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?
Evolution is defined as the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form. This definition is reflective of the increasing complexity of operations in the electromagnetic spectrum. In order to gain and maintain military advantage in the spectrum our military forces must drive innovation within the defense community and public sector to create the capabilities required to meet our military objectives. Continuing engagement between military and public sector is required to ensure that corporate partners are aware of military priorities and work to provide these unique needs.
How do you feel the EW community has evolved over the past 12 months?
Over the last 12 months the US Army has continued to refine its designs for force structure as it works to integrate Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Operations into land operations across all echelons.Ongoing conflicts continue to provide the increasing importance of Cyberspace and Electronic Operations in all phases of conflict.
What do you think are the particular challenges facing EW capabilities in Europe specifically?
Europe, just as in the US, faces challenges on training Electronic Warfare capabilities in peace time.To ensure readiness Electronic Warfare must be integrated into unit and collective training to train staffs and commanders on available capabilities and how to best integrate them into operations.
What can delegates expect to take away from your session?
I will share the US Army’s approach for doctrine, integration into planning and targeting, and force structure for Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Operations.