Electronic Warfare

Electronic Warfare

Element of Strategy and Multiplier of Combat Power

1st Edition - January 1, 1981

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  • Author: Don E. Gordon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483222257

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Electronic Warfare: Element of Strategy and Multiplier of Combat Power describes how the application of electronic warfare allowed the Allies to multiply combat power during World War II in order to accomplish strategic objectives. This book is composed of eight chapters that also consider how the United States had best prepare a strategy to fight on the battlefield with electronic warfare. After briefly presenting the history of electric warfare equipment, this book goes on exploring the technologies of cryptology and microwave radar, and their significance in the battle. These topics are followed by a chapter focusing on the accomplishments of the German surface fleet. The succeeding chapters demonstrate the power of German army with their U-boats, and cruisers, Scheer, Lutzow, Hipper, and Prinz Eugen. The final chapter looks into the issues of preparedness, the cost of defense, the role of technology, political and economic appraisal, and the need to multiply combat power quickly and inexpensively.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    I Introduction

    Changing the Definition of Electronic Warfare

    A New Definition of Electronic Warfare


    II The Strategy

    The German Strategy

    Strategic Tasks

    ΙII Cryptology

    An Electronic Warfare Weapon

    British Cryptology

    The Battle of Jutland

    Between Wars

    Two Vital Decisions

    Polish Cryptology


    French Cryptology

    The Polish Gift

    How Enigma Worked

    German Cryptology

    United States Cryptology

    IV Microwave Radar

    An Electronic Warfare Weapon

    How Radar Works

    The Development of Radar

    A Comparison of Technological Policies

    A Policy to Protect the Electronic Warfare Capability

    The Dynamic Electronic Warfare Duo

    V The German Surface Fleet

    The First Target

    Invasion of Norway

    The Second Target-Bismarck

    Radio Direction Finding

    Intelligence Must Be Disseminated

    The Loss of Bismarck, a Decisive Strategic Factor

    VI A Unique Trilogy: Tirpitz, Convoy PQ 17 and Raiders

    Tirpitz, the Third Target

    Convoy PQ 17

    Intelligence Work was Good

    Anatomy of a Disaster

    Merchant Raiders, the Fourth Target

    VII U-Boats

    The U-Boat, a Strategic Weapon, the Fifth Target

    A Description of the Weapon

    The Battle

    German Vulnerability

    Cryptologic Revelations

    VIII Can the United States Win the Next War?

    Is the U.S. Navy Prepared to Fight an Electronic Battle of the Atlantic?

    Comparison of Two World Wars-WW II and WW III

    The Threat

    The Strategy


    Is the U.S. Army Prepared to Fight the Electronic Battle?

    An Electronic Warfare Policy Recommendation




Product details

  • No. of pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1981
  • Published: January 1, 1981
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483222257

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Don E. Gordon

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