Cyber force to grow with boost to electronic warfare
With the cyber domain expected to see constant battles in future warfare, Army leaders say new efforts are underway to strengthen the Army’s cyber force so it can defend forward against adversaries.
One aspect being bolstered is electronic warfare. The Army has now placed 29-series EW Soldiers into cyber’s 17-series career field as the service zeroes in on it.
“We have really focused on the next phase of development and that’s in our electronic warfare force,” said Brig. Gen. Jennifer Buckner, director of cyber in the Army’s G-3/5/7 office.
The goal is to combine EW assets along with cyber and information operations capabilities across all echelons of the Army.
The Multi-Domain Task Force, which has experimented with those capabilities in the Pacific, will continue to serve as a proving ground. This fiscal year, there are plans to stand up an EW platoon within I Corps to support the U.S. Army Pacific-led task force.
“That will be kind of the first test case for our electronic warfare organizations,” Buckner said during an interview at the International Cyber Conference on Cyber Conflict U.S., or CyCon. “We’re going to experiment with the capabilities as much as we’re going to also try to validate force design that we’ve put on paper.”