The electromagnetic environment is changing at an increasing pace, and thus the importance of electronic warfare has also increased, along with the need for EW system adaptability, flexibility, and innovation. Not only are innovative technologies greatly needed, but the EW Community across defence and engineering itself needs to change conceptually and organisationally to embrace innovative ideas, technologies, and tactics - and at a significantly faster pace. Innovation is about more than refreshing technology, it is also about evolving culture. We live in a time of increasing uncertainty on many fronts. Threats, challenges and opportunities are rising. Technology is accelerating. The world is undoubtedly changing and in unforeseen ways. In terms of future warfare, national forces are being re-shaped and re-equipped to face an operational manoeuvre space that will be complex and connected, but constrained. It may well be chaotic unless the right, informed choices are made now. The Conference will consist of plenary sessions and twin-tracks focusing on operations, defence capability development, and industry invention.
Call for Papers
The AOC is soliciting original unclassified papers for the Lausanne conference, the 23rd AOC EW Europe event, from international leaders, military personnel, subject matter experts and leading thinkers from the government, military, academia and industry on topics including:
- The impact of potential adversarial Hybrid Warfare and Anti Access/ Area Denial capabilities, and how to prevent or mediate these threats
- Defensive and offensive capabilities.
- Threat briefings
- Offensive and defensive capabilities including protection of navigation & targeting systems.
- Technological and engineering developments including autonomous or semi-autonomous weapons; Cognitive EW: drone and swarm technology, detection and CM; directed energy and laser weapons, and CM.
- Future warfare – capability, integration and interoperability.
- Critical EM lines of development such as training, test and evaluation, modelling and simulation, concepts, EW operational support (including parametric database evolution), etc.
- EW and EM operations, SIGINT, ISR, (battlespace) spectrum management/operations (e.g. electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO)), and network enabled capability.
- The information domain/environment, information warfare/operations, cyber warfare, Cyber EM activities (CEMA) / operations, social media, and how these are likely to develop and influence free-world room to operate and manoeuvre.
- Briefs on major national programmes and capability development in the maritime, air/space, information/ cyber and land domains, such as the F35 and EA-18 Growler programmes.
- Mining Big Data, Information Operations and EW – the implications and opportunities.
- The Global role of academia in supporting the future of national, alliance or coalition capability in the EM and Information domains.
- Keynote addresses, operational updates, support activities and national perspectives.
The Call for Papers will open on 22 January 2018 and close on Friday 23 February– please submit as early as possible. You will be notified as soon as possible on the success or otherwise of your submission.