The 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing consists of two Groups: 350th Spectrum Warfare Group and 850th Spectrum Warfare Group. The 350th Spectrum Warfare Group has the equivalent of five squadrons: 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron, 36th Electronic Warfare Squadron, 68th Electronic Warfare Squadron, 513th Electronic Warfare Squadron, and F-35 Partner Support Complex. The 850th Spectrum Warfare Group has three squadrons: 39th Electronic Warfare Squadron, 87th Electronic Warfare Squadron, and 453d Electronic Warfare Squadron.
The 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing was activated 25 June 2021 to support the consolidation and modernization of the Department of the Air Force electromagnetic spectrum enterprise and is responsible for providing operational, technical, and maintenance electronic warfare expertise for the CAF and for systems engineering, testing, evaluation, tactics development, employment, capability, and technology assessment. This includes the wartime responsibility for emergency reprogramming and dissemination of EW system mission data software for CAF aircraft. The wing manages the Air Force COMBAT SHIELD Electronic Warfare Assessment Program for CAF aircraft EW systems. COMBAT SHIELD provides operational units a system-specific capability assessment for their radar warning receivers, electronic attack pods, and integrated EW systems.
The 16th EWS provides EW expertise and test facilities for mission data and EW systems test and evaluation for both Air Combat Command and Air Force Global Strike Command. Squadron personnel assess the maintainability, reliability, suitability, and readiness of EW systems and support equipment, and perform test and evaluation of new EW concepts for bombers and specialized EW systems (B-1, B-2, B-52, Advanced Programs, and Emerging Programs). They monitor developmental testing conducted by acquisition agencies and assess the impact of these tests, providing critical expertise for EW avionics acquisition and modifications. The 16th EWS has more than $200 million in assets, including four “Hardware in the Loop” laboratories and two mobile test facilities. These facilities are used to validate and verify mission data software, support foreign materiel exploitations, and verify operational technical order updates prior to fielding. Squadron personnel develop, fabricate and maintain aircraft and lab test instrumentation and perform acceptance tests of all new EW-related hardware and software, as well as provide expertise to support EW systems testing and training to maintenance and operational units worldwide.
The 36th EWS enhances the warfighter’s combat advantage, survivability and lethality through the support and sustainment of fielded and future electromagnetic spectrum systems. The squadron provides Electronic Warfare Integrated Reprogramming (EWIR) support to Air Combat Command’s (ACC) Combat Air Force (CAF) Electronic Warfare (EW) capability. The 36th EWS supports 4th and 5th Generation Fighter, Electronic Attack Pods, Personnel Recovery, Command and Control ISR, and Advanced Program platforms through test and evaluation, mission data file (MDF) development, exercise support, EW reach-back and emergency reprogramming. Included in this mission is a wartime commitment to rapidly reprogram the CAF's EW MDF software in response to changes in threat systems. To aid the warfighter the squadron also develops and publishes EW system handbooks providing critical employment guidance to the CAF. The 36th EWS has more than $165 million in assets, including eight system integration laboratories and one mobile test facilities. These facilities are used to validate and verify MDF software, support foreign materiel exploitations, and verify operational technical order updates prior to fielding. The 36th EWS conducts operational tests of EW systems on CAF aircraft in support of hardware and software fielding recommendations to ACC. The squadron also conducts exploitation tests of foreign threat weapons radar systems against all CAF aircraft. These tests are supported by operational analysts who ensure integrity of test design and verify test results to inform EW system performance. The development of MDF software directly impacts the success of Joint Chiefs of Staff operational plans and the CAF mission.
The 39th Electronic Warfare Squadron is the foundational component of Electronic Warfare Integrated Reprogramming, and supports every step in the process. Through the expertise of five inter-connected flights, the 39 EWS specializes in the consolidation and standardization of intelligence data, modeling and simulation, 24/7 fleet support, and software development for current and future electromagnetic spectrum operations. The Spectrum Warfare Intelligence Flight conducts threat prioritization in support of the Wing’s electronic warfare reprogramming squadrons. A team of All-Source Intelligence Analysts, the flight focuses on emerging threats as well as cyber intelligence impacting the mission of the Wing and its joint and international partners. The Spectrum Warfare Intelligence Mission Data Flight, composed of electronic signals intelligence experts, aggregates threat parametric data from 40 different Intelligence Community sources, ensuring a current library of over 19,000 threats for our sister squadrons’ reprogramming needs. The Spectrum Warfare Modeling and Simulation Flight develops, validates, and distributes threat emitter simulation files while managing a library of 4,800 threat models and 21,200 associated modes for CEESIM and A2PATS RF simulations. The Spectrum Warfare Support Flight provides for the dissemination of mission data to operational units through PACERWARE and the Multi-Service Data Distribution System. Additionally, they are a critical node connecting the spectrum warfighter to the engineers of the Electronic Warfare Reprogramming Center through 24/7, on-call, reach-back support. Linking all these flights together, as well as our mission partners across the Wing and around the globe, is SPECTRE, the Specialized Electronic Combat Tools and Reprogramming Environment. SPECTRE is the 350 SWW’s organic, integrated suite of software modules for mission data programming, housing both the threat and emitter simulation libraries. The 39 EWS and its team of software developers continues to grow the utility of SPECTRE and through automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, will provide for the operational needs of the warfighter more rapidly and in ways never before possible.
The 68th EWS improves EW effectiveness and directly supports Foreign Military Sales Allied nations through test and evaluation, mission data reprogramming, exercise support, EW reach-back, and emergency reprogramming. As a member of the SAF/IA Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program, the squadron provides EW support to the coalition warfighter and assures combat EW reprogramming to more than 7,000 CAF users globally. Supporting 31 FMS nations across 17 diverse F-15, F-16, E-3, and podded EW systems, the squadron maintains long-term direct working relationships with SAF/IA, ACC/IA, AFLCMC, and partner nation air forces. The 68th develops mission data for conventional/US-fielded FMS systems, as well as developmental EW acquisitions for foreign nation use.
The 87th EWS provides technicians and equipment to direct, plan, execute, and assess all aspects of the Air Force’s lead Electronic Warfare (EW) Assessment Program (COMBAT SHIELD), which Provides EW (radio frequency and infrared) and cyber assessments and technical expertise to enable multi-domain mission readiness for combat air forces. The overall objective is to evaluate and report outcomes, findings, and trends to wings, major commands, and higher headquarters to foster prioritization of EW and cyber capabilities and processes.
The 453rd Electronic Warfare Squadron (453 EWS) brings high-fidelity EW engineering and TechELINT analysis, modeling and simulation to optimize joint warfighting. Its products and services enable a wide variety of capabilities, including mission planning, training, exercises and EW systems reprogramming. The squadron’s four flights operate together to provide a foundation of EW knowledge, in-depth electronic warfare analyses, and realistic training environments for the warfighter. The Mission Support Flight develops, manages and secures the four networks, plus over 500 personal computers and laptops, required for the squadron to perform its various missions. The Software Development Flight creates government off the shelf code to improve the squadron’s analytic, modeling and simulation missions. It leverages machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence techniques to produce patterns within ELINT data, create a robust simulated threat environment, and enable DoD-wide EW modeling and planning. The Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Flight engineers the solutions needed to enhance these capabilities. Specifically, with the Improved Many-on-Many (IMOM) EW analysis tool that provides the Mission Planning and EW analysis capabilities across the DoD. In addition, with the Distributed Integrated Constructive Environment (DICE) model which portrays the Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS) and EA capability used to train personnel through live, virtual, constructive (LVC) exercises. Finally, the M&S flight also develops the Vigilant Prospector (VIPR) tool, which is used by the analysis flight’s TCD efforts. The Analysis Flight uses VIPR, and other tools, to analyze SIGINT information from Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems to conduct threat change detection of the threat environment to alert reprogramming centers. This flight is also taking on the squadron’s newest mission: Operational Reconnaissance. Which is analyzing Combat Air Forces EW systems data to ensure that the EW system accurately characterizes the EW environment. The 453 EWS always looks to the future and builds key partnerships to provide comprehensive EW support to the joint warfighter community as well as coalition partner countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The 513 EWS is the sole, multi-service, F-35 Electronic Warfare Reprogramming squadron whose mission is to enable 5th Generation EW dominance by developing, testing, and fielding timely and accurate combat capable mission data to all Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Combining the most up-to-date military intelligence with a robust virtual EW range to create operationally tested and verified mission data tailored to every Joint Strike Fighter variant. Maintains and sustains facilities to execute a wartime mission to provide urgent/emergency contingency EW reprogramming capabilities for the entire JSF fleet.
The F-35 Partner Support Complex developments, tests and fields mission data to enable combat capability for F-35 partner nations. Currently, the PSC supports Australia, Italy, Norway, the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark and has recently added Japan, South Korea, and Israel as FMS customers. The unit’s mission continues to grow and expand as it adds support for future growth with added partners and customers. In this capacity, the unit provides electronic warfare technical, operational and maintenance expertise, as well as the information technology expertise required to support a large number of networks at different classification levels. The unit supports each nation according to unique requirements, ranging from embedding with partner nations in a facility dedicated to production and testing to providing a completed product for other nations.