"Success in Iraq is vital because that country is a central component of defeating the extremists who want to establish a safe haven in the Middle East from which to attack the U.S. and other countries and spread totalitarian ideology" -President George W. Bush said yesterday, December 11, 2006, after a meeting with State Department officials.
Army Initiates Electronic Warfare Capability
What is it? Electronic Warfare (EW) is any military action involving the use of electromagnetic and directed energy to control the battle space and/or attack the enemy.
What has the Army done? In May 2006, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army directed G-3 to establish Electronic Warfare as an enduring core warfighting competency within the Army. Specifically, he directed the G-3 to develop an electronic warfare force structure and operational concepts which strengthen the Army's strategic vision and supports the land force component commander allowing for seamless employment in the Joint warfighting environment. TRADOC designated the Combined Arms Center (CAC) as the Army's Electronic Warfare Proponent.
Beginning in October 2006, the Army working with Joint Forces Command, initiated two new electronic warfare training courses: a "Tactical Course" (three weeks) designed to train tactical Electronic Warfare specialists at the battalion level and below, and an "Operational Course" (six weeks), designed to train electronic warfare operators at the brigade and higher levels.
In April 2006 Headquarters Department of the Army established the Electronic Warfare Division as part the Army Asymmetric Warfare Office (AAWO) to oversee electronic warfare policy, programs and resources within the Army.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army, lead by the Electronic Warfare proponent at Combat Arms Center (CAC), is working to identify the optimal way to provide Electronic Warfare capability to our deployed units through analysis across all DOTMLPF lanes.
Why is this important to the Army? During Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) the Army had few personnel with operational electronic warfare expertise capability while other services had maintained full spectrum electronic warfare capabilities. In the early stages of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, Commanders quickly realized they needed trained EW ground personnel within the Army.
Army transformation is building capabilities required to execute the full spectrum of operations required of Army organizations today and expected in the future. Lessons learned from these operations indicate that EW is vital for the Army to meet its full spectrum requirements.