Never before has the electromagnetic spectrum been so congested with civilian users and contested by near-peer adversaries. Commercial EW training providers are taking note.
In recent years, the private sector has absorbed an increasing share of this training burden. Several companies in Europe and North America offer EW training – such as Alion, Inzpire, Leonardo and MASS, alongside non-profit bodies like the Association of Old Crows EW advocacy organisation and academic institutions like Cranfield University in England.
Stephen T Ling, senior director for EMS operations for cyber and ISR programmes at Alion Science and Technology, argues that recent conflicts ‘woke everyone up to the fact that EW capabilities and expertise have atrophied over the years’. Taph Williamson, head of training for MASS, agrees: ‘Many recent conflicts have lulled EW practitioners and planners into a false sense of security.’