The J3 has overall primary staff responsibility for planning, coordinating, and integrating
joint EW operations with other combat disciplines. To do this, the J3 may form a JFCs electronic
warfare staff (JCEWS). A JCEWS normally includes the J2, J3, J6, EW officer (EWO), and component
service representatives. JCEWS functions may include:
Preparing EW estimates and annexes to joint operation plans and orders.
Making recommendations to the joint commander about tasking component
commanders to provide joint EW support as needed.
Coordinating joint EW operations.
Assessing the effect of both friendly and enemy EW activity on joint operations.
Maintaining a current assessment of EW resources available to the joint force.
Coordinating the joint restricted frequency list (JRFL).
Acting as an EW focal point for the joint force and its components in planning
integrated EW operations.
Monitoring EW requests to expedite actions and resolve conflicts.
Setting priorities for EW support based on the joint tactical plan.
Assisting in emission control, deception, OPSEC, and C3 planning.
The JCEWS can function under various operating concepts. The two most common
concepts are management-by-exception approach and the direct focal point for all joint EW activities.
Applying either concept depends on the JFC's overall thinking and how he views his role with respect to
the component forces. It also depends on the availability of communications to interconnect the joint
force and components.
In the first case, the JCEWS allows direct coordination between components for
mutual EW support requests. For expediting mutual support activities, this can be the quickest method.
However, this presumes the component staff EW officers are highly knowledgeable of other component
EW capabilities. It also presumes they can initiate the proper requests in terms of target and EW asset
compatibility. It further presumes lateral coordination links have been set up and the communications
permit coordination. In this case, the JCEWS role consists of conflict resolution and addressing those
needs specifically addressed by the JFC.