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SOCOM UPGRADING MISO BROADCAST MISSION CAPABILITIES

The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2013

U.S. Special Operations Command
(USSOCOM) is seeking sources for a Military Information Support Operations
(MISO) Broadcast Enhancements-(MBE)
system – a radio broadcast system capable of searching for and acquiring
every AM and FM radio station in a
specific area, and then broadcasting a
message(s) in the target area on all of
the acquired station frequencies.
The USSOCOM MISO mission, including psychological operations,
electronic attack (EA) and information-dissemination broadcasts in AM,
FM, HF, TV and military communications bands, is currently conducted
for USAF Special Operations Command
from EC-130J “Commando Solo” platforms operated by the 193rd Special
Operations Wing (Middletown, PA) of
the Pennsylvania Air National guard.
The Commando Solo aircraft are
specially-modified Lockheed Martin
C-130J four-engine Hercules transports.The aircraft generally operate
independently, flying orbits offset
from the desired target audience - either military personnel or civilians.
Modifications to the aircraft include
enhanced navigation and self-protection equipment, air refueling; as well
as the capability to broadcast analog
radio and television on all worldwide
standards. The crew consists of the
pilot, copilot, flight systems officer,
mission systems officer, two loadmasters and five electronic communications systems operators.
It’s not known whether the new
radio search and broadcast capability
being sought in the current RFI is intended for the Commando Solo aircraft,
or alternatively, may be aimed at a more
limited capability, such as a payload for
a UAV or other manned platform.
USSOCOM is looking to identify
all firms (both foreign and domestic) that could provide a lightweight,

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multi-frequency, simultaneous, overbroadcast system in anticipation of a
Foreign Comparative Test (FCT). The
non-developmental capability must
have a demonstrated Technology
Readiness Level of 8 (TR-8), or higher.
The MISO radio and television
broadcast mission dates back to as
early as the mid-1960s, with the 193rd
Air National Guard Wing first flying
missions with the EC-130 platform in
support of the rescue of Americans
on Grenada in 1983 and the removal
of the Noriega regime from Panama
in 1989. The Wing joined the newly
formed AF Special Operations Command in 1990, at which time its aircraft received the Commando Solo
designation. Since then, the aircraft
have flown in support of a number
of operations including Desert Shield
and Desert Storm, Uphold Democracy
in Haiti, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and
other contingency operations.
In its information dissemination
role, the Commando Solo platform is

capable of broadcasting up to seven
transmissions simultaneously, including standard AM radio (10kW),
three commercial FM radio bands (1
kW), UHF (1 kW), HF (10 kW) and VHF/
UHF television (10 kW). Programming
can be pre-recorded, retransmitted,
or live.
Its other capabilities include communications electronic attack (EA),
intelligence collection, and command
and control relay. Jamming coverage
ranges from 450 kHz to 1GHz with
multiple modulation modes, AM, FM,
Pulse, Phase etc., multiple target frequencies or bands per transmitter,
and directional gain (5-11 dbi) and
omni-directional antennas.
Expanded Capabilities planned for
the system include a digital capability required to meet DOD/SOCOM airborne broadcast requirements. The
solicitation name is: MISO Broadcast
Enhancements – (MBE). The primary
point of contact is: Diane Davis, (813)
826-7061, e-mail: diane.davis@socom.
mil. – J. Haystead



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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
Growing AOC’s EW Advocacy Program
World Report
Beyond CREW: Army EW Fights for a Bigger Spectrum
US Army Electronic Warfare in the Post- Global War on Terrorism World
RF Decoys for Fighter Aircraft
New Products
EW 101
AOC News
AOC 50th Annual International Symposium and Convention Guide
AOC 2013 Award Winners
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - October 2013 - From the President
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JED - October 2013 - Letters
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JED - October 2013 - Beyond CREW: Army EW Fights for a Bigger Spectrum
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