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Department of Defense Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations: Challenges and Opportunities in the Invisible Battlespace, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, March 19, 2021   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the March 19, 2021 hearing on "Department of Defense Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations: Challenges and Opportunities in the Invisible Battlespace," held before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems of the Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of James R. Langevin: "While previous CITI [Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems] hearings covered what lies ahead in defense, again, the military is facing unseen challenges in the electromagnetic spectrum right now. Many of the United States most important weapons systems, like the F-35 or 'Ford'-class aircraft carrier, are at a disadvantage today without uncompromised access to the electromagnetic spectrum. So this challenge and the importance of electromagnetic spectrum operations will only grow as emerging technologies like autonomous weapons, connected battle networks, artificial intelligence, and directed energy continue to fundamentally change warfare. Future combat will be less about the capability of individual weapons systems and more about how a networked system of systems communicate and work together through the use of the electromagnetic spectrum. [...] [W]e have more work to do to ensure that the United States maintains its advantage and closes the gap where we have lost our edge. As the Department modernizes its systems and capabilities, it must ensure that both new and existing platforms are networked together in a joint environment. To do so, we need to develop the right management structures, strategy, and resources at the Department of Defense. And I know our witnesses will have much insight into how to accomplish these objectives." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bryan Clark, William Conley, and Joseph Kirschbaum.

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H.A.S.C. No. 117-12; House Armed Services Committee No. 117-12
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2021
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Public Domain
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