Army Offers Electronic Warfare Courses

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Army Offers Electronic Warfare Courses


Situation: Intelligence indicates that several improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been used in the past three days targeting patrols along the river and that there is a potential IED command and control (C2) node located at the farm indicated on the map.

Mission: The commander wants to utilize all available electronic warfare (EW) assets to protect convoys in the area during a cordon and search operation to locate and capture insurgents near the farm.

Execution: Deny communications between IED teams and the C2, prevent remote-controlled IED (RCIED) detonations, and provide electronic attack against the enemy network.

In the early days of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, the Army found itself in a complex environment against a threat adept at employing off-the-shelf wireless technologies. These forces were also using global wireless services, cellular technologies, and the internet to synchronize their operations worldwide.

In 2006, the Army decided to begin rebuilding its EW capability from the ground up. GEN Richard A. Cody, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army at the time, stated "Soldiers must be trained at all ranks, and at different tiers, in EW skills." The Army then ordered the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to develop training for EW officers (EWOs) in every echelon, battalion and above, while developing and resourcing a new electronic warfare career field.

Those initially designated EWOs were sent to Fort Sill, OkIa., for a six-week course through the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence. Since 2006, hundreds of Soldiers have graduated from this course and been given the U skill identifier. These Soldiers have been deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq performing the important mission of dominating the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). The program has been highly successful at bringing the right training to the right individuals in the right positions prior to deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Army is now ready to institutionalize EW as a core competency and has developed the training and infrastructure to support the EW career field. The Army is looking for those individuals who have the requisite skills, interest, and aptitude to join this new field.

Career Management Field 29 - Electronic Warfare

EW will require well-trained and highly skilled officers, warrant officers, and NCOs from the Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard to ensure dominance of EMS on the battlefield both now and into the future. The mission includes locating, targeting, exploiting, disrupting, degrading, deceiving, denying, or destroying an adversary's electronic systems at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of the operational environment.

The following are brief descriptions of the four courses designed to meet Army EW needs:

Army Operational EW Course (AOEWC) -ASI IJ

The Army's interim solution of producing skilled EWOs is accomplished with the Army Operational Electronic Warfare Course (ASI 1 J), a six-week resident course at the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence. The course is designed to give an individual a working foundation of electronic warfare for battalion and above operations. It teaches Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen to integrate and operate as a member of the electronic warfare team.

Each student gains a working knowledge of electronic fundamentals, the integration of EW into the military decision making and targeting processes, how to analyze the electronic order of battle, EW targeting, and assessment of results. Students' knowledge is validated during scenario-based exercises, where they apply their knowledge of integrating electronic warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.

Army Functional Area 29 Course

An EW officer (03-06) serves as the principal staff officer for all responsibilities concerning electronic warfare.

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