The Electronic Warfare Services Architecture, or EWSA, provides the core framework within the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Electronic Warfare (EW) concept of operations. CTI, in conjunction with the USMC and NAWCWD, Point Mugu, has initially developed the EWSA as part of the CORPORAL JCTD and Intrepid Tiger II (ITII) programs. The EWSA will expand to support almost all USMC (and possibly other service) EW capabilities.
The EWSA is comprised of an open source-based services architecture which allows for distribution of resources, capabilities, and systems throughout the tactical secure network. These networks can also be bridged into other infrastructures to allow for enhanced interoperability.
CTI has extended the commercial capability to support mobile, ad-hoc discovery, coordination, and collaboration of the connection EW capabilities and systems. This additional component, named the “Reactive Service Bus”, or RSB, allows for greater service stability, interoperability, and assurance.
Electronic Warfare Battle Management (EWBM) is a key capability for controlling the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Performing this task requires real-time visualization, control, and collaboration with a number of non-kinetic and kinetic fires systems and capabilities. CTI is developing the visualizations and tools needed to effectively perform real-time, tactical and operational EW Battle Management.
Leveraging its experience from EW mission planning, tactical displays, distributed systems, and advanced visualization, CTI is uniquely capable of developing the EWBM capabilities required by the US military. Bringing these pieces together in a manner that allows for simplified, intuitive control of an extremely complex, multi-dimensional battlespace requires the combined insight of CTIs operational and technical personnel.
CTI is bringing together commercial and government open-source technologies and extending them with its own enhancements to create an advanced battle management tool previously unavailable to the EW community. CTI will continue to merge components from these different domains to create open standards-based, government-owned EWBM capabilities.
CTI has developed a number of capabilities that provide automated routing and placement of EW (and other) assets, determination of optimized EW resource allocation, and strike routing in the presence of EW support. Most of this work has been performed under the N010-019 Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program but is also being extended through integration with existing programs of record. CTI’s automation capabilities can also be extended to cover sensor, weapons, low observable, and other forms of complex mission plans and decisions.
Intrepid Tiger II
CTI has been instrumental in the development of the AN/ALQ-231(V) Electronic Warfare weapon system. As part of the overall US Marine Corps and NAWC-WPNS team, CTI is a key contributor to the systems design, development, and deployment.The Intrepid Tiger II Pod is unique in that it was developed at relatively low cost and within a quick reaction timeframe thus getting required capability to the warfighter faster and cheaper.
The AN/ALQ-231(V) is the first weapon system to include the Electronic Warfare Services Architecture (EWSA) capability. This allows the weapon to not only be controlled from within the host platforms cockpit, but also via a tactical secure radio network. This allows for the weapon to be hosted on non-traditional EW platforms while not requiring additional training or workload on the part of the platforms aircrew.
Along with NAWC-WPNS, Point Mugu, CTI is the primary developer of the EW payload control software, the EWSA net-enabling components, and the cockpit interface software.
The Communications Emitter Sensing and Attack System (CESAS) is one of the primary Electronic Attack (EA) capabilities available to the USMC from the ground. Operated by the Radio Battalions, CESAS provides a vehicle-mounted EW system for sensing and jamming threat communications systems.
In 2007, CTI designed and developed an initial version of a robust, immersive EW training system for training CESAS operators in its tactical use. While the full training capability was never completed and deployed, CTI showed that a realistic, immersive training environment for this type of system can be built relatively quickly and inexpensively.
The CESAS training system also shared many components and capabilities with the EA-6B Tactics and Weapon System Trainers that CTI helped to develop. This commonality promotes the ability for distributed, interactive, real-time Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) EW training. Allowing airborne and ground-based EW operators to train within a single environment enhances their ability to work together in the field for increased awareness and effectiveness.