Electronic protection (EP) takes high priority vs. top adversaries in discipline of electronic warfare (EW)

June 10, 2021
Senior Pentagon leaders try to understand the importance of electronic protection to safeguard sensors, more than platforms, from enemy jamming.

BELCAMP, Md. – The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) risks failing to achieving electromagnetic superiority against top adversaries because military leaders silo different aspects of electronic warfare (EW) across various portfolios. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

10 June 2021 -- Dave Tremper, director of electronic warfare for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, was referring to electronic protection (EP), which involves shielding systems from spoofing or jamming.

He has made electronic protection one of his top priorities since getting into the job -- even though he does not have direct responsibility for protecting systems from EW of top adversaries. Electronic protection falls under intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); position, navigation and timing (PNT); and communications communities because this discipline refers to features and not systems.

“Very often EP gets cut from budgets because they have cost constraints, they have schedule constraints, they have performance constraints. EP is the first thing to go,” Tremper said late last month at the Cyber Electromagnetic Activity conference hosted by the Association of Old Crows.

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John Keller, chief editor
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