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?
With increasing advances in off-the-shelf technologies that are accessible in any country, electronic systems are becoming more technologically advanced more easily.It is imperative that innovation and evolution be used to exceed systems that adversaries may use, and differentiate ones’ EW systems, to achieve technical parity across the globe.
How do you feel the EW community has evolved over the past 12 months?
The community seems to be more open to collaborating with commercial and academic partners.There is a general recognition that adversaries are getting more advanced, and there is an ever-increasing sense of urgency based on world events.There seems to be a big push to get solutions out to the market faster, which necessitates aid from commercial companies.
What do you think are the particular challenges facing EW capabilities in Europe specifically?
One challenge in Europe is the number of players in a geographically dense area, all trying to manipulate the EW spectrum.That brings engineering challenges and policy challenges. EW techniques need to become more sophisticated as adversarial threats become more agile and advanced.A necessary level of sophistication coming to the EW community may be neural networks and machine learning to differentiate friend from foe.
What can delegates expect to take away from your session?
A new kind of asymmetric warfare has emerged where terrorists can employ low cost drones to wreak havoc on an area from far away. My session is on EM Spectrum-based drone detection, which can also be generalized to the greater problem of surgically identifying signals-of-interest in the EM Spectrum.
Why is AOC EW Europe a must-attend event for those working in the EW domain?
AOC EW Europe provides a unique platform to discuss evolving and increasingly sophisticated emerging enemy threats, view the latest equipment and systems from the world’s defense industries, and share views on how to realign electronic warfare capabilities.