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Raytheon's Yuse discusses need for electronic warfare investment

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems president Rick Yuse discusses trends, innovation and next gen EW during leadership interview with the Journal of Electronic Defense.

The future of warfare is changing, and the US and its allies must maintain their leadership in electromagnetic operations to stay ahead of their adversaries, according to Rick Yuse, president of Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business.

Yuse stressed the need to advance electronic warfare, or EW, during a wide ranging interview with the Journal of Electronic Defense (JED): “We have a lot of catching up to do. Our adversaries see EW as a key part of their offensive and defensive arsenals.”

Yuse told JED editor John Knowles that “repackaging yesterday’s technology for tomorrow’s needs is not technically or financially prudent.” He believes that businesses need to make strategic investments in EW to develop a new generation of sophisticated, scalable, affordable end-to-end systems that will keep warfighters ahead of threat-driven mission requirements.

“It is no longer efficient to have a different antenna for every function," Yuse said. "Imagine an AESA aperture that can do EW, comms, radar, and (signals intelligence, or SIGINT), all at the same time.” Giving warfighters modular, open systems architecture that can be easily adapted or upgraded is at the top of his to-do list.

For him, it’s all about redefining the boundaries of information warfare. He told Knowles that as it converges with cyber and SIGINT, EW will transform from a mere enabler to becoming the mission in its own right. “Future platforms will likely be designed around the electronics rather than the other way around,” he said.

Going forward, Yuse expects continued investment in technologies that enable EW in its broadest sense – from direct current to lasers.

Last Updated: 06/15/2015

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