A New Electronic Warfare System for the Army Is Getting Closer

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December 17, 2019 | Originally published by Date Line: December 17 on

The Army is moving into the final phase of bringing its electronic warfare visualization and planning tool to the entire force.

The system is a command-and-control planning capability that allows commanders and soldiers to visualize the potential effects of electronic warfare in the field. It also helps chart courses of action to prevent jammed capabilities.

The program — Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT) — is broken into four batches, each with a separate release date, and will provide leaders with incremental improvements.

Raytheon began work on the final batch, known as a capability drop, in September. This group will use artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as a more open architecture to allow systems to ingest swaths of sensor data and, in turn, improve situational awareness. Such automation is expected to significantly ease the job of planners.