Military Embedded Systems

EW and spectrum goals detailed in new DoD document


October 30, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

EW and spectrum goals detailed in new DoD document
Graphic: U.S. Dept. of Defense

ARLINGTON, Va. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a report called "2020 Department of Defense Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Strategy," which is basically a road map for the U.S. military to maintain freedom of action in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) at the time, place, and parameters of its choosing.

According to a public document released by the DoD, the strategy will attempt to implement new tactics, training, technology, and partnerships that would enable military users to move across and cloak itself in frequencies more easily, sense and attack or defend against malicious actors on the spectrum, and better withstand cyberattacks on the electromagnetic spectrum. As part of the strategy, DoD is mulling options for sharing and leasing frequencies with the private sector so as to digitally patrol as much of that space as possible.

One of the major questions swirling around the military's use of the EMS is whether the electromagnetic spectrum counts as a domain in the same way as the land, air, and sea. (For additional MES coverage of the EMS, please click here.)

''The rise of mobile systems and digital technology across the globe has placed enormous strain on the available spectrum for DOD's command, control, and communication needs,'' said Dana Deasy, the DOD chief information officer. "This strategy will help set the conditions needed to ensure our warfighters have freedom of action within the electromagnetic spectrum to successfully conduct operations and training in congested, contested, and constrained multidomain environments across the globe."

To read the DoD report please visit


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