Does it make sense logistically for military to treat the electromagnetic spectrum as its own domain?

Nov. 11, 2019
In one way, you can argue that the physical nature of the electromagnetic spectrum, the physical nature of it being a domain.

WASHINGTON – Military leaders are reluctant to treat the electromagnetic spectrum as a separate domain of warfare as they do with air, land, sea, space and cyber, even as the service increasingly recognize the importance of superiority in this area. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

11 Nov. 2019 -- At the Association of Old Crows conference Oct. 30, representatives from the Army, Navy and Air Force weighed in on a lingering debate: whether the electromagnetic spectrum should be considered its own military domain.

In short, while the spectrum legitimately can be described as a physically distinct domain, it does not make sense logistically for the Department of Defense to declare it a separate domain of warfare, they say.

Regardless of whether it’s an independent domain, military leaders made clear that leveraging the electromagnetic spectrum is a priority for every department and every platform.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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