electronic warfare, sigint/commint penetration of pulses houses etc
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#1 Jan 7, 2013
branch of information operations, which includes technical measures such as computer security and attacking hostile computers, but also "soft" disciplines such as psychological warfare and deception. Current usage really refers to the entire electromagnetic and acoustic spectra, not just the traditional radio and radar frequencies passive infrared light heat-seeking guidance and thermal viewing. It includes directed energy from lasersprinciples are extended against weapons using acoustic energy, principally involving suband torpedoes.
critical civilian systems need to consider the threat, it is hardly a new discipline. In the Russo-Japanese War of 1905, a Russian captain became aware transmitting the Russian position, but was denied permission to jam the signal; the decisive Japanese victory at the Battle of Tsushima Strait might have been prevented had the Russian admiral given permission for EW. Perhaps this can better be described as the first command misunderstanding of the potential value of EW.
EW is often discussed in terms of means and attacks. Effects are produced by the means; the effects may be either permanent ("lethal") or transient ("nonlethal"). The techniques are the means of causing the effects; one distinction, not always clear-cut, is whether they use physical or energy-based methods: a lethal attack can destroy a radar with the blast and fragmentation of a anti-radiation missile, or by an electromagnetic pulse or other high-intensity energy source that burns out, rather than "dazzles", components in the radar. Nonlethal attacks on the
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