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C4ISR Requirements, Principles, and Systems

C4ISR Requirements, Principles, and Systems

June 7 - 30, 2021 | Mondays, & Wednesdays | 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)

C4ISR Requirements, Principles, and Systems - Live Web Course

When: June 7 - 30, 2021 | Mondays, & Wednesdays | 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)

Where: Live Web Course - No Travel Required

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

  • PLEASE NOTE: This course will be delivered through Adobe Connect. Each session will be recorded and made available to all registrants for 30 days after the course. If you miss a session or two, you can catch up by viewing the recording! To ensure your computer system has access to Adobe Connect, please test your system HERE.


This 24 hour web based course delivers a thorough overview promoting an understanding and building a successful Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR) architecture. Through technological innovation, modern warfare is conducted at longer ranges and with greater precision than ever before. Overall mission effectiveness increasingly depends upon systems and services external to a weapon system. Those systems and services fall in the domain of “C4ISR.” This course presents a comprehensive view of C4ISR systems from Global Hawk to JSTARS and the associated architectures. It begins with fundamental scientific principles, shows how those principles are exploited in various technologies, describes current systems that take the technology into the theater of war, and concludes with a look at the vision of the future “network-centric” battlespace.

Who Should Attend

The intended audience for this course includes Electronic Warfare (EW) professionals, including engineers, business development staff, and managers, looking to expand their general knowledge of the field. No prior experience in EW is required, but some background in EW will be helpful.

What you will Learn
  • Role of C4ISR in the modern military and how to measure its effectiveness
  • Theory and operations of command, control and communications (C3) systems
  • Physics of materials signatures, sensors, and detection mechanisms
  • Technologies and systems used to collect, fuse, and disseminate information

Required Course Materials


  • Session 1
    • C4ISR Systems Introduction
      • C4ISR Architectures
        • NATO C4ISR
        • C4ISR in action for USAF ops
        • C4ISR on USN ships
        • Joint Vision 2020
      • Sensor Systems
        • Sensor Systems Overview
        • Radar Systems
          • Ground based surveillance systems
          • Surface to air missile control systems
  • Session 2
    • Sensor Systems (Cont’d)
      • Radar Systems
        • Synthetic aperture radar
        • Ground moving target indicator radar
        • Space based radar
      • EO/IR Sensors
        • Airborne
        • Space based
        • Multi-/Hyper-Spectral characteristics and effectiveness
      • Tracking
        • Kalman Filtering
        • Multi-hypothesis Tracking
        • Multi-/Hyper-Spectral characteristics and effectiveness
  • Session 3
    • Command and Control (C2) Systems
      • OODA Loop
      • Naval C2 Platforms
      • Air C2 Platforms
      • C2 Systems (Cont’d)
        • Information Dominance
        • Network Centric Warfare
        • Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA)
  • Session 4
    • Communication Systems
      • Introduction to Comms
      • Comms Overview
      • Comm Systems Fundamentals
      • Exploring Robust Comms
      • Data Links
      • Joint Tactical Information Distribution System
      • Propagation Modes
  • Session 5
    • Communications Systems (Cont’d)
      • Software Defined Radio
      • Cognitive Radio
      • AN/ARC-164 Radio
      • Optical Comms
      • JTIDS Development Case Study
      • SATCOM
  • Session 6
    • Intelligence Systems
      • Overview of intelligence operations
      • Different types of intelligence
      • Intelligence Tasking Processing Exploitation Dissemination (TPED)
      • Collection platforms
        • Airborne
        • Spaceborne
        • Maritime
        • Ground-based
  • Session 7
    • Distributed Common Ground Station (DCGS)
    • Cyber Operations
    • Unmaned systems and operations
  • Session 8
    • Electronic Warfare
      • Electronic Attack
      • Electronic Support
        • Signals Intercept
        • Direction Finding
      • Electronic Protection

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.

Dr. Clayton Stewart is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at University College London. He has been involved in EW for his entire career, starting off as an EW Officer in the US Air Force.

Dr. Clayton Stewart

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.