Innovation and Change in Electromagnetic Warfare
Mr. Nino Amoroso, Annual Symposium Chair
Mr. Rick Lu, Annual Symposium Co-Chair
*Sessions are subject to change (agenda as of September 7, 2017)
Tuesday, November 28
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Opening Session and Keynote Speaker
Mr. Guy Montminy
Senior VP & Deputy GM, Electronic Systems Sector, BAE Systems
General Stephen W. Wilson
Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force
Mr. Randall Walden, SES
Director of Rapid Capabilites Office (RCO)
Innovation - Key to Delivering Critical Capabilities Early
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
International Requirements and Innovation Trends
Session Chair: Lieutenant General Giovanni Fantuzzi, Commander, Italian Logistics and Acquisition
This session will focus on International trends in EW innovation. Of particular note will be what requirements are being seen that drive the need for innovative technologies to address those requirements. Also to be discussed will be International perspectives on how organizational change is being implemented or being attempted, to be faster and more agile. Perspectives on what has been working in terms of innovation adoption, and what has not been working, will be presented.
Major General Marcus Thompson
Deputy Chief Information Warfare, Australian Defence Force
Dr. Nick Law
Technical Lead for the NATO Smart Defence DAS Project, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, UK MOD
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Innovations in Modular Multi-Mission EW/SIGINT/COMMS Open Systems Architectures
Session Chair: Mr. Ben Peddicord, Chief - Intel Technology and Architecture Branch, U.S. Army I2WD
The latest innovations in modern EW systems share functional multi-mission requirements as there is a need to exchange information with intelligence and C4ISR equipment, while also doing the electronic attack missions. Rapid threat evolution coupled with common multi-mission cyber and electromagnetic spectrum requirements necessitate the development of modular EW systems built with open interfaces and integrated into a common multi-mission architecture. This session will explore some of the latest Army, Navy, and Air-Force Modular Multi-Mission Cyber-EW/SIGINT/COMMS Open Systems Architecture efforts to build the next generation integrated, open, and flexible EW systems.
Mr. Jason Dirner
U.S. Army I2WD
C4ISR Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS)
Dr. Waleed Bernawi
U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research / SPAWAR Atlantic
Open Architecture Initiatives
Dr. Ilya Lipkin
U.S. Air Force AFLCMC
Sensor Open System Architecture (SOSA)
Mr. Derek Bailey
Aspen Consulting Group
Module Open RF Architecture (MORA)
Alternate: Mr. Lee Shaw
Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
The Right Capability at the Right Time: Multifunction Modularity for EW, SIGINT, COMMS, and RADAR
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Innovations in Software Defined Radios/Transceivers
Session Chair: Dr. David Cooper, Technical Director, BAE Systems ECS
Software Defined Radios (SDRs) and Transceivers are advancing at incredible rates. These technologies are revolutionizing how EW and counter-radar is being done, as well as advanced COMMS and counter-COMMS/SIGINT is being implemented. This Session will focus on the latest in SDR technologies, with innovative implementations and use cases.
Mr. Claude Bélisle
CEO - NordiaSoft, Wireless Innovation Forum
Software Communications Architecture (SCA): An International Standard for Software Defined Systems
Dr. Paul Kolodzy
Adaptive EW Challenges: Completing the Control Loop
Mr. Wyatt Taylor
Senior RF Systems Engineer, Analog Devices in the Aerospace and Defense Business Unit
How the Next Generation of SDR Capability is Being Enabled by New Innovations in RFICs and Advanced Integration and Packaging
Dr. Mahbub Hoque
FIEEE Chief, International Program & Global Technology Research, Communication Electronics Research & Development Engineering Center (CERDEC) HQ Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD US ARMY
Software Defined EW: Army Enabling Technologies
Alternate: Dr. Robert T. Croswell
Motorola Solutions, Inc., Applied Technology
The Evolution of SDR IC Architecture
Wednesday, November 29
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Opening Session and Keynote Speaker
Mr. Ed Covannon
Kodak Invention Strategist
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Evolving and Applying Innovation in the Military
Session Chair: Major General Patricia Frost, Director of Cyber, Office of the Deputy of Staff of the Army (Invited)
The EW Industry as a whole needs not only to increase innovative technologies to keep up with threats but also to modify and adapt our organizations to accept more positive change. This session will focus on ways to organizationally change and adapt our military procurement and leadership styles so that new innovative technologies, tactics, and procedures can be incorporated. Of particular note will be topic areas including: Acquisition Reform - concepts on how to change how we procure EW technologies in a faster way; Organizational Change - concepts of how to change a military procurement culture to accept change and not just fall into the trap of "this is not my requirement, therefore I will not procure it…."; Taking Technology Risk- concepts of how to take calculated risks in new technologies in order to ultimately save lives, save money, save time, save maintenance costs; and finally Speeding Decisions - concepts on how to accelerate decision cycles, speed adoption of new techniques, tactics, or procedures, and change the culture to be speed based and not risk-aversion based.
Major General (Retired) Kenneth Israel
Past President AOC
NSA Representative to the NRO
Rear Admiral Mark W. Darrah
U.S. Navy, Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons
Congressional Staffer or Member of Congress (Invited)
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Innovations in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Session Chair: Mr. Giorgio Bertoli, Senior Scientific Technical Manager for Offensive Cyber & Acting Chief Scientist, U.S. Army I2WD
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have, as of late, achieved a new renaissance. Advancements in techniques such as positive reinforcement learning and deep neural networks have demonstrated that AI can be used to solve a variety of complex real-world problems. In 2016, Google’s DeepMind division successfully applied neural and reinforcement learning concepts to develop a program (AlphaGO) that was able to defeat a top ranked human GO player; a feat that was thought to be decades away if not altogether impossible. Because of such achievements, many now believe that AI/ML can revolutionize such fields as robotics, data analytics, medicine, and cyber-Electromagnetic Operations to name a few. This technical session is intended to explore the current state of the art in AI/ML, and will discuss what is envisioned of the technology and its potential applications to Electromagnetic Operations, over the next 10 to 20 years.
General Manager, CRFS Inc.
Waveform Classification and Anomaly Detection Using Trained Neural Nets
Senior Director Business Development, Elbit Systems – EW and Sigint ELISRA
Deep Learning - Boosting IR Based Missile Warning Performance
Chief, Disruptive Technology Programs, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Decision Superiority: AI for the Warfighter
Director of Advanced Research, L-3 Communications, Linkabit Division
Spectral Dominance through Cognitive Integrated Spectrum Warfare and the Implementation of EW Cognitive Spectrum Agent Exploiting the Concept of Spectrum-Temperature
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
AOC Annual Banquet
Mr. Fred Kaplan
Speaker sponsored by: Raytheon Company
Fred Kaplan has written for Slate as the magazine’s “War Stories” columnist since 2002. He is the author of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, as well as The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, among other groundbreaking books. A recognized expert on cyber security, nuclear strategy and arms control, Mr. Kaplan also worked for the Boston Globe for 20 years – in D.C. through the ‘80s, as Moscow bureau chief in the early post-Soviet era, then New York bureau chief for seven years during Giuliani’s tenure as mayor and the attacks on 9/11.
Thursday, November 30
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Change and Innovation in our EW Industry
Panel Chair: Dr. William Conley, Executive Director, OUSD (At&L)/A/Tactical Warfare Systems
The EW Executive Committee panel will discuss their view on changes that our EW Industry is experiencing, in terms of acquisition reforms, technology trends, and where things are heading. This panel discussion will help Government and Industry personnel align with each other in terms of where investments are going, what reforms are coming that will change how programs are funded, and how generally all of our organizations can embrace these new trends for better business and ultimately better solutions for the warfighters.
Mr. Steve MacNamara
Mr. Bryan Clark
Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
Colonel William E. Young, PhD
Commander, Eglin AFB
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Innovations in Jammer Technologies
Session Chair: Ms. Karen Petzold, Lockheed Martin Fellow and Systems Engineer EW Solutions
Description: Advancements in jammer and electronic attack technologies are accelerating with the advent of new antenna approaches, system-on-chip innovations, SDR implementations, and especially modular multi-mission Cyber-EW/SIGINT/COMMS open systems architectures. This Session will focus on some of the latest advancements in the field of jammer technologies for all types of platforms.
Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, Munich, Germany
Targeted Comms EA for LPI Anti-Jam Technologies in Today’s Operations
Elettronica (ELT); aka ELT Group
Getting Smaller – Countering Mini Drones
Product Manager Gripen EW, Saab Defense and Security, USA, LLC - Saab Electronic Defense Systems Electronic Warfare Division
Enabling Technologies for Radar Warning & Electronic Countermeasures Applications
Chief Technology Officer, Empower RF
Pulse Shaping in High Power Solid State Jamming Amplifiers
Applications Engineer, Teledyne e2v
Very Low Latency and Wideband Data Converters as Key Enabling Technologies for EW Systems
1:30 - 2:05 p.m.
Closing Session and Keynote Speaker
General Robin Rand, USAF
Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and the service component commander to U.S. Strategic Command for all bombers, Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) and Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) Systems
2:05 - 2:30 p.m.