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Cyber Focus During First Day of Electronic Warfare 2018

Electronic Warfare (EW) and Cyber are becoming key components to the defensive warfighting arsenal particularly when more military operations are dependent on information superiority. Therefore, dominance of the electromagnetic spectrum and intelligence systems will be a major dictator future missions and mitigate the risk presented by hybrid networks.

The first day of Electronic Warfare 2018 began with a dedicated Cyber Focus Day, chaired by Tim Watts, Former Signals Chief, British Army, to provide militaries, government agencies and industry organisations an opportunity to discuss ways to realign their electronic warfare and cyber capabilities while improving cooperation on joint operations.

At the strategic level we heard how the Australian Defence Forces’ approach is developing to take cyber into account, and from the International Military Staff how NATO shapes EW strategy, procurement and training.

The US Army in Europe gave a brief introduction, too, to the work of the Joint Multinational Readiness Centre. An understanding of the specific demands for cyber and EW at the tactical level was covered by the Danish Army Intelligence Centre, and NCIA set out how internal defensive cyber activities are conducted for NATO’s strategic and operational networks.

In terms of technical capability, Leonardo set out a broad architecture for EW systems, and this was complemented by a detailed look by Tallinn University at the challenge of securing the operation of very small processors in control systems and the Internet of Things.

Overall it was clear that while the cyber and EW communities use differing terminology, and coordinated doctrine remains in development, there is clear convergence and a need to consider both in developing capability and conducting operations and training.

Electronic Warfare continues for two further days in Warsaw, Poland with NATO member and partner nations discussing how to increase EW and Cyber capabilities.