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Navy recognizes electromagnetic battlespace

Wednesday, October 24, 2018   (0 Comments)

By Lauren C. Williams |  October 23, 2018  |  FCW


A new Navy policy recognizes the electromagnetic spectrum as a warfighting domain "on par with sea, land, air, space and cyber."

The policy pushes "an enterprise approach to all activities necessary" for Navy electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) operations, including the department's "roles and responsibilities for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating Electromagnetic Battlespace programs, policies, procedures, and controls to enable DON superiority," according to the document. The change, which took effect Oct. 5, was announced publicly on Oct. 22.

The EMS enterprise, as defined in the new policy, includes "all electronic systems, subsystems, devices, and equipment that depend on the use of spectrum to properly accomplish their function" whether acquired or procured from commercial companies.  

The Navy CIO will be responsible for resolving any conflicting policies on the federal or Defense Department level and will serve as a principal advisor to the Navy Secretary on EMS, according to the policy memo written by Navy Undersecretary Thomas Modly.

The Navy CIO is also expected to be the public face of EMS in policy talks on the national, federal, DOD and international stage. Specific duties include overseeing spectrum management, helping mold regulatory processes to protect capabilities and operations domestically and abroad as well as providing an executive governance structure for the Navy's primary advisory group that will be used for EMS strategy, policy and doctrine development.  READ MORE...

With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.