2015 AOC Convention logoSynchronizing EW and Cyber to Achieve Spectrum Dominance

Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) Dominance in the future will require that we "Synchronize EW and Cyber to Achieve Spectrum Dominance". The Department of Defense along with its industry partners face an uncertain global security environment driven by adversaries who recognize that the EMS has become vital to the success of their campaigns. Adversaries are aggressively fielding electronic warfare systems and cyber systems/technologies that significantly erode DoD's ability to use and control the EMS while conducting military operations. During this year's Symposium we have 12 sessions set up to examine various aspects of the evolving EW and Cyber strategic relationship and how they impact the EMS. We will start with reviewing how EW/Cyber enable our military capabilities (sensor, weapons and networks) and permit us to dominate in Spectrum Maneuver Warfare Scenarios. We will also examine the underlying EW/Cyber technology base and its implications for future warfighting capabilities. We will take a deep dive into key EW/Cyber Science and Technology initiatives and review how these investment strategies are supported on Capitol Hill. Rapid transition of key EW/Cyber technologies are critical and they must be shared and organized with our joint and coalition partners. Cyber also plays a key role in the security and resilience of our Homeland Critical Infrastructure. This infrastructure in which redundancy, resilience and defensibility were never design characteristics is difficult to protect. Finally resourcing and exploiting EW/Cyber capabilities are vital for ensuring the tremendous investments we have in our software intensive C4ISR systems are protected.

Annual Symposium Chair
Mr. Antonino "Nino" Amoroso, AOC Regional Director

Annual Symposium Co-Chair
Mr. Russ Graves, MITRE



Tuesday, December 1

General Session
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

General John E. Hyten 
Commander, Air Force Space Command, USAF
The Integration of Information

Air Commodore Madelein Spit 
Chief NATO NAFAG, Royal Netherlands Air Force
The Challenges for Electronic Warfare in NATO

Session 1 – Spectrum Maneuver Warfare
9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Session Chair: Mr. Neil Kacena, Raytheon

Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) access is a prerequisite for modern military operations. Military planners recognize that the electromagnetic environment (EME) will be increasingly contested, competitive and congested wherever operations occur. The US and its Coalition Partners must improve the way they access the spectrum and also improve their ability to deny adversaries use of spectrum without degrading their own use. We will examine the critical elements of Spectrum Maneuver Warfare and how it is changing the dynamic of full spectrum operations in time, space and effects.

Mr. Hubert Piontek
Airbus Defence and Space
The Opportunities and Challenges of Converging EW Solutions

Mr. Bryan Clark
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
CSBA EW Study Discussion

Mr. Lee Venturino
President and CEO, First Principles
F-35 Operations in a Contested Electromagnetic Environment

Lt Col Wayne Shaw, USAF, (Ret.)
Qualitative Trade-Off Analysis of Stand-Off vs. Stand-In Jamming Using EC-130H and MALD-J as Exemplars


Session 2 – Cyber/EW as Force Enablers
9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Session Chair: Mr. Ken "Kilo" Parks, Harris Corp.

Both USSTRATCOM and USCYBERCOM advocate and provide Cyber and EW capabilities to the Combatant Commands. Both commands support the integration of Cyber/EW activities to capacity and capability across Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities and Policy (DOTMLPF-P) elements. Cyber capabilities will augment EW operations during wartime scenarios to affect strategic, operational and tactical missions. Policy and doctrine planners are developing persistent and/or dynamic access capabilities for collaborative missions across Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Support (ES), Electronic Attack (EA) and Electronic Protect (EP) systems. Optimization of Cyber/EW capabilities is required for successful military operations in an Anti-Access and Area-Denial (A2/AD) environment.

Rear Admiral Steve Parode, USN 
Director of Intelligence, U.S. Strategic Command
Challenges of Synchronizing Cyber and EW

Major General Luca Goretti, ITAF
Italian Attaché for USA, Mexico and Canada
Cyber and Electroni Warfare: A Case for a Mutual Dependency

WGCDR Philip Arms 
Royal Australian Air Force
Growth of the RAAF's EW Capability

Col Greg Breazil, USMC
C2 Cyber EW Integration Division
MAGTF Spectrum Operations

Grab and Go Lunch
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

General Session
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Mark Maybury
CTO, MITRE and Former AF Chief Scientist
Challenges and Opportunities in EW and Cyber Convergence

Dr. Will Roper
Director, Strategic Capabilities Office at Office of the Secretary of Defense

Session 3 – What are the Technical Challenges to Synchronizing EW & Cyber?
1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Session Chair: Dr. Robert Andrews, EW Simulation Technology LTD

The key technical challenges will require stronger integration, more consistent funding and a deeper technical foundation. Additional focus must be made on system resilience and the ability to adapt rapidly to changing threat conditions. We also need improved force- on- force modeling and simulation, realistic exercise training, and enhanced experimental efforts to characterize trade space and conceptual designs that balance mission, cost, performance and CONOPS. With improved state of the art Advanced Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) antennas and digital processing a single aperture can have multi mission applications to include sensor, communications and electronic attack characteristics for delivering EW/Cyber effects.

COL Carmine Cicalese, USA
Chief, Army Cyberspace and Information Operations Division (ODCI)
Converging Cyber, EW and IO staffs for Mission Command

Mr. Jan Peters, M.Sc.
PLATH Group, Germany
Combining Sensitive Data - Synergies and Differences for EW and Cyber

Captain Robert S. Johnston, USMC
Principal Consultant, CrowdStrike
Life After the Breach

LtCol Johannes Naumann (Ret.) Johannes Naumann
Director Red Baron Roost Chapter Germany 
Can EW Measures Safeguard the Use of Cyber-Technologies?

Session 4 – EW Program with Cyber Implications
1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Session Chair: Col Jim ‘Hook' Pryor, USAF (Ret), L-3 Com Unmanned Systems

As technology progresses, the distinctions between electronic warfare and cyber systems blur while proliferation exponentially increases; to meet these challenges the doctrinal acquisition and employment of EW and Cyber capabilities must also blur and proliferate at a rate faster than the opposition. Particular interest must be paid in the overlap of the larger EW mission areas and Cyberspace Attack Operations and Cyberspace ISR arenas.

Mr. Paul DeLia
Chief Technical Officer, L-3 Communications
EW Cyber Domain Awareness

Col David ‘Zam’ Hathaway, USAF (Ret.)
Cyber Solutions Lead, Lockheed Martin Corp.
Operationalizing Cyber Multi-Domain Challenges

COL Jeffrey Church, USA
Chief, Army Electronic Warfare Division (ODE)
Army Cyber, EW, Spectrum Relationships

Mr. Jason "Admiral" Stockdale
Cyber EW Analyst, JEPAC
Challenges to Vulnerability Analysis in the Merged EM-Cyber Environment

General Session
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

LtGen David Deptula (Ret.)
Former USAF/A-2
The Combat Cloud: A Vision of 21st Century Warfare

Exhibit Hall Open
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 2

General Session
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Mr. Robert Stein
Senior Fellow, US Defense Science Board (DSB)
The Defense Science Board EW Study, Aftermath and Thoughts on EW/Cyber Convergence

Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Chairman and CEO, Raytheon Company
Partnering to Develop the Next Generation of Converged EMS Systems

Session 5 – EW Cyber S&T Research and Development (R&D) Activities
9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Session Chair: Paul Westcott, Defense Engineering Corp, AOC Board of Directors

Perhaps no technological area has greater potential to cause an asymmetric advantage in the future battlespace than information technologies, EW and Cyber disciplines. Due to tighter budgets, greater cooperation will be required to leverage the knowledge, capabilities and investments among all services, departments, national laboratories, industry and industry consortia, utilities, Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs), universities and international partners. Specific areas that appear promising are as follows: Cyber/EW trusted hardware, software, cognitive computing, supply chain, out of band C2 and cloud services to improve security, agility, resilience and trust. Directed Energy weapons are also maturing and are ready to transition. Other high priority S&T development areas include: space resilience, cyber defense and combat cloud, next generation air dominance, unmanned underseas systems, big data enablers, counters to cruise and ballistic missile threats and energy systems for forward bases.

Mr. Richard Damon 
Direct to Digital DRFM

Mr. Jordan “Cancer” Scott
Boecore, Inc.
EW/Cyber in Science Fiction, Hollywood, and Video Games

Mr. Tsvi Rozen
Elbit Systems-Elrisa
The Infrared Revolution and its impact on the EW arena and beyond


Session 6 – Human Capital - Our Greatest EMS Resource
9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Session Chair: Col Norm "Gump" Balchunas, USAF (Ret.), Elevate Technology Solutions

We have an inadequate pipeline of skilled personnel for today and tomorrow's EMS challenges. The US developed as the global leader in large part through the genius of scientist, engineers and innovators; and as a nation it's more critical than ever that our youth be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems. Those skills are learned through the study of science, technology, engineering and math- STEM. Yet today we are losing proficiency in these vital fields. In this session we're going to engage directly with thought leaders developing STEM solutions for our future.  View this video for creating innovators and thinkers for tomorrow  https://vimeo.com/75969099

LTG Rhett Hernandez, USA (Ret) 
West Point Cyber Chair, Army Cyber Institute
People First...Mission Always!

Mr. Mike McCabe
Elevate Technology Solutions
Addressing the Skills Gap Through STEM and the Human Capital Supply Chain

Dr. Jason Corosonite
String Theory School
Tomorrow's High School - NOW!

Ms. Jenna Schadbach
Student, Drexel University
STEM Student Case Study

Session 7 – Challenges of Applying EW and Cyber Technologies to Non Military Requirements
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Session Chair: Mr. Joe Bradley, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center

A characteristic of asymmetric threats is the intent and ability of nations and non-state actors to launch EW and Cyber attacks against civilian and civic targets. Challenges of transferring military technologies to other civilian entities could potentially result in design and security compromises, over specification of capabilities than are actually required, potential for reverse engineering by adversary elements and global availability of high end electronics that have migrated to digital and software driven systems. There is approximately $1.4 Trillion Global S&T investment dollars in 2016 to focus on high payoff dual use EW and Cyber systems.

Mr. Hung H Nguyen
The Aerospace Corporation
Practices and Techniques for Reverse Engineering Avoidance

Mr. Daniel C Holtzman
The MITRE Corporation
System Security Engineering - A Single Integrated Technical Process (SITP) - An Enabler for Mission Assurance

Mr. Peter Kiss
Sentar, Inc.
The World of Cyber Warfare and Non-Military Technology Requirements

Mr. Earl Perkins
Top Cybersecurity Trends for 2016-2017


Session 8 – Joint & Coalition: Organizing and Planning for EW-Cyber Solutions
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Session Chair: Lt Gen Robert Elder, USAF (Ret.)

There is significant progress being made in orchestrating EW-Cyber mission solutions for enhanced warfighting capabilities. The Joint Staff offices of J3/J5/J6/J8, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, USCYBERCOM J3/J5 and the USSTRATCOM J-3/Joint EW Center (JEWC)/ Joint Electromagnetic Protection for Advanced Combat (JEPAC)/ and the Joint Navigation Warfare Center (JNWC) are in the process of addressing synchronization of force application across the spectrum and have developed a draft construct to provide overarching guidance. USSTRATCOM has published a new Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (JEMSO) Concept of Operations Document. In addition U.S. and NATO Electromagnetic Environment Operational (EEO) Concepts are converging. Finally, with Better Buying Power III, there is more focus on rapid development/adaptation and transitioning of affordable EW/Cyber systems to the field in an accelerated fashion.

Col Scott Brewer, USAF

LTC (P) Steve Oatman, Cyber Center of Excellence

CAPT Michael Hutchens, OPNAV N3/N5 Air-Sea Battle

Mr. Thomas Taylor, Deputy Director for Policy, Technology and EMS Operations


Exhibit Hall Open
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

AOC Banquet
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Ms. Michele Weslander-Quaid, Founder and President, Sunesis Nexus LLC, Former Chief Technology Officer Public Sector & Chief Innovation Evangelist, Google Inc., and Former Intelligence Community Deputy CIO
Embracing Intelligent Risk

Thursday, December 3

General Session
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Lt Gen Bradley Heithold, USAF

Session 9- Resilient Critical Infrastructure - Homeland Security
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Session Chair: Mr. Jerry Buckwalter, Northrop Grumman

Homeland Security has a growing and equally important mission in responding to EW/Cyber threats. In reality, EW & Cyber cut across national, policy and organizational boundaries. There is a wide range of threats and hazards that any nation must prepare for. These threats are rapidly evolving and generally are focused on power, communication and infrastructure systems. It is important to develop strong public-private partnerships to keep any nation ever vigilant to these new challenges. It is important to have in place event assessment systems, risk mitigation capabilities, build in resilience and improved response and recovery teams. Key areas of interest are: continuity of operations, cyber security, pandemic planning, security and policy standards, development, institutional transformation and communications. Capability and authority need enhanced alignment.

Mr. Bruce Walker
Northrop Grumman Corp.

Mr. John Nicholson
First Secretary, Cyber Policy, British Embassy, Washington DC

Mr. John Felker
National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center Director of Operation


Session 10 - Exploiting Technology Solutions: Getting Synchronization to Maturity
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Session Chair: Dr. Tim Rudolph, SES, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

A key theme of this Session is the need to focus a greater fraction of S&T investments on research to support increased freedom of operations in contested or denied environments. Three main research areas are of particular importance: (i) cyber resilience, (ii) precision navigation and timing in GPS-denied environments, and (iii) electromagnetic spectrum warfare. Additionally, we will review key priority areas where S&T investment will be needed over the next decade to enable essential capabilities, including processing-enabled intelligent sensors, directed energy for tactical strike/defense, persistent, distributed space situational awareness, rapidly composable small satellites, and next-generation high-efficiency gas turbine engines. We will also discuss how we can improve the rapid transition of technologies to operational use.

CAPT Steve Debus, USN
Submarine Electromagnetic Systems, PMS 435
Advanced EW Architectures Accelerating the Pace of Change

Mr. James Truchard
National Instruments
Design, Develop, and Test Signal Intelligence Systems with COTS Technologies

Mr.Alex Lackpour
Lockheed Martin
Machine Learning Approaches to Coordination between Communications, Sensing, and Jamming Missions

Captain Robert S. Johnston
Principal Consultant, CrowdStrike
Active Defense Countermeasures: Holding Cyber Key Terrain

Exhibit Hall Open
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Session 11 – The Value of Synchronizing EW and Cyber to Achieve Spectrum Dominance
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Session Chair: Mr. Frank Pietryka, Raytheon

The US and its Allies must have access to all domains, be capable of operating in them and be capable of defending their access and operational flexibility within them. Cyber and EW capabilities are vital to any country's ability to ensure overwhelming advantage and freedom of maneuver in full spectrum operational warfare. In short, mastery of our evolving EW and Cyber capabilities will make the difference in getting to and from the target. Our nation's EW and Cyber capabilities ultimately provide responsiveness to dynamically changing threats, mission scenarios, user service needs as well as accommodating growing equities in the commercial environment.

Troy Orwan
Corvus Group
We Keep Screwing Up: Ignoring the Obvious Threat while Preparing for the Exquisite

Mr. Jason T. Hallahan
OSD Electronic Warfare & Countermeasures Office (EW&CO)
Value-Added Activities in the EMS-Cyberspace Continuum

Lt Col Robert D'Alto, USAF
Cyber Program Element Manager, Air National Guard
Cyber Operations - Generating Effects in Every Domain

COL Webster E (Ed) Francis, USA, (Ret)
Deputy Product Manager, EW Integration, PM EW&C
Synchronizing EW & Cyber to Achieve Spectrum Dominance – A Materiel Developers Perspective


Session 12 – Resourcing EW & Cyber: Does 1 + 1 = 3?
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Session Chair: Mr. Gabriele Gambarara, Elettronica

There is unmistakable synergy in leveraging EW and Cyber capabilities. As EW and Cyber integration progress is matured, technology transitions and operational concepts are developed, the users will identify new, enabled capabilities that the shared space of the EMS will provide. We will also likely see EW & Cyber operations that can change or manipulate electronic information to compromise its integrity, instead of simply deleting or disrupting access to it. This capability is a game changer since information and networking in the future will become as vital as the weapons themselves. That is the real Return of Investment of EW/Cyber: it instills uncertainty of intent with the adversary.

Dr. Karen Zita Haigh
Raytheon BBN Technologies
Cognitive Learning and Decision Making for EW

Dr. Tom Brukiewa
Software Defined Receiver Exciter for Space EW Countermeasures

Mr. Daniela Pistoia
Chief, Scientific Officer, Elettronica S.P.A.
Cyber EW Capability and the Boost of the EMS: Company Approach To Future Warfare

Mr. Jim Kilgallen
President, COMINT Consulting
The Role of SIGINT in Modern EW

Closing Session
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

General Michael Hayden (Ret.)
Former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency