DSEI 2019: AOC UK Chapter Seminar


The UK Chapter of the Association of Old Crows has been invited to run a seminar in the Joint Zone theatre at DSEI 2019, Clarion Events' largest and most prestigious tradeshow.

Date:  Thursday 12 September 2019

Time: 15:30 to 17:00

Location: Joint Zone Theatre, ExCeL London

Seminar Title: Hybrid Warfare, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities and Electronic Warfare – where we are and where we need to go.

DSEI Joint Zone

Seminar Theme

As all war-fighters and their leaders know, warfare in the 21st Century without effective Electronic Warfare and Cyber Electromagnetic Activities across all operational environments / domains is both unthinkable and unwinnable.  Success depends at the very least on control of the Cyber and EM environment/domain at the moment of action and ideally longer term.  Overall domination is extremely unlikely, especially given the level of investment by the free-world, but we have a technological edge, if we can hone it, and prepare it for operational use.  In the immediate future, achieving local superiority is a huge priority, and will require much skill, training, discipline and resources, all over the long term.

Manoeuvre in the EM environment/domain includes offensive, defensive, scoping, surveillance, management, etc. operations, all across all the defence lines of development, which in the UK are Training, Equipment, Personnel, Information, Doctrine (and concepts & policy), Organisation, Infrastructure and Logistics; all underpinned by interoperability. It includes all of military and information capabilities in all warfighting environments/domains.



Opening Remarks

15:35 Opening Address: Hybrid Warfare in Europe in the 21st Century - Major General Borys Kremenetskyi, Major General, UKR-Air Force, Defence and AirAttaché, Embassy of Ukraine to the UK, Ukraine
16:00 The Future of EW and CEMA - Colonel Alan Blackman (British Army Retd), Director, ABAL Insight Ltd, UK
16:15 Electronic Warfare – The Forgotten Discipline - Commander von Spreckelsen, Chief Policy Section NATO Joint EW Core Staff, Germany
16:35 Closing Address: The NATO Need to Re-focus on EW to Jump Ahead of the Curve - Professor David Stupples, Professor of Electronic and Radio Systems, Director EW Research, City, University of London, AOC At-Large Director, and UK Chapter Director, UK
16:55 Q&A and Farewell


Seminar Chairman

Air Marshal Philip Sturley CB MBE BSc FRAeS CCMI, RAF (Retd) UK.

Air Marshal Philip Sturley has achieved over 7000 hours flying on 110 types, but mainly on fast jets in the tactical recce and attack roles.  He commanded No II(AC) Sqn, RAF Cottesmore and No 38Group, and has filled a wide range of staff posts, including Assistant Chief of the Air Staff  in London, and Chief of Staff NATO HQ AIRNORTH in Germany. He retired from active service in 2005 and has served as a Reserve Officer since then as a pilot on 5AEF. He is Lead Senior Military Mentor at the Higher Command and Staff Course at the UK Defence Academy, and Honorary Air Commodore of No 4624 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force. He regularly chairs Electronic Warfare conferences worldwide, and in his spare time he is a gliding instructor and enjoys mountain flying in the Alps and Andes each year.

How to attend

The EW seminar is free to attend for all DSEI exhibition visitors*.

DSEI takes place from 9-13 September 2019 at ExCeL London. It is necessary to register in advance and provide proof of identity via the DSEI website.

* The event is free for military and public sector representatives, but depending on your role in the defence and security industry, a charge may apply to access the DSEI exhibition.

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