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?
Innovation is a priority for the United States Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command, and the 28th Bomber Wing because it allows us to leverage new ways and means to fight and win in air, space, cyber and across the electromagnetic spectrum. Within 28th Bomber Wing, innovation in pivotal to our combat readiness and lethality. We are constantly seeking and supporting new ways and means to win.
How do you feel the EW community has evolved over the past 12 months?
Advances in radars, surface to air missiles and air defense networks continue to drive improvements in the EW community, especially in training and operations. I believe the EW community is constantly adjusting to those changes in order to stay ahead in the classic warfare competition.
What do you think are the particular challenges facing EW capabilities in Europe specifically?
There are several areas for improvements by adversaries to their radars, air defence and surface to air missiles, to the increased commercial use of the EM spectrum, to interoperability between allies and partner EW systems. The fusion between cyber and EW also presents opportunities.
What can delegates expect to take away from your session?
Delegates will gain a better understanding of the United States Air Force long range strike in the European theater - the rapid ability to strike form across the world, challenges in training, detailed coordination required, and interoperability improvements.
Why is AOC EW Europe a must-attend event for those working in the EW domain?
EW Europe affords the opportunity to bring together militaries and industry partners from across the European continent as well as other countries involved in European defense.