Electronic Warfare (Military Law) Law and Legal Definition

Electronic warfare is the military action involving the use of electromagnetic and directed energy to control the electromagnetic spectrum or to attack the enemy. The purpose of electronic warfare is to deny the opponent the advantage of the electromagnetic spectrum. Electronic warfare can be applied from air, sea, land, and space. Electronic warfare consists of three divisions: electronic attack, electronic protection, and electronic warfare support. Electronic attack is conducted on radar systems to reduce or prevent the radar’s use of the electromagnetic spectrum effectively. Electronic warfare support is the electronic warfare undertaken under direct control of an operational commander to locate sources of radiated electromagnetic energy for the purpose of immediate threat recognition.