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Advanced Principles of Electronic Warfare

Advanced Principles of Electronic Warfare (On-Demand Course)

Advanced Principles of Electronic Warfare (On-Demand Course)

Course Length: 24 hours total - delivered across 8 sessions of 3-hours each. Each session contains lecture and practical problems.

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This Advanced Electronic Warfare course has eight three hour sessions. It is designed for individuals who have completed a fundamental EW course or have significant experience in the field. Legacy and new generation threats and EW techniques are covered at an unclassified level. The course avoids deep mathematical coverage, explaining all concepts in practical, physical terms. Each of the sessions includes lecture and in-class problems. Although each session stands alone, the set of eight provides full coverage of the EW field.

Course Delivery

There is a downloadable course syllabus provided for each session. It contains copies of all visual aids and problem worksheets for that session. It will be available for download in the meeting room.

Each session was presented LIVE by an actively engaged instructor. The virtual classroom allowed learners to “raise a hand,” ask questions audibly or type them in the chat, and the instructor responded in real-time. It’s just like sitting in the classroom.

These "Live Educational Courses" presented by AOC are recorded when broadcast live and are subsequently made available to registrants for 30 days in our "On-Demand Educational Courses" catalog.

You can now benefit from this course catalog with your purchase.

Who Should Attend

The intended audience is working professionals in EW or related fields. Examples and exercises will be about the level expected in upper division engineering courses. However, dB equations and physical explanations of concepts will still be an integral part of the course.

  • Advanced Principles of EW Session 1 - Introduction and Fundamentals Review
  • This session introduces the advanced course. It starts with a quick review of fundamental EW concepts including radio propagation models, receiver system sensitivity and dynamic range, types of antennas and antenna parametric trade-offs.
  • Advanced Principles of EW Session 2 - Spectrum Warfare
  • This session covers Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) warfare, including the nature of the spectrum and the various aspects of EMS warfare.
  • Advanced Principles of EW Session 3 - Legacy Radars and Countermeasures
  • This session covers legacy radars and the associated weapons, the nature of recent upgrades to those weapon systems, and the countermeasures that have been and are employed against them.
  • Advanced Principles of EW Session 4 - Next Generation Threat Radars and Countermeasures
  • This session covers the newly developed radars and the weapons associated with them. It also covers the shortcomings of currently used EW techniques against these new threats and the changes in EW that are required to counter new weapons systems.
  • Advanced Principles of EW Session 5 - Digital Communication and Digital RF Memories
  • This session covers digital communication theory, particularly as it applies to the proliferating data links used in modern weapons systems. It also covers the theory and practice of Digital Radio Frequency Memories (DRFMs).
  • Advanced Principles of EW Session 6 - Legacy and Modern Communications Threats and Countermeasures
  • This session covers legacy hostile communications systems and the EW measures used against them. It also covers the new generation communications techniques and the new EW techniques required to counter them.
  • Advanced Principles of EW Session 7 - Decoys and Infrared Threats & Countermeasures
  • This session covers legacy and next generation heat seeking missiles and the nature of the countermeasures required to defeat them. This includes new developments in flares and IR jammers. The section also covers other types of infrared and light enhancing systems.
  • Advanced Principles of EW Session 8 - Directed Energy Weapons
  • This session covers both laser and high power RF directed energy weapons. It starts by discussing the changing nature of warfare and the timing issues associated with new enemy attack strategies. It then deals with the advantages and shortcomings of various types of laser and RF weapons systems.

Please Note: Access to the course materials will be provided within one business day of registration. 

AOC Members - $1600

Non AOC Members - $1650

  • NOTE: Each registration is for one (1) participant ONLY. Distributing your registration URL or allowing others to participate in this course with you or under your account is grounds for removal from the course without refund of any kind.

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.

Dave Adamy

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.