January 10, 2014

The Enduring Need for Electronic Attack in Air Operations

By Nora Bensahel, Thomas Davis, David W. Barno and USA (Ret.)

CNAS adjunct senior fellow Tom Davis and Responsible Defense Program co-directors LTG David W. Barno, USA (Ret) and Dr. Nora Bensahel explore the challenges the U.S. military confronts in penetrating increasingly capable air defense systems.  Noting that advances in electronics and computer processing are occurring more rapidly and at a lower cost than advances in aeronautics and stealth technology, the authors urge the Department of Defense (DoD) to undertake several steps to ensure that “future air campaigns can be successfully conducted.”  The Enduring Need for Electronic Attack in Air Operations recommends, among other actions, that DoD change its acquisition policy to rapidly operationalize advances in electronic systems.


  • Nora Bensahel

  • Thomas Davis

  • David W. Barno

  • USA (Ret.)

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