Emerging RF systems utilize multiple frequency bands to facilitate multi-function operations and to adapt to dynamic transmission conditions, making multiband RF systems an essential infrastructure for applications in the commercial, defense, and civilian federal marketplace. While multiband RF systems are the backbone for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, as well as for supporting data-intensive physical weaponry in the battlefield; Civilians also rely on multiband RF systems for all types of day-to-day applications including smart home system control, entertainment, virtual reality and augmented reality learning. With the recent development of 5G networks, the spectrum of multiband networks could spend from hundreds of MHz to tens of GHz range, which could support new applications and improve the quality of services. The benefits associated with using multiband and wideband RF technologies can only be realized if it is possible to dynamically manipulate the ultra-wide multiband spectrum to ensure high-quality transmission performance. This is challenging, however, as the bandwidth of multiband RF signal could be as wide as several GHz with a center frequency from hundreds of MHz to tens of GHz range, and neither RF electronics nor digital signal processing are capable of dynamically manipulating spectrum of GHz wide. In this paper, we will present our recent advancement on novel photonic systems for dynamically manipulating the wide RF spectrum for multiband and wideband emerging RF systems.