JED - October 2011 - (Page 12)

message f ro m the p re s i d e nt Association of Old Crows 1000 North Payne Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314-1652 Phone: (703) 549-1600 Fax: (703) 549-2589 PRESIDENT Walter Wolf VICE PRESIDENT Laurie Buckhout SECRETARY Jesse “Judge” Bourque TREASURER David Hime AT LARGE DIRECTORS Michael “Mick” Riley William “Buck” Clemons Steven Umbaugh Cliff Moody Linda Palmer Paul Westcott Robert Elder David Hime Tony Lisuzzo REGIONAL DIRECTORS Southern: Wes Heidenreich Central: Judith Westerheide Northeastern: Nino Amoroso Mountain-Western: Jesse “Judge” Bourque Mid-Atlantic: Bill Tanner Pacific: Joe “JJ” Johnson International I: Robert Andrews International II: Gerry Whitford APPOINTED DIRECTORS Robert Giesler Jim Lovelace Donato D’Angelantonio Thomas Metz IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Chris Glaze AOC STAFF Don Richetti Executive Director Norman Balchunas Director, Operations Mike Dolim Director of Education Carole H. Vann Director of Administration Shelley Frost Director of Convention and Meeting Services Kent Barker Conferences Director/FSO Glorianne O’Neilin Director of Membership Operations Stew Taylor Marketing and Exhibits Manager Tanya Miller Member and Chapter Support Manager Jennifer Bahler Registrar Keith Jordan IT Manager Tasha Miller Membership Assistant 21ST CENTURY EM DOMAIN CAPABILITIES his is my last full President’s message and so I wanted to leverage previous messages. Over the past year, the Electromagnetic (EM) Domain was globally recognized as absolutely critical to all commerce, government civil activities and military operations. The depth and breadth of the EM Domain is entangled in most, if not all, aspects of human endeavors and activities. Photons, spectrum, electrons and networked computers have filled many active discussions in the AOC. That necessary discourse has concluded, and many now realize, accept and prophetically espouse that the same fundamental EM phenomena that enables the EM Domain also enables the existence of the EM spectrum and electronic devices – computers, networks, radios, mobile phones, etc. Photons are the energy carriers in the EM Spectrum and electrons are the energy carriers in electronic systems – both exist because of a fundamental EM Domain phenomenon. Strategic point number one is that both EW operations and military cyber operations are two related man-made military operational environments in the EM Domain. In today’s arena of military operations, EW and cyber are both equally necessary to provide sovereign options. However, separate organizations with distinct doctrine, policies, training and equipment are needed to ensure robust sovereign options to combat commanders – neither discipline can be subservient to the other. The current financial environments will demand many difficult decisions. However, the importance of robust and balanced EM Domain capabilities must be in the forefront of all discussions. Development, deployment and use of EM Domain enablers are elements of the vision to provide military operational EM Domain capabilities. Strategic point two is that all elements of the EM Domain – EW, EM spectrum operations and cyber – must co-opetate to succeed. From mobile phones to computers and the associated networks that enable commerce, the commercial world is the dominant technology provider on which the military depends. World events witnessed the Arab Spring, where spectrum access enabled and emboldened actions. These events were initiated and sustained by civilian use of commercial EM Domain technologies. Simply put, the commercial leadership is the primary provider of EM Domain technologies that the military weaves into sovereign capabilities. Strong EM Domain leadership must step forward to promote and preserve military EM Domain capabilities. However, the traditional thought that military leadership for this domain must be manifested in a general officer runs against the ubiquitous nature of commercialized EM Domain systems. Strategic point three is that cohesive civil, government and military leadership, manifested in a unifying collection of active and engaged communities of interest, is absolutely necessary for EM Domain capabilities. My challenge to the EM Domain community is to boldly go forward to engage and embrace each other with strength, purpose and fortitude to advance the art and science of the EM Domain. Your AOC will serve, advocate and be the leader in the 21st Century EM Domain community. – Walter Wolf T 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2011

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
RF EW Program Forecast
EW Ideas and Innovation
Technology Survey: Portable and Flightline EW Testers
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - October 2011