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Tactical Battlefield Communications - Electronic Warfare

Tactical Battlefield Communications - Electronic Warfare

December 11-12, 2020 | Friday & Saturday | 09:00-17:00 EST

Tactical Battlefield Communications - Electronic Warfare

When: December 11 - 12, 2020 | Friday & Saturday | 09:00-17:00 EST

COVID-19 Corona Virus Travel Updates

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Room TBD
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC, 20001

This course is held on-site for two days prior to 57th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention, held December 8-10, 2020 in Washington, DC. Registration for that event does not constitute registration for this course, nor are there any connected costs or discounts.

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


This course covers techniques for setting up intercept and jamming links for Electronic Warfare (EW) against ground to ground enemy communication signals, UAV command and data links, cell phone links and weapon control links (including IEDs). It starts with a discussion of the one-way communication link, then covers the important propagation modes for communication band EW, modern signal modulations, and the techniques for predicting intercept and jamming performance as a function of the tactical geometry and local terrain. Finally, it provides step by step procedures for setting up intercept and jamming links against enemy tactical communications. All skills taught are reinforced by carefully structured hands-on in-class problems.

Who Should Attend

Technical, Operational or Management EW professionals who need to understand radio communication, intercept, and jamming concepts and practice. There are no prerequisites; no math beyond algebra will be required and all concepts are described in physical rather than mathematical terms. Yet, you will finish this course able to calculate requirements for communication, intercept, and jamming in realistic military situations.

Required Course Materials


  • Day 1 – Friday, December 11th, 2020
    • Introduction to Communication Electronic Warfare
    • dB math
    • Basic link equation
    • Selection and calculation of appropriate propagation model:
      • Line of sight loss, 2 ray loss, or knife edge diffraction
    • Digital Communication
    • Frequency hopping and other LPI threats
      • UAV Payload/link Issues, cell phone issues
  • Day 2 – Saturday, December 12th, 2020
    • Intercept links
    • Communications Jamming (analog and digital)
    • Look through and fratricide issues
    • Special techniques for jamming LPI signals

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

  • NOTE: Beverages will be provided to attendees as a part of registration, but meals are your own responsibility.

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.