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Cyber Blitz T US Army Gains New Insight for EW/Cyber By John Haystead The Journal of Electronic Defense | August 2016 24 The US Army is moving out on a new electronic warfare (EW)/cyber doctrine and battlefield operational construct to more tightly integrate cyber and spectrum warfare with its geospatial maneuver operations. As part of this process, the Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Ground Activity, under the CERDEC Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate Systems Engineering, Architecture, Modeling and Simulation, or S&TCD SEAMS, Division is conducting a series of experiments to provide field-based risk reduction through experimentation and integration. The first of these exercises, "Cyber Blitz: Converged Command Post," was conducted this spring at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, introducing a significant new concept to brigade-level operations. Sponsored by the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), the concept calls for a dramatically different arrangement and interaction of staff functions within a brigade combat team command post. The Cyber Blitz exercise provides an excellent view into the capabilities and benefits that modern testing ranges can provide to EW, spectrum-management and cyber warfare personnel training, as well as in identifying critical areas for changes and improvements to operations and doctrine. CERDEC GROUND ACTIVITY Overall, the CERDEC S&TCD employs approximately 400 government personnel, with a comparable number of people provided through industry con- tractors. Roughly $60 million of budgeted R&D funding is invested per year with an additional $120 - $150 million in funding coming through customerpaid engineering work. As outlined by its director, John Willison, "My subset of CERDEC is everything 'network and communications,' all focused on improving our capabilities, including cyber defense and cyber situational awareness." Much of the Directorate's engineering-development work, conducted at its labs at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, ultimately ends up at the Ground Activity located at Joint Base McGuire-DixLakehurst. Says Willison, "The Ground Activity is basically a field-based extension of our labs, but what's unique about this base is that we're able to combine the technical expertise of our engineers and scientists with the operational environment. We have a range with freedom-of-maneuver and ability to manage spectrum, so it's an operationally-relevant context, and by bringing in the actual operators, we're able to not only get feedback on our technology, but also help with training and to advise TRADOC on how best to go forward and inform its doctrine." The CERDEC Ground Activity Range 1 offers a number of unique resources and facilities to serve this purpose, including a tactical network and tactical operations center that can be operated as a simulated field-command center with separate areas to support brigade and battalion operations with live, virtual simulation. A separate range-network operations center is used for establishing and maintaining network communications between range operators, C4ISR test and training vehicles, stand-alone radio antennas, satellites and other locations around the country. Joseph Ryan, CERDEC S&TCD Ground Activity Trail Boss, says, "One of the unique things about this range is that we have the ability to work with other government agencies to gain sole access to blocks of spectrum over which we can radiate and collect on the range. We also have an overlaid tactical network where I can take a tech-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - August 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Cyber Blitz: US Army Gains New Insight for EW/Cyber Operational Integration
Technology Survey: Solid State Power Amplifiers for EW, Radar and Communications Applications
EW 101
Threat Monitor
AOC Election
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - August 2016