Army merging cyber and electronic warfare
- By Derek B. Johnson
The Army has begun implementing recommendations from a cyber and electronic warfare doctrine released in April.
The doctrine, which is the first of its kind to include standards and guidelines for electronic warfare, is now being integrated into the center's training for officers and enlisted soldiers, said Maj. Gen. John Morrison Jr., commander of the Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon
One of the key contributions of the doctrine was to push for a uniform set of guidelines and end the decentralized and stovepiped nature of the Army's cyber and electronic warfare training, Morrison said during an August press briefing at TechNet in Augusta, Ga.
"Previously we've had [separate] doctrines for our communicators -- doctrines for electronic warfare professionals … doctrines for our cyber professionals," Morrison said. "There was no means to bring mutual disciplines together."
The doctrine is meant to provide "overarching guidance to commanders and staffs on Army cyberspace and electronic warfare operations at all echelons." It acknowledges the need for specialization in both areas but calls for "synchronizing efforts to avoid unintended interference." It was an outgrowth of the Army's efforts to restructure and converge its cyber and electronic warfare operations after military officials acknowledged last year that they are still struggling to make them tangible to warfighters.
"We have a force strategy today that I believe is just not efficient because it is not organized correctly," Brig. Gen. Patricia Frost said at a West Point conference last year.
At last year's TechNet, Army officials expressed concern that if they did not modernize soon, their enemies will.
"We need to be aware that we are very likely going to fight an adversary that is converging using [both cyber and electromagnetic] integration, said Col. Timothy Presby. "So unless we actually work together and converge our capabilities, we will be left short."
Morrison added that Brig. Gen. Neil Hersey, incoming commandant for the center's Cyber School, is currently working on a standardized course that teaches the doctrine for the infantry, armored, military intelligence and engineering school houses, among others.
"[The doctrine] brings together signals, cyber, information operations and other aspects with the right intelligence underpinnings and then builds them into the existing processes at the division and corps levels."