Reducing Electromagnetic Spectrum Fratricide
Published, August 12, 2019
On August 8, 2019, Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly signed "Reducing Electromagnetic Spectrum Fratricide," a memorandum clarifying Department of the Navy policy that the research, development, and acquisition of all Spectrum-Dependent Systems (SDS) -- including electronic warfare, communications, and radar systems -- must assess the risk of Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) fratricide.
This memo addresses responsibilities of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps in ensuring that all SDS complete a Spectrum Supportability Risk Assessment that includes evaluating the risk for EMS fratricide. EMS fratricide in this context is defined as the inadvertent self, friendly, or neutral electromagnetic interference caused by SDS.