When the talk of bragging rights for a country’s military comes up these days, it always centers on who has the biggest missiles, the fastest aircraft, the most powerful surface ships and the best Special Forces. While all these are hugely important in the time of any war, they could all have most or a large part of their most advanced capabilities rendered useless by a newer type of warfare that will shape the battlefields of the future; that type of weapon system is the technology that encompasses the broad spectrum of electronic warfare. It does not get credit for having the potential to swing battles like it deserves, but nonetheless the development process is a race which all of the most powerful militaries in the world are trying to win.
For many years, nuclear weapons and improving them were all the rage and they were the major deterrent that most superpowers were focused on developing. After that, people started talking about a neutron bomb that had the ability to kill many but would not have the explosive destruction of nuclear bombs; thus, cities could be conquered without having to rebuild them. But the most modern thinkers on military technology leaned towards the development of an electronic pulse weapon that would render the most sophisticated missiles and equipment in the area that it was detonated in useless, while at the same time not harming buildings or people. It is an example of electronic warfare at is finest and it’s widely thought that the USA is the closest to being able to use this technology on the battlefield.
EMP weapons are just the tip of the pyramid as far as electronic warfare goes. There is no better example of this than the technology that was developed to defeat radio controlled IED’s in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Coalition forces had no equal on the battlefield in these wars and its enemies were very reluctant to take them head on; but, with IED’s, these same enemies could inflict heavy losses while at the same time the perpetrators could slither away unseen in the chaos to do their dirty work another day. Something had to be done and that something was the evolution of personal jamming devices that soldiers started to wear; it was a technology that was reportedly so secret that no soldier ever talked about it and any news reporters that mentioned the gear would be taken out of the country. It forced the opposition in Iraq and Afghanistan to switch to pressure activated devices which were much easier to detect and disarm.
Today’s Army, Navy, Air Force and DOD all have commands under them with technologies that have a modern electronic warfare component to them. This type of warfare is designed to do such things as render battlefield communications useless and blind an army, defend against the same type of attacks and jam missile system radars and other radar-guided equipment. The possibilities for its use are endless and, as stated before, it may well become the most little recognized but most important player on any future battlefield.
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