The U.S. Army wants to explore “surgical” attacks as a new approach to demonstrating its electronic warfare capabilities, C4ISRNet reported Monday. Officials said it would make the service less detectable in the field unlike traditional EW strategies.
The service is attempting to avoid the same attack launched by Russia against Ukraine, which used high-powered electronic jamming tools. Officials said the technology could expose the operation to the “entire world.”
“We’re looking for much more discrete ways of conducting electronic attack,” said Col. Mark Dotson, capabilities manager for electronic warfare at the Army. “Using low power to affect the signal and to affect it in such a way that it may not even be detectable that you’re interfering with what they’re doing.”
Surgical attacks involve misleading adversaries by creating an image on their radar or targeting the command and control links of unmanned aerial systems. Dotson made the remarks after the Cyber Quest technology experiment at Fort Gordon in Georgia, where the Army tested technologies and concepts from industry.
The event focused on testing a new integrated electronic warfare and signals intelligence system and identifying other platforms that the service may acquire for its multi-domain task force.