2017 WebBannerView1 zoom low54th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention Agenda

Innovation and Change in Electromagnetic Warfare

Mr. Nino Amoroso, Annual Symposium Chair
Mr. Rick Lu, Annual Symposium Co-Chair

*Sessions are subject to change (agenda as of July 10, 2017)

Tuesday, November 28

8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
Opening Session and Keynote Speaker  

General Stephen W. Wilson
Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force
Keynote Address

Mr. Guy Montminy
Senior VP & Deputy GM, Electronic Systems Sector, BAE Systems
Welcome/Opening Remarks

Mr. Randy Walden, SES
Director of Rapid Capabilites Office (RCO)
Innovation - Key to Delivering Critical Capabilities Early 

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
International Requirements and Innovation Trends

Session Chair:  Lt Gen Giovanni Fantuzzi, Commander, Italian Logistics and Aquisition

This session will focus on International trends in EW innovation. Of particular note will be what requirements are being seen that drive the need for innovative technologies to address those requirements. Also to be discussed will be International perspectives on how organizational change is being implemented or being attempted, to be faster and more agile. Perspectives on what has been working in terms of innovation adoption, and what has not been working, will be presented. 

Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin
Australian Royal AIr Force, Chief of the Australian Defence Force

General Enzo Vercciarelli
Italian Air Force

        Dr. Nick Law
        NATO Platform Protection Team


12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Innovations in Modular Multi-Mission EW/SIGINT/COMMS Open Systems Architectures
Session Chair: Mr. Ben Peddicord, Chief - Intel Technology and Architecture Branch, U.S. Army I2WD

The latest innovations in modern EW systems share functional multi-mission requirements as there is a need to exchange information with intelligence and C4ISR equipment, while also doing the electronic attack missions. Rapid threat evolution coupled with common multi-mission cyber and electromagnetic spectrum requirements necessitate the development of modular EW systems built with open interfaces and integrated into a common multi-mission architecture. This session will explore some of the latest Army, Navy, and Air-Force Modular Multi-Mission Cyber-EW/SIGINT/COMMS Open Systems Architecture efforts to build the next generation integrated, open, and flexible EW systems.


2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Innovations in Software Defined Radios/Transceivers
Session Chair: Dr. David Cooper, Technical Director, BAE Systems ECS

Software Defined Radios (SDRs) and Transceivers are advancing at incredible rates. These technologies are revolutionizing how EW and counter-radar is being done, as well as advanced COMMS and counter-COMMS/SIGINT is being implemented. This Session will focus on the latest in SDR technologies, with innovative implementations and use cases.


Wednesday, November 29

8:00 a.m.- 8:45 a.m.
Opening Session and Keynote Speaker - Mr. Ed Covannon, Kodak Invention Strategist

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Evolving and Applying Innovation in the Military
Session Chair: MG Patricia Frost, Director of Cyber, Office of the Deputy of Staff of the Army (invited)

The EW Industry as a whole needs not only to increase innovative technologies to keep up with threats but also to modify and adapt our organizations to accept more positive change. This session will focus on ways to organizationally change and adapt our military procurement and leadership styles so that new innovative technologies, tactics, and procedures can be incorporated. Of particular note will be topic areas including: Acquisition Reform - concepts on how to change how we procure EW technologies in a faster way; Organizational Change - concepts of how to change a military procurement culture to accept change and not just fall into the trap of "this is not my requirement, therefore I will not procure it…."; Taking Technology Risk- concepts of how to take calculated risks in new technologies in order to ultimately save lives, save money, save time, save maintenance costs; and finally Speeding Decisions - concepts on how to accelerate decision cycles, speed adoption of new techniques, tactics, or procedures, and change the culture to be speed based and not risk-aversion based.

Mr. James MacStravic, SES
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Major General (Ret.) Kenneth Israel
Past President AOC

RADM Mark W.  Darrah (invited)
U.S. Navy, Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons

        Mr. Kenneth Dworkin, SES
        Technical Director, NSA

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Innovations in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Session Chair:  Mr. Giorgio Bertoli, Senior Scientific Technical Manager for Offensive Cyber & Acting Chief Scientist, U.S. Army I2WD

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have, as of late, achieved a new renaissance. Advancements in techniques such as positive reinforcement learning and deep neural networks have demonstrated that AI can be used to solve a variety of complex real-world problems. In 2016, Google’s DeepMind division successfully applied neural and reinforcement learning concepts to develop a program (AlphaGO) that was able to defeat a top ranked human GO player; a feat that was thought to be decades away if not altogether impossible. Because of such achievements, many now believe that AI/ML can revolutionize such fields as robotics, data analytics, medicine, and cyber-Electromagnetic Operations to name a few. This technical session is intended to explore the current state of the art in AI/ML, and will discuss what is envisioned of the technology and its potential applications to Electromagnetic Operations, over the next 10 to 20 years.

6:00 pm. - 8:30 p.m.
AOC Annual Banquet

Mr. Fred Kaplan, Author

Thursday, November 30

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Change and Innovation in our EW Industry
Panel Chair:  Dr. William Conley, Executive Director, OUSD (At&L)/A/ Tactical Warfare Systems

The EW Executive Committee panel will discuss their view on changes that our EW Industry is experiencing, in terms of acquisition reforms, technology trends, and where things are heading.  This panel discussion will help Government and Industry personnel align with each other in terms of where investments are going, what reforms are coming that will change how programs are funded, and how generally all of our organizations can embrace these new trends for better business and ultimately better solutions for the warfighters.

Mr. Steve MacNamara

Mr. Brian Clark
Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)

Col William E. Young, PhD
Commander, Eglin AFB

 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Innovations in Jammer Technologies
Session Chair: Ms. Karen Petzold, Lockheed Martin Fellow and Systems Engineer EW Solutions

Description: Advancements in jammer and electronic attack technologies are accelerating with the advent of new antenna approaches, system-on-chip innovations, SDR implementations, and especially modular multi-mission Cyber-EW/SIGINT/COMMS open systems architectures. This Session will focus on some of the latest advancements in the field of jammer technologies for all types of platforms.


1:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Closing Session and Keynote Speaker 

General Robin Rand, USAF
Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and the service component commander to U.S. Strategic Command for all bombers, Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) and Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) systemsU.S Air Force Deputy Director of Operations for Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, and the Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska