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Harris’ Kenneth Parks: Battlefield Dominance Requires Integrated Electromagnetic Spectrum

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Kenneth Parks, senior manager of business development for the electronic warfare business at Harris Corp., believes the U.S. military needs to combine cyber and electronic warfare to stay ahead of the battlefield.

Parks wrote in an opinion piece for Signal Magazine published Tuesday that the military seeks to establish a strategic approach as the amalgamation of commercial services and military applications has altered the combat environment.

Adversaries use a mixture of cyber operations and electronic warfare to extend the impact of their resources and jam communications from remote locations, according to Parks.

The military must link electronic warfare and cyber systems for multidomain operations in order to address technical obstacles and operational threats, Parks writes.

“It is difficult to definitively state what will be the most effective outputs from merging EW and cyber capabilities,” he writes.

“It is important to continue research and field-testing solutions to maintain our progress while making any course corrections as new challenges are identified,” Parks adds.

Parks also calls for a new doctrine to guide investment in training and equipment and to remain flexible as emerging ideas challenge the status quo.

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