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Army Brigade Electro
Teams Learn New Les

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By CW2 Patrick Derr, USA

The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2017

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For the past 10-plus years, groundbased electronic warfare (EW) operations in the U.S. Army have relied on
Counter Radio Controlled Improvised
Explosive Device Electronic Warfare
(CREW) systems and an integrating
function of the air-based EW platforms
of the other Services. I, and many other
Electronic Warfare Technicians, have
sought to bring ground-based EW systems back into the Army. These efforts
range from the Army's Rapid Fielding
Initiative (RFI) program to requests to
companies like Digital Receiver Technologies Incorporated (DRT) to borrow

and evaluate their equipment. There
began the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division's part
in this story. I submitted a request to
DRT to borrow some EW equipment for
my Brigade's National Training Center
(NTC) rotation (17-06) in April and May
of this year, the culminating event in
an Army Brigade's training prior to deployment. In quick succession, after securing agreement for support from DRT,
US Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER)
announced that our unit's NTC rotation
would be the third and final Cyber Electromagnetic Activities Support to Corps
and Below (CSCB) pilot rotation; this
brought additional ground EW equipment to the rotation.

FORMING OUR EWWTS
While we would be able to work with
and test a variety of EW equipment at
NTC, we would have limited time to train
on the equipment prior to the exercise.
Our preparation primarily consisted of
DRT providing a week of training in the
month prior to our rotation, and AR Cyber training four technicians to operate
their suite of EW tools. This training,

The EWWTs trained on VROD systems at Fort Riley prior to their NTC rotation. (SFC Richard Grant,
right and US Army, left)

while short, proved critical in enabling
us to use the gear effectively. The Army
currently spreads EW soldiers across the
Brigade into the subordinate Battalions.
In order to enable the formation of EW
Weapons Teams (EWWTs) to operate this
equipment, we consolidated the majority of the EW soldiers at the Brigade
level and formed three teams. AR Cyber
further augmented this with two sets of
equipment and two operators per set resulting in two EWWTs.
The EWWTs consisted of one threevehicle team and one two-vehicle team.
The three-vehicle team was centered



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - September 2017

The View from Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Army Brigade Electronic Warfare Weapons Teams Learn New Lessons at NTC
Technology Survey: Counter-UAS Systems
EW 101
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - September 2017 - intro
JED - September 2017 - cover1
JED - September 2017 - cover2
JED - September 2017 - 3
JED - September 2017 - 4
JED - September 2017 - 5
JED - September 2017 - The View from Here
JED - September 2017 - 7
JED - September 2017 - Conferences Calendar
JED - September 2017 - 9
JED - September 2017 - Courses Calendar
JED - September 2017 - 11
JED - September 2017 - From the President
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JED - September 2017 - 14
JED - September 2017 - The Monitor
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JED - September 2017 - Washington Report
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JED - September 2017 - World Report
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JED - September 2017 - Army Brigade Electronic Warfare Weapons Teams Learn New Lessons at NTC
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JED - September 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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