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Move over nerds, grunts are learning signals intelligence

Friday, June 8, 2018   (0 Comments)

By: Shawn Snow  |  June 6th, 2018  |  Marine Corps Times

With the new National Defense Strategy, the Corps is amid a structural and equipment overhaul of its forces in preparation for a fight with more sophisticated adversaries, that means grunts are taking on new tasks, like exploiting the electromagnetic spectrum.

It’s not a job they are accustomed to, but as the Corps faces down rising enemies like Russia and China, whose forces are equipped with sophisticated sensors and electronic attack capability, Marine grunts will need to know how to exploit the electromagnetic spectrum.

In March, the Corps kicked of an experimental urban exercise known as Urban ANTX held aboard Camp Pendleton, California where Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Regiment, were given “a lot of EMS [electromagnetic spectrum] and electronic attack capability,” Lt. Gen. Robert S. Walsh, the commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, told audience members at defense discussion held at Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday.

The grunts were able to absorb the capability well, Walsh said, even “maneuvering in the electromagnetic spectrum.”

“This is normally something that even back in the Cold War when we had a lot of electronic attack capability, it would have been to a specific unit that conducted that mission for them,” Walsh said.  READ MORE...

With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.