Three new military technology research programs are showing us two things.
First, the term “spectrum warfare” is evolving quickly well-understood mainstream usage, and second, spectrum warfare rapidly is taking its place as a top U.S. military priority.
For the uninitiated, spectrum warfare is an umbrella term that comprises the hitherto separate military disciplines of electronic warfare, cyber warfare, optical warfare, and navigation warfare.
Of these separate components that are morphing into a spectrum warfare whole, electronic warfare (EW) probably is best known. EW involves controlling the radio frequency (RF) spectrum to enable the U.S. and its allies freely to operate RF systems like radio communications and radar, and denying this ability to adversaries.
EW involves encompasses technologies and applications that involve RF jamming, signals intelligence, electronic intelligence, and other disciplines to control and deny use of the RF spectrum.
Cyber warfare involves computer hacking, introducing malicious computer viruses without the recipient’s knowledge, theft of computer passwords, and spying on data flowing over sensitive networks. Cyber also involves information security and cyber security technologies designed to protect sensitive government and business networks and computers from hackers.
Optical warfare is similar to EW, except that it involves light instead of radio waves. Optical warfare involves simple applications like surveillance with visible-light cameras and infrared sensors, to laser targeting, laser-based defenses against infrared-guided missiles, and high-energy laser weapons to defend against rockets, mortars, and artillery shells.
Navigation warfare the use and denial of satellite navigation technologies like the Global Positioning System. It describes the free use by the U.S. and its allies of GPS technologies for navigating ships, vehicles, and aircraft to and from their destinations, as well as for guiding smart munitions to their targets.
The Latest on: Spectrum warfare
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The Latest on: Spectrum warfare
- Tim Greeff: Crane naval center helping U.S. play catch-up in hypersonic R&Don September 6, 2019 at 11:21 am
The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane recently unveiled a program to ... Managed out of Crane’s office of Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems, the prototyping program ...
- Intelligence Official: U.S. not prepared to defend against hybrid warfare, a favorite of Russia and Chinaon September 6, 2019 at 10:03 am
Army Lt. Gen. Karen Gibson, the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for National Security Partnerships, discussed the matter earlier this week in Virginia, addressing the multi-spectrum nature of ...
- Army Cyber Command Ready for Aggressive Ops Around 2020 Election, Chief Sayson September 6, 2019 at 9:35 am
The 2016 election forced the Pentagon to rethink its approach to digital warfare, and in the years since ... cyber strategy the department relied on in the past with a “full spectrum” approach, ...
- C4ISR Market projected to increase at a CAGR of 3.59% through 2019-2025on September 6, 2019 at 8:42 am
The U.S. Army is now working to rediscover the electronic warfare for ground operations. This discovery is termed as spectrum warfare, as the centralized command authorities are planning to combine ...
- Microwave Converters Use Novel Agile Technology to Dynamically Respond to Emerging Electronic Threatson September 5, 2019 at 5:53 pm
Designed to enable agile electronic warfare (EW) and electronic intelligence ... for both efficiently scanning the electromagnetic spectrum for threats as well as processing wideband signals.
- Valencia High School Alum Serves As U.S. Navy ‘Information Warrior’on September 5, 2019 at 3:53 pm
... continuous training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct “information warfare” across a full spectrum of military operations, according to Navy officials. As a ...
- Japan’s budget document reveals electronic warfare planson September 5, 2019 at 12:18 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia — Japan is stepping up its investments in electronic warfare, with its latest defense budget ... different role and covers different bands on the electromagnetic spectrum. The ...
- Visual RF Detection, a New UAV RF System, and FCC RF Regulations: Radio Frequency News Roundupon September 3, 2019 at 12:44 pm
Spectrum Hunter To help to counter this threat, the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) has developed a prototype called the Spectrum Hunter. The device allows users to learn in real-time exactly ...
- Replacing Ideology With Classon September 3, 2019 at 2:06 am
The reason politics is reduced to a political spectrum rather than what is true is because the stakes are just too high. The class warfare has too high stakes for there to be an honest assessment of ...
- Pakistan’s info-war post-Article 370 revocation: Here’s what experts say on information operations as a form of warfareon September 2, 2019 at 2:23 am
“The terminologies Psychological Warfare, Information Warfare and Information Operations ... The entire available media spectrum is used for propagation. Essentially, such operations are based on ...
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