US Wargame Pits Army Missile Defenses Against Russian Jamming « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

HUNTSVILLE, ALA.: US missile defenses can hit a bullet with a bullet, shooting supersonic weapons right out of the sky — when they can see them. But as the Russians are showing in their invasion of Ukraine, radar can be jammed.

That’s why the US Army conducted an unprecedented wargame this spring to test its new air and missile defense network against advanced electronic warfare techniques. The highly classified exercise at White Sands Missile Range produced a staggering 70 terabytes of data, twice the size of Wikipedia. It will take a year to analyze the lessons-learned and implement needed fixes to Army systems, Brig. Gen. Neil Thurgood, the Army’s Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Missiles & Space, said. Another such exercise will occur in 2017, Thurgood told the Space & Missile Defense conference here. Then the Army plans to hold them every other year.

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It seems the Russian Radio Electronic Combat (their term for Electronic Warfare) in Ukraine is really opening the US eyes to their capabilities, and our potential shortcomings.

2 thoughts on “US Wargame Pits Army Missile Defenses Against Russian Jamming « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary”

  1. I sure hope they didn’t put the exercise results on Hillary’s server.

    –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

  2. “Eye opening?” We’ve been whistling past the graveyard re this problem since at least the 70s paying lip-service to it in many respects while the SU & WP pursued this phase of warfare in deadly earnest. While stationed in the 81st TFW at RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge 69-71 the Wing was constantly having drills in trying to prevent another Pueblo incident. But did we actually practice the real thing? In the three years I was stationed there I can remember only ONE–a single exercise–during a three-yr period in which we gamed against active naval ecm systems when the 82ndTFS ran a simulated attack against the cruiser HMS TIGER with a flight of four. Other than that NADA, zilch.

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