1986: Combat Electronic Warfare Intelligence

Echoes of War

The OG-181/VRC Piranha Jammer system seen here mounted on an M151A2 MUTT with its front bumper-mounted and hand-cranked telescopic antenna set up
photo American Electronic Laboratories Inc

Military tacticians realise that the ability to receive and transmit information is of critical importance on the battlefield and can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Just as important is eavesdropping and disrupting the enemy’s communications and both sides try to do this; famously, during World War Two, native American Navajo operated as radio operators because the Navajo language was a ‘code’ the Japanese could not break.

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