New Marine Radios Cement Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority

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February 2, 2024 | Originally published by U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) on January 22, 2024

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — In a decisive move meant to ensure dominance over the electromagnetic spectrum, Marine Corps Systems Command is on track to upgrade 50,000 legacy radios with state-of-the-art, multichannel, crypto-compliant models in Fiscal Year 2024.

In line with Force Design’s call for rapid force modernization, MARCORSYSCOM’s Program Manager for Communications Systems, or PM CS, the team has moved quickly— fielding more than 4,000 radios across the fleet since October 2023.

In recent years, experts have warned that stagnation in U.S. electromagnetic spectrum operations–the strategic and tactical management of electromagnetic frequencies for military communications, intelligence, and combat operations– has enabled our adversaries to significantly challenge American dominance in this crucial domain.

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