The U.S. military is planning to test its electronic warfare and information influence capabilities in a proposed interstate experiment, if lawmakers pass the relevant legislation. The draft of the fiscal 2024 defense legislation includes provision for a “Western regional range complex demonstration,” where various services will assess abilities to communicate, gather intelligence, conduct cyber operations, and jam and spoof. This initiative, to be held in the western U.S., is intended to simulate real-world threat conditions, reflecting a resurgence in high-end electronic warfare investment in response to global security conditions.
- The “Western regional range complex demonstration” proposed in the Senate’s fiscal 2024 defense legislation aims to test multiple military services’ capacities in communication, intelligence gathering, and both offensive and defensive cyber operations.
- This exercise, to be conducted across at least two ranges in the western U.S., is scheduled to occur within a year of the defense bill’s passage.
- The test initiative seeks to overcome challenges presented by the sensitive nature of electronic warfare, such as the potential to disrupt the electromagnetic spectrum of neighboring areas and avoid tipping off foreign observers.
- Arizona Senator Mark Kelly has shown support for this demonstration, emphasizing its potential to better simulate real-world threat conditions.
- This demonstration is a part of a broader shift in U.S. defense strategy, as investment in high-end electronic warfare has increased in response to potential conflicts with major world powers in the Indo-Pacific and Europe.