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
- America's Stealth Revolution Started With The F-117 Nighthawkon June 27, 2020 at 6:05 pm
The F-117 was entirely dependent on an autorouter to map out its course to avoid threats before each mission. Both the F-22 and the F-35 have the ability to map out threats in real time and are ...
- Navy Military Training Program Prepares IWTC Monterey Sailors for Successon June 26, 2020 at 3:01 am
Michael Haggerty, Information Warfare Training Command Monterey MONTEREY, Calif. -- The United States Navy holds training in high regard, and following the two months of rigorous “boot camp” which ...
- Air Force arms cargo planes for future attackon June 24, 2020 at 1:14 pm
The U.S. Air Force is arming its cargo planes with bombs for attack missions in a clear move to expand the offensive warfare envelope for its fleet of tactical supply and transport aircraft, bringing ...
- Senate takes aim at Navy’s new jammeron June 24, 2020 at 10:41 am
The Senate's version of the NDAA wants a report on how the Navy's Next Generation Jammer contributes to a spectrum superiority strategy.
- New laws will let people designate communications impedimenton June 23, 2020 at 3:46 pm
Bills designed to improve police interactions with individuals with autism or who face other communication barriers were signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
- Navy aims to integrate unmanned vehicles into carrier strike groups by mid-2020son June 23, 2020 at 12:34 pm
Mine warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance, and anti-submarine surface and underwater vehicles, complete with weapons capabilities, are part of the Navy’s future fleet vision, one that will ...
- Next Generation Jammer-Low Band (NGJ-LB) Pod Tested on Super Hornet Airframe At RCS Measurement Facilityon June 23, 2020 at 8:16 am
First image showing Northrop Grumman’s full-up Next Generation Jammer-Low Band (NGJ-LB) Demonstration of Existing Technologies (DET) electronic warfare pod being tested. On Jun. 22, 2020, Naval ...
- ThayerMahan Signs CRADA with NUWC-Newporton June 22, 2020 at 8:11 am
PRNewswire/ -- Groton-based ThayerMahan, Inc., a world leader in autonomous maritime security solutions, announced today that it has signed a ...
- The Air Force Is Arming its Cargo Planes with Bombson June 18, 2020 at 6:34 am
This kind of warfare adaptation for cargo planes is also consistent with the Air Force’s longer-term strategy for advanced weapons.
- Hensoldt South Africa highlights electronic warfare capabilitieson June 17, 2020 at 6:33 am
Tactical electronic warfare systems that combine technologies into coherent multi-sensor, multi-platform systems allow for true spectrum dominance, with Hensoldt South Africa continuing to be one of ...
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