Electronic Warfare - From the Victims Perspective

By Gavin Wilson May 14, 2019

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Throughout its history, the ADF has used the Electro Magnetic Spectrum (EMS) on operations and deployments to pass orders, conduct administration and organise activities. Indeed, access to the EMS has become an accepted norm with very few, if any, ADF units experiencing difficulties in accessing the EMS due to deliberate actions on the part of our opponents. However, recent activities of nation states clearly indicate such access can no longer be taken for granted. At the 2017 TechNet Augusta conference, held in the US, MAJ GEN Morrison (head of US Army Cyber Centre of Excellence) and LT GEN Funk II (Commander III Corps) told the audience that the US is outgunned and outranged by peer and near peer competitors. Russia, and to some extent China, have revealed advanced and ‘stunning’ capabilities in the electromagnetic spectrum.[1] This presentation has been prepared to help units prepare to deal with environments where EMS access is contested and cannot be guaranteed. Any questions from serving members can be sent to 7 Signals Regiment on the Defence Protected Network.

 [1] Mark Pomerleau (2017), US is ‘outgunned’ in electronic warfare, says cyber commander.



Gavin Wilson

Sergeant Gavin Wilson has been an Electronic Warfare Operator for over 30 years. He served with the British Army for 23 years, where he deployed to Northern Ireland, the Middle East and the Balkans. Since moving to Australia in 2006, he has spent most of his time at 7th Signal Regiment in Borneo Barracks, where he deployed to Afghanistan with MRTF-2 in 2009.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.


Sir, thanks for the feedback. Glad to be able to contribute.

Really appreciate you sharing these points SGT Wilson. Simple, pragmatic and relevant tips for understanding a domain that Army is become increasingly capable and adept at manoeuvering are our adversaries. Thanks for sharing - great to see our SNCO’s contribution to this debate.

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