EW 2019

Interview with Divisionär (Major General) Thomas Süssli

Divisionär Thomas Süssli, Chief of Armed Forces Command Support Organization, Swiss Armed Forces

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?

The hybridity of modern conflicts implies a much superior significance on the intangible spheres of operations, (Cyber-, electromagnetic- and information space), than the last years. The complexity and the increasing number of confrontations, rise daily higher in all does spheres and takes already a part in the military ops today. The opportunity to be innovative in the AOC EW Europe, across political borders and in international environment, is already a great change for us and for all. Networking and shared thinking show an outstanding solution approach to today's challenges.


How do you feel the EW community has evolved over the past 12 months?

The efforts of the EW / EWar community help us to coping against future threats and develop further our doctrine bases. In our case of electronic operations, which take place from the strategic and military-strategic level through the operational to tactical tasks together with Cyber, begins as a common capability idea in our armed forces with the idea of electronic operations. In this context, I can mention that the development, in terms of responses to modern and, above all, hybrid threats, can very dynamically affect our EWar community in the area of anticipation in the electromagnetic operation sphere.


What do you think are the particular challenges facing EW capabilities in Europe specifically?

The challenges EWar take place every day and are an active part of our work; it happens any time and any wear. In particular, we expect that the asymmetric, hybrid sector will increase in the future and the time to react will by much shorter. The biggest challenge is the link of EWar with Cyber and Information's.


What can delegates expect to take away from your session?

We want to explain our doctrine, our means and our procedures in the field of the EWar. We want to show how Switzerland as a neutral state coping the threats with its armed forces. EWar should not be used isolated it shut by embedded in military operation process, to protect our values of our nation. Therefore, we came to an exchange of ideas on electromagnetic operations on level of national defense in the electromagnetic space.

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Exhibition opening times

Mon 13 May - 16:00 - 18:00
Tues 14 May - 08:00 - 18:30
Weds 15 May - 08:30 - 15:45

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1 125 30 Älvsjö



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