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Electronic warfare prototypes improve operational understanding against near-peer threats

MCLEAN, Va. (May 10, 2018) -- An adversary is spotted positioning fighters along the border of an ally nation. As U.S. Army forces are quickly deployed, one unit is under special instructions: detect and survey the adversary's electronic warfare jammers and emitters.

As vital as this information is for the commander's situational awareness, a few months ago mapping out the electromagnetic spectrum would have been much more difficult.

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Up for the challenge? Army wants help in applying AI, machine learning to signal detection

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 24, 2018) -- Digitally speaking, it's loud out there. Cell phones, satellite signals, radars and more are making the electromagnetic spectrum a crowded and congested space.

To cut through the noise and increase the speed at which Electronic Warfare Officers can identify and react to these signals on the battlefield, the Army's Rapid Capabilities Office is seeking new technologies that apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to paint a picture of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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A man holds a hand-held GPS unit and overlooks a desolate abandoned area at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex

Army teams with SOCOM to conduct urban "burn-off"

MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING COMPLEX, Ind. (April 4, 2018) -- Against a backdrop of a decaying city, complete with a collapsed parking garage, rundown marketplace, flooded village, downed aircraft and more than a mile of subterranean tunnels, the Army scouted new technologies that provide positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) in GPS-denied environments.

At the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Ind., from March 26-29, the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) took part in the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Technical Experimentation event, used to assess and identify potential capabilities. The event had several assessors and organizations on hand to evaluate capabilities for optics, biometrics, advanced sniper rifles and cognitive enhancement.

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Army’s new Rapid Capability Office targets Christmas for first deliverables - Federal News Radio (August 18, 2017)
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First electronic warfare prototypes from Army's Rapid Capability Office put to test - FORT BLISS, Texas (August 7, 2017)
Meeting Global Demand - Army AL&T magazine (July-September 2017)
Prototypes rapidly deliver cyber capabilities - WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017)
Rapid Capabilities Office Helps Army Evolve Faster - Association of the United States Army (June 7, 2017)
Jam the Russians: Army Electronic Warfare Kit Comes to Europe - Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. (May 03, 2017)
RCO: Electronic Warfare Capability Hits European Soil - WASHINGTON (May 3, 2017)
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Army Rapid Capabilities Office Begins Delivering on Promises - Scott Maucione, (May 3, 2017)
2CR trains on Enhanced Electronic Warfare Systems - Germany (March 24, 2017)
2CR trains and tests Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System Mobile Integrated Capability - Germany (March 23, 2017)
Army Rapid Capabilities Office Seeks to Emulate Special Operations Command - HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (March 15, 2017)
Getting to Work - Army AL&T magazine (January 11, 2017)
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