JED - September 2016 - 34

Nothing to See (Or Hear)

Concealing Tactical

A
By John Haystead

The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2016

34

Anyone involved in "the craft" during
the height of the Cold War would likely
be appalled to see forward to the level of
attention being paid (or not being paid)
to communication-signal-covertness.
It should not be surprising, however,
given the incredibly rapid advancement
of commercial communications technology, providing never-before-known
capabilities, reach, reliability, and perhaps most significantly, comfort level to
users - including militaries, paramilitaries, and terrorist groups.
Just recently, Marine Corps Commandant Gen Robert B. Neller, made such a
point. Speaking at a conference of the
Center for Strategic and International
Studies, General Neller asked in reference
to describing a recent exercise, "What
do you think the largest electromagnetic signature in the entire MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) headquarters
emanated from? The billeting area. Why?
Because everyone had their phone on."
General Neller pointed out that the
use of cellphones by Marine and Navy
personnel, particularly given their integrated GPS capability, presents an
extremely dangerous situation, illuminating both the presence of US forces
and providing their position information to adversaries.
But it's not just cellphones and other
commercial communication devices that
pose a problem. While the critical importance of maintaining informationsecure, reliable communications on
the battlefield is well recognized, the
equally (if not often more important)
requirement of preventing our tactical
communications (both data and voice)
emissions from being detected/identified/located by adversaries in the first



JED - September 2016

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Nothing to See (Or Hear) Here – Concealing Tactical Communications
Technology Survey: Manpack COMINT and DF Systems
The Heat is On
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - September 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - September 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - September 2016 - Courses Calendar
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JED - September 2016 - From the President
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JED - September 2016 - The Monitor
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JED - September 2016 - Technology Survey: Manpack COMINT and DF Systems
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JED - September 2016 - The Heat is On
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JED - September 2016 - EW 101
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JED - September 2016 - AOC News
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JED - September 2016 - Index of Advertisers
JED - September 2016 - JED Quick Look
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