WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has activated two detachments at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia dedicated to electronic warfare and its future applications.
The go-ahead, given Oct. 25 in a ceremony inside an aviation museum, marks a step toward the implementation of the 950th Spectrum Warfare Group, which is tasked with evaluating the effectiveness of EW on dozens of aircraft while improving engagement capabilities and falsification in large military exercises.
The fledgling group is an outgrowth of the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The panhandle-based wing is staffed by engineers and other specialists who work with software and code to address cyber threats in the field.
“Our adversaries, right now, are looking at developing countermeasures as they build their capabilities against us,” said Col. Josh Koslov, the wing’s commander. at the ceremony. “Our team here at Robins will identify where our weak points are and be able to point us in the direction we need to go.”
The Air Force, like the Army and Navy, is reinvesting in electronic warfare and related dominance of the electromagnetic spectrum after years of atrophy. Modern militaries rely on spectrum to communicate, navigate and guide weapons to their targets. the struggle for it can make or break wartime success.
Both Russia and China recognize the value of spectrum and are trying to strengthen their respective arsenals. The latter may struggle in battles where access to spectrum is hotly contested, according to a Pentagon estimate released earlier this month.
“I want to echo the words of the Air Combat Command commander, Gen. Mark Kelly, who said that if we don’t achieve spectrum superiority, then our forces are going to lose, and we’re going to lose fast,” Kosloff said.
The 950th Spectrum Warfare Group it is expected to be fully established by 2027. However, Kosloff has shorter-term goals.
Detachments activated at Robins Air Force Base, where there is already a significant avionics footprint, are fueling the effort.
“Standing up these units today gives me the organizational ability to put the mission on the table for the warfighters,” Kosloff said. “We decompress the management of the organization and allow them to focus on the mission sooner.”
Colin Demarest is a reporter at C4ISRNET, where he covers military networks, cyber and IT. Colin previously covered the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration – specifically Cold War decommissioning and nuclear weapons development – for a daily newspaper in South Carolina. Colin is also an award winning photographer.
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