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the view f ro m h e re ONE COUNTRY THAT IS GETTING EW RIGHT OCTOBER 2012 • Vol. 35, No. 10 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editor: John Haystead Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Barry Manz, Richard Scott, Martin Streetly Marketing & Research Coordinator: Heather McMillen Sales Administration: Chelsea Johnston EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Mr. Tom Arseneault Vice President for Product Sector and Chief Technology Officer, BAE Systems Inc. Mr. Gabriele Gambarara Elettronica S.p.A. Mr. Itzchak Gat CEO, Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT - Elisra CAPT John Green Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Micael Johansson Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area, Electronic Defence Systems, Saab Mr. Mark Kula Vice President, Tactical Airborne Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Col Steve Ling Director, Joint Electronic Warfare Center, US Strategic Command LTC James Looney Chief, Electronic Warfare Division, Directorate of Training and Doctrine, Fires Center of Excellence, US Army CAPT Paul Overstreet Joint Strike Gighter Weapons System Program Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, USN Mr. Jeffrey Palombo Senior VP and GM, Land and Self-Protection Systems Division, Electronic Systems, Northrop Grumman Corp. Col Jim Pryor Chief, Electronic Warfare, Operational Capability Requirements Headquarters, USAF Mr. Steve Roberts Vice President, Strategy, Selex Galileo Mr. Rich Sorelle Acting President, Electronic Systems Division, ITT Exelis Wg Cdr P.J. Wallace Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation, UK MOD Dr. Richard Wittstruck Director, System of Systems Engineering, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, USA I 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2012 t’s not often that I spotlight something that I think deserves heaps of praise. Too often, governments and their military organizations fail (in many different ways), to properly manage or develop their EW capabilities. Australia, however, is following a course that deserves unqualified kudos for their commitment to invest in new EW capabilities. I am referring to the government’s formal announcement in August that it would buy the EA-18G Growler. This alone is a major achievement that significantly boosts the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) EW arsenal. When you consider that the RAAF has also recently procured new F/A-18F Super Hornets (with an advanced EW suite), and is showing no signs of wavering in its commitment to buy F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (with an even more advanced EW suite), it becomes clear that Australia is taking its defense strategy seriously by funding what it needs to pursue that strategy. With these three aircraft types, Australia will transition from a fighter/strike aircraft fleet that is several decades old to a much newer and more capable force that out-matches the EW capabilities of any other air force in the region. This is a great achievement for Australia, especially when it would have been easy to take a “strategic pause” from major EW investment in the wake of Project Echidna, which has yielded very little EW capability when compared with the expectations the RAAF had for this program in 2000. The Australian Government’s decision to buy the EA-18G did not happen overnight. The Growler fits into a defense strategy that has evolved over many years and across multiple governments. At many points along the way, it would have been convenient to scuttle the EA-8G acquisition. However, it benefitted from just enough political and economic stability to see it through to the formal announcement in August. This achievement is pretty remarkable when you consider the severe political divisions in some governments (think of the US), and the financial strain dominating others (think of Europe). Australia seems to have enjoyed “Goldilocks” conditions to grow its EW program. What impresses me most is that Australia has kept its eyes on the prize. Ten years from now, the RAAF will operate one of the most modern air forces in the region. The backbone of its air power will rely on three aircraft with formidable EW capabilities. This is not a technological success story, however. It is a human success story. Australia understands its neighborhood. It has demonstrated the will and self-discipline to invest in the RAAF and modernize its aircraft fleet, and it will reap the strategic fruits of this investment for many decades. – J. Knowles PRODUCTION STAFF Layout & Design: Barry Senyk Advertising Art: Christina O’Connor Contact the Editor: (978) 509-1450, JEDeditor@naylor.com Contact the Sales Manager: (800) 369-6220 or sales@crows.org Subscription Information: Please contact Glorianne O’Neilin at (703) 549-1600 or e-mail oneilin@crows.org. 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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

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