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the view f ro m h e re CONNECTING EW TO THE DECEMBER 2010 • Vol. 33, No. 12 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editor: Glenn Goodman Assistant Editor: Jon Pasierb Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Barry Manz, Tom Withington Marketing & Research Coordinator: Allie Hansen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs BATTLESPACE EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD B 6 The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2010 ack in the spring of 1997, I had the opportunity to fly down to Fort Hood, TX, to write about a simulated helicopter training exercise organized by the US Army. The main purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate how the Army could link its new aviation trainers (located across various Army bases) and perform collective real-time training in an synthetic environment that included “human operated” virtual threats, such as the ZSU-234s and SA-8s, via a link to the Missile and Space Intelligence Center in Huntsville, AL. There was another aspect to this training demonstration that focused on EW. (This was the main reason that JED was invited to attend the event.) The aviation trainers in the demonstration were using the real RWR hardware from a prototype ALQ-211 jammer, which was then in development for the Army. The ALQ-211’s RWR information was distributed over a battle network via the SINCGARS radio, and the Army helicopter crews were correlating with their own RWR data, fusing it, and gaining much better situational awareness. This was not the first time EW nodes had been networked in a live or virtual environment, but it was the first time I had seen it in action and the possibilities really captured my imagination. I have often wondered how much that experiment back in 1997 (and subsequent demonstrations) changed the thinking of the Army’s intelligence and electronic warfare (IEW) community. The Army never bought the ALQ-211 for its helicopters, but the idea of networking EW “nodes” certainly evolved at labs like the Army’s Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD). Today, the DOD is pushing ahead into EW battle management, and it is no surprise that labs, such as the I2WD, the Naval Research Lab and the Air Force Research Lab, are focusing on the technologies that will make EW battle management a core operational capability in the coming decade. This month’s JED features an excellent article by Glenn Goodman about EW battle management and the influence it is having on the Army’s emerging programs, such as the Integrated Electronic Warfare System (IEWS). Each service is taking its own approach to EW battle management, but the basics are similar across the DOD. If we connect the numerous EW nodes that are already in the battlespace, we can build a better situational awareness picture for the platforms, as well as the operational commanders. On the jamming side of the equation, the primary benefits are more efficient jamming and improved survivability. In an operational scenario, the best-positioned platform can jam the right threat at the right time with the optimal effective radiated power and jamming techniques. For other units in the area, this reduces electromagnetic fratricide and improves interoperability. For the commander, this “smarter” approach eases the overall congestion in the electromagnetic battlespace, which is a rapidly growing problem. Everyone, from the “trigger puller” to the theater commander, benefits from networking and managing the many EW “nodes” in the battlespace. As a result, the “tip of the spear” is about to become much sharper. – John Knowles Mr. Tom Arseneault President, Electronic Solutions, BAE Systems Mr. Roy Azevedo Vice President, Advanced Concepts and Technology, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Mr. Chris Bernhardt President, ITT Electronic Systems Maj Gen Bruno Berthet Deputy Director for International Development, DGA, French MOD Mr. Pierre-Yves Chaltiel Senior Vice President, Solutions for the Government Sector, Thales Aerospace Lt Col Dean Ebert Warfighter Integration, Aviation Weapons Requirements Branch, HQ USMC Mr. Gabriele Gambarara Elettronica S.p.A. Mr. Tony Grieco Former Deputy for Electronic Warfare, OSD Mr. Itzchak Gat CEO, Elisra CAPT John Green Commander, EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Ron Hahn VP, EM Spectrum Strategies, URS Corp. Mr. Micael Johansson Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area, Electronic Defence Systems, Saab Mr. Anthony Lisuzzo Director, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, CERDEC, USA CAPT Paul Overstreet Commander, ATAPS Program Office (PMA-272), NAVAIR, USN Mr. Jeffrey Palombo Senior VP and GM, Land and Self-Protection Systems Division, Electronic Systems, Northrop Grumman Corp. Rep. Joe Pitts (Honorary Member) US Congress, Founding Member, EW Working Group Mr. Kerry Rowe President and COO, Argon ST Wg Cdr P.J. Wallace Military Strategic Planning 2, International Policy and Planning, UK MOD Mr. Richard Wittstruck Chief Engineer, PEO Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, USA Mr. Walter Wolf Chairman, JED Committee, AOC PRODUCTION STAFF Layout & Design: Barry Senyk Advertising Art: Elaine Connell Contact the Editor: (978) 509-1450, Contact the Sales Manager: (800) 369-6220, ext. 3407, or (352) 333-3407 Subscription Information: Please contact Glorianne O’Neilin at (703) 549-1600 or e-mail The Journal of Electronic Defense is published for the AOC by Naylor, LLC 5950 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607 Phone: (800) 369-6220 • Fax: (352) 331-3525 ©2010 Association of Old Crows/Naylor, LLC. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written authorization of the publisher. 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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