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Inside IEWS Tackling Major New Army EW Capabilities Development By John Haystead By any standard, the Integrated EW System (IEWS) is a big program, and a big challenge for the Army. Aside from the technology development and the number of new systems involved, IEWS will require many years to develop and field, cross multiple disciplines and command levels, and encompass a broad range of battlefield missions and users. In order to accomplish its ultimate vision for IEWS, the Army will need to not only dramatically reshape both its EW system requirements definition process, but also its operational and training doctrine for manning and managing this major new family of EW systems. The scope of the challenge posed by IEWS appears to be recognized and accepted by both senior Army and DOD leadership, however. According to COL Jim Ekvall, Chief of the EW Division, G-3/5/7 Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization Directorate, Headquarters, Department of the Army, “The leadership understand what’s going to be required, the level of long-term commitment, and the dedicated funding that will be needed for successful development and implementation of IEWS.” At the same time, however, Ekvall also recognizes that the Army will have to weigh its need for IEWS among all of its other priorities. “But, my impression is that senior leaders of the Army understand that the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) has taken on a new role in warfighting as it relates to the traditional domains of air, land, space and maritime as well as the cyberspace domain, and that EW has a role in every one of these warfighting domains. They understand it’s not something that we can ignore, and it’s not something that we can afford the Army to not have a solution for.” The new level of interest and commitment to EW is largely driven by the Army’s experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the need for more capable and organically-managed assets was made patently clear. As described by Ekvall, however, “It would be incorrect to say that the Army has been out of the EW business. EW support and EW protect have always been a part of the way the 40 The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2012 Prophet Enhanced SIGINT platform, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. (US Army photo)

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - October 2012

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Pacing the Anti-Ship Missile Threat
Cognition: EW Gets Brainy
Inside IEWS
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - October 2012