The theme of AOC EW Europe 2018 is ‘Innovation and Evolution in Global Electromagnetic Operations’ – why are innovation and evolution currently so important in the EM spectrum?
While Allied Forces have demonstrated mastery in producing state-of-the-art technologies and operationally effective systems for application in our EM operating environments, we still lack adoption of a collective operational concept or applying them synergistically and in concert, to provide pre-dispositional advantages to our forces. So while we have innovated in disparate instantiations of technology, we have relaxed in advancing theories of their use.
How do you feel the EW community has evolved over the past 12 months?
Across the Allied EW community, there is a new dawning that although we may still conduct meaningful conversations which stop at the bounds of EW - centred on isolated actions and persishable effects - we may not conduct complete conversations within the EM domain until we fully visit the aggregation of effect to yield durable outcomes, affecting operational level manoeuver in the Electromagnetic Spectrum.
What do you think are the particular challenges facing EW capabilities in Europe specifically?
The challenges in the European Theatre are not predominantly technical, they are characterised fundamentally by a contest of understanding and investment. Technology peer adversaries in the region are rapidly pursuing advantage not based upon the acquisition and employment of cutting edge systems, but instead by merely "doing what we say", the simple yet deliberate pursuit of EMS technology capacity and organisation.
What can delegates expect to take away from your sessions?
This presentation challenges the presupposition that incremental and isolated EMS capability advances alone can overwhelm or even pace the exponentially increasing stressors of diversity, density, demand, complexity, and contest worldwide across the EM Domain. By introducing thinking which begins with the EMS as the centre of discussion - versus capability manifestations within it - we will logically arrive to a more informed way of providing adaptive, relevant, decisive and enduring capabilities.
Why is AOC EW Europe a must-attend event for those working in the EM domain?
Geographically spanning centres of high-technology EMS capability production and proximity to potential conflict regions, this truly international symposium uniquely gathers the latest discussions in technology, operations and geopolitical dynamics to offer a world-class forum for the advancement of Allied EMS superiority. As we improve our collective understanding in each of these areas, no event is poised to gather them for greatest effect like the AOC EW Europe annual series.