan Tech, Auburn Univ., Univ. of Central Florida, Wright State, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Utah State, BYU and the Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman corporate training groups. SciTech maintains the growing list on the Principles of Modern Radar Web page together with instructor comments. SciTech Publishing reports that the Web site is the fi rst step in the development of a comprehensive set of resources for introducing radar systems and technology to a new generation of radar engineers. A separate website has been established to provide readers with supporting material, a complete and up-to-date list of reported errata, and an evolving set of new supplements and related books. This site is www.scitechpub. com/pomr. Principles of Modern Radar Volume 2: Advanced Radar Techniques & Applications, edited by William Melvin and James Scheer, and a Study and Companion Guide by Byron Edde are slated to come off the press by Spring 2011. Also available from SciTech is a handy Pocket Radar Guide: Key Radar Facts, Equations, and Data by Richard Curry. A matching pocket guide for EW by Dave Adamy is due soon. Both will be useful companions to Principles of Modern Radar. Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles is published by SciTech Publishing, Raleigh, NC, ISBN 9781891121-52-4, and can be ordered from their website at The list price is $135 and the Website price is $115. AOC Members receive 10 percent discount by entering aoc10 in the discount/coupon code field when ordering online from the SciTech website. a

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

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