Army researchers, as part of a national security team, are keeping a close eye on the evolution of new, low-cost threat emitters to improve the Army’s ability to represent the adversary’s equipment and actions accurately and dynamically.
Threat emitters provide a current, simulated battlespace environment designed to train allied warfighters to identify and defeat ever-changing adversaries.
The new tools will supplement current threat emitters used for research, training and testing at DOD sites, including the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence at Fort Huachuca and the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base. The goal is to develop dynamic, agile systems at a lower cost while replicating known and anticipated threats in the electromagnetic spectrum.
Dr. Eric Holder, an Army research psychologist with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, said accurate threat representation is essential for Army research.
“Intelligence will be critical to upcoming operations in the multi-domain battlefield,” Holder said. “Multi-domain battles are centered on knowing the enemy and the battlefield, and adapting to their strengths and weaknesses using all the domains available to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, targeting and determining the impact of actions taken.”