Acknowledging shortcomings in its performance during the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, Russia has concentrated on ways to improve its capabilities. Russia’s military modernization after the conflict effort has prioritized areas where Russia can attain an asymmetric advantage over potential foes, including electronic warfare. Russia’s electronic warfare capabilities are already being used to degrade the performance of American forces in Syria. America’s focus on counterterrorism operations has allowed its capabilities in the field of electronic warfare to atrophy. In the face the increased threat posed by Russia, the United States must focus on improving its electronic warfare capabilities.
This paper examines the consequences of Russian capabilities and suggests methods for improving America’s ability to overcome the challenge posed by the realities Russia’s capability may pose on the battlefield.Download