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
- Vella Gulf Trains for Anti-Submarine Warfareon May 31, 2020 at 2:18 pm
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- Prior Enlisted XO Helps IWTC Monterey Navigate Unique Timeson May 30, 2020 at 3:06 am
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- Pentagon to open Nellis Air Force Base for 5G testingon May 29, 2020 at 12:44 pm
The decisions to open up testing at Nellis comes as the National Spectrum Consortium wraps up solicitations for 5G testing at four other military bases.
- Military’s AI hub is ready to think about war, Gen. Shanahan says on last day at Pentagonon May 29, 2020 at 11:33 am
The JAIC is ready to bring AI to battle through its Joint Warfighting mission initiative, the leader of the center said on his last day at the Pentagon.
- Vice Admiral Brian Brown On the U.S. Naval Information Warfare Communityon May 29, 2020 at 3:50 am
By Dmitry Filipoff CIMSEC had the opportunity to discuss the formation and future of the U.S. Navy's Information Warfare (IW) community with Vice Admiral ...
- Drone-powered Business Solutions Market New Era Of Industry and Forecast 2017-2025on May 28, 2020 at 9:01 pm
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- Nellis AFB to test 5G network beginning in January 2021on May 28, 2020 at 1:14 pm
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center are working together to build a 5G cellular network for testing at Nellis Air Force Base ...
- Militarizing Global Health Isn’t the Right Answeron May 27, 2020 at 1:13 am
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- Naval Surface Warfare Center Prototypes Detection Tech via OTAson May 20, 2020 at 2:11 pm
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division pursues prototyping of autonomous detection systems via other transaction authority, an alternative, accelerated procurement approach. NSWC Crane said ...
- Electronic warfare & electromagnetic spectrum focus of ONR programon May 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Office of Naval Research (ONR) experts are enabling full electromagnetic spectrum control for the military under a research and development (R&D) effort called the Electronic Warfare Discovery & ...
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