Electronic Warfare and SEAD

The freedom of military action on today’s battlefield largely depends on the capability to gain access to and superiority over the Electromagnetic Spectrum. This allows forces to communicate effectively, navigate with confidence, build situational awareness, share information, synchronize operations, and engage accurately in times of peace, crises, or conflict.

Electromagnetic threats from state and non-state actors combined with the growing use of commercial electronic systems, usually connected with civil infrastructure, and the increasing globalization of military technology have made the Electromagnetic Environment more congested, restricted, and contested. EW provides forces with the ability to create military advantages at tactical, operational and strategic levels.

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Beyond SEAD

Synchronizing Joint Effects to Combat an A2/AD Threat
In ‘The History of the Peloponnesian War’, the ancient Greek philosopher-historian Thucydides charted the war events which took place between Athens and Sparta (431–404 BC). One of the most significant parts is the ‘Melian dialogue’, [...]

Managing the Electromagnetic Spectrum

A Large-Scale Collective Action Problem for the 21st Century
‘Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus.’ Simon Mainwaring NATO’s dependence on the EMS would seem to be in play (‘What do you mean I won’t have access to the spectrum? [...]

Electronic Protective Measures

It’s About Protecting Access, Not Aircraft
When most people think of EPM, they think about platform self-protection (such as jammers or chaff and flares), but that is incorrect. Jammers and the like are classified as Electronic Defence (ED). In contrast, EPM [...]

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Major

Charilaos Nikou

Subject Matter Expert 
Electronic Warfare and SEAD

Major Charilaos Nikou graduated from the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) Academy with a BSc in Aeronautics in 2003. He holds two MScs in Business Administration from the Technical University of Crete, GR, and International Affairs from Nicosia University of Cyprus. He is a graduate of the Tactical Leadership Program (TLP)....

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