In this edition, we explore the electromagnetic spectrum and its effect on information warfare and U.S. military operations. The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer took the lead in presenting articles that reveal the many aspects of allocating and using radio frequency spectrum for Navy and Marine Corps missions.
The cover art for the April-June edition illustrates just how technology has created an urgency for spectrum dominance and electronic maneuver in military operations — from unmanned systems, satellites, weapons, networks and communications — the demand for spectrum continues to grow.
At the same time, we are a cyber-centric society, from shopping, gaming, to banking, planning trips and keeping in touch with family and friends, we depend on spectrum for so many activities that are an intrinsic part of our daily routine.
Now that the Internet of Things is creating a network of embedded sensors in everything from home appliances to security systems to driverless cars, consumer appetite for spectrum has become increasingly voracious. Gartner research estimates the IoT network of devices will grow to 21 billion by 2020.
Radio frequency spectrum is a valuable commodity that drives government, military, financial, educational, consumer, and industry enterprises that heavily rely on broadband connectivity. The electromagnetic spectrum is a prized and finite resource that we must share nationally, as well as internationally.
RF spectrum is the economic engine of our nation and a national security priority. The
Department of the Navy is investigating innovative ways to use, share and manage the electromagnetic spectrum. You can share your ideas by going to the DON CIO website at www.doncio.navy.mil or join DON Innovation on https://www.facebook.com/DUSNMSI or @DON_Innovation or visit the DON Innovation website at http://www.secnav.navy.mil/innovation/Pages/Home.aspx.
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Sharon Anderson is the CHIPS senior editor. She can be reached at