Cyber/Electronic Warfare Convergence

The fields of cyber warfare and electronic warfare have many similarities. Electronic warfare (EW) is general a coarser tool, seeking to achieve the "five D's", including Deny, Disrupt, Destroy, Degrade, and Deceive. These effects are generally achieved through interacting with enemy radiofrequency systems. Cyber warfare seeks to have similar, but more targeted effects on computer systems, networks, and applications. Meanwhile the field of information operations (IO) seeks to influence the person sitting behind the keyboard, causing them to make the wrong decision.

The Hume Center's focus is on breaking down these boundaries and having coordinated effects across multiple layers to achieve an overall mission objective.

Virginia Tech's Research

Specific areas of research at the Hume Center include:

  • Battle Damage Assessment: Jointly leveraging EW and Cyber to better understand EW effects through cyber observables
  • Physical-Layer Exploitation: With a significant focus in software radio, we have demonstrated the ability to exploit physical-layer processing modules to have a cyber affect within the radiofrequency subsystem of a target
  • Target Models: Having a deterministic effect on an adversary through sophisticated radiofrequency attacks requires a model of the adversary's state machine, and we have investigated this challenge through a number of programs that seek to map a black-box adversary's behavior through over-the-air interactions

There is some overlap with our Orchestrated Missions thrust when considering the cognitive aspects of the techniques involved.

For more information, contact Christine Callsen, Director of Education and Outreach.