Future electronic warfare – jamming and deception

The enemy country is working on developing jammers for the United States

The Russians now have a full Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership & Education, Personnel, and Facilities (DOTMLPF) Electronic Warfare Capability, based around the doctrine of Radio Electronic Combat (REC). “REC combined signals intelligence, direction finding, intensive jamming, deception, and destructive fires to attack enemy organizations and systems through their means of control. The purpose of REC is to limit, delay, or nullify the enemy’s use of his command and control systems, while protecting Russian systems by electronic counter-countermeasures. An estimated goal of the system is to destroy or to disrupt a majority of the enemy’s command, control, and weapon system communications, either by jamming or by destructive fires.”

North Korea developed its GPS signal jammer capability in response to GPS-guided weapons that could be used by South Korean and U.S. forces in the event of war. The country maintains a regiment-sized GPS jamming unit near the capital of Pyongyang and battalion-sized units near the demilitarized zone. Jamming in 2012 was traced to the town of Kaesong, just over the border.

The fact that the Department of Defense is going to execute wide-spread GPS jamming operations during such a high-end exercise is more proof of just how big of a threat these emerging electronic warfare tactics pose. It will be interesting to see if the USAF admits that the technology was indeed used for Red Flag after the exercise concludes, but considering that there are a whole number of position, navigation, and timing (PNT) technologies being developed in hopes to help overcome the loss of GPS during combat, advisories like this one that occur during major military exercises will likely become increasingly normal in the years to come.

The gsm jammer is taking place even as the head of U.S. Cyber Command, Admiral Michael S. Rogers, warns that the country is bolstering its cyberwarfare capabilities capabilities it may well have shown off during the major cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, largely suspected to be a state-sponsored attack following the release of the film The Interview.

One Russian company that manufactures the jammers, Aviaconversiya Ltd., has brushed aside allegations that it not only shipped equipment to Russia but also provided Saddam Hussein with technicians to train Iraqi soldiers about how to use the devices.

However, the news agency reported that the company’s promotional literature specifically mentions tensions between the United States and Iraq as one situation in which the jammers could help a country overcome a militarily superior force.