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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 Joel Harding Director, IO Institute Stew Taylor Marketing and Exhibits Manager Jackie Kelly Lee Conference Manager Tanya Miller Member and Chapter Support Manager Jennifer Bahler Registrar Keith Jordan IT Manager Tasha Miller Membership Assistant THE EMS DOMAIN – ALWAYS WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE n my March 2007 President’s column, I wrote that the emergence of the Cyberspace Domain was an evolutionary step in warfare, with symmetries to the Land, Sea, Air and Space Domains. However, the next evolutionary step is evident in the growing recognition that all five of these domains are dependent on the ability to interact via the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) Domain. Over the past decade, we have increased our networkcentric warfare capabilities and embraced the Cyberspace Domain. However, we have been slow to recognize that our ability to fight effectively depends more and more on our ability to access and control the EMS Domain. Through the EMS Domain, communications, navigation, sensing and countermeasures occur to enable operations in the Land, Sea, Air, Space and Cyberspace Domains. Without the EMS, operations or maneuver in any of the other five domains are severely limited and, for all intents and purposes, cannot achieve any measureable outcome. For a moment, visualize how we would work in Land, Sea, Air, Space or Cyberspace if the EMS never existed. They are meaningless without the availability of the EMS. The EMS is the most contested and congested of all the warfighting domains, and rapidly evolving and proliferating technology is only fueling the problem. Technology has outpaced our antiquated EMS regulations and policies, as well as the very national spectrum management organizations that create and enforce governances. However, the military challenges in the EMS Domain are inherently related to a much larger EMS problem that is global in scope. While the military thinks in terms of warfighting domains, each of these – Land, Sea, Air, Space, Cyberspace and the EMS – are really a system of global commons used by commercial and government interests, as well as the military. The world’s operations flow through these global commons, which are natural (or in the case of Cyberspace, man-made). The EMS global common is uniquely the sole mechanism that links operations through the natural commons. Yes, it’s that big and that important, and we must address the problem now. In the case of the EMS Domain (or EMS global common), it is essential that we create a global EMS strategy based on international concurrence and cooperation that empowers allies to ensure responsible nations have the ability to operate uncontested in the EMS domain. Achieving this requires changes in EMS policies, postures and international treaties that enforce compliance and confront disruptions and exclusivity. It is essential that military organizations take part in this process, along with government and industry partners, if we are to ensure that our forces have proper access to the EMS and control of the EMS Domain in future military operations. The phrase “EMS Domain: Always Was and Always Will Be” should become as well known in EW circles as – “First In and Last Out.” The EMS has been and shall always be a warfighting domain. – Walter Wolf I 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | November 2010

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

JED - November 2010
Table of Contents
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Protecting Helicopters: Why ASE is About to Change the Game
The Rise... and Further Rise of FPGAs in EW
Physics of the Cyber-EMS Problem – Why We Have the Language Wrong
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - November 2010