Accession Number : AD1001629

Title :   21st Century Military Operations in a Complex Electromagnetic Environment

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Defense Science Board Washington

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Report Date : 01 Jul 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : High-end electronics technology that was once available only to defense system developers in a few large countries is today available worldwide and can be utilized by both large and small actors for electronic warfare (EW) capabilities. To address this situation, the Defense Science Board performed a year-long investigation of the ability to conduct U.S. military operations in a complex and congested electromagnetic environment. The study examined four operational support capabilities common to most military mission areastactical communications; satellite communications; positioning, navigation and timing (PNT); and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). Three representative mission areas were also examinedtactical air combat, fleet defense, and ground warfare. Without exception, the ability to perform required functions and conduct required operations was seriously lacking in all seven areas in all but relatively benign EMS environments. Modern U.S. military operations base much of their success on the information dominance these abilities provide. Today, many countries, both near peers and regional powers, have the potential to limit the ability of U.S. systems to sense, communicate, network, and synchronize operations. The study recommends several actions intended to mitigate the most critical deficiencies and vulnerabilities within the seven specific areas investigated.

Descriptors :   ELECTRONIC WARFARE , MILITARY OPERATIONS , military forces(united states) , military capabilities , risk , threats , countermeasures , department of defense

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE