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By Kimberly Brown, NAWCWD Public Affairs

ore than 600 industry and government leaders in electronic warfare gathered for the
46th Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare
Symposium at Naval Base Ventura County,
Point Mugu, California, April 25 - 27.
Key leaders from the U.S. Navy, the U.S.
Marines Corps, and the Royal Australian Air Force as well as
industry and academia came together at Point Mugu, the home
of U.S. Navy electronic warfare capabilities.
"It's significant that we hold the symposium here at Point
Mugu because this is where the first organizational capability
was established for naval aviation electronic warfare in the
1950s," said Ron Gewerth, NAWCWD computer scientist and
this year's conference chairperson. "There's been a lot of work
going on here, a lot of development and innovation, and we're
trying to help that continue on."
"Our warfighting environment has grown enormously complex," said NAWCWD Commander Rear Adm. Brian Corey. "The
electromagnetic spectrum is being used by our friends and our
foes alike in ways that we never anticipated even a few years
ago. What makes this particular event so exciting for me is
that we've found a way work the problem collaboratively."
The annual symposium, hosted by Naval Air Warfare Center
Weapons Division under a co-sponsorship agreement with the
Association of Old Crows, focuses on collaboration in the world
of electronic warfare. Briefs are held at the classified level, allowing attendees to have more in-depth discussions than they
could have in a regular meeting environment.
This year's event, entitled "Enabling Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare with Cognitive Systems," featured keynote
addresses by Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, commander, Naval Air
Systems Command; Rear Adm. Bret Batchelder, commander,
Navy Warfare Development Command; Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, dep-

uty commandant for aviation, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps;
Rear Adm. Christian Becker, commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command; William Flynn, senior executive service and director for Integrated Fires, Innovation and Space for
the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare;
and RAAF Group Capt. Glen Braz, officer commanding 82 Wing.
This is the third year that Australian military has been included in the classified conference.
"There is just no way we could fight in a coalition as we
intend to if we don't solve the EW problem in a collaborative
way," he said, "so I'm really looking forward to what comes out
of the engagement with our industry partners and more importantly our allies, especially the country of Australia."
In addition to the briefings, attendees were invited to participate in tours of EW laboratories and static displays, which
the U.S. Navy's last EA-6B Prowler and an EA-18G Growler,
which replaced the Prowler as the Navy's premier electronic
attack aircraft. For many attendees, getting an up close look
at the labs aircraft made real the theory they work with on a
day-to-day basis.
"You spend so much time working with...EW, walking in
hallways and labs, but oftentimes not seeing the final product," said conference attendee Justin Hendricks, aerospace
and defense account manager for Keysight Technologies, while
getting an up-close look at the Growler.
"You know you're in this industry because it will make a
difference and what you work with is meant for something
great, but until you physically see it you almost don't know
for sure. And then when you stand in front of it? It reminds
you why you work so hard and that there is so much at stake.
It's awesome."
For more information about NAWCWD, visit www.navair.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2017

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
DIRCM Past & Present
Technology Survey: GaN Transistors
EW 101
Report from the 42nd Annual Collaborative EW Symposium
AOC News
2017 AOC International Election Guide
JED Quick Look
Index of Advertisers
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JED - June 2017 - cover1
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JED - June 2017 - The View From Here
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JED - June 2017 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - June 2017 - Courses Calendar
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JED - June 2017 - From the President
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JED - June 2017 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2017 - World Report
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