Phantom Brigade soldiers learn counter-jamming techniques
YAKIMA TRAINING CENTER, Wash. - Soldiers from the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team learned about the dangers of enemy jamming techniques during a degraded environment course held November 5-7 in the Yakima Training Center, Washington.
The class focused on recognizing and notifying GPS interference, while emphasizing the importance of not relying on electronic technology for navigation.
"A lot of people don't realize what our enemies are capable of when it comes to jamming," said Lisa Prue, training exercise instructor with the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Strategic Command of the United States Forces. the army. "We try to introduce them to these concepts and teach them how to mitigate them if they are in an environment scrambled by GPS."
The training is important because soldiers will most likely fight in a GPS degraded environment in the future, said Sgt. 1st Class Juan Jaramillo, an electronic warfare sergeant with 1-2 SBCT. Reducing this training to the lowest level will help mitigate many of the risks they will face in the future.
“There are also some basic techniques that we teach in the classroom, such as body masking, digging a hole in the ground, using terrain or metal objects to block jamming signals so you can reacquire the GPS signal, ”Prue said. "Old school techniques are also very important. It is very important to master the maps and the compass."
According to Prue, one of the most important things soldiers can do is report jamming.
"We will not be able to find or target a jammer until the reports are made," she added. “It is the personnel in the field carrying out the mission who can most easily find the jammer. When the information gets to the correct channels, we can find the jammer and deal with it.
Anyone can get their hands on a GPS jammer - making it even more important for soldiers to report the source of the jamming, Prue said.
“Anyone in the world can go online and buy a GPS jammer,” she said. "If you do a Google search, you will get over a million hits for GPS jammers. It's available to buy off the shelf. Our potential opponents will have more advanced capabilities."