An Electromagnetic Compatibility Program for the 1970s (Selected Issues)

by Alvin L. Hiebert, S. A. Scharff


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A description of the technical processes and control programs necessary to achieve electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). To assess EMC problems created by increased dependence on and expanded use of communications-electronics systems, this study examines frequency application requirements, specifications, weapons systems acquisition procedures, and Air Force and industry practices. It also analyzes radio spectrum usage in terms of our capabilities for handling current spectrum utilization and future problems. Emphasis is on the technological aspects of EMC as applied to intrasystem and intersystem compatibility. A promising new technical concept is developed: the application of computers and mathematical models to intrasystem EMC technology and management, including vulnerability assessment, design of specifications, and control process. A national integrated spectrum engineering system is suggested for improved management of the spectrum as a resource. This approach includes new national and regional analytical capabilities linked by a computer-communications network and with existing analytic resources, which will concentrate on shared usage and frequency assignments, regionally implemented.

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