Moscow’s emerging electronic warfare capabilities: a dangerous jammer on U.S./NATO-Russian relations?

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Ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East have given Russia an opportunity to

test the employment of electronic warfare (EW) capabilities that Moscow has developed

over the last decade in order to deter and counter military threats from the West.2 To be

sure, Western analysts have foreseen the emergence of Russia’s anti-access/area denial

capabilities, including advanced electronic counter measures (ECM), for over a decade.3

What arguably came as a surprise is the demonstrative nature of Russia’s use of these

capabilities. Since 2014, Moscow has provocatively operated EW systems in close

proximity to U.S. forces and widely publicized these developments in state-run media

organizations.4 In response to these actions, U.S./NATO officials have expressed

concerns with regard to implications for Western military operations, especially those

conducted in close quarters with Russian forces.

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Anya Loukianova is a PhD candidate, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park and a graduate fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM).