Electromagnetic Warfare Technician - 170B


As an Electromagnetic Warfare Technician, you are the technical expert on executing Electromagnetic Warfare Operations and integrating Cyberspace Operations within Army and Join Service formations. You serve as a trusted advisor on electromagnetic warfare systems, adversary personnel, facilities, and equipment. You will utilize this knowledge to deny, degrade, and disrupt enemy capabilities while protecting the use of friendly electromagnetic warfare systems. You are responsible for coordinating efforts to synchronize effects to disrupt or destroy electromagnetic warfare targets, whether by lethal or nonlethal means.


  • Applicants must be a SGT (E5) or above
  • Applicants must be a BLC Graduate
  • Certification training in SEC+, CASP, or CISSP, or equivalent training such as JCAC/CTOC/CCTC/BRIGHTON/TOUCHSTONE.
  • Applicants must be able to obtain an adjudicated TOP SECRET (TS)/Secure Compartmented Information security clearance. Compos 2 and 3 must have a TS clearance before the 170A qualification course attendance
  • Certified in a Cyber Mission Force work role or possess documented practical cyber-related experience (protocol analysis, Windows/*Nix Scripting, digital forensics, etc.) Practical experience documented through NCOERs, evaluation reports, performance appraisals, or statements of work equivalent to military experience
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 36 months of rated time documented in NCOERs. This is the minimum prerequisite; all NCOERs are required for consideration. ARNG and USAR applicants may request a waiver for NCOER time but must provide civilian performance appraisals in conjunction with their NCOERs or in lieu of not having NCOERs
  • A letter of recommendation (LOR) from a senior 170A Warrant Officer (CW3-CW5) is required
  • Must have three (3) hours of English Composition and three (3) hours of Math (“C “grade or higher) from an accredited college or university. The only acceptable alternatives are completing the CLEP College Algebra and English Composition examination or an Associate's degree or higher. The Department of Education maintains a database of accredited postsecondary education institutions and programs
  • A minimum of three semester hours of College Algebra or higher is the only accepted college course from an accredited academic institution. The only acceptable alternatives are completing the CLEP College Algebra examination or an Associate's degree or higher ARNG applicants must provide cyber questionnaire with packet

Major Duties

  • Plans, organizes, implements, monitors and evaluates operations and the threat environment, in support of the EW Officer.
  • Assists the EWO in preparing the Electromagnetic Warfare appendix to the operations order.
  • Provides advice on technical and tactical employment of Joint and Army EW systems, and integrates EW into the targeting process.
  • Monitors the development of the enemy electronic order of battle (EOB) and the processing of target information and intelligence generated by the OB section.
  • Assists in production and application of target selection standards.
  • Maintains and assists in developing the Electromagnetic Warfare Staff Estimate.
  • Assists and coordinates with the S-2/G2 on Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB) as it pertains to Electromagnetic Warfare.
  • Develops EW input to targeting products and participates in targeting meetings.
  • Assists the EWO in the analysis of the relevant situation and predicts needs.
  • Develops and executes EW policies and procedures for supported organizations.
  • Coordinates external EW support mission requirements and integrates EW operations into MDMP.
  • Performs other duties essential to the mission of the assigned unit.


Cyber Warfare Technicians receive approximately six months of initial training focused in the following areas:

  • Fundamentals of the Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • In depth overview of the Electromagnetic Warfare (EW) Doctrine
  • Develop self-awareness, an understanding of group dynamics, critical reasoning, and creative thinking skills for effective problem-solving and decision-making
  • Technical and tactical employment of Joint and Army EW systems
  • Production and application of target selection standards
  • Implementing EW into the Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP)