This is normally used to cause enemy
analysts to misread the situation and provide their commander with
misleading information and intelligence that appears to be accurate.
deception (MED), simulative electronic deception (SED), and imitative
electronic deception (IED).
The signal officer plans and executes
both MED and SED.
IED is primarily conducted by military
a. MED involves altering the electromagnetic profile of friendly
(1) MED tries to influence or alter enemy EW and SIGINT
estimates of the situation.
It does this by changing the technical
characteristics of specified friendly communications to create false
(2) MED can include false traffic levels, false peaks, routing,
It can also use non-communications devices.
(3) The deployment of various types of radar to mislead
analytic assessments of the location of airfields, air defense
batteries, and field artillery units can aid in applying MED
(4) To be effective, MED must be developed by those with a
complete knowledge of the operational concepts and procedures of
b. SED can counter an enemy's EW ability to accurately read the
It does this by misleading the enemy about friendly
(1) The indication of additional friendly forces on or
approaching the battlefield is an example of SED.
duplicating the type and volume of radio traffic normally found in
that unit, an enemy can be misled into believing there are more
friendly forces on the battlefield than actually exist.
(2) The introduction of new or different electronic systems can
indicate to an enemy that new systems or type units are available.