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Managing the electronic battlefield for multi-domain warfare

by Asif Anwar | 5月 06, 2011

Air, sea, and land electronic warfare (ASLEW) is waged within the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum to both attack and defend against enemy personnel and equipment. Electronic Warfare (EW) uses the EM spectrum to attack and disable an enemy's sensors, data links, communications, and directed energy weapons while also denying enemy EW efforts, thus degrading the enemy's warfighting capabilities. Furthermore, EW readily lends itself to multi-domain warfare unlike physical weapons such as tanks, aircraft, and ships that are specific to a domain (air, sea, land) of combat.

This does mean that EW needs to be centrally planned and directed, and de-centrally executed with the various investments made by the different branches of the armed forces effectively applied in a coordinated fashion. US military branches are a good example of where this doctrine is already in use, but other nations are also recognizing the increasing importance of EW systems and putting strategies in place.

As part of these efforts, Strategy Analytics sees space communications systems playing a strategic role as an electronic warfare force multiplier. As electronic warfare becomes increasingly integrated and net-centric, and with the tighter integration of EW and cyber/information warfare (CIW) opening up another front, space communications assets will be pivotal in supporting net-centric capabilities across airborne, naval and ground systems as part of the electromagnetic battlefield management (EMBM) strategy.

The Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service report, "Space Communications Systems and Electronic Warfare" serves as a quick introduction to this topic and ADS will be releasing a more in-depth strategic analysis of space communications systems  as used by US, allied, and select other military forces to augment ASLEW.

This will be followed by a series of reports covering EW systems demand across land, naval and air domains to include detailed component market analyses and forecasts.

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