Electromagnetic Fundamentals

Learn about the foundational principles of the electromagnetic spectrum to advance your career in defense or intelligence analysis. Part of the spectrum warfare learning series.

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About This Intelligence Community Online Course

This online course delves into the foundational principles of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is designed for any analyst, operator or decisionmaker who desires basic knowledge about spectrum warfare in support of his/her/their continued professional growth.

What You Will Learn

  • Distinguish between the radio and optical portions of the EM spectrum
  • Describe the properties of an EM wave
  • Explain EM wave propagation

The course is the first in the FedLearn spectrum warfare learning series.

Who Should Take This Online Course

This online course is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more (or gaining a refresher) about the EM spectrum and spectrum warfare—particularly, defense or intelligence analysts working in either Federal government agencies or government contractor companies.

Your Instructor

The course was developed by Robert Folker. Mr. Folker is a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence weapons instructor with more than 30 years of military experience in technological development for various military applications. He currently is a senior strategist and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance consultant with PatchPlus Consulting.

Mr. Folker a senior subject matter expert on indications and warning, sensitive reconnaissance operations, ISR planning, sensor employment and numerous intelligence disciplines that span the range from unit-level to national-level organizations, cyber operations, U.S. and adversary weapon systems and transregional threats.

He is both a graduate of and former instructor at the USAF Weapons School and earned his Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University.



After completing this course, it is highly recommended to take the other FedLearn courses in the spectrum warfare learning series, Communications Basics (ICFA120) and Low Observable Theory (ICFA122), to continue to advance your knowledge.

Course Certificate

To achieve a course certificate of completion, you must score 80 percent or higher on graded lesson quizzes and a final exam.

Course Format

Self-paced, online training course

Course Pricing

Individual courses are $124.99 (per person).

Seat licenses to access the entire FedLearn Intelligence Community catalog are also available. Click here to learn more and purchase.

If you are interested in learning about special team rates for Federal government and government contractor organizations, email [email protected].

Continuing Education Unit Credits

This course provides 1 CEU.