Using a layered model to place EW in context within the information sphere

ABSTRACT

In recent years, a discussion on the relationship between Electronic Warfare (EW), Information Warfare (IW), Cyber Operations, Net-Centric Warfare, Command and Control, Information Operations (IO) and other constructs have emerged. This paper proposes a three-layer model in an attempt to provide a new perspective on this discussion. Each layer is defined and the roles and relationships between EW, IW, and IO are explained accordingly. Using this approach is extremely powerful as it emphasises the complementary natures these fields should have, rather than the rivalry which is often the present. An attack on an 802.11g (WiFi) wireless link is used as an example to display the value this layered approach can offer.


AUTHORS

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS),Pretoria
South Africa

Francois Maasdorp received his B.Eng (Electronic), and M.Eng (Electronic - cum laude) degrees from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2001 and 2008 respectively. He was employed at the University of Pretoria from 2003 to 2005 where he lectured undergraduate courses in Digital Communications and Linear System Analysis. Since 2006, he is employed at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the capacity of a senior researcher within the field of electronic warfare (EW). He is a member of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) and his current research interest lies in Communications EW, direction finding, passive coherent location and global navigational satellite systems (GNSS).

 

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS)Pretoria
South Africa

Warren du Plessis has been working at Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS), a division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa since 2006. During this time, he has worked on a variety of projects including radar system design and a variety of EW research projects. Dr du Plessis received his Ph.D. from the University of Pretoria in 2010 for his work on cross-eye jamming. He is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a member of the Association of Old Crows (AOC). Dr du Plessis' research currently focusses mainly on cross-eye jamming and thinned antenna arrays.

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