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DOD Secretary Lloyd Austin Inks Implementation Plan for Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has signed a plan designed to guide the military’s implementation activities aimed at ensuring U.S. electromagnetic spectrum advantage and providing warfighters with “freedom of action” in the EMS.

The Department of Defense said Thursday its operations in air, land, maritime, space and cyberspace domains rely on EMS and the 2020 Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Strategy’s Implementation Plan will support strategy oversight.

“Future challenges require us to fight and win in the EMS from the beginning, and commanders must plan to win the EMS in their area of responsibility,” said Air Force Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a two-time Wash100 recipient.

In October 2020, DOD launched the Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Strategy, which establishes five goals: develop superior EMS technology, achieve a fully integrated EMS infrastructure, pursue total force EMS readiness, secure EMS-focused partnerships and implement effective governance for EMS.

Austin, a 2021 Wash100 awardee, signed the EMSSS I-Plan on July 15.

The changing landscape of EMS technology challenges DOD to keep up with the pace through capability development, training and enterprise-level integration both internally and with U.S. and international partners.

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