Accession Number : ADA297770

Title :   The Joint COMSEC Monitoring Activity (JCMA): A Foglight for the Operational Artist?

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Thompson, Arthur R.

PDF Url : ADA297770

Report Date : 16 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : The Joint COMSEC Monitoring Activity (JCMA) is a new capability available to joint operations commands. It can be viewed as an instrument of command and control (C2) protection of command and control warfare (C2W). In evaluating its potential contribution to the conduct of operational art, its greatest value appears to be for providing near-real-time input of what the enemy is likely to be perceiving from monitoring friendly unencrypted communications. To the extent possible, this can fill what will almost always be a critical intelligence gap. JCMA's joint composition, forward deployable Joint COMSEC Monitoring and Analysis Teams (JCMATs), and speed of service offer a unique combat multiplier to joint force commanders. JCMA is well into a two-year proof-of-concept period and has performed 17 missions, including both exercise and real-world operations. Supported commands have expressed satisfaction with the results and stated intentions to request JCMA support in the future. It appears JCMA is an effective tool for helping operational leaders see through the "fog'1 of war. (KAR) P. 1

Descriptors :   *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *MONITORS, INPUT, WARFARE, LEADERSHIP, MONITORING, REAL TIME, MILITARY COMMANDERS, ELECTRONIC COUNTERMEASURES.

Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems
      Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE