Electronic Warfare

Monday September 8, 2008

What is it?

Electronic Warfare (EW) refers to any action involving the use of Electromagnetic (EM) or directed energy (DE) to control the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) or to attack the enemy. EW includes three major subdivisions: electronic attack (EA), electronic protect (EP) and electronic warfare support (ES).

The mission of the Army Electronic Warfare Division, DAMO-ODE, is to establish electronic warfare as a "warfighting" capability within the Army and to create an enduring core competency that is commensurate with other services. Intrinsic to this mission is the development of an EW force structure and operational concepts that support the Army's strategic vision.

What has the ARMY done?

The Army senior leadership fully recognized that this "era of persistent conflict" is not just a "contingency" nor is it a temporary crisis, but rather a new reality that will require constant vigilance. As a result, a full HQDA, electronic warfare staff (DAMO-ODE) was established at the Pentagon and a full TRADOC proponent office was established at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Recognizing EW as a complex, perishable skill, the former VCSA directed formal Army Electronic Warfare Operator training. To date, the Army has trained over 40,000 Soldiers in EW and CREW utilizing mobile training teams in theater and over 1,200 Soldiers and 1,600 joint personnel at TRADOC Army EW schools. The Army is currently building an EW career field and force structure to support the complexity and uncertainty we now face and envision for the future.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future of EW?

Senior Army leaders, Congress and industry have joined together with a common operating picture that clearly identifies that we face an ever-changing adversary and we must be able to respond rapidly to defeat emerging threats. The current operating environment dictates the need to rapidly develop capabilities for both the current and futures forces and transformation of the Army. The Army EW Division is diligently moving forward in developing an integrated electronic warfare strategy that is compatible and interoperable with net-centric Army command operating systems and joint systems.

Why is it important to the Army?

The Army faces an ever-changing adversary and must be able to respond rapidly to defeat emerging threats. The complexity and uncertainty we now face and envision for the future, demands that electronic warfare be integrated into the commander's scheme of maneuver and decision making process to be "value added" and a combat multiplier dedicated to saving Soldiers lives.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with "2008 Army Posture Statement"

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WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Evidence points to civilian toll in Afghan raid (NYT)
  • Rights group criticizes bloody coalition air war (MH)
  • U.S. begins hunting Iraq's bombmakers, not just bombs (CSM)
  • U.S. drones hit Taliban commander's Pakistan base (WP)

OF INTEREST

  • Survivors of terrorist attack find consolation in march to Pentagon (WP)
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  • As Pentagon tribute opens, others remain years away (USA)
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  • White House set to put aside U.S.-Russia nuclear agreement (WP)
  • Bush to press nuclear deal with India (WSJ)

WORLD VIEW

  • U.S. to review Afghan attack case (BBC | Story)
  • Tribal elders warn against incursions by U.S.-led forces (GT | Story)
  • Terror groups developing 'dirty bomb', say security chiefs (LDT | Story)
  • Inmates tell of sexual abuse and beatings in Iraq's overcrowded juvenile prison system (GRD | Story)
  • China marches past USA to stake a claim to Iraq's oil (LDT | Story)
  • Don't disadvantage our companies, U.S. urges India (TOI | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • The Army brand, part 1 (Super troopers, bad ads) (B2P)
  • Army Family Action plan two (MP)
  • Army: Soldier suicide rate may set new record (PG)
  • The U.S. Army... America's newest fashion designer? (Exam)
  • Army troops: More time at home, more time to train (PB)
  • Hey, hey, ho, ho - video-game censorship has got to go (FT)

ARMY SPORTS

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Events

September 2008: National Preparedness Month

Sept. 5, 2008: Centennial of Army Aviation Web site

Sept. 7-13, 2008: National Suicide Prevention Week

Sept. 11, 2008: Patriot Day

Sept. 18, 2008: National Preparedness Awareness Day

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"We have taken a linear battlefield with all associated spectrum and warfighting icons and layered them on top of one another and the result is a dynamic and extremely cluttered electromagnetic environment (EME) overlaid on complex terrain."

-Lt. Gen. James Lovelace, U.S. Army Central Command commander

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