54th 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
Tuesday, November 28
8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
Opening Session and Keynote Speaker
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
International Requirements and Innovation Trends
Session Chair: TBD
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.
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: RADM Christian "Boris" Becker (Invited - TBD), Commander, U.S. Navy SPAWAR
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.
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
Thursday, November 30
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.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.