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Russia's Electronic Warfare Force: Blending Concepts with Capabilities

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[Technical Report, Study/Analysis]

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As the Department of Defense finally begins to appreciate the importance of electronic warfare EW on the battlespace against a peer competitor, understanding the conditions US forces should expect in this domain is critical to employing resilient command and control C2 at all levels. This analysis of Russian leadership thoughts on and recent developments in electromagnetic warfare EW - and the recommendations that flow from it - is therefore a needed step in preparing for possible future conflict. Major General Yuriy Lastochkin, head of Russian Defense Ministrys Radio-Electronic Warfare REB force, believes REB capabilities will permit his forces to decide the fate of all military operations in the near future. They will be arrayed against what Russia considers a major Western weakness heavy reliance on continuous, high-bandwidth networks - and in particular space-based assets - for almost every facet of warfare. This raises three particular concerns for U.S. forces and those of their allies and partners.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Countermeasures

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[A, Approved For Public Release]