Electronic Countermeasures - Theory and Design
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11/30/2018 to 12/1/2018
When: November 30 - December 1, 2018
8:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Marriott Marquis Washington D.C.
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington D.C., District of Columbia  20001
United States
Presenter: Kyle Davidson

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Electronic Countermeasures - Theory and Design

November 30 - December 1, 2018

Marriott Marquis Hotel  |  Washington, D.C.


Course Description

The goal of this course is to educate the participants in the field of Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) and Electronic Attacks (EA). This includes the complete countermeasures development cycle from analyzing threat systems, to developing jammer techniques, and finally confirming their effectiveness. EA in communications, radar, and infrared systems will be explored in detail.

Intended Audience
The intended audience of this course are EW professionals, who are looking to expand their knowledge of the field to electronic countermeasures. An understanding of radar and communications systems is recommended.

Module 1 — Principles of Electronic Attacks
This module starts with understanding the weapon systems that will be attacked, and how the desired effects can be achieved in them. This is followed by a review of radar concepts, and a discussion of the jammer-to-signal ratio and its relation to ECM.

Module 2 — ECM Design and Effectiveness
This module focuses on understanding the various forms of electronic attacks, how they create effects in the threat systems, and their design. Deceptive techniques covering range, velocity, and angle will be explored, along with noise jamming. These techniques will then be applied to both search and tracking radar systems.

Module 3 — Attacking Communications and Infrared Systems
This module covers the application of EA techniques and platforms to communications and IR systems. The IR lessons start with a discussion of seekers, followed by their ECM, and the methods to achieve those effects. This includes the range of IR ECM, from flares to Directed IR Countermeasures (DIRCM).

Module 4 — Modern Jammer Architectures
In order to design effective countermeasures it is necessary to understand the architecture and performance of modern jammers. This module explores the design of a Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) jammer along with the associated radar warning receiver. Topics covered include: direction finding, digital wideband receivers, DRFM system performance and its effects on radar electronic protective measures.

Course Information

This course is held in conjunction with the 55th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention, held November 27-29, 2018 in Washington D.C. Registration for that event does not constitute registration for this course, nor are there any connected costs or discounts.

This course will be held on-site for two days following this year's symposium and convention. Beverages will be provided to attendees, but meals are your own responsibility.

Instructor: Kyle Davidson

Kyle Davidson has an extensive career in academia, the military, and industry, where he is currently serving as the Chief Electronic Warfare (EW) Engineer for MDA, a Maxar Company. Prior to this he was the head of capability and an EW scientist at Tactical Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Leonardo, where he focused on modelling and simulation of electronic countermeasures. Before joining Leonardo he spent 15 years in the Canadian Army as a signals officer, highlighted by a tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan. This service included five years at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering specializing in radar and EW systems. Kyle holds a BEng and MASc in electrical engineering from RMC, and is currently completing his PhD thesis in EW systems engineering. His research interests include software defined EW systems, low probability of intercept signal detection, active electronically scanned arrays, countermeasure development, and space-based Signals Intelligence (SIGINT).


  • EARLY BIRD - Register before 11/7/18:
    • $1,400 for AOC Members
    • $1,500 for non-members
  • ON-SITE - Register after 11/7/18:
    • $1,500 for AOC Members
    • $1,600 for non-members

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.
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