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Complex Electromagnetic Warfare and the Multi-Domain Battle

A discussion of the advances, improvements and interactions needed for the transition from traditional war-fighting domains to the multi-domain battlefield.

On Tuesday 16 June, members of the Electronic Warfare community were set to gather in Liverpool for the start of AOC EW Europe 2020. Following the event's postponement until November, we marked the original show dates with a virtual keynote panel discussion. 

In our free-to-view webinar, expert guests discussed the advances, improvements and interactions needed for the transition from traditional war-fighting domains to the multi-domain battlefield.

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Webinar Background

The AOC EW Europe conference that should have taken place this summer has had to be postponed until November. Some of the excellent speakers that are lined up for the conference have joined together in this webinar to discuss some of the important issues that face the EW community. 

Conference Theme Development

The theme of EW Europe 2020 is “Complex Electromagnetic Warfare and the Multi-Domain Battle”. Our experts discussed the advances, improvements and  interactions needed for the transition from traditional war-fighting domains to the multi-domain battlefield. They considered the effects of defining the EMS as a domain, the use of cognitive EW and technological advances that will transform EW in the future.

Speakers

Webinar Moderator

The virtual keynote panel discussion was hosted by Sue Robertson.

Dr Sue Robertson has worked in the field of Electronic Warfare for more than 25 years and has extensive experience of data analysis for airborne and ship ESM systems. She has developed flight trials programs and produced hundreds of reports on ESM performance issues. Sue has also developed software for ESM testing and techniques for extracting data from flight trials for the population of ELINT databases. She has presented papers and chaired sessions at international conferences on Electronic Warfare.

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About Sue

Sue has contributed evidence to UK Parliamentary Committees on subjects such as Maritime Reconnaissance and Security issues and has acted as an advisor on ISTAR matters to the UK Commons Defence Select Committee. She has a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics from University College London and an MBA from City University and is currently working for EW Defence Ltd, is a Director of the UK AOC Chapter and has recently been elected to the main board of the AOC as International Region 1 Director.

Panellists

Wade Bennett

Wade Bennett

Wade Bennett is a Systems Solution Architect at L3Harris TRL in Tewksbury, Gloucestershire, UK.  In this role, he has responsibility for development of complex use cases for cyber security products and services.

He has 35 years of experience in the technology sector.  He served in the Royal Air Force in a variety of roles within Electronic Warfare and Guided Weapons engineering. After leaving full time service in 1995, he has held positions in BT, Ciena and Boeing covering new technology introduction, optical communications, systems engineering and programme management, before joining L3Harris TRL in 2019.

He holds a reservist appointment within the Army Air Corps. He is currently studying for an MSc in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance at Cranfield University.

Lt Col Chris Fogarty

Lt Col Chris Fogarty

Lieutenant Colonel Fogarty has served in the British Army for 24 years and held a number of EWSI roles, including his current post as Commanding Officer 14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare).  He has served with a number of high readiness formations, including 16 Air Assault Brigade, the Gurkha Signals, an exchange post with the Norwegian Signals as well as Company Command at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  Operationally he has deployed to Bosnia, Iraq and Estonia.  He was the lead capability officer, responsible for the delivery of mounted and dismounted ECM(FP) suites in Afghanistan.  He holds an MSc in Communications and Information Systems an MRes, which focussed on how the UK MOD could achieve Information Advantage aligned to its people, process and technology and is currently studying for an MSc in Cyberspace operations.  He has spoken previously at the AOC in 2017 about operationalising CEMA.

David Lazaro

David Lazaro

Mr David Lázaro Loscos is a Computer Science Engineer from the Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain). He has lead since 2000 multiple Digital Reception innovative developments for INDRA EW products. He has worked as System Engineer in multiple international projects based on RWR / ELINT / ESM Indra products based on digital reception technology, also participated in international study groups on LPI radar detection and digital reception technology.

Recently he has been involved in the development for the future naval system including Electronic Support and Electronic Attack, also in multiple development projects for future RWR and EA products.

Presently he is Area Director at Indra, in charge of the definition and development for new EW Sensors based on digital reception, including electronic and photonic converter sensor development, in the Design and Development Directorate.

Gene McFalls

Gene McFalls

Retired USAF B-52 Electronic Warfare Officer

Instructor, USAF Electronic Warfare School & NATO School SHAPE

Deputy Director, AFMC EW & Avionics Division

Director Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Electronic Warfare Reprogramming Center

2011 Chief, US Forces-Iraq EW Coordination Cell

Former Southern Region Director, Association of Old Crows

David Stupples

David Stupples

David is Professor of Electronic and Radio Systems at City, University of London, and Director of Electronic Warfare Systems Research. A scientific advisor to the UK government on both Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) and Cyber Intelligence. He is also a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC) and has scientific and engineering connections with a number of companies specialising in radar applications and EW.

He began his career in the Royal Air Force concentrating on EW and surveillance radar. He moved to R&D at the Royal Radar Establishment (later RSRE) Malvern, then to Hughes Aircraft Corporation in California, and then on to NATO research specialising in development of ELINT and COMINT for both airborne and satellite platforms. He is involved in Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) related specifically to information warfare. More recently he is participating in active ELINT research into the future of ELINT and COMINT collection employing adaptive systems with artificial intelligence.

Tom Withington

Tom Withington

Thomas Withington is a writer and analyst specialising in electronic warfare, radar, military communications and air power with 20 years' experience. His articles regularly appears in general and specialist publications around the world, and he works as a consultant specialising in these subjects for several leading public and private sector organisations.