For the first time, a conventional U.S. Army unit was granted approval to use electronic countermeasure (ECM) equipment on United States soil.
Electronic countermeasure equipment is designed to block both incoming and outgoing signals from electronic devises. In the explosive ordnance disposal community, having such devices means that Soldiers can block potentially explosive or hazardous devices from sending or receiving transmissions from an outside source.
The Army have used ECM equipment before in wartime situations; however, the use of such equipment for training in the United States is heavily restricted.
Electronic warfare personnel with the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) worked with the FBI, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) to gain appropriate authorizations to employ ECM equipment in a controlled environment, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, at one of the installation’s many ranges.