Electronic warfare (EW) is any strategic use of the electromagnetic spectrum against an enemy in a military conflict. And the Department of Defense appears committed to it more than ever.
The U.S. Air Force, for example, recently announced the launch of a formal Enterprise Capability Collaboration Team to study the topic of EW with the hope of modernizing strategies in this arena.
In July, Congress took aim at the military’s electronic warfare shortfalls in a conference report from the Senate and House Armed Services Commitees’ annual defense policy bill. The report directed the Pentagon to establish a cross-functional team to evaluate the capabilities of adversaries. This report is viewed as a formal recognition that electronic warfare, once squarely in the domain of tactical operations, has now risen to strategic importance.
The defense policy bill directs the secretary of defense to establish processes and procedures to develop, integrate and enhance electronic warfare mission area and the conduct of joint electromagnetic spectrum operations.
Clearly, after decades of neglect following the Cold War era, EW has become one of the most talked about topics in the defense industry today. That’s because the need to deal with peer and near-peer adversaries and have the ability to enter anti-access/area denial (A2AD) environments is critical and has brought EW to the forefront once again.
The three pillars of Electronic Warfare are:
- Electronic Attack (EA) – the use of electromagnetic energy, directed energy or anti-radiation weapons to attack personnel, facilities or equipment with the intent of degrading, neutralizing or destroying enemy combat capabilities
- Electronic Protection (EP) – actions taken to protect personnel, facilities and equipment from any effects of friendly or enemy use of the electromagnetic spectrum that degrade, neutralize or destroy friendly combat capabilities
- Electronic Support (ES) – actions tasked by or under the direct control of an operational commander to search for, intercept, identify and locate sources of intentional and unintentional radiated electromagnetic energy for the purpose of immediate threat recognition, targeting, planning and conduct of future operations.
Often, EW is described as a cat and mouse game. One side devises a new EA method and the other side figures out a way to protect against it. With the constant advances in electronics, this game develops rapidly and the various branches of the U.S. military are trying to move quickly to keep up.
The “bible” of EW for the U.S. is the Joint Publication 3-13.1 Electronic Warfare. This document provides the joint doctrine for EW across a range of military operations.
Electronic Warfare Short Course Training
Tonex offers Electronic Warfare Short Course Training, a 3-day course that covers the fundamentals of Electronic Warfare (EW). Topics include:
- Electronic Warfare Systems Engineering and Modeling
- Key Technology Enablers of Modern and Emerging RADAR Systems
- Electronic Warfare Technology
- Electronic Warfare Capabilities
- Electronic Warfare Functions
- Principles of Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Applied in EW
- Electronic Warfare Key Concepts
- Basics of Electronic Warfare
Who Should Attend
This comprehensive short course is designed for analysts, engineers, project managers, and electronic warfare professionals who build, manage and operate electronic warfare systems.
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