US military in final phase of development of electronic warfare software tool for combat management

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Raytheon is developing Capability Drop 4 of the electronic warfare planning and management tool. Photo: Raytheon

The US military is in the final stages of developing a software tool, the Raytheon Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT), to give operators of military equipment, including airplanes, situational awareness of the electromagnetic spectrum. (EMS), according to a discussion of Electromagnetic Combat Management (EMBM) at the Association of Old Crows Annual Symposium in Washington, DC this week.

Launched by the military in 2014, EWPMT is to plan, manage and control sensors and other systems in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) to provide combatant forces with critical information about the congested signal environment of a modern battlefield . As part of the EWPMT, electronic warfare officers will be able to analyze possible courses of action and provide situational awareness to commanders of army brigade combat teams. EWPMT’s “collaboration and sharing capability brings electronic warfare officers, electromagnetic spectrum managers and cyber planners into the virtual command post computing environment to resolve conflict and manage the heavily congested spectrum,” said Raytheon.

Over the next two years, under a multi-million dollar contract with the military, Raytheon will develop EWPMT Capability Drop 4 (CD4) – the last step before expected full operational capability, Increment 1 – in 2021.

Niraj Srivastava, product line manager for Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems, said EWPMT “gives the military the freedom to add new capabilities and algorithms so they can handle an increasingly complex electromagnetic spectrum.” .

“And because it uses an open architecture, the tool can be shared with other military services,” Srivastava said.

Raytheon has delivered CD1 and CD2 and is working on CD3, targeted towards employment in a tactical threat environment. CD3 includes Raytheon functionality Crow claw, a mobile version of EWPMT that helps operators control signals in the field, “even without a host server or reliable connection to external data,” according to Raytheon. “Under the CD4 contract, Raytheon will continue to develop software and user interface for a more connected mobile system.”

At the Association of Old Crows conference this week, Jose Perez, a retired U.S. Marine Corps major and Torch Technologies’ senior technical director for EW / Aviation systems, said that an architecture Joint and multinational EMBM would help prevent “frequency fratricide”.

Such an EMBM architecture could provide guidance on how many unmanned aerial systems Allied forces could use in a given environment and how best to utilize their EMS capabilities. Artificial intelligence will likely help develop an EMBM architecture capable of understanding battlefield EMS data, according to an official speech this week at the Association of Old Crows conference.

“EMBM is data-hungry,” said John Stine, operations research manager at MITER. “AI is likely to play a very key role in this.”

The EMBM should provide an EMS situational awareness tool, not only for the Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Centers (JEMSOCs), but also for the various echelons of military command.

Stine said the Pentagon’s broad vision for EMS includes “forward-looking situational awareness,” ubiquity across military echelons, the ability to maneuver to prevent an adversary from using EMS, and decision-making. fast.

Alan Rosner, an official with the Defense Information System Agency / Defense Spectrum Organization (DISA / DSO), said the DoD is in the process of securing a hardware solution for the EMBM and that it “is hoping that resources will be found. affected where deficiencies have been identified. . “


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