f. The future.
(1) There is little to indicate that the use of EW will
diminish in the post-Cold War era. In fact, the size of the world's
armies grows smaller, the need for EW as a force multiplier will
The signal officer's role will become more difficult, as
(2) Directed energy weapons will be used in future battles.
Radio frequency and microwave energy weapons are the most likely to
be developed to disrupt or destroy communications.
potentially attack target emitters as super jammers to destroy
If constructed, these
devices would generate an electromagnetic-pulse effect similar to
that of a high-altitude nuclear detonation.
It is a significant force multiplier when integrated and used with
fire and maneuver. When used properly, it exploits enemy weaknesses,
protects friendly freedom of action, and reduces security and
EW significantly contributes to
1-1 shows the three components of EW.