"In the operational environment, the lines between CNO and EW are blurred," [Lt. Col. John] Bircher said. "We can use EW to disable our enemies' cellular phone device or we can use CNO to deny the device's access to its network."
"Do we use CNO or EW to deny our adversary, and does it matter to the tactical commander?" Bircher continued, "and in our conceptual research we found that it didn't matter. What's important is controlling the data, the bandwidth and the electromagnetic spectrum."
Electronic Warfare Proponent: Changes by adversaries, advances in technology drive EW's operational importance