(May 1, 2016) The electromagnetic spectrum is a valuable, but crowded, asset and the Army’s demand for spectrum has increased dramatically.
To complicate matters, today’s operating environment is the most challenging and diverse the Army has ever known. Though primarily based in the continental United States, the Army is expected to respond rapidly to threats and to participate in humanitarian or disaster relief anywhere on the globe.
To become the fully ready, expeditionary force commanders need, the Army is re-examining how it uses, manages, and protects the electromagnetic spectrum. At the most fundamental level, it must be able to conduct operations quickly and capably at home and abroad and for both training and mission purposes. In the congested and complex electromagnetic environment, that means being able to assess and monitor the spectrum in near real time and using spectrum-dependent systems that are flexible and adaptable.
The Army also must know in advance how any new technologies added to the battlespace will affect the spectrum.
To further support joint spectrum operations, the Army is developing the Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT), which provides the software necessary to integrate key databases.
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