We’ve talked a great deal about the
military’s blind obsession with electronics and
networks and their susceptibility to disruption. Despite this, the US continues to increase their dependence on
electronics. We’ve noted, in passing,
the Russian’s heavy use of electronic warfare in US although details are sparse. The US Army is certainly worried and is
frantically initiating multiple electronic warfare measures and training – a belated
good, for them. Now, we see this article
from a Russian website about deployment of a GPS jamming device called POLE-21. Ukraine
“An integrated jamming system to screen strategic facilities from cruise missiles, smart bombs and drones using GPS, …” (1)
Any Russian pronouncement has to be taken with extreme caution but this development seems both plausible and inevitable.
The issue is not the absolute accuracy of the report but rather the fact that this is one more warning to the
military to begin weaning themselves off their electronic and GPS
dependence. Nearly every ranged weapon
in the US inventory uses GPS.
An enemy who can effectively neutralize GPS signals either through
jamming, disruption, false signal injection, or satellite destruction will have
neutralized a huge portion of our weapon inventory. Some of our weapons, especially the newer
ones, can also utilize inertial navigation, terrain mapping, and other forms of
guidance, however, the accuracy falls off significantly. US
We need to begin developing other forms of guidance while simultaneously hardening the guidance systems we have. The world is preparing for high end war and we’re preparing to fight idiots in the back of pickup trucks. We need to wake up.
Related note: Birds can navigate thousands of miles during migrations and wind up in the exact same spot year after year. Salmon return to the exact spot they were born to spawn. Nature abounds with examples of precision navigation that rival our best electronics. There are other possible methods of guidance. We would do well to investigate them!
(1)Sputnik website, “Silent Protector: Russia Develops Hi-Tech Jammer to Block Enemy Electronics”,