DoD EMS Technology Working Group

The DoD EMS Technology Working Group will meet on 26 February 2020 to exchange information on EMS S&T projects being conducted by the DoD labs and DARPA, discuss the 2020 DoD EMS Technology Data Call and Assessment, and get updates from USD (R&E) on the DoD’s 5G Strategy, Plans, and Initiatives, and the DoD’s Fully Networked Communications program.

Background: DoD is implementing the DoD Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy, published in 2013.  A significant element of this strategy is to explore promising Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) technologies, assess their military utility, and transition the most promising ones to key acquisition programs. In response to this “call for action,” the DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO) of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) co-lead the EMS Technology Working Group (WG) – a collaborative effort that implements a technology-focused business process to periodically and systematically measure the progress of EMS technology development in the Department.  EMS technology plays a critical role in addressing EMS superiority challenges.  In 2015, the WG initiated an EMS technology assessment effort.  The goal of the assessment was to answer “so what and which ones are important” questions regarding EMS technology development.  As EMS is pervasive in support of DoD missions, DoD urgently needs to properly align the related technologies to address Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) requirements.  The assessment effort was later expanded with the release of the 2017 DoD Electronic Warfare Strategy calling for improvements to achieve EMS superiority in military operations. An initial EMS Technology Assessment Report was published in 2017, summarizing the results obtained during the FY2015-FY2016 assessment cycle. It recommended priorities for EMS technology investment, identified technology transition opportunities and capability/technology shortfalls, and identified game-changing technologies that would have profound impact on EMS operations.  We are in the final stages of completing a 2019 DoD EMS Technology Assessment and Roadmap report.   This assessment effort provides a channel for informing DoD decision makers about Department-wide EMS technology development priorities and potential capability shortfalls to meet DoD EMS strategic goals.  It also includes a high-level DoD EMS Technology Roadmap that projects near-, medium-, and long-term technology development needs.


DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory
2800 Powder Mill Road
Adelphi, MD 2078


Wednesday, February 26th , 2020
Registration: 08:00am to 08:30am
Meeting: 08:30am to 05:00pm

Visitor Access Requests: Please review and submit if applicable

All – please register here

At this link, you will RSVP for Wednesday’s meeting, commit yes/no to food option (breakfast and lunch) (committing to payment). 

CAC users – Please click yes or no –do you have a CAC? Your CAC will get you through the gate the day of the meeting. If you do not have a CAC, please proceed to number 2.

All attendees who do NOT possess a DoD Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID, must submit a Garrison Access Form in order to get through the gate and access the installation. Please submit no later than 05 February 2020. Please follow DoD Safe Instructions for submitting any required documents.

To submit clearances for non-escort badges, please send clearances through JPAS:
Date of Meeting: 26 February 2020
Purpose of Meeting: DoD EMS Technology Working Group
JPAS SMO Code: W262AA5
Technical POC: Anthony Martone, 301-394-2531
Admin POC: Jennifer Brickerd, 301-394-2530

Option to purchase food for the day: this will include lunch (specify if you are a vegetarian), and coffee/tea/water/snacks for the day for $20 CASH. Attendees will either pre-register for food and drink (and commit to paying cash at registration) or bring your own lunch and drinks.

Map and Visitors Guide is attached. Please plan to park in the K lot. Go straight, across the bridge, and make a left after the bridge. At the end of the lane, you enter the K lot. A shuttle will be available to transport from the K lot to main building 205.


Jennifer Brickerd 301-394-2200, Mary Jane Robinson 301-394-1603 or Maria Kelly 301-394-2610