Army electronic warfare support
Within the Army, military intelligence (MI) and combat EW organizations provide
intelligence and EW (IEW) support. They are structured so EW assets are organic to various levels of
tactical command. This ensures responsive EW support in the form of:
Signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection.
ECM and ESM, including direction finding.
Mission management and analysis.
Integrated intelligence support from all sources.
An echelons above corps (EAC) Army organization can be one of several types,
depending on support requirements. An example is a theater army to support forward-deployed Army
forces. Another example is a field army to support Army forces not forward-deployed. Army EAC
direct coordinate and support operations against enemy fronts.
A MI brigade or similar unit provides IEW support to EAC organizations. These MI
commands are tailored to provide multi-disciplined support to fit the mission. The EAC IEW structure
supports combat and support units, other services, and national agencies. Able to function in the
combined forces arena, this structure operates as an integral part of our intelligence system. Each MI
brigade has an organic EAC intelligence center (EACIC).
The EACIC is the key to interoperability among Army tactical intelligence, EW,
and operations security (OPSEC) support counterparts in the corps, divisions, and separate brigades. It
is also the key to joint IEW collection management, processing fusion, production, and reporting
The EACIC provides the intelligence, security and EW interfaces with national
databases, joint commands, service component intelligence centers, MI groups, and corps technical
control and analysis elements.
Electronic warfare interoperability.
Interoperability is essential for EW to be an effective combat capability that allows a
ready exchange of information and support between component or service elements. The major
requirements are to use techniques and procedures that result in a routine exchange of EW support
efforts. These must allow a smooth change, from pure service support activity, to joint or combined
activity. Mutual support allows more efficient asset use. It does this by using a system's strengths and
lessening its weaknesses.