Electronic Warfare 2018: Summary of Key Discussion Points
The current threat in Eastern Europe presents NATO members with an urgent need to develop and upgrade their electronic warfare capabilities. With many high profile cyber-attacks affecting the West largely attributed to Russia there is an urgent, pressing need for NATO members to quickly develop their capabilities to tackle the ongoing threat.
Electronic Warfare 2018, chaired by Tim Watts, Former Signals Chief, British Army, took place from 16th - 18th January 2018 in Warsaw with over 150 senior military leaders meeting with industry partners to discuss, shape and develop capabilities to meet urgent requirements.
The main 2-day conference saw a broad and fascinating range of topics presented and discussed. On Day 1, military presenters presented the US Army’s EW capability in Europe and Canada’s comprehensive land based programme, as well as, from Poland, a description of the large scale, multinational Anakonda exercise towards the end of 2018.
The Finnish Army Research Centre presented concepts around the development of UAVs, and a view of relevant future radio technology was presented by the Warsaw Military University of Technology.
Elbit outlined advanced IR missile detection and countermeasures, Raytheon (Deutschland) spoke about its airborne ELINT capability, MASS presented a methodology for Threat, Vulnerability and Counter Measures Development based in EW practice but applicable to cyber operations, and Plath described the practical trade-offs and design characteristics for land based ESM and COMINT.
The day ended with a panel discussion that covered the experience of the Romanian Navy in the Black Sea, the strengths and weaknesses of NATO’s EW effort in the East of Europe and returned to the question of integrating EW and cyber operations.
The third day of the conference started with two first class presentations. Janes Defence gave a fascinating regional perspective picking up elements of Russian intent and threat, and NATO responses, and this was followed by a view from the NATO Defence College, with further analysis and thought on collective training.
The Spanish MOD set out its approach to Satellite communications and EW systems, and the Warsaw Military University of Technology described its Masters level training in EW operations and engineering.
Saab then gave its perspective on trends and technology and product development.
The final, energetic panel discussion ranged widely around training, government/industry integration, cyber/EW convergence, asymmetric and symmetric warfare and the ‘Phase Zero’, competitive operations short of war being played out in the East of Europe and elsewhere.
Electronic Warfare 2019 will take place 16th - 18th January 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.
Serving military, government agencies and public-sector employees receive free entry to Electronic Warfare 2019 by registering online.