16th - 18th January 2018
Warsaw, Poland

Focus Day 16th January
Organised by info@tdnuk.com +44 (0) 1245 407 916

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EW’s complex role in defensive warfighting

08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -
Chairman’s opening remarks
Air Marshal Greg Bagwell CB CBE , Former Deputy Commander, Royal Air Force


Intercepting, blocking and manipulating enemy frequency transmissions is imperative to EW operations. Terrorism has presented the EW community with greater challenges due to homemade systems operating throughout the spectrum. This makes their systems more difficult to disrupt and manipulate. The following presentation will explore the best way to deal with hybrid communications systems.

09:00 -

Operating in a saturated Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) due to the rise of smart technology

  • New weaponry, surveillance and information systems dependant on spectrum connectively
  • Limits of legacy Electronic Defence (ED) systems when dealing with new threats
  • Call to industry to provide up to date decoy, direction finding and jamming solutions
Colonel James Crossley, , Chief, G35 Strategic Programs, US Army Europe
09:30 -

Enabling EW operational sovereignty

  • Infrastructure and organisation through training, tools and support
  • Programmable technology to exploit intelligence and customise mission parameters
  • Development and up-skilling through partnerships and collaboration
Dr Richard Birchenall, Head of EW Strategic Campaigns, EWOS, Leonardo

10:00 -

EW’s future role in defensive A2/AD planning due to emerging threats

  • EW as a potential solution to revitalising lost skills in A2/AD
  • Sophisticated challenges that will enhance the need for an advance EW defence capability
  • Understanding the evolution process to in order to improve future development priorities
Dr Guillaume Lasconjarias , Research Division A2/AD, NATO Defence College
10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


RF is possibly the most relied on section of the EMS with radar, communications and radio-controlled devices all heavily dependent on RF connectivity. This make the ability to intercept, infiltrate and incapacitate radio waves a constant topic of development in both defensive and offensive systems. The following presentations will analyse how ED and EA can act as defensive measures against the growing sophistication of RF dependant systems.

11:15 -

Closing the RF cycle on operations

  • Recent lessons from UK operations in a complex EME
  • Towards Fifth Generation
  • Trends in EW operational support
Wing Commander Jason Crawford , Officer Commanding, Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Centre, UK MoD
11:45 -

Combining sensitive data synergies and differences for EW and Cyber

  • Identifying the battlespace owner when it comes to attacks in cyber or EW domain
  • Using communication intelligence and the prevention of cyber-attacks
  • Profiling software used in communication intelligence
Roland Behmenburg , Sales Manager, PLATH GmbH

12:15 -

Challenges for future electronic countermeasures against radio controlled IEDs

  • Understanding how unconventional systems utilise the EMS
  • Identifying challenges for ECM countering RCIED
  • Way ahead for future IED jamming
Major (Retd) Rob Lucas , Electronic Defence Advisor, TNO
12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


The advancements in smart weaponry has created a new issue for EW experts. UAVs are quicker, more cost efficient and harder to detect then commercial fighter jets or helicopters, yet can prove equally as effective in both an offensive and intelligence gathering capacity. Coupled with the significant improvements in missile and jamming capabilities, ECM is at the forefront of defensive warfighting.

14:15 -

Denying, degrading and neutralising an adversarial UAS via mounted and dismounted capability

  • Theatre specify platforms that have the capability to deal with UAV
  • Portable jamming applications that can be modified to access UAV signals
  • Future concepts in vehicle borne communications signal analysis systems
Major Erik Bamford, Senior Officer, Electronic Warfare, Norwegian Armed Forces
14:45 -

Advances of digital receiver technology for RF

  • Concept for a commercial off the shelf based digital receiver covering RF
  • Realisation of necessary building blocks
  • Integration into a system tailored for use on a UAV platform
Andreas Radermache, Managing Director, Raytheon Deutschland GmbH

15:15 -

Employing EW to counter UAS from delivering devastating payloads such as precision missiles

  • Recent scenarios where UAS have been used to deliver sophisticated weaponry
  • Vulnerability of UAS C2 connectivity that EA can exploit
  • Implementing EP systems into platform design
Major Nathan Johnson, Project Manager, Land Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Army Headquarters, Australian MoD

15:45 -
Afternoon Tea and Networking


The dependence on spectrum connectivity has dramatically increased due to the greater investment in smarter intelligence, communication and weapon systems. This coupled with the rise in autonomy is saturating the use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) and has made the ability to control, deflect and monitor EMS dependant systems a priority in most areas of military development.

16:30 -

The importance of understanding your environment to deliver platform and force protection

  • Data management to support platform development and force protection
  • Intelligent mission data development covering radio frequency, Electro Optics and Infra-red
  • Building an electromagnetic response plan
Paul Bradbee, EWOS Technical Sales Manager, MASS

17:00 -

Panel Discussion: Protecting Eastern Europe in the spectrum environment

  • The confidentiality issues surrounding cross nation capability sharing
  • Possibilities for collaborative exercises and capability sharing
  • Defensive capabilities to be developed for EFP
Lieutenant Colonel Dennis G Wille, G3, Military Planner, US Army Europe (TBC)
Lieutenant Colonel Edgars Einiks, Head of J6, Latvian MoD
Lieutenant Colonel Wlodzimierz Puchala, Senior EW & SIGINT Specialist, Polish Armed Forces Operational Command
Captain Pawel Figura, EW Officer, Lithuanian - Polish - Ukraine Brigade Command

18:00 -
Chairman's Summary
Air Marshal Greg Bagwell CB CBE , Former Deputy Commander, Royal Air Force
18:05 -
Networking Drinks Reception in Exhibition Room

Collaboration with the wider EW community

08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -
Chairman's opening remarks
Air Marshal Greg Bagwell CB CBE , Former Deputy Commander, Royal Air Force


To successfully carry out EW operations users need permanent uninterrupted access to the spectrum. While transmission mediums have significantly improved in recent years, so has the demand for spectrum access. This creates not only an issue for EW operations, but also all forms of intelligence. Without uninterrupted spectrum connectivity, forces lose the ability to communicate, intercept enemy attacks and navigate hostile terrain effectively.

09:00 -

Legacy platform vulnerability against emerging EA threats

  • New combative EW systems causing concern to NATO partners
  • Recent examples where unknown systems have exploited ED shortfalls
  • Integrating self-protection systems into platform development
Air Commodore Al Seymour , Commander, Air Warfare Centre, Royal Air Force
09:30 -

Capability assurance of Defensive Aids Suite (DAS)

  • The importance of being able to provide evidence-based assurance of DAS
  • How this relates to EWOS and the need to ensure accurate and relevant data sets
  • The need for on-aircraft mission dependant data validation and verification
Wing Commander (Retd) David Lord, Director Air Systems Line of Business, Leonardo Tactical Systems
Dr. Bruce Holley, Consultant, Leonardo Tactical Systems

10:00 -

Cross platform connectivity to promote strong spectrum connectivity

  • Fitting future vehicles, ships and aircrafts with cross platform multi role EW systems
  • Platforms in development that will possess a multi role EW system
  • Ability of new systems to stay current with predicted threats
Brigadier General Carlos J De Salas, Head C4ISR & Space Programs, Spanish MoD

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


The ability to control the EMS is a topic of discussion between NATO and partnered nations due to the operational advantages it can provide. As NATO continues to push the Collective Forces initiative, partner nations are slowly starting to pool, codevelop and introduce shared technologies into their forces development planning.

11:15 -

Establishing the SIGINT Electronic Warfare Operation Centre (SEWOC) during a collaborative mission

  • Proven collaboration techniques during exercise ANAKONDA 2016
  • Challenges with establishing SEWOC policy during contingency missions
  • Future investment possibilities to promote cross nation collaboration
Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek, Land Section Chief, NATO JEWCS
11:45 -

Aircraft Self Protection Systems and UAS Airborne Electronic Attack

  • Digital receiver technology for rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft protection
  • Protecting Heads of State aircraft with direction inferred counter measures
  • Comparing UAS stand in against long-range stand-off EW capability
John Bent, Director, Fast Jet & UAS Programs, Northrop Grumman

12:15 -

Promoting collaboration between partner nations by investing in simulation for NATO exercises

  • Current structures in place to promote NATO exercises
  • Potential to simulate enemy attacks from a variety of sources
  • How sophisticated EA systems will help increase partner resilience to future potential threats
Lieutenant Colonel Wlodzimierz Puchala, Senior EW and SIGNIT Specialist, Polish Armed Forces Operational Command
12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


The demand for the delivery of decoys, chaff and other methods of EW defence has increased dramatically due the advanced sophistication and precision of modern target acquisition sensors. Both EW counter measures and EW defence systems now play a much greater role in force protection, mobility and intelligence. The following presentations will analyse how modern forces have integrated EW into mission planning.

13:45 -

The SEWOC concept in the tactical land environment, challenges benefits and technology

  • Utilising other forces capabilities in unfamiliar environments
  • How cross platform versatility can significantly enhance force protection
  • Joint RF jamming systems that can collaborate to disrupt enemy RF usage
Project Manager, Study & Development EW, Army Intelligence Centre, Danish MoD
14:15 -

Integrating standard operating procedures when acting as a collective force for EW missions

  • US Army Europe’s EW assets provided and tested during ANAKONDA 2016
  • Synergy using a variety of nation specific EW systems and platforms
  • Future considerations to standardise procedures when conducting partnered EW missions
Major Ian Campbell, Electronic Warfare Officer, HQ, US Army Europe
14:45 -

Panel question session on the unilateral EW capability management and joint protection methods

  • Future planning for collaborative EW exercise
  • Enhancing and standardising the SEWOC through NATO members
  • Manipulating distribute EW capabilities to accommodate SEWOC interpretability
Major Ian Campbell, Electronic Warfare Officer, HQ, US Army Europe
Project Manager, Study & Development of EW, Army Intelligence Centre, Danish MoD
Lieutenant Colonel Wlodzimierz Puchala, Senior EW & SIGINT Specialist, Polish Armed Forces Operational Command
Lieutenant Colonel Gunter Chladek, Land Section Chief, NATO JEWCS
15:15 -
Chairman's Summary and close of conference
Air Marshal Greg Bagwell CB CBE , Former Deputy Commander, Royal Air Force