In this issue, we look at the many facets of managing the electromagnetic spectrum, more commonly known as the radio frequency band, with articles from the DON CIO, NAVSEA and the Multi-National Force-Iraq.
The array of spectrum topics demonstrates the complexities and wide scope of spectrum needs, from personal devices, to Defense Department systems and communications, to the radio frequencies allocated across the international community.
The use of the electromagnetic spectrum is something that we take for granted. I don't know about you, but take away my cell phone, garage door opener, satellite radio, or other entertainment and convenience devices, and I'm pretty grumpy. A more serious concern is how critical the use of the electromagnetic spectrum is to the defense, security and economic well-being of the United States.
Use of the electromagnetic spectrum has implications in our other feature articles as well, including the CNO-directed reorganization of the N2 and N6 directorates into the newly stood up Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6); the DON's strategy for transition from the Navy Marine Corps Intranet to the Next Generation Enterprise Network; and the president's directive for a surge of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan to increase security and combat the insurgency.
This extraordinary logistics campaign is discussed by Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Yates, USJFCOM's director for Operations, Plans, Logistics and Engineering (J3/4). USJFCOM, in its primary force provider role, is helping combatant and operational commanders plan and synchronize the deployment of forces to carry out the president’s strategy.
Try to imagine the spectrum resources that will be required for the communications and operational needs of 30,000 additional troops in Afghanistan. It's a sobering thought for the new year.
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