Fighting Future Conflicts In The Most Controversial Domain, According To The Air Force’s Electronic Warfare Chief
The 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing of the U.S. Air Force is led by Col. Josh Koslov, whose staff is completely focused on conquering and triumphing in the electromagnetic spectrum.
Even while it is nothing new, the United States’ shift to addressing peer-state threats has given this unseen battlespace a whole new level of significance. Little is known about the 350th and its crucial and exciting mission since it was only stood up a little more than a year and a half ago, and because Col. Koslov assumed the wing commander job even more recently than that. We now want to change that.
When the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing was established by the Air Combat Command in June 2021, it became the first of its type. The wing’s primary objective is to strengthen the Combat Air Force’s presence on and exploitation of the electromagnetic spectrum by utilizing the engineering expertise of its employees in the development of the necessary technologies and capabilities (EMS).
It acknowledges that the EMS encompasses all domains and is a crucial part of the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy as well as the U.S. military’s larger interoperability efforts, even if aerial electronic warfare is the major focus. In addition to being in charge of electronic warfare reprogramming and general development, the wing offers EMS capabilities for 69 electronic warfare systems owned by the United States and its international partners.
Col. Koslov assumed leadership of the 350th in July of this year, and since then the wing has accomplished a number of significant feats, such as the launch of the Wavelength digital networking service and the development of the Reclamation of Electronic Attack Pods (REAP) program. In fact, a significant portion of what they do involves reprogramming the electronic warfare pods and systems on different Air Force aircraft. This is a very serious endeavor because the protection those systems offer can mean the difference between life and death for an airframe and its aircrew, if it has one, during a combat mission.