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Service (FRS) Push-to-Talk (PTT) radios,
VHF FH CT, UAV control and video links
and GSM 1800 (NTC closed network).
The CEMA enterprise continued to
learn how to achieve FUOPs/CUOPs synergy during the exercise. Simple things,
like getting information from CUOPs to
FUOPs, proved difficult with the OPTEMPO. An effective method for the CEMA
staff proved to be passing 3x5 cards
that had pertinent information about
upcoming operations or the current status of the teams. A benefit the EWWTs
greatly appreciated was writing up a detailed explanation of specifically what
the next mission was and passing it via
free text message in JCR to the team.
This narrative, combined with the ops
graphics, created greater understanding
for the operators to effectively support
the BCT mission.
During the 10 days of force-on-force
training, the EWWTs were able to deliver
significant effects on the OPFOR's ability to communicate. Initially the teams
were able to map the VHF frequency hop

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Lancer CEMA personnel set up the directional
antenna for remote operations.

(FH) set by deconflicting our known
hop set with other frequencies in the
frequency band of interest. The EA antenna/trailer combination provided
approximately 1400W of effective radiated power (ERP) through a directional
antenna, which allowed for achieving
effective EA ranges between 10 and 20
km. The teams were given liberal emplacement guidance, which allowed
them a degree of freedom to refine their
locations based on the judgement of the
team leader.
The NTC rotation proved the effectiveness of EWWTs at the BCT level. The
Observer, Coach/Trainers (OC/Ts) declared 2-2 SBCT's NTC rotation the best
EWWT integration and employment yet
to come through Fort Irwin. Some of the
successes the EWWTs provided were:
* Provided a vast majority of SIGINT intercepts for the Cryptological Support
* Intercepted numerous OPFOR cell
phone text messages providing early
warning to the BCT, such as SPOT reports and calls for fire;
* Intercepted over 1,200 text messages
and phone calls;
* Most cell calls were BLUEFOR calls.
This provided a unique opportunity
to see ourselves as the team reported
BLUEFOR was passing countless OPSEC details such as positions, dispositions, movement timelines, tactical
plans and exercise HUMINT;
* Provided a psychological impact by
causing 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment to believe their equipment was
compromised when it really wasn't;
* Identified and geolocated two HighPayoff Targets resulting in their lethal
* Provided Special Forces task force
with the geolocation of a High Value
Target's cell phone, resulting in his
capture and disruption of his network
* Provided organic EA support in the
seizure of two objectives, disrupting enemy communications on the
* Herded OPFOR off of their primary and
alternate communications, creating a
reliance on runners to send information from OPs to higher headquarters
thereby degrading the enemy commander's timely information.

As discussed, the adversarial threat
possesses a robust capability to affect
both cyberspace and the EMS. The EWWTs provide a way to begin answering
this threat at the tactical level. Not only
can the Army provide its own non-lethal
CEMA fires, it can use these same pieces
of equipment to geolocate and target adversary emitters. By equipping capable
vehicles with already available commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) EW equipment, the Army can gain the ability to
shape the EMS and inject cyber effects
organically at the tactical edge. It's been
proven possible and indeed doable to
complete the entire Detect, Decide, Deliver, and Assess (D3A) cycle with these
available systems.
This article began by discussing the
ways a major state actor, Russia, employs
IRCs in order to enhance its ability to
achieve its political objectives in methods short of war and during contingency
operations. A few enterprising units in
the Army have recognized this gap in
capability and began to address it with
little to no resourcing, but with much
success. 2-2 SBCT demonstrated the exponential growth in capability a handful of motivated soldiers can achieve in
three short months. The EWWT concept
works. It's tailorable to the type of formation it supports, and most importantly
it provides the Brigade Commander with
organic CEMA assets to begin addressing
and providing CEMA threats, right now.
While not a complete Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership
and Education, Personnel, Facilities, and
Policy (DOTMLPF-P) solution, the lessons
learned will inform the tactical employment of CEMA as the Army transitions
to the Direct Action climate. Now, how
to incorporate CEMA into Multi Domain
Battle ... a
About the author: CPT(P) Kyle Borne is
the Brigade EWO for 17th Field Artillery
Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,
WA. He has attended the 1J Operational
Electronic Warfare Course and the FA 29
Course at USAFAS. The views expressed are
his own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the United States Army,
Department of Defense, the 17th Field Artillery Brigade, or the US Government.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - February 2018

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Big Challenges Ahead as DOD Tries to Address EMSO Implementation
Tactical CEMA for the Mechanized Force
New Products
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - February 2018 - intro
JED - February 2018 - cover1
JED - February 2018 - cover2
JED - February 2018 - 3
JED - February 2018 - 4
JED - February 2018 - 5
JED - February 2018 - The View From Here
JED - February 2018 - 7
JED - February 2018 - Conferences Calendar
JED - February 2018 - 9
JED - February 2018 - Courses Calendar
JED - February 2018 - 11
JED - February 2018 - From the President
JED - February 2018 - 13
JED - February 2018 - 14
JED - February 2018 - The Monitor
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JED - February 2018 - 17
JED - February 2018 - 18
JED - February 2018 - 19
JED - February 2018 - World Report
JED - February 2018 - 21
JED - February 2018 - Big Challenges Ahead as DOD Tries to Address EMSO Implementation
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JED - February 2018 - insert1
JED - February 2018 - insert2
JED - February 2018 - Tactical CEMA for the Mechanized Force
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JED - February 2018 - 29
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JED - February 2018 - New Products
JED - February 2018 - EW 101
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JED - February 2018 - AOC News
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JED - February 2018 - 36
JED - February 2018 - Index of Advertisers
JED - February 2018 - JED Quick Look
JED - February 2018 - cover3
JED - February 2018 - cover4