Introduction to Electromagnetic Defense Task Force
The electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) is a broad area of activity characterized by physically observable activities such as visible light and
lasers and unobservable phenomena such as microwaves and electromagnetic energy. EMS manifests through various frequencies and wavelengths
produced by natural sources like solar storms or artificially by hardware such
as radar or nuclear weapons. EMS impacts every domain of warfare.
On 20–22 August 2018, the Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF)
hosted an inaugural summit in the National Capital Region (NCR). The summit was designed to aid and encourage actions to recover footing where our
technological lead in EMS is being challenged. The summit was also designed
to address direct EMS threats to the United States and its allies. While some
issues have existed since the 1960s, the window of opportunity to mitigate
some electromagnetic threats is closing. Meanwhile, many existing threats
have gained prominence due to almost universal integration of silica-based
technologies into all aspects of modern technology and society.