Understand, Operate, Exploit

What is Spectrum Superiority

In the electromagnetic spectrum, Armed Forces face increasingly complex challenges. They must coordinate over dispersed combat zones. Military and civilians’ wireless devices such as cell phones crowd the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). Adversaries use the spectrum to plan and execute their operations. And they’ve also applied military and commercial technologies to create new operational advantages.

This environment makes distinguishing friend from foe a daunting task. According to the U.S. 2020 Department of Defense (DoD) Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Strategy, the DoD is “challenged to assure and maintain access, use, fires, and maneuver within the electromagnetic spectrum at home and abroad.”

At Lockheed Martin, we understand these threats and are developing advanced technologies to confront them. As part of our 21st Century Warfare vision, we’re working to ensure the U.S. military and its allies maintain superiority in the dense electromagnetic spectrum – a critical element of being successful in all-domain operations.

This includes developing adaptable and open architectures for affordable and agile responses to today’s and future threats. We’re also using artificial intelligence technologies and novel technology to resolve spectral chaos for warfighters so they can achieve their mission objectives in contested environments – a key component for optimal joint, all-domain operations.

Understanding Spectral Chaos

Investing in the Fight

To accelerate the development and deployment of 21st Century Warfare capabilities required for EMS superiority, we are investing in and partnering with commercial companies to strengthen the defense industrial base and bring cutting-edge technology to the modern multi-domain battlespace.

Our 50+ years of experience with multi-domain systems helps us to identify and invest in new technologies that help warfighters effectively manage and operate in the electromagnetic spectrum. Adversaries’ communications and non-communications radio frequency threats are rapidly evolving. This drives the need for affordable solutions that can quickly adapt. Our expert team is making great strides in assisting battlefield commanders in their understanding of the electromagnetic environment, performing command and control, and delivering prioritized, effective and tailored responses. 

Our Work

Partnership & Preparation

Collaboration is key when operating in the electromagnetic spectrum. To understand, manage and control the electromagnetic spectrum, our team is partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. military allies, universities and industry to accomplish the following.

So Long, Stovepipes

Battlefield commanders shouldn’t have to rely on stove-piped or one-off solutions for their missions. Lockheed Martin is at the forefront of integrating open system architectures to enable rapid upgrades that ensure mission flexibility for our customers.

At the nexus of cyber, electronic warfare, signals intelligence and information operations, warfighters can seamlessly sense, identify and neutralize emerging threats operating in the electromagnetic spectrum. These include wireless computer networks and radars as well as satellites, sensors and critical infrastructure. By converging these technologies, the U.S. military and allies gain an advantage, where digital attacks can cripple enemies in advance of, and in coordination with, strikes across air, land, sea, space and cyberspace.

Putting Our Customers' Missions First

“In my role on a cyber/electronic warfare (EW) program, I collaborate with an innovative team who develops first-of-its-kind converged technologies that are a form factor within a podded system. These advanced technologies are at the forefront of realizing our customers’ urgent need and vision for EW capability/dominance.”

– Roland Brooks, Multi-Function Electronic Warfare - Air Large Program Manager