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NAWCWD Hosts 43rd Annual
Collaborative Electronic
Warfare Symposium
By Matthew Denny
NAWCWD Public Affairs

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Attendees of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons
Division's 43rd Electronic Warfare Symposium at
Point Mugu tour the command's Electronic Combat
Simulation and Evaluation Lab on April 9. (US Navy
photo by Matthew Denny)

Pilots with Electronic Attack Squadron 135 at Naval
Air Station Whidbey Island display an EA-18G
Growler for attendees of the Electronic Warfare
Symposium on April 9 at Naval Air Warfare Center
Weapons Division Point Mugu. (US Navy photo by
Matthew Denny)

Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis, program executive officer
for Tactical Aircraft Programs at Naval Air Systems
Command, speaks to participants of the Electronic
Warfare Symposium at Naval Air Warfare Center
Weapons Division Point Mugu on April 8. More than
400 participants attended the three-day event.
(US Navy photo by Matthew Denny)

Geoffrey McStroul, left, a Naval Air Warfare Center
Weapons Division engineer, explains the capabilities
of the Joint Electronic Warfare Effects Lab to
attendees of the Electronic Warfare Symposium at
NAWCWD Point Mugu on April 9. (US Navy photo by
Matthew Denny)

The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2014
The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2014
The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2014

aval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division held the 43rd Annual Collaborative
Electronic Warfare Symposium at Point Mugu on April 8-10.
The conference was hosted by NAWCWD under a co-sponsorship agreement
with the AOC. This year's theme was "Enabling Collaborative EW through Innovation and Invention."
Participants toured NAWCWD Point Mugu's EW and simulation labs, Navy
targets facilities, NAWCWD Range Operations, and had the opportunity to see
static displays of aircraft, targets and EW equipment.
"Collaborative EW addresses our ability to jointly maneuver and fight in the
electromagnetic spectrum collaboratively," said Mark Schallheim, president of
AOC's Point Mugu chapter. "'Collaborative EW' is a daunting challenge and the
presentations, Q&A and follow-on discussions addressed technical issues and
organizational barriers, as well as potential solutions."
Dr. Ron Smiley, director of Naval Air Systems Command's EW/Combat Systems
Department and Avionics Department, welcomed more than 430 attendees and
explained how this event affects the fleet and warfighter.
"This symposium is critical to NAWCWD because it provides a venue to bring
together industry and government," Smiley said. "Staying up to date on EW
technology is essential to supporting the warfighter. I am very thankful that
Mr. Kendall [Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics] put out guidance this year to allow us to host and participate in this
symposium. Electronic warfare is changing, becoming more challenging and has
continued to become a lot more esoteric, particularly with the convergence of
electronic warfare and cyber warfare. The topics discussed over the next three
days will give sailors and Marines the tools they need to carry out their future
missions safely."
This year's keynote speakers were RADM Donald Gaddis, program executive
officer of NAVAIR's Tactical Aircraft Programs; RADM John Haley, J3 director
at Strategic Command; RADM Mark Darrah, commander of NAWC Aircraft Division; Jay Kistler, director of EW and Countermeasure Technologies at Defense
Research and Engineering, OSD; and Dr. Joseph Nichols, technical advisor for
Flight Test and Evaluation at the Air Force Test Center.
"Unlike 20 years ago, our adversaries are developing similar technologies to
ours, and are doing it right now," Darrah said. "The only way we will stay ahead
of the threats of our enemies is to take paper ideas and give them to our people
for trial and error until we succeed. I don't do anything in engineering without
grabbing the young engineers to put in their two-cents. The younger generation
thinks differently than we do. What we 'old guys' might think is complicated, is
seen as simple by what we call ESDPs [participants in the Engineer and Scientist
Development Program.]"
AOC President Wayne Shaw closed the symposium and encouraged attendees
to continue collaboration. "We have had a great three days. After you leave here,
please continue the collaboration and continue to advance our technologies."
The symposium facilitated the exchange of enabling concepts and provided
a venue to disseminate current research in the fields of EW.
"We must continue symposia like this to stay ahead of our enemies and advance our technology," Darrah said. "What I am asking from everyone here is a
collaboration of technology and we need it now." a

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2014

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
50 Years of Airborne SIGINT
ACE Program Lays Out Plans for New EW Capabilities
Technology Survey: Spectrum Analyzers
EW 101
NAWCWD Hosts 43rd Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - June 2014 - cover1
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JED - June 2014 - 5
JED - June 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - June 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - June 2014 - Courses Calendar
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JED - June 2014 - From the President
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JED - June 2014 - 14
JED - June 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2014 - World Report
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JED - June 2014 - 50 Years of Airborne SIGINT
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JED - June 2014 - Technology Survey: Spectrum Analyzers
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JED - June 2014 - Index of Advertisers
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