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America Is Getting Outclassed by Russian Electronic Warfare

September 19, 2017 Topic: Security Region: Eurasia Tags: RussiaWarMilitaryElectronic WarfareWeaponsPentagon

America Is Getting Outclassed by Russian Electronic Warfare

It has become clear to the U.S. military that Russian investment in electronic warfare capabilities may have outpaced anything available in the West.

Observing Russian EW technology application will prove key to working out American attack and countermeasure principles—Svobodnaya Pressa noted that military theorists calculated that electronic warfare capabilities can increase combat potential of ground forces up to two times and reduce aircraft losses up to six times. With such stakes on the line, the EW technology race is only projected to heat up in the coming years.

Samuel Bendett is a researcher at the CNA Corporation and a foreign affairs contributor to the RealClearWorld. Previously he worked at the National Defense University on emerging and disruptive technologies for government response in crisis situations. The views expressed here are his own.

Image: Russia's electronic warfare capabilities. Ministry of the Defence of the Russian Federation

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