US Marines Ramp Up Cyber & Electronic Warfare: Jammers On ‘Every Airplane’

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    WASHINGTON: With the rise of high-tech threats from Russia and China, the Marine Corps plans a major increase in its forces devoted to jamming, hacking, and deceiving enemies. That involves

    • putting new sensors and jammers in everything from ground units to drones to V-22 Osprey tiltrotors and KC-130 transports, despite a tight budget.
    • adding 1,000 to 3,000 more personnel, carved out of other parts of a Marine Corps legally limited to 182,000 active-duty troops. (That’s on top of a 1,300-plus increase in these specialties over the last several years).
    • retraining skilled electronic warriors from disbanded EA-6B Prowler squadrons to work with ground units and drones.
    • consolidating disparate disciplines — from offensive cyber warfare and electronic warfare to psychological operations and military deception — into a new “information warfare” force.
    The changes are part of top-to-bottom overview of the Marine Corps ordered by Commandant Gen. Robert Neller. That “Marine Corps Force 2025” review is ongoing, with two teams of 100 Marines now developing two alternative courses of action — one “evolutionary” and one “revolutionary” — that will be briefed to Neller in April, said Deputy Commandant Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh yesterday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A revision of the Marines’ “Expeditionary Force 21” concept for amphibious operations will come out in May, Walsh said, in time for the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference.

    Crucial details remain unresolved, such as whether the new information warfare forces will be permanent parts of Marine Expeditionary Units — which improves coordination with regular combat forces — or assigned as-needed for specific deployments — which makes it easier to do the highly specialized training that cyber and electronic warfare require. What is clear, however, is that the new approach will generally be more decentralized than the old, distributing capabilities widely across the force.

    More at the link:

    http://breakingdefense.com/2016/04/...sc=174454333.1.1459520537626&__hsfp=913626567

    Here's a great article on the Marines cyber/ew capabilities. It seems as though the Army is well behind our other 3 services in EW. They need to move faster on obtaining EW capabilities to succeed at the tactical level.
     
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    Falcon Major Staff Member Social Media Team

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    The marines are moving in the right direction here, they face a lot of EW and cyber threats from the Chinese in east Asia, they would be the first ones to face the Chinese in a conflict so they know how serious they need to be with EW.

    It's kind of sad to see the Marines retire the prowler but they aren't wasting the personnel. I remember reading that the military planes to train pretty much everyone in cyber and ew, so all of those pilots who are flying planes equipped with ew capabilities should have no problem operating in the new digital domain.
     
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    Woah!!! That's a big development:eek:. It's basically turning Marine Aviation into a gigantic jammer! This is exactly what the Navy should be doing. Electronic warfare on every ship, every plane, every satellite, every solider... developed a distributed lethality doctrine for electronic warfare and roll with it.

    China and Russia are nothing to scoff at, these are major electronic warfare and hacking threats|_0. Time for the US to get equally serious and this is a great step forward.
     
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    This is electronic warfare distributed lethality.
     
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