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GENERAL HYTEN TESTIMONY ADDRESSES SASC EMS CONCERNS
test capabilities are in need of continued and sustained modernization. Due
to the congested nature of the electromagnetic spectrum, the ability to conduct open-air testing is increasingly
constrained. There are few ranges where
advanced electronic warfare testing can
take place; often these locations are
forced to cease testing due to unintended interference. These challenges also
affect the manner by which the joint
force trains."
The SASC also asked, "What are the
major issues facing the military in its
ability to conduct operations?" The
general responded, "The Department is
actively seeking solutions to provide
situational awareness across the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) and for
command and control of offensive and
defensive EMS operations across all
domains and mission areas. Additionally, the spectrum continues to be constrained by increased commercial use,
limiting the availability for operational,
training, and testing purposes. We need
to ensure that we achieve a balance -
where possible - to advance new virtual
approaches enhancing joint electronic
warfare capabilities and training without dependence on spectrum access."
During the SASC confirmation hearing, two senators focused on EW issues.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) asked General Hyten to share his thoughts on the interaction between EW and "cyber." General
Hyten said, "I look at the problem in
the following construct. I see cyber as
a domain - cyber as a place - where we
conduct missions. One of those missions
that we conduct in the cyber domain is
electronic warfare. Electronic warfare is
basically trying to control the electromagnetic spectrum to your advantage.
We have some significant capabilities
in the electromagnetic spectrum. But
those capabilities have also had less
focus than they probably should have
over the last number of years. I look at

it in my own service, where electronic
warfare missions in the United States
Air Force have not had as significant a
priority as many of the other areas...
If I am confirmed as commander of
USSTRATCOM, I can pledge to you that
I will continue to look across the entire
department of defense - all of our capabilities - to make sure that we understand electromagnetic warfare, the role
in cyberspace, and how we control the
electromagnetic spectrum."
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), referencing General Hyten's written testimony,
asked General Hyten about the "layered
advantage" that Russia and China had
attained and demonstrated in recent
military operations. General Hyten explained, "Senator, if you look at what
China and Russia have been looking at
themselves for the last 20 years, they
have been looking at the United States
develop an incredibly powerful conventional military, that without a doubt
can dominate any battlefield in the
world. And so, they have taken those
lessons and started building capabilities to respond to that. One of those lessons is in the electromagnetic spectrum.
They see us dominating the electromagnetic spectrum. They see us using GPS,
satellite communications. They see us
basically conducting Information Age
warfare, where in the not too distant
past it was Industrial Age warfare. So
they're developing layers of capabilities
in the electromagnetic spectrum, and
cyber, and space, to try to gain a strategic advantage in those areas. Our job
is to make sure they never get an advantage in this areas. But it's clear that
is what they are trying to do from my
perspective, Senator."
Senator Wicker followed up by asking
what suggestions General Hyten could
offer to improve access to and freedom
of maneuver within the EMS. "I will
continue to advocate, if confirmed, for
improved capabilities in each of the do-

The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2016

Gen John Hyten, USAF, testified last
month before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), which is considering his nomination to command
US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).
In his testimony, he addressed some of
the electronic warfare (EW) and electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) issues facing
the DOD.
Prior to his hearing in front of the
SASC on September 20, the Committee
sent a package of advance questions -
several of which addressed EW - which
Hyten responded to in writing. The first
of these questions got straight to the
point, asking, "How capable do you believe Russia and China are in electronic
warfare?" General Hyten wrote, "I know
that Russia and China have each committed significant resources to both
electronic warfare capabilities and
dedicated military operators. The recent
Crimean and South China Sea operations
are excellent examples of the layered
advantage each country has attained.
Each realizes that controlling the battle
within the electromagnetic spectrum is
a key precondition in order to achieve
operational success. "
The next question asked, "What are
the issues with Joint Electronic Warfare
operations?" Hyten responded, "Joint
electronic warfare is in a rebuilding
phase - both in capability and forces.
The Department is also engaged to ensure these efforts are integrated in such
a manner that fosters Service interoperability. With our increasing spectrum
dependence, assuring access to and
freedom of maneuver within the electromagnetic spectrum can no longer be
guaranteed. This is an area where we
must improve."
Another SASC question asked, "Do
you believe the Department has adequate simulation capability to test joint
electronic warfare operations?" General Hyten responded, "Not today. The
Department's modeling and simulation

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