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Manual lays out Army hopes for electronic warfare

Fort Leavenworth_The Army is planning to train 1,500 soldiers and officers in electronic warfare at Fort Sill by September 2010.

The plans are in support of a new Army Doctrine on electronic warfare - a copy of which was obtained by the Associated Press.  It was produced at Fort Leavenworth and will be released tomorrow at an Army conference in Florida.

The doctrine is intended to guide the Army as it moves to protect soldiers against roadside bombs and other nontraditional warfare used by increasingly sophisticated insurgents.  This is the first time since the end of the Cold War that the Army is updating its manual for the electronic battlefield.

The doctrine calls on the Army to develop and deploy directed-energy weapons such as high-powered microwaves, lasers and infrared beams. It also calls for wireless networks and other devices to confuse enemy communication.

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