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nization would contain four platoons:
headquarters and support, two counter
radio-controlled IED electronic warfare
(CREW) platoons, and a “platforms” platoon. The captain or major who already
serves as the brigade EWO would function as its commander. The CW2 would
function as the XO and chief targeteer
for the brigade. The MSG would have an
opportunity to professionally develop
the NCOs of the branch as the 1SG.
The manning for the platoons derives
from the number of EWOs that are already allocated to a basic light infantry
brigade combat team (IBCT). Typically,
an infantry battalion is allocated an E7,
cavalry squadrons and support battalions an E6, and artillery battalions an
E5. The minimum rank requirement for
the 29E MOS is an E5. This makes an odd
assortment of individuals in a company
being so NCO heavy.
Each platoon will be overseen by an
E7 who will act as the Platoon Sergeant.
Because there are no lieutenants in functional area 29 (the EW officer MOS), the
platoons will have to function without
an officer present. The platoon will be

aligned to a battalion within the brigade to provide EW training support for
field operations, and combined training
center rotations and deployments. The
manning allows for two E5s at each company to function as CREW specialists or
whatever the EW mission dictates. The
headquarters and support platoon will be
manned to function as the EW specialists
for the Brigade Support Battalion (BSB).
The platforms platoon is allocated to
provide the brigades with EW-specific
equipment, similar to a JNN for a signal company or a Q37 Radar for a target
acquisition battery. Part of the Army’s
way forward for EW has to be to develop
new platforms or purchase already commercially available options. EW cannot
survive simply on maintaining CREW
systems and submitting requests for airborne electronic attack (AEA). Currently,
Prophet systems can perform several EWrelated tasks and, either the MICO will
have to share, or the EW company will
have to have, a few of their own. Some of
that equipment exisits in limited quantities and capacities, such as the Duke V2
EA and GATOR. They will be the subject

matter experts on EW-specific equipment
used for electronic attack (EA), electronic
protect (EP) and electronic warfare support (EWS). This platoon would also allow
for the Army to take an active role in the
shift to air-sea battle (ASB) operations
by functioning as OPFOR for Air Force
and Navy. This is increasingly practical
as neighboring Air Force and Army bases
merge to form joint bases.

THE RATIONALE
All too often, the common observation I hear from the EWOs I encounter
relates to marginalization of EWOs as an
extra duty. This is very similar to how the
chemical officers and NCOs are handled
in conventional units. It is detrimental
to the retention of critical MOS-specific
knowledge for NCOs to be tasked for training, land and ammo, or whatever other job
is needed that no one else wants to do.
This applies to the officers as well. Each
person in the EW field chose this MOS specifically, probably because they received
some experience as a 1K (the two-week
CREW course at Fort Huachuca) on a deployment, and now want to do it for a ca-

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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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