Radio frequency photonics : enabler of electromagnetic spectrum dominance
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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The world operates in a continuum of electromagnetic radiationenergy of alternating electric and magnetic fields of various wavelengths traveling at 3x108 ms. This continuum of light is referred to as the electromagnetic spectrum EMS. For the military, the EMS is one of the most critical operational domains in modern warfare.4 Many parts of the spectrum remain underutilized or entirely unused due to physical limitations in electronic circuits.5 Expanding the use of EMS is not a new idea. The Department of Defense DoD identified in its 2013Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy, all joint functionsincluding movement and maneuver, weapon engagements fires, command and control, intelligence, protection, sustainment, and information are enabled by spectrum-dependent system SDS capabilities.6 The path of SDS capabilities is growing exponentially and subsequently compounds the pace of EMS technological advancement. It is imperative for the US and its national security to remain the leader in EMS superiority.
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