Army looks to consolidate electronic and cyber operations

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The Army hopes it can improve the capabilities of cyber operations, electronic warfare and electromagnetic spectrum network operations by encouraging collaboration among them, said Col. Carmine Cicalese, chief of Army cyberspace and information operations during a recent television appearance.

"One of the things the Army is looking at is how do we bring these together, typically to these centers of excellence," said Cicalese during an Oct. 6 segment of "This Week in Defense."

Army currently has eight centers of excellence that it hopes can absorb the consolidation of 32 schools for cyber, electronic warfare and spectrum operations.

"The chief of staff recommended to the TRADOC commander and the secretary of the Army that we really need to take a look at this," said Cicalese. "That is why the secretary of the Army is considering 'do we need a cyberspace center of excellence? Where will it be and what will it look like?'"

A consolidated center for these disciplines could potentially find a home in Ft. Gordon, Ga.--bringing together those working in Ft. Meade, Md., Ft. Sill, Okla. and Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.

"There will be organizations that consolidate wherever this center is," said Col. Jim Ekvall, chief of Army electronic warfare during the segment, adding that most personnel wouldn't have to physically move.

The electronic warfare officers will likely be acting as integrators for the various operations, said Ekvall.

Ekvall also provided an update on the Integrated Electronic Warfare System, which recently achieved milestone B in the acquisition process. The system is schedule to be fielded in fiscal 2015, he said.

The system will include a spectrum management and planning tool for electronic warfare integration, and new electronic attack systems for drones, ground vehicles and fixed installations that would replace defensive jammers used in Iraq and Afghanistan, says Army's capabilities integration center,

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