Military superiority

The year 2015 will be the year when nations of the world resort to electronic warfare, to gain political and military supremacy.

By (Farouk Araie, by email)

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Published: Sat 24 Jan 2015, 10:47 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:45 PM

There is a delicate opposition between attack and defence, destructive and protective means which dictates the development of warfare means and methods. Typical examples are rivalry of the sword and shield, arrow and chain mail, shell and armour and this kind of relationship also applies to electronic warfare, an organic part of military confrontation of the 21st century.

There is good reason to believe that electronic warfare is the weapon of the 21st century. Formulations and terms or this type of warfare, as well as its components and tasks differ in various countries. Every facet of combat is permeated today by technology such as sensors, networks, navigation aids and smart bombs that depend on access to the electromagnetic spectrum in order to function. It isn’t surprising that experts disagree about which capabilities should get highest priorities.

But there are at least a few core principles that most planners can embrace, and one of them is that in the information age, if you cannot control the electromagnetic spectrum then you cannot win wars. Integrating effective, reliable, affordable electronic warfare equipment with onboard aircraft systems and global information grids will require advances in electronic warfare hardware and battle-management software.

Undeniably, the face of warfare is changing. Reducing vulnerability to asymmetric threats is vital for any countries to survival and dominance in future operations. Throughout the past quarter century, the asymmetric threat has become a common form of warfare throughout the world. Electronic warfare will be the deciding factor between the victor and the vanquished.

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