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ELECTRONIC WARFARE 2019 AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
ELECTRONIC & CYBER WARFARE INTEGRATION
A full spectrum approach to Cyber operations, where it is synchronised with electronic warfare will overmatch forces that are not prepared for these types of simultaneous attacks. This overmatch can quickly be eroded by non-conventional warfare using electromagnetic and cyber activities. The opening session will focus on how this happened and why the integration of the two enables full awareness in a warfighting environment.
ENSURING THE UTILITY OF CYBER OPERATIONS
Although cyber and electromagnetic concepts are still maturing, militaries are sure on one thing; a coherent approach that limits the adversary and enhances friendly freedom of manoeuvre is the fastest way to deliver decision superiority effectively. Because of this, the next session is going to study how cyber operations can support missions in the most effective way.
CYBER PROTECTION OF ASSETS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Cyber attacks are being increasingly used by adversaries aiming to raise insecurity and disrupt economies. These attacks could be mirrored in military operations that use civilian facilities (e.g. rail networks) to cripple capabilities and disrupt logistics and supply chains. Because of this militaries need to assist the sector in overcoming these challenges and the final session of the day is going to discuss some of the options available.
RESHAPING THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND THEIR APPROACH TO EW
Militaries are striving to overcome extant doctrine, policy and entrenched ways of working. A key element of success will the early realisation of benefits to engender confidence in the concept. Development must be driven and supported by the Defence community, partners and institutions based on vision and strategy. Implementation should be within the joint user community and this session will examine how we could best achieve this.
CONTEMPORARY DATA MANAGEMENT TOOLS TO ENSURE EM DECONFLICTION
While recent NATO focus was on non-congested environments, in the future there are high chances of operating against a more sophisticated and advanced enemy in a far more information-centric warfighting environment than before, where signals and intelligence units may be over-burdened with information. To ensure correct decisions data management must happen as fast and efficiently as possible. The following presentations will try to analyse some of the methods for overcoming this challenge.
SKILL-BASED TRAINING & TALENT ACQUISITION
Many countries are struggling to attract adequately trained personnel to their EW and Cyber Units and huge efforts are being made to improve this area, including investment in academic qualifications and the upgrade of training techniques and equipment. To prevent units remaining the preserve of technically capable and interested individuals, programmes of training and education are key to the successful integration of Cyber and Electromagnetic Warfare units to all operations, if it is to be ingrained in the Armed Forces’ routine.
INNOVATIVE FORMS OF INFORMATION PROCESSING FOR ENHANCED INSIGHT AND DECISION MAKING
New technologies are being developed constantly that are enhancing the capabilities of militaries and could do so on even greater levels in the future. With tech giants investing large amounts of resources into AI, Machine Learning, Li-Fi, Quantum Computers and other types of technology militaries are poised to follow. Here we explore how the military can better understand and utilise these technologies to obtain a battle winning edge.
NEUTRALISING THREATS BY IMPROVING TACTICS & EQUIPMENT
As EW threats continue to evolve in numbers and capabilities nations need to stay ahead by better arming and safeguarding their units. Key considerations are the “modernisation” of tactics and techniques the forces use, which includes integrating electronic and cyber warfare increasingly into operations and planning. This session will explore new approaches militaries are trying to implement to help the community shape a better picture of their future options.
LOOKING AT FUTURE SYSTEMS AND PLATFORMS
Electronics have shrunk in size, weight, and power requirements to the point that systems carrying the latest capabilities can be tailored to smaller and more efficient platforms. Greater automation and data-linking capability have also allowed crew sizes to be much reduced, whilst minimising the risk human error. These assets are force multipliers in the future of Electronic Warfare and many are being redesigned to reflect the above changes. This focus area will explore these improvements in more detail.
MAKING THE MOST OF CEM COUNTERMEASURES AGAINST UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES(UAVs)
The use of UAVs is on the rise in an increasing array of sectors and EW will become a useful tool to defeat or neutralise the threat. From offensive to network operations UAVs are impacting requirements for the future of EW. This could potentially include replacing SIGINT aircraft with large UAVs. This session is going to discuss how variable CEM countermeasures can neutralise UAVs, take control of them and gather intelligence about their handlers.
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