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HASC EW Expert Bacon: US ‘Not Prepared’ For Electronic Warfare Vs. Russia, China

Monday, January 8, 2018   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Brock Sheets

Breaking Defense  |  by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.  |  January 08, 2018

WASHINGTON: The US military is “not prepared” to conduct radio and radar jamming against high-end adversaries, a veteran electronic warfare officer now in Congress says. We have made major progress jamming terrorist communications in Afghanistan and Iraq, says Rep. Don Bacon, a retired one-star general who recently visited both countries. But even against such low-tech foes, he told me, we’re hampered by aging equipment — like the EC-130H Compass Call he flew — and outdated doctrine.

“We are moderately prepared for the low-end fight like we’ve seen in Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s what we’ve been doing,” Bacon said. “But in a high-end fight, we are not prepared.” 



James A. Pryor (Ret) says...
Posted Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Agree 100%; great article, especially the quote "That intellectual groundwork is still far from solid". Glad to see the EW ECCT announced by General Wilson at the AOC Symposium will set the foundation for that work.
Robert P. Lindseth (USAF Ret) says...
Posted Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Awesome article! Totally accurate.

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