Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW)
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This course, also known as Force Protection Electronic Countermeasures (FPECM) depending upon where you are located, is designed to provide an over-view of the many issues surrounding the use of CREW/ECM systems in the mitigation of the threat posed by RCIEDs.

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When: Monday, May 14, 2018
1300-1600 EDT
Where: United States

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Counter Radio Controlled Improvised

Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW)

May 9, 2018 - 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)



This course, also known as Force Protection Electronic Countermeasures (FPECM) depending upon where you are located, is designed to provide an over-view of the many issues surrounding the use of CREW/ECM systems in the mitigation of the threat posed by RCIEDs. The course will look at the global threat and prevalence of these devices, the tactics engaged by different types of perpetrator and counter tactics engaged by friendly assets, both military and civilian. We will look at why these devices are used extensively by many different type of adversary, their options and the counter tactics, techniques and procedures that can be developed to reduce the risk. During the sessions we will look at threat definition, threat analysis and the use of open source intelligence (OSINT) in the development of mission fill (MF) and effective countermeasures. This course will be operationally focussed and look at tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) and TTP considerations across the spectrum of user groups and the numerous issues that surround this domain.

An overview of the course is as follows:

  • A global RCIED OSINT threat briefing
  • Understanding the IED, why is the RCIED the favoured option for asymmetric threats?
  • Understanding CREW/FPECM
  • Inhibition techniques
  • Roles
  • TTPs
  • Interoperability
  • Mission Fill & Countermeasures
  • Deployment considerations
  • CREW/FPECM equipment considerations
  • Size, weight and power (SWaP)
  • Antennas
  • Batteries
  • Power outputs
  • The effects of non-ionizing radiation

Each session will be presented LIVE by an actively engaged instructor. The virtual classroom allows you to “raise your hand,” ask your questions audibly or type them in the chat, and the instructor will respond to your questions in real-time. It’s just like sitting in the classroom with the instructor – all without leaving your office or home. All sessions are recorded and are made available to registrants for 30 days after registering. Recordings are available within 24 hours.

Sessions for this course take place on August 21, 23, 28, and 30 from 13:00 - 16:00 EDT (17:00 - 20:00 UTC)

Full Course:$900 for members / $950 for non-members

Session 1: Introduction to CREW and the IED threat

May 14, 2018 - 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
The improvised explosive device (IED) plays a pivotal role in asymmetric warfare and terrorism.  Although the devices are simple, defeating them is complex and they continue to be weapon of choice by adversaries globally.  During this session we will look at the global threat picture, trends and the under-pinning knowledge of IEDs in general required for those who will be involved in counter radio controlled IED (RCIED) electronic warfare (CREW).  We will also do an introduction to CREW systems.

Session 2: CREW  Capability Development and Its Role in the Broader EW Picture

May 16, 2018 - 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
During this session we will look at the development of an organization’s CREW capability and how it fits into a wider EW capability.  Attacking the Network, defeating the device and preparing those engaged in this arena.  We will highlight the issues, constraints, needs, limitations and process needed to select, develop and support an effective operational solution

Session 3: Exploring Various Use Cases of Crew Systems

May 21, 2018 - 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
Session 3 will look at the specific considerations for the differing user roles of CREW systems and the development of tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP). We will look at mobile, dismounted, EOD, infrastructure protection, VIP/dignitary and use by special forces.

Session 4: CREW Hardware Factors, Considerations, and Implementations

May 23, 2018 - 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
In the final session we will look at types of CREW system, looking at the important factors including size, weight, power (SWaP), interoperability, radiation hazards (RADHAZ), developing and maintaining mission fill (MF) and will culminate with an interactive session looking at what makes an effective countermeasure to bring together all areas we have covered during this introductory series of classes.


Troy Phillips has been immersed in the fields of intelligence, risk mitigation and counter terrorism (CT) for his entire career, spanning over three decades; having spent 24 years in the British Army, and making the transition to industry in 2005 – during his final military post he was Operations Officer of the UK’s EW regiment.

A graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), Troy has extensive operational and operational training management and consultancy experience. Troy has been involved in various elements of risk reduction, Counter Terrorism (CT), counter insurgency, homeland security operations and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) electronic countermeasures (CREW/ECM) and electronic warfare (EW), research and support and has worked in over 30 countries assisting with the development of various aspects of operational capability. Troy is a Member of the City & Guilds Institute (MCGI) for Leadership and Management and a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (MIABTI), an Advanced IEDD ECM Operator and complex signals analyst.

Throughout both his military and civilian careers, Troy has been involved with developing innovative learning solutions for military, law enforcement, the civilian sector, educational institutes and industry. He has worked extensively in the UK, US and globally and has a broad knowledge of operational and training management experience across the spectrum of operations of the British Army, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The United States Marine Corps (USMC), The Canadian Army and Department for National Defence (DND), The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and many others. As the ECM lead at the UK’s EOD School he was instrumental in the development of high-risk EOD ECM capability, doctrine and policy.

Since making the transition to industry Troy has continued to provide domain level focus in countering the RCIED from both the tactical and technical perspectives. He was part of a small team that invented and fielded a new CREW system to the USMC and subsequently provided full spectrum support to over 6000 deployed systems. In 2009 he was a co-founder and Director of EW Solutions, a UK based, vendor neutral company providing the full spectrum of support to all areas of RF spectrum operations. A snapshot of his career includes the design and development of the FBI’s National ECM/RCIED course and the design and development of numerous CREW courses for the USMC and the Canadian DND coupled with many projects involving EOD ECM and tactical response to IED attacks on mass-transit infrastructure and managed NATO’s initial Commanders’ Counter Marauding Terrorist Assault Course (CC-MTA) delivered in conjunction with Defence Forces Ireland. Troy has also worked with academia for the development of Masters level curriculum for EW related topics.


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The entire presentation and Q&A will be recorded for viewing approximately 24 hours after the event. You can find the link to the recording in our AOC Virtual Series Archive. (separate registration required to view the recording)

With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.