Critical Thinking and EW System Development
Course Length: 16 hours total - delivered across 2 day sessions of 8-hours each.
- Sunday & Monday, 09:00 – 17:00 EST (13:00 - 22:00 UTC), December 6th – December 7th
Whether building a basic ES receiver, an automated EW suite, or looking ahead to the use of AI in support of EW analysis and decision making, critical engineering and physics issues relative to EW must be recognized, understood and addressed. Through a series of discussions and notional exercises, this course will help systems analysts, engineers, software programmers and program managers to better understand how discarding even the most basic of engineering and physics constraints - or conversely, not leveraging same - can directly impact development risks, system capabilities and program costs. The course is presented with minimal math, leveraging key concepts to help drive home core issues.
- Day 1 – Sunday December 6th, 2020
- Critical thought in the EW workplace
- EW system requirements versus reality:
- RF amplifier class
- Antenna directivity/gain
- Signal processing
- System interface/communications
- Size, weight, power and cost (SWAP-C)
- Notional Exercise 1
- Day 2 – Wednesday June 3rd, 2020
- Smart Tradeoffs
- Big picture success versus tunnel vision engineering
- Unobtanium, requirements creep and the ‘always tomorrow’ dilemma
- Avoiding spending 90 percent of your funding to solve one percent of the problem
- “Can do easy” versus “Can’t do ever” - Knowing when to call Uncle
- Notional Exercise 2
- Course Wrap-up
This course is held in conjunction with the 57th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention, held December 8-10, 2020 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.
Who should attend:
This course is intended for systems analysts, engineers, software programmers and program managers to better understand how discarding even the most basic of engineering and physics constraints can directly impact development risks, system capabilities and program costs. The course is presented with minimal math, leveraging key concepts to help drive home core issues.
Early Bird Pricing - before 10/1/2020
AOC Members - $1400
Non AOC Members - $1500
On-Site Pricing - after 10/1/2020
AOC Members - $1500
Non AOC Members - $1600
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Ford, Advisory Board, Corvus Consulting
Dr. Pat Ford has spent the past four decades in support of EW, including systems engineering, research, development, ground/in-flight testing, and extensive tactical experience supporting surface, subsurface, and airborne platforms. He has presented EW and UAS training around the globe, including professional seminars for both Erevno Aerospace and Corvus Consulting, as well as graduate courses for a leading aerospace university. He is currently an EW science adviser for the U.S. Navy, as well as a commercial UAS pilot, the latter including chief test pilot/test director for a new series of high speed/high altitude jet powered UAS. He also serves as the volunteer UAS Operations Advisor for Washington State’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Systems. Pat received his Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, with a Specialization in Naval Warfare Operations Analysis, where his research focused on the first ever use of a commercial off-the-shelf radar on a Group 3 or smaller UAS. He received his Master of Science degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota. A retired U.S. Naval Reserve cryptologic officer, he is one of the few individuals to graduate from both the National Intelligence University Post Graduate Intelligence Program and the Middle Enlisted Cryptologic Career Advancement Program.