units must better share information and capabilities associated with the electromagnetic spectrum. CSG platforms
must have the ability to use the electromagnetic spectrum
as one integrated unit.
Long ago, naval leaders realized that they could not have
stovepiped capabilities on their ships. They now need to
understand that CSG platforms must operate as a seamless, unified system of systems. Technical standards must be
developed for multiship weapon systems, especially for EW.
Leaders must identify key system interfaces, then dictate
design specifics for interoperability to ensure that those systems are built to share information and operate as a system
The SEWIP is an example of a platform capability that
has continued to improve but is still not designed to provide integrated multiship warfighting capabilities. It is an
effective defensive EW system for a single ship but would
be exponentially better if it could link to other SEWIP ships
in its vicinity so they could provide a coordinated defense
capability that could protect the entire CSG.
Clearly, the antiship missile threat is only getting worse. Rus-
sia, China, Algeria, India, North Korea and Iran possess these
missiles. Both China and Russia are exporting these missile
systems. Iran has announced the mass production of Ghadir,
a long-range (180-mile) antiship cruise missile. This home-
grown missile reportedly features precision targeting, explosive
power and the ability to fly at low altitudes.
In this unstable world, potential adversaries are developing increasingly sophisticated tools and tactics that exploit
U.S. weaknesses. The only way to counter threats is through
integrated multiplatform weapon system interaction—
CSG synergy—and through tools for building coordinated
Jim Loerch retired from the U.S. Navy as a commander
after serving for 24 years. He works for Raytheon as an
engineering manager supporting Space and Airborne Systems, Systems Verification Center, Electronic Warfare Systems Department. The views expressed here are his alone
and do not necessarily reflect the views of Raytheon.
contact: Jim Loerch,
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