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?
Preparation hinges on information and the electromagnetic spectrum is today’s source of information. The information layer within our platforms is now more integrated, sophisticated and mission-essential but also can be a risk as it becomes more stove piped and platform specific – it is essential that all information is available to all platforms to enhance the situational awareness of all. EW needs to embrace, if not lead, the management, integration and operational use of the information layer through innovation and evolution of our (legacy) EW Operational Support view.
How do you feel the EW community has evolved over the past 12 months?
Cold War threats have never really gone away but are now being bolstered by more capable systems for which intelligence information may be sparse or not available. As a result the past 12 months are seeing a shift from expensive, time consuming field and flight trials to improved modelling and simulation with custom-built analysis capabilities designed for EW.
What do you think are the particular challenges facing EW capabilities in Europe specifically?
With Europe’s involvement in operations such as in Afghanistan and Libya, the focus for EW capabilities changed from RF to IR threats. But the importance of RF has been highlighted with operations occurring in Eastern Europe and Syria. The particular challenge is to redress the balance between IR and RF but, where possible, look at solutions which address the EW spectrum as a whole, supporting air, land and sea without stove piping individual domains.
What can delegates expect to take away from your session?
Within Threat Vulnerability Analysis and Countermeasure (CM) Development time has become a precious commodity. Threats are becoming faster and more accurate but the CM development lifecycle remains largely the same.
Delegates will be able to gain a futuristic view from MASS’ thought leadership piece on how modern concepts such as Artificial Intelligence and Data mining will automate the Threat Vulnerability Analysis and Countermeasure Development process providing a 21st century capability against 21st century threats.
Why is AOC EW Europe a must-attend event for those working in the EW domain?
With hostilities seeming ever nearer, the collaborative countenance of European nations is increasingly important. EW Europe provides a platform on which the European nations can communicate and influence.