What is spectrum warfare?

Spectrum Warfare is the control, development, and use of advanced electromagnetic (EM) spectrum technologies – both offensive and defensive – for strategic advantage and mission success in military engagements and intelligence gathering.

Because every computer network, guidance system, sensor, electronic jammer, radio, phone, and radar array is part of today's electromagnetic environment, often via wireless routers and satellites, it has become increasingly essential for countries to have both advanced technologies and a forward-thinking mindset to attain Spectrum Warfare viability.

Adoption and use of these EM spectrum technologies in the field can vary with a nations' military and defense priorities and budgets, but the need for advanced Spectrum Warfare capabilities has escalated across air, sea, ground, and C4ISR platforms as commercial telecom technologies have improved, shrunk, and become less costly worldwide. This progression has sparked a rise in more small and non-state actors, including possession of potentially disruptive EM spectrum technologies.

While Spectrum Warfare threats have grown, the research and development of new EM technologies capable of countering those threats has been limited to relatively few defense electronics firms. These firms specialize in developing and producing next generation electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, including electronic support (ES), electronic protection (EP), and electronic attack (EA) technologies for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence agencies.

 


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