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the view f ro m h e re BRING YOUR STUFF DECEMBER 2011 • Vol. 34, No. 12 EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: John Knowles Managing Editor: Elaine Richardson Senior Editors: Glenn Goodman, John Haystead Technical Editor: Ollie Holt Contributing Writers: Dave Adamy, Barry Manz Marketing & Research Coordinator: Heather McMillen Sales Administration: Esther Biggs EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Mr. Tom Arseneault President, Electronic Systems, BAE Systems Mr. Chris Bernhardt President, ITT Exelis Electronic Systems Mr. Gabriele Gambarara Elettronica S.p.A. Mr. Itzchak Gat CEO, 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 LTC James Looney Chief, Electronic Warfare Division, Directorate of Training and Doctrine, Fires Center of Excellence, US Army 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. Col Jim Pryor Chief, Electronic Warfare, Operational Capability Requirements Headquarters, USAF Mr. Kerry Rowe Vice President, ISR and Force Protection Systems, Electronic and Mission Systems,The Boeing Company 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 | December 2011 have always been a little bit envious of the ISR community. They have always seemed better organized and better prepared than many other areas within the US defense industry, and this seems to pay off handsomely in terms of advocacy and resources. Take, for example, the annual Empire Challenge interoperability demonstrations. They started off rather modestly more than a decade ago, and they have since evolved into annual two-week ISR events with thousands of participants across multiple countries. More significantly, they have become a showcase not just for interoperability but also for new ISR collection, dissemination and exploitation capabilities. One of the benefits of the Empire Challenge demonstrations is that senior military and government leaders get to see how individual ISR programs work together rather than as individual capabilities. When it comes time to plan budgets and fund ISR programs, there is much more interest and understanding (call it transparency) with regard to these programs, and they are more likely to get the funding they desire. I have often wondered why the US EW community has no equivalent to the Empire Challenge. With the growing focus on EW Battle Management and Electromagnetic Battle Management (EMBM), the need for an EW interoperability demonstration is more apparent than ever. Industry has no shortage of emerging EW capabilities that it would like to demonstrate to the DOD, and the Services would get a good look at what is in the EW pipeline. What would it take to hold a full-blown, Air-Land-Sea-Space live and virtual EW interoperability demonstration with the latest technology from the government labs and industry? For one thing, it would require the infrastructure to link large numbers of remote sites and weapons platforms (threats, blue forces and maybe even government/civilian infrastructure) to simultaneously participate in the exercise. And it would obviously require funding. Those are not the biggest challenges, however. What is probably more challenging is the hesitation of the EW community to hold such an event in the first place. The Services would have to be willing to cooperate on a scale that is unprecedented in the EW community. Imagine how many stovepipes could be broken down (and how many efficiencies could be created) if the Services had a better opportunity to identify other EW programs that could be leveraged to meet some of their requirements. I can’t really see who could lose by participating in a large-scale Joint EW interoperability exercise. The “advocacy and awareness tide” would rise for all of EW, benefiting each Service, as well as the entire EW industry. The operational user would get a much better idea of what is available and what is possible, making the requirements process more efficient. These events could even help to refine EW training or be used to add EW to other training exercises that currently do not include EW. I guess the real question is, “Why not?” – John Knowles PRODUCTION STAFF Layout & Design: Barry Senyk Advertising Art: Carrie Marsh Contact the Editor: (978) 509-1450, Contact the Sales Manager: (800) 369-6220 or 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 ©2011 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. Editorial: The articles and editorials appearing in this magazine do not represent an official AOC position, except for the official notices printed in the “Association News” section or unless specifically identified as an AOC position. PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2011/JED-M1211/5301

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