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Electromagnetic spectrum management is the

[p]lanning, coordinating, and managing joint use of the electromagnetic spectrum through operational, engineering, and administrative procedures. The objective of spectrum management is to enable electronic systems to perform their functions in the intended environment without causing or suffering unacceptable interference.[1]


U.S. military[]

"Electromagnetic spectrum management is the effective use and control of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is critical to national security in terms of global C2 of the U.S.'s military forces. The rapid, ever-increasing growth of highly sophisticated weapons systems, as well as operational, intelligence, and communications systems, will increase electromagnetic spectrum demand (see Figure III-2). If this demand is not coordinated and carefully preplanned, it could have an adverse effect upon users sharing the available resources. Effective electromagnetic spectrum management is a building block of IO in defensive operations. It ensures necessary operations can be conducted with minimal unintentional interference (electronic fratricide) and without adverse electromagnetic environmental effects to ordnance."[2]


"Electromagnetic spectrum management boundaries extend beyond the realm of the joint force. Electromagnetic wave propagation does not stop at arbitrary boundaries, such as operational areas, or national boundaries. Therefore, coordination with all friendly and neutral parties vulnerable to EMI is essential. Interaction with the United Nations, host nations, allied/coalition nations, and nongovernmental entities may be required. Electromagnetic spectrum use by U.S. forces, host nations, multinational partners, and even an adversary, requires that planning for a military operation be timely, thorough, and comprehensive."[3]}}


  1. U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Pub. 1–02: DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (Nov. 8, 2010, as amended through May 15, 2011) (full-text).
  2. Joint Publication 6-0, at II-17.
  3. Id. at III-17, III-18.