Strategic Capabilities Office developing capability to disrupt targeting of US warships

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  1. AMDR

    AMDR Captain Staff Member Administrator

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    Latest budget documents indicate that the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) is in the final stages of a program called "ISR Denial", whose aim is to "analyze and demonstrate a prototype solution to disrupt enemy targeting of critical U.S. assets.". The program will transition the Navy in 2017 after starting just over a year ago. The budget documents give no hint as to what exactly it is, except for one thing.

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    At the very bottom it says that this thing, whatever it is, will be installed on the carrier USS Eisenhower and be tested during flight operations.

    The DF-21D comes to mind here. It is designed specifically to target US carriers like the Eisenhower far from the Chinese mainland. The drawback is that it are dependent on accurate targeting info being quickly passed on from Chinese ISR platforms like satellites and ELINT aircraft, AKA the "Kill Chain". Judging by the place where this thing will be tested, it looks like this program aims to disrupt exactly this. Many senior military officials have hinted at programs like this before, arguing that it will be much easier to deal with weapons like the DF-21D with cyber and electronic warfare on the ground compared to when the missiles are already in the air.

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    What do you guys think it is? Special Jammer? Decoy? Cyber Weapon?
     
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    Falcon Major Staff Member Social Media Team

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    It's disrupting enemy targetting, my money's on it being some kind of jammer.

    Why is it on a carrier and not on a destroyer? Is it an airborne system? Is something specifically for dealing with anti carrier ballistic missiles?
     
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    Yeah i'm still trying to figure out if it is an airborne system or not. I mean why else would they put "tested during flight ops" in the budget documents? The SCO is all about repurposing current systems for new missions, so maybe they modified an E-2D AWACs so it can also act as a jammer with its big new AESA radar? I have no clue.
     
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    Yup definitely an air borne system, why else would it be on a carrier? The wording is somewhat vague so we don't know for sure, perhaps that is on purpose.
     
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