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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 SHAPE OF ELECTRONIC WARFARE TO COME 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2010 T his month I want to present you with some thoughts, ideas, and some questions that probably are outside your day-to-day thinking when it comes to EW. I’d like you to consider some questions: “How did we end up with the EW we have?” “Is it adequate today?” “Has it evolved beyond a ‘black box?’” And, finally, “is the electromagnetic spectrum that EW operates in really an environment?” Modern military history is replete with events where EW made a difference between winning and losing. EW “black boxes” proliferated in World War II, the Cold War and numerous regional conflicts. At the height of the Cold War, ADM Thomas Moorer, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (1970-1974), said, “If there is a World War III, then the winner will be the side that can best control and manage the electromagnetic spectrum.” What a visionary, especially when EW at the time was perceived mainly in terms of “black boxes” that rolled off factory floors into aircraft and onto ships. The directions provided to operational users were, “turn it on in combat,” and “replace and fix broken black boxes afterwards” – a fairly simplistic approach to operational employment. The military has gone through transformational changes since the end of the Cold War, and you have to ask the question, “Why hasn’t EW?” I was taught that EW is like a chess game – move followed by counter-move. Today’s chessboard is a whole lot different. So, is a “black box” EW mentality still adequate? The evidence is mounting that it is not. After the Cold War, the “peace dividend” resulted in significant policy, doctrinal and organizational military changes. EW was profoundly affected – leadership retired and was not to be replaced; EW struggled to keep up with improvements to existing threats; and new threats emerged. However you look at it, EW and the job it must do have changed over the past quarter century. As today’s global economy forces reduced military spending in many countries, will the force multiplying effect that EW provided in the past resurface? As an EW practitioner, no matter where you contribute, take a moment to reflect and ask yourself, “Is the EW I grew up with still adequate? Is it more than a ‘black box’? Is EW what must be mastered in order to win in the future as Admiral Moorer predicted in 1974? Is the shape of EW to come going to be applied to an “electromagnetic environment that must be won”? – Walter Wolf

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

JED - December 2010
The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
EW Battle Management
Technology Survey: EW Simulators
2011 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - December 2010