Author: Col. M. S. SHUTENKO (Ret.)
THE MODERN concept of electronic warfare (EW), as the principal type of operations support was developed between the 1950s and 1970s marked by a rapid development of electronics, computer technology, automated troops and weapons control systems and, most certainly, by the emergence and adoption by the military of new types of equipment based on laser, infrared and television technology.
The end of the 1970s in this country saw (along with a measure of success) some stagnation caused primarily by a theory of electronic warfare that interpreted EW in broad terms. It was said to include missile strikes and the delivery of artillery fire, operation of assault forces, special-purpose reconnaissance parties and detachments with a mission to destroy (capture, disable) important enemy EW resources. This view was initially included in the draft principles of the conduct of operations and then in other guideline documents.
This interpretation, this writer believes, was wrong and defied logic and common sense. Far from serving to improve EW assets, its practical use was acting as a brake on further development of electronic warfare. In particular, based on this "broad" idea, persons in authority of the Ground Forces EW service, who had no requisite knowledge and experience, were required to "plan" nuclear missile "strikes" and "captures" duplicating the staffs of the missile forces and artillery and general military bodies making thereby a mess of this responsible phase of preparing for operations.
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