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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 Laurie Moe Buckhout VICE PRESIDENT Robert Elder SECRETARY Cliff Moody TREASURER David Hime AT-LARGE DIRECTORS Cliff Moody Linda Palmer Paul Westcott Michael Oates David Hime Tony Lisuzzo Ron Hahn Lisa Frugé Col Robin Vanderberry, USAF REGIONAL DIRECTORS Southern: Wes Heidenreich Central: Judith Westerheide Northeastern: Charles Benway Mountain-Western: Wayne Shaw Mid-Atlantic: Bill Tanner Pacific: Joe “JJ” Johnson International I: Robert Andrews International II: Gerry Whitford IO: Al Bynum APPOINTED DIRECTORS Donato D’Angelantonio Joe Hulsey James J. Lovelace Marc Magram IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Walter Wolf AOC STAFF Stew Taylor Don Richetti Marketing and Exhibits Executive Director Manager Norman Balchunas Tanya Miller Director, Operations Member and Chapter Support Manager Mike Dolim Director, Education Jennifer Bahler Registrar Carole H. Vann Director, Administration Keith Jordan IT Manager Shelley Frost Director, Logistics Glenda M. Montanez Kent Barker Executive Assistant Conferences Director/ reyes-montanez@ FSO Tasha Miller Glorianne O’Neilin Membership Assistant Director, Member Services Miranda Fulk Logistics Coordinator Tony Ramos Director, Lauren Stewart Communications Logistics Coordinator Brock Sheets Bridget Whyde Director, Marketing Marketing/ tions Assistant KILLER APPS FOR EW? EW 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2011 is becoming much more than “just EW.” Its connection to other areas and activities – SIGINT, stealth, spectrum management, Cyber and Information Operations (just to name a few of them) – is becoming more important to the warfighter and to the EW profession itself. This is not surprising. EWs have always been integrators – the ones who pick the systems apart, tinker with them and get them to work with the other systems on an aircraft, a ship or a Humvee. That mentality has served EW well in the past, and it will be essential to our profession’s future. Why is this so? EW systems, like all electronic systems, are undergoing profound technological changes. They are increasingly software-driven systems and devices that look and act more and more like our smartphones. We all mourned Steve Jobs’ death for many reasons, but for those of us who love our iPhones, we memorialize him as the one who democratized the killer app. He conceptualized access for thousands of capabilities off of one device for the common man (and woman and EWO and warfighter). The Services now issue iPhones and smartphone devices and tablets to troops all across the DOD. The days of single-function spectrum-using capabilities is disappearing quickly. Why does a radio have to be just a radio? Why does a jammer have to be just a jammer, and a collection capability only able to do a single function? Why can’t we have multifunctional spectrum-using devices with “bundles” of apps to sense, communicate and attack, along with an app to provide battle management of all these apps and manage how they are using the spectrum? The truth is that the warfighter is pursuing multifunction systems and killer apps already, and tight defense budgets will drive our research and development programs in that direction with greater urgency. The technology needed to build these systems is challenging. It requires coordinated investment across the DOD and between government and industry. However, the technology isn’t really the hard part. Our smartphones are blazing this trail already. The real challenge is cultural. Our Services have to be in a position to buy and operate these multifunction systems. Who is going to write the requirements for multifunction systems? Which acquisition organizations are going to be in charge of developing these systems? How will maintenance be performed and who will be in charge of sustainment? It may take a lot of arm twisting to break down the acquisition stovepipes that have served our materiel needs so well for the past several decades. We know how to develop and buy EW systems, radars and radios. Are we ready to figure out a way to adapt to a new world of multifunction systems? – Laurie Moe Buckhout, COL (Ret.), USA

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - December 2011

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
2012 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
EW Antenna Challenges
SEAD in Libya
EW 101
AOC News
AOC Industry and Institute/ University Members
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - December 2011