JED - December 2016 - 76

Report from the EW
GCC 2016 Conference

The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2016

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T

he Electronic Warfare Gulf Cooperation Council
(EW GCC) 2016 conference was held October 25-26
in Abu Dhabi. Hosted by EW Command (UAE), more
than 300 delegates, mainly from GCC states and
Europe, participated in the event, which was organized by Tangent Link of the UK.
The conference, which was held at the armed forces officer
club in Abu Dhabi, was opened by UAE Commander EW Command Brigadier Staff Eng. Ahmed Khalfan Mohamed Al Qubaisi
and UAE Chief of Military Intelligence and Security General
Aqab Shaheen Al Ali. The first conference day covered the
topics of collaboration between electronic warfare and cyber
warfare. The second day brought up some critical insights in
current and future information warfare. Professor David Stupples of City University London used Russian examples to show
how Information Warfare, using a combination of electronic
warfare, cyber warfare and psychological operations, can tip
nations into chaos. He also addressed some of the important

EW and cyber developments that countries need to consider in
order to "play in the new game."
The conference also addressed the topic of cyber attacks
and whether they should be considered as acts of war. The
challenges in this area are mainly due to missing international regulations and laws that should be addressed soon. Brian
Weedon of the Secure World Foundation talked about EW and
satellites. He said that users need to change their mindset
about space platforms and explained that satellites and space
capabilities are essentially computers in space. Mitigating EW
and cyber attacks against satellites requires space operators to
learn lessons from other warfighting domains.
Another interesting presentation was delivered by W.J. van
den Berg of GEW Technologies, who discussed "Metadata - the
DNA of Signals." He said that metadata is no longer considered
the lower level of information. It can yield information about a
target's life patterns, as well as social and political links within a group. Properly analyzing metadata often can be a more
powerful strategy than investigating signal content, yielding
far more insight with the same amount of effort.
The EW GCC 2016 conference included 29 exhibitors from
the Europe, South Africa and the US. Exhibitors regarded this
event as a unique opportunity to meet potential customers at a
time when cyber and electronic warfare are among the leading
priorities topics for many governments. The main goal of many
exhibitors was not to show their newest products but rather
to connect with customers and discuss requirements and benefits. The conference also highlighted some of the challenges
facing the EW industry. For example, establishing EW partnerships among GCC states or creating partnerships between
European and GCC states still faces substantial political and
strategic hurdles.
Despite the fact that the EW GCC conference was much
smaller than many other EW conferences, it was extremely well
organized and focused on the EW challenges facing the GCC
members. All major and reasonable industries have been present as well as key users of GCC EW organizations.
The conference clearly showed the strong cooperation between UK and UAE in the field of defense intelligence that
also was highlighted by UK Chief of Defence Intelligence Air
Marshal Philip Osborn CBE, RAF in his international welcome
address. It was refreshing to see UK military representatives
providing excellent support to their national EW industry during the conference, which is obviously a more aggressive approach than most other European countries. - M. Niewöhner
and J. Knowles a



JED - December 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - December 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Interview: Col Jeffrey N. Aldridge, USAF
Interview: US Rep. Joe Pitts
The Future of Airborne Electronic Attack
Regaining the Advantage – Cognitive Electronic Warfare
Technology Survey: Flightline and Portable EW Simulators
AOC EW Singapore Preview
New Products
Report from the 2016 EW GCC Conference
Crows in the Community
The Heat is On
EW 101
Report from the 2016 AOC CEMA Conference
2016 AOC Award Winners
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - December 2016 - cover1
JED - December 2016 - cover2
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JED - December 2016 - 5
JED - December 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - December 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - December 2016 - Courses Calendar
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JED - December 2016 - From the President
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JED - December 2016 - The Monitor
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JED - December 2016 - Washington Report
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JED - December 2016 - World Report
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JED - December 2016 - Interview: Col Jeffrey N. Aldridge, USAF
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JED - December 2016 - Interview: US Rep. Joe Pitts
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JED - December 2016 - The Future of Airborne Electronic Attack
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JED - December 2016 - Regaining the Advantage – Cognitive Electronic Warfare
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JED - December 2016 - Technology Survey: Flightline and Portable EW Simulators
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JED - December 2016 - AOC EW Singapore Preview
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JED - December 2016 - New Products
JED - December 2016 - 75
JED - December 2016 - Report from the 2016 EW GCC Conference
JED - December 2016 - 77
JED - December 2016 - Crows in the Community
JED - December 2016 - 79
JED - December 2016 - The Heat is On
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JED - December 2016 - EW 101
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JED - December 2016 - Report from the 2016 AOC CEMA Conference
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JED - December 2016 - 2016 AOC Award Winners
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JED - December 2016 - AOC News
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JED - December 2016 - Index of Advertisers
JED - December 2016 - JED Quick Look
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