At long last, Department of Defense Instruction 3222.01, the DoD Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Program, has been signed and released. For those of you following along, its been a long road! See the post from Dec 2013.So, we have a new DoD E3 Instruction…what does that mean? First of all, as the title indicates, it's an Instruction, not a Directive – the difference is … [Read more...]
What’s in a Word?
I learned a new term the other day, and it actually seemed to catch a lot folks by surprise, myself included. I am very used to hearing and am very familiar with the term “electromagnetic environment” or EME. For the US DoD, the EME is defined as (from Joint Publication 1-02):“The resulting product of the power and time distribution, in various frequency ranges, of the … [Read more...]
To EMP or Not to EMP… Is That the Question?
So what are our thoughts on the threat of an electromagnetic pulse event (God forbid) causing some sort of catastrophic damage to our telecommunications, power, and whatever other kind of electronic infrastructure that might be out there? I know, I know…it depends who you talk to! Being in the EMC business, I’d like to believe that I understand the fundamental issue (danger) … [Read more...]
Well THAT Didn’t Take Long …
At long last, the US Department of Defense Chief Information Officer has released the updated version of DoD Instruction 3222.01, the DoD Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) Program, into the DoD Portal for formal stage 3 coordination, or in English, for official review and comment by interested DoD organizations. It’s actually been several years on the making, … [Read more...]
E3 Risk Gap Analysis or Once More into the Breech!
Assessing the EMC-related risk of using commercial items (CI or COTS, as they are known) has long been a pet project of mine. So, I received a question lately that went something like this (paraphrasing the main points):I am aware the risk analysis or gap analysis is part of the process for analyzing the risk severity depending on test methods, level, frequency coverage … [Read more...]
“Soapbox: Also, soap box; an improvised platform, as one on a street, from which a speaker delivers an informal speech, an appeal, or political harangue” (dictionary.com).Well, it may feel like a harangue, but the fact is that the U.S. Department of Defense remains on its soapbox about the potential impacts of continuing changes in the arena of spectrum use. … [Read more...]
So, I attend regular US DoD E3 meetings—aptly titled the DoD E3 Integrated Program Team (IPT) and chaired by the Defense Spectrum Office—held monthly and attended by representatives of the four services, the DoD CIO’s office, the Joint Staff and others. A majority of the discussion these days centers on spectrum activity, rather than purely E3 discussion (those days are … [Read more...]