Fundamental Principles of Electronic Warfare
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10/26/2019 to 10/27/2019
When: 10/26 /2019 - 10/27/2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: The Renaissance Hotel
999 9th St
Meeting Room 2
Washington D.C., District of Columbia  20001
United States
Presenter: Dave Adamy
Contact: Caleb Herr
703 549 1600

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Fundamental Principles of Electronic Warfare

Course Length 16 hours total - delivered across 2 day sessions of 8-hours each.

  • Saturday & Sunday, 08:00 – 17:00 EDT (12:00 - 22:00 UTC), October 26th – October 27th


This is a two day overview of Electronic Warfare (EW) with little math above Algebra.  It assumes no prior knowledge of the field, but will allow you to understanding the underlying principles of EW and make some important performance calculations.  Examples are:  The range at which an enemy radar can be intercepted, the jamming to signal (J/S) ratio that can be achieved with a particular jammer against a particular radar or hostile communication threat as a function of a particular engagement.

Attendees will receive a course syllabus with copies of all slides and exercise work sheets, an Antenna and Propagation Slide Rule and an EW Pocket Guide.

Subjects covered:

The structure and basic concepts of Electronic Warfare:  important definitions, sub-field descriptions, techniques and  technologies. 
Legacy EW threats: radars, anti-air and anti-ship missiles, anti-aircraft guns, acquisition radars,  and hostile communications
The math required  to work  EW problems and for radio propagation (done gently)
Electronic support system components: Antennas, receivers and processors
Search for EW threats and passive emitter location techniques
Principles of RADAR operation (from an EW point of view)
Electronic Attack concepts and calculations
Jamming Techniques

Each section has examples and structured in-class exercises.



This course is held in conjunction with the 56th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention, held October 28-30, 2019 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 prior to this year's symposium and convention. Beverages will be provided to attendees, but meals are your own responsibility.



Maximize your time at the 2019 AOC Convention by adding Dave Adamy's follow-up course! 
Sign up for Advanced Principles of EW being offered on October 31 - November 1.

Who should attend:

This course is intended primarily for individuals who have no prior knowledge of the EW field!  It provides insight into the whole electronic warfare field at the systems and operational level. It uses little math beyond algebra, yet the sources of important propagation and jamming equations are made amply clear.


Course Cost:

Early Bird Pricing - before 10/4/19

AOC Members - $1400

Non AOC Members - $1500


On-Site Pricing - after 10/4/19

AOC Members - $1500

Non AOC Members - $1600



Instructor:  David L. Adamy

Dave Adamy is an internationally recognized expert in electronic warfare who writes the popular monthly EW-101 column in the Journal of Electronic Defense magazine. He has over 50 years experience as a systems engineer and program technical director, developing EW systems from DC to Light, deployed on platforms from submarines to space, with specifications from quick reaction capability to high reliability. He has published over 250 professional articles on Electronic Warfare, receiver system design and closely related subjects, including the popular EW101 series in the Journal of Electronic Defense. He has presented dozens of EW courses for military, government and defense industry organizations in the US and allied countries. He holds an MSEE (Communication theory) and has written 16 books on Electronic Warfare and related subjects. Website

With over 14,000 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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