As the U.S. anticipates potential conflicts with global powers such as China and Russia, the electromagnetic spectrum’s value has emerged as paramount in military operations. To ensure spectrum dominance and advance electronic warfare capabilities, the U.S. military launched the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing in 2021, a unique entity helmed by Colonel Joshua Koslov and staffed by engineers and electronic warfare specialists based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
- The 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing aims to develop strategies and tactics to enhance the U.S. Air Force’s electronic warfare capabilities, focusing on rapid reprogramming, target waveform development, and assessment of system readiness.
- The value of the electromagnetic spectrum in warfare has significantly increased due to its use in communication, weapon guidance, and intelligence operations, particularly against near-peer competitors.
- Recognizing a deficit in spectrum mastery, the Department of Defense developed the Electromagnetic Superiority Strategy, intending to regain a decisive advantage in the spectrum.
- Col. Koslov stressed the joint and coalition nature of the spectrum and asserted that controlling and dominating it could ensure victory in military engagements, battles, and wars.
- Training to enhance ‘electronic warfare muscle memory’ is seen as vital, especially in light of Gen. CQ Brown’s assertion to Congress that the U.S. was losing its electronic warfare muscle memory, leaving troops potentially vulnerable.