Today, access to the electromagnetic spectrum enables our warfighters to use many technologies, including, radar, navigation, weapons, and communications systems. Future technologies will utilize spectrum as the foundation for wireless capabilities, which are essential to extending "power to the edge."

Spectrum is a finite resource, though, and its use must be carefully managed. DISA's Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO) is the DoD center of excellence for spectrum management. Our challenge is to develop policies and technological standards that use spectrum more efficiently, while ensuring the regulatory framework remains flexible enough to accommodate and promote emerging technologies.


  • Spectrum Enterprise Services (SES)
    The Spectrum Enterprise Services (SES) Division assesses emerging spectrum technology and develops advanced spectrum management concepts and enabling capabilities to provide warfighter access to the electromagnetic spectrum when and where needed. The SES Division is responsible for development and maintenance of DoD spectrum enterprise systems, including the GEMSIS Program, Spectrum XXI spectrum management system, Spectrum XXI Online project, Federal Spectrum Management System, Spectrum Common Operational Picture project, Spectrum Technology Testbed, supporting DoD spectrum data repositories, and spectrum data exchange standards. The SES Division is composed of the Global Electromagnetic Spectrum Information System (GEMSIS) Program Office, the Data Branch, and the Systems and Technology Branch.

  • Joint Spectrum Center (JSC)
    The JSC is a field office within the DSO, has leading experts in the areas of spectrum planning, electromagnetic environmental effects (E3), information systems, modeling and simulation, and operations to provide complete, spectrum-related services directly to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders (COCOM's), Secretaries of the Military Departments (MILDEPS), and Director's of Defense Agencies. JSC applies electromagnetic environmental databases and analysis tools to assist in both the acquisition and operation of DoD communications-electronics assets. JSC is a source of engineering expertise and services dedicated to ensuring effective use of the electromagnetic spectrum. JSC provides services such as spectrum-planning guidance, system integration, system vulnerability analysis, environmental analysis, test and measurement support, operational support and spectrum management software development. JSC provides support for spectrum planning, spectrum certification of new weapon and sensor system development, and training and operational support to the unified commands, military departments, and defense agencies.

  • Strategic Planning Office (SPO)
    The SPO is leading efforts to transform spectrum management to support future net-centric operations and warfare. The SPO develops comprehensive and integrated spectrum planning strategies for the DoD, to support National spectrum planning efforts as well as DoD requirements and acquisition processes. The SPO provides a proactive role to ensure the DoD is prepared to respond to international spectrum management issues and enhance the DoD's global spectrum access. The SPO develops the DoD strategies, for presentation to spectrum bodies within international organizations (e.g., The International Telecommunication Union, regional bodies, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

  • Business Management Office (BMO)
    The Business Management Office (BMO), a division of the Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO), is responsible for providing the strategic planning, execution, management, and oversight for all of DSO’s business-related operations; such as budget development and execution analyses; business development; corporate-level management of contract proposals; corporate-level support agreements; facilities and logistics management; human capital management activities; administrative management; DSO Security. These business efforts are in direct support of the entire DSO organization efforts to support the long-term spectrum strategies to support the Department of Defense and to maximize the global spectrum access for COCOM Warfighters.