Question about huge battles at CMBS

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Why at huge battles at CMBS both sides have "Light" electronic warfare strength ? And what is the difference between all the strength levels ?

(yea I am pretty new to the modern theme of combat mission)
 

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Page 11 and 12 of the CMBS manual:

Electronic warfare is represented in the game through a Data editor setting. (it is also available in
the QB setup window). There are two settings: Blue Electronic Warfare Strength, and Red.
The setting for one side will negatively affect the enemy systems. So for example, if Blue EW
strength is set to Strong, then the Red player will feel the effects of Strong EW. These settings
do NOT cancel each other out! So you could theoretically set both to Medium and both sides
would have seriously degraded comms. Once in battle, you can see what the EW strength is
for both sides by checking the Conditions panel.

The available EW strengths are None, Light, Medium, and Strong.

NONE:
No EW assets are deployed against the enemy. Systems are unaffected.

LIGHT:
- Hand-held "walkie-talkie" radio communications are degraded. Manpack radios (as
carried by "radio operator" soldiers), and vehicle-mounted radios are unaffected.
- Hand-held satellite communications links via PDA devices are degraded. Vehicle-
mounted satellite stations such as FBCB2 and Constellation are unaffected.
- UAV Support Mission delivery times are lengthened and UAV spotting ability is degraded
due to electronic interference.

MEDIUM:
- Hand-held radio equipment no longer functions.
- Manpack radio and vehicle-mounted radios still function but are degraded.
- Hand-held satellite communications links via PDA devices no longer functions.
- Vehicle-mounted satellite stations such as FBCB2 and Constellation are degraded.
- Delivery times for Artillery, UAV, and Air Support Missions are much longer due to comms
interference.
- UAV spotting ability is further degraded.
- Precision artillery missions of all types are not available.
- The ability of on-map Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs) to detect and engage aircraft is
degraded.

STRONG:
- All radio and satellite communications links are disabled. Units must maintain C3 links via
verbal face-to-face communications or visual hand signals.
- Artillery, Air Support, and UAV Support Missions now have an extreme delay, often over
20 minutes. UAV spotting ability is extremely degraded.
- On-map SAM ability to detect and engage aircraft/UAVs is highly degraded.
 
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