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DoD Releases Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Strategy; Mark Esper, Dana Deasy Quoted

The Department of Defense has issued a new strategy aimed at aligning DoD’s electromagnetic spectrum activities with the objectives of the National Defense and Security Strategies and goals of national technology and economic policies.

Mark Esper, secretary of DoD and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said in a statement published Thursday the DoD Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Strategy has five strategic goals and those are developing superior EMS capabilities; pursuing total force EMS readiness; transforming into an Agile, fully integrated EMS infrastructure; establishing effective EMS governance; and securing enduring partnerships for EMS advantage.

“Investment in these areas will speed decision-quality information to the warfighter, establish effective electromagnetic battle management, enable EMS sharing with commercial partners, advance EMS warfighting capabilities, and ensure our forces maintain EMS superiority,” Esper added.

The strategy informs the Pentagon’s domestic EMS access policies and strengthens the need to come up with cooperative frameworks with other stakeholders to advance shared national policy goals. The document also seeks to integrate efforts to improve long- and near-term EMS capabilities and operations by adopting an enterprise approach to ensure EMS superiority.

“This strategy will help set the conditions needed to ensure our warfighters have freedom of action within the electromagnetic spectrum to successfully conduct operations and training in congested, contested and constrained multi-domain environments across the globe,” said Dana Deasy, chief information officer at DoD and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

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