JED - August 2016 - 24

Cyber Blitz

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US Army Gains New Insight for EW/Cyber
By John Haystead

The Journal of Electronic Defense | August 2016

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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-



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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 - cover1
JED - August 2016 - cover2
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JED - August 2016 - 4
JED - August 2016 - 5
JED - August 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - August 2016 - insert1
JED - August 2016 - insert2
JED - August 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - August 2016 - Courses Calendar
JED - August 2016 - 11
JED - August 2016 - From the President
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JED - August 2016 - 14
JED - August 2016 - The Monitor
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JED - August 2016 - World Report
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JED - August 2016 - Cyber Blitz: US Army Gains New Insight for EW/Cyber Operational Integration
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JED - August 2016 - Technology Survey: Solid State Power Amplifiers for EW, Radar and Communications Applications
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JED - August 2016 - EW 101
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JED - August 2016 - Threat Monitor
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JED - August 2016 - AOC Election
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JED - August 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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