What is cognitive electronic warfare?

Cognitive Electronic Warfare (CEW) is the use of cognitive systems – commonly known as Artificial Intelligence (AI) or machine learning – to enhance development and operation of Electronic Warfare (EW) technologies for the defense community.

Cognitive systems can sense, learn, reason, and interact naturally with people and environments, accelerating development and implementation of next generation EW threat detection, suppression, and neutralization technologies.

Applying cognitive systems to EW development helps defense researchers identify patterns and develop hypotheses that can result in broad improvements across multiple systems, while also anticipating demands specific only to particular missions. While these Cognitive Electronic Warfare systems do not "know" definitive answers to problems, they are able to interpret a vast amount of data from a range of complex sources to provide well-reasoned hypotheses for consideration.

The most successful uses of CEW are not those that rely entirely on computers, but are instead those which combine computer input with human strategies and understanding. Assigning data collection, information storage, and probability calculations to computers allows humans more capacity for focusing their creativity and insights on better solutions.


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