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Fundamental Principles of Electronic Warfare

Fundamental Principles of Electronic Warfare (On-Demand Course)

Fundamental 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 is an introductory Electronic Warfare course in eight three hour sessions. 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. New 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 the full introduction to 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.

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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.

  • Fundamental Principles of EW Session 1 - EW Principles & Overview
  • This session covers the definitions and basic principles of the Electronic Warfare (EW) field. It starts with a quick overview of the field, then discusses the threat systems against which EW operates. The threats discussed are hostile radar and communications systems; both legacy systems and new generation improved capability systems.
  • Fundamental Principles of EW Session 2 - Math for EW
  • This session covers the math that will be used in all subsequent sections. This includes dB numbers and calculations. It also covers radio propagation theory required to perform important EW calculations in the following sessions. It finishes with a set of in-class problems using the radio propagation formulas.
  • Fundamental Principles of EW Session 3 - Antennas, Receivers & Processing
  • This session covers the types of antennas and receivers used in Electronic Warfare. It describes the typical specifications for important EW antennas and the calculation of performance values as a function of the physical size of an antenna. It also covers the types of receivers used in EW along with their typical performance specifications and teaches how to calculate the receiver sensitivity as a function of operating parameters. Finally, this section covers the types of processors and processing functions used in EW. Included are signal processing, controls and displays for various types of systems.
  • Fundamental Principles of EW Session 4 - Search and Emitter Location
  • This session covers search techniques and probability of detection calculation. It also includes the approaches and techniques for hostile emitter detection, including modern precision location techniques.
  • Fundamental Principles of EW Session 5 - Radar Characteristics
  • This session describes radars from an Electronic Warfare point of view. It functionally describes various types of Radars along with their operational functions and limitations. It includes discussion of modern pulse Doppler and Pulse compression radars and their operational impact on EW functions and location techniques.
  • Fundamental Principles of EW Session 6 - Electronic Attack Concepts & Calculations
  • This session covers the jamming techniques as a function of engagement geometry and basic approach (cover vs. deceptive). It also includes the calculation of important EW operational values such as jammer to signal ratio and burn-through ranges.
  • Fundamental Principles of EW Session 7 - Jamming Techniques and Electronic Protection
  • This session covers specific techniques for cover and deceptive jamming, including the way that each jamming technique impacts the performance of its target radar. Then, the section discusses various techniques for the Electronic Protection of radars from jamming.
  • Fundamental Principles of EW Session 8 - Chaff, Decoys and IR/EO Threats and Countermeasures
  • This session covers the theory and application of Chaff and Decoys.

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.