Brazilian Armed Forces Summit Aligns Electronic Warfare Knowledge
Nearly 100 service members and civilians participated in the eighth Electronic Warfare Defense Summit (EGED, per its Portuguese acronym) September 13th–14th, 2017. The event was held at the Department of Science and Technology of the Brazilian Army in Brasilia. One of Brazil’s three armed forces organizes each edition of the annual event, according to Andrea Barretto,in a recent Dialogo (Digital Military Magazine- Forum of the Americas) article.
In 2017, the Brazilian Army led the activities through its Electronic Warfare Instruction Center (CIGE, per its Portuguese acronym). The unit belongs to the Army Electronic Warfare Communications Command and trains service members in this field. “Service members from the three branches always participate in EGED. They meet to discuss and present the main electronic warfare projects that are being developed in the defense field,” EB Colonel Luis Carlos Sousa, commandant of CIGE, explained.
“Electronic warfare is modern, dynamic, and constant. New things emerge every day in this area. At EGED, we have the opportunity to keep up with what the industry and academia do, which often provides solutions our military assets can use,” said Brazilian Navy Captain Marcelo Alcides Albuquerque da Costa, commandant of the Navy Electronic Warfare Center (CGEM, per its Portuguese acronym), which will coordinate the 2018 EGED.
Electronic warfare involves the use of the electromagnetic spectrum through communication and non-communication. “The communication side concerns electromagnetic signals that carry information, such as radios,” Col. Luis Carlos explained. “The non-communication side deals with signals that do not transmit content since the signal itself constitutes the message, as in the case of radar.”
In turn, cyber warfare focuses on other aspects, such as integrated computer networks. “But the two intersect because when a cyber attack goes through wireless networks, it enters the electromagnetic spectrum. These areas are very close to each other. Integration between electronic warfare and cyber warfare operations was even one of the points discussed at the summit,” Capt. Albuquerque said. Within the Brazilian Armed Forces, different organizations handle each of the two defense fields, but the approach to both has become increasingly intertwined as they develop, said Capt. Albuquerque.