Named for: A. C. “Mac” McMullin
A. C. McMullin passed away unexpectedly on July 10, 2001 while in Ridgecrest, California supporting both the AN/ALQ-211 Suite of Integrated RF Countermeasures (SIRFC) and the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) testing taking place at China Lake.
The first eleven years of Mac’s EW career were at the Air Force Electronic Warfare Environment Simulation (AFEWES) facility in Fort Worth, Texas, then operated by General Dynamics, where he manage high fidelity simulators for testing electronic combat effectiveness against threat systems. In a reversal of the trend at the time, Mac left industry and began a 23-year government career in the EW field. His first assignment was to the Naval Air Weapons Center Electronic Warfare Laboratory at Point Mugu. A NATO assignment at the SHAPE Technical Center in The Hague, Netherlands came next, followed by assignments in Washington at the Naval Research Lab and Naval Air Systems Command in Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare and Special Operations (REWSON, PMA-253) and Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems (ATAPS-PMA-272). For his last four years, he served as a private consultant supporting several major EW efforts.
While Mac worked across the entire EW spectrum, he was best known for his significant influence in the design, development and fielding of self-protection warning and jamming systems for the Navy. He understood threat systems and their vulnerabilities, developed countermeasure techniques, threat simulations and testing. He was instrumental in the fielding of the AN/ALR-67(V3) radar warning receiver, guiding it through its testing phase. He was the government technical lead for the AN/ALQ-126B electronic countermeasures system deployed in several Navy and international aircraft. He then led the AN/ALQ-165, Airborne Self Protection Jammer (ASPJ), through its development and deployment on Navy F-14, international F-18 and F-16 aircraft. ASPJ is the heart of the IDECM system for Navy F-18 aircraft. Whenever there were airborne EW problems, technical, programmatic, or operational, Mac was called upon to work the issue. In acknowledgement of his contributions to the operating forces, the Navy named the Electronic Combat Simulation Laboratory at the Naval Air Weapons Center, Point Mugu, in his honor. Mac was widely respected both in U.S. and in international circles and was past member of the Board of Directors of the Capitol Club of AOC and the Executive Board of the American Defense Preparedness Association (Combat Survivability). He was a native Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas. He had been an AOC member since 1975.