Agenda Day 1
Conference doors open
Welcome and introduction - Chairman’s opening remarks
Air Marshal Phillip Sturley CB MBE BSc FRAeS CCMI
RAF (Retd) UK
Wing Commander John Clifford MSc CEng CITP OBE RAF (Retd)
Director Global Conferences,
Session 1 – Welcome
AOC Welcome and AOC Singapore Chapter Welcome
AOC President Muddy Watters
Dr Kar Heng Lee
TBSS Center for Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Lee currently runs TBSS companies in Singapore and Vietnam. In Singapore, Lee designs and delivers professional courses in Radar Systems, Communications and EW for officers and engineers from the government agencies and defense industry, while in Vietnam, Lee manages radar system projects, conducts radar training and developed radar fusion software for Vietnam Maritime Administration, Vietnam Navy and Technical Academy. Lee had designed small profile antennas and microwave circuit applied in detection of unauthorised mobile signals, developed radar analysis tools using simulation tools and conducted feasibility study on the use of radar in swimmer detection.
Lee is currently the President of AOC Singapore Chapter, Past Chairman of IEEE Education Chapter, Singapore Section, Advisor of Vietnamese Association in Singapore, Advisor of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and School Advisory Committee, Henry Park Primary School. Lee had presented close to 30 papers at International Conferences with IEEE, AOC and other professional bodies, including the prestigious EW Singapore, EW Europe, AOC International Annual Symposium and Conventional and IEEE conferences.
Keynote Address: Operational Update - Managing Multiple Origin Operational Systems in EW Domain
Air Marshal Daljit Singh PVSM AVSM VM, (Retd)
Former Air Officer Commanding in Chief of Operational Command,
Indian Air Force
Air Mshl Daljit Singh is the alumnus of the National Defence Academy, India and was commissioned in the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Jun 1976. During his illustrious career of 38 years in the Air Force, the Air Mshl has flown more than 3500 hours on fighters, including the Gnat, Hunter, MiG 21, Jaguar, Su 30 and the Mirage 2000. He was amongst the first lot of pilots trained in France for Electronic Warfare Operations, after which he took over as the pioneer flight commander to induct and operationalize EW suite of the Mirage fleet. His vast experience in the field includes the tenure in fighter squadrons, command of the Mirage 2000 fighter squadron, Chief Operation Officer of a frontline fighter base and Air Commander of a premier Fighter Base, that was home to the Electronic Warfare Range, Tactics Developmental Centre, many fighter squadrons and a variety of Air Defence Units. At Command Headquarters he was responsible for operational planning. At Air Headquarters, he held various key appointments. As Director EW Operations he formulated EW operational concepts and tactics for the IAF. As Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Air Defence) he was instrumental in conceptualizing and implementing netcentric operations for Air Defence of the entire Indian Airspace. As Director General (Air Operations) he was responsible for planning and conduct of all types of air operations involving fighters, transports, helicopters, UAVs, and other combat support elements. The Air Mshl inducted and operationalized the first AWACS unit and Integrated Air Command and Control System in the IAF. His last appointment was the Air Officer Commanding in Chief of an Operational Air Command, before he retired in October 2014.
The Air Mshl has been a qualified flying Instructor, Instrument Rating Examiner and Directing Staff at the EW Range. He has organised International EW Seminar in India and has participated in many other such seminars. The Air Mshl was assigned a diplomatic Assignment abroad as Defence Attaché’ in Thailand, for three years.
In recognition to his peace-time service of the most exceptional order, the Air Mshl has been conferred with the Presidential Award twice. The Air Mshl has represented the IAF in Football and he has now taken to golfing. He is married to Mrs. Harjeet Kaur and has two children who are well established in their own profession. Presently, the Air Mshl is the Senior Defence Consultant to a reputed Defence Industry.
Opening Address: The Increased Capability of Chinese, Russian and North Korean Cyber Espionage Threaten to Undermine Democracy
Professor David Stupples
Professor of Electronic and Radio Systems, Director EW Research,
City, University of London, AOC At-Large Director, UK
Professor David Stupples specialises in research and development of networked electronic and radio systems. For a number of years he undertook research in military surveillance systems at the Royal Signal and Radar Establishment at Malvern in the UK, followed by satellite surveillance and systems research for the UK Government. He then spent three years developing secure communications and signals processing for surveillance satellites and air defence systems for Hughes Aircraft Corporation in the US. In his early career, Dr David Stupples was employed in radar and communications systems development by the Royal Air Force. Later, he was a senior partner with PA Consulting Group where he was responsible for the company's consultancy work on the design, build and operation large-scale surveillance networks for world-wide clients.
His current research is in networked systems with a focus on multi-sensor surveillance using both active and passive sensors. This research work has intelligence, military and commercial uses with the latter applying to future air traffic management. The research employs a variety of systems modelling techniques particularly to assess the behaviour of networked systems under stressed conditions in order to identify and assess emergent properties for their impact on both safety and integrity.
Professor David Stupples has been applying this research to internet security, particularly focused on cyber terrorism and organised cyber crime for both the UK government and commercial companies. This work has required the development of new systems analysis and modelling techniques to understand the behaviour of complex internet systems. However, he still maintains an active interest in radar systems research; particularly synthetic aperture systems.
The EM Spectrum is Changing – Exploiting your data to achieve operational advantage
EW Business Development Manager,
Shaun Vickers is an Electronic Warfare (EW) Business Development Manager from MASS, a UK company that specialises in the EW and cyber environment, providing operational support and services. Shaun has a history in Electronic Warfare stretching back from his time in the Royal Air Force (RAF). In the RAF, as Tornado F3 navigator with 2,500 hours flying time, he was involved in operational flying as well as test and evaluation of electronic warfare countermeasures both as aircrew, an instructor and as a trails’ management officer. Within MASS, as an EW business development manager, he has been involved in providing solutions and services to nations who are seeking to establish their operational independence and enhance their operational effectiveness in the EW environment. With a focus on threat vulnerability and analysis and countermeasure development, enhancing EW data management and the provision of EW training, these services and support enable nations to increase their EW capabilities.
Networking and Refreshment Break
Session 2 – Operational Focus
The Future of EW beyond Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA)
Colonel Alan Blackwell
British Army (Retd), UK
Alan Blackwell is a retired British Army Colonel with a professional background in communications, electronic surveillance and intelligence. 25 years’ Army service saw him serve on operations worldwide, culminating in command of his Regiment in Afghanistan in 2006/7. He has served in numerous UK Ministry of Defence acquisition posts. He finished his military career as the MOD’s Team Leader for Joint Electronic Surveillance responsible for EW capability for the land and maritime components, and also for joint deployed electronic capabilities with other intelligence agencies. He is currently completing study with Harvard University on Cybersecurity: managing risk in the Information Age.
He is an experienced commander, user, specifier and acquisition expert of electronic surveillance capability. Since leaving the Army in 2012 he has been an independent consultant, helping defence and security companies understand and win Government contracts.
US Air Force Bomber Operations & Training to Support the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region
Colonel John Edwards
Commander 28th Bomber Wing,
US Air Force
U.S. Air Force Colonel John Edwards is commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, the Air Force’s largest B-1B combat wing with $8.9Bn USD in aircraft and over 3,800 personnel. He also commands Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota where several tenant units are stationed to include an MQ-9 attack squadron and one of the largest Air Force training ranges. The 28th Bomb Wing and Ellsworth AFB provides global precision strike capabilities under Eighth Air Force and Air Force Global Strike Command. Colonel Edwards is a career Weapons Officer, Electronic Warfare Officer and Combat Systems Officer having flown the B-1B, B-52H and T-1 to include deployments supporting Operations Southern Watch, Desert Fox, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and the Continuous Bomber Presence mission. He completed a tour as an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. He previously commanded the 96th Bomb Squadron and the 479th Flying Training Group whose mission includes the U.S. Air Force Electronic Warfare Officer School and Special Courses and Training (SPECTRA). He has served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the J-3 Operations Directorate and the J-8 Directorate where he was the first Director of the Joint Staff Innovation Group developing new concepts for future warfighting under the Vice Chairman. He also worked on the U.S. Air Force Air Staff in the CHECKMATE Strategy Division and the Secretary of the Air Force Action Group, as well as U.S. Air Forces Central Command where he was a strategic air planner. Colonel Edwards is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, and holds graduate degrees from the George Washington University, Air Command and Staff College, and the School for Advanced Air and Space Studies. He completed a national defense fellowship at the Stimson Center in Washington DC.
SEAD Capabilities to Counter Regional Anti-Access Area Denial (A2AD) Postures
Dr Thomas Withington
EW Editor and Analyst,
Thomas Withington is an analyst and writer specialising in contemporary and historical electronic warfare, military communications, radar and airpower. He has written hundreds of articles examining these subjects for a range of specialist and general publications, and performed consultancy in these domains for a wide array of public and private sector clients. Moreover, he regularly comment on these subjects for several media organisations around the world. In addition, he has undertaken significant field work regarding contemporary electronic warfare, notably observing such operations first hand during NATO's 2011 air and sea interventions in the Libyan civil war. Thomas Withington holds a PhD in History from the University of Birmingham, where his thesis examined the use of electronic warfare in air operations. He also holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in history.
The Importance of Electronic Warfare in Africa
ABT Vertex Innovations, Nigeria
After my national diploma, I served as a Maintenance technician at Lafia Hotel,Ibadan for a year before joining the banking industry. I started my banking career with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. from November 2006 to December, 2010 and later joined Sterling Bank Plc. from January 2011 to June 2015. I started my company ABT VERTEX INNOVATION in 2015, immediately after my banking career and also after graduation from National Open University which I ran simultaneously while working at Sterling Bank Plc. ABT Vertex Innovation is a company dealing in Telecommunication sales and services and general merchandise. We grew from scratch,and the journey wasn't a smooth ride, but today we grew from one small office to three branches and from one office assistance to fifteen able employees. Our gross domestic productivity has increased annually from 1.5% to 6%. We are only aspiring for greater opportunity and expansion in the nearest future. Thank you.
Lunch and Networking Break
Session 3 – Command, Control & Battle Management (C2BM) in the EM Environment/Domain
Application of Big Data in Support of Military Spectrum Operations
Business Development Manager for RF Sensors and Geolocation Technologies,
I.C. Tillman is the Business Development Manager for RF Sensors and Geolocation technologies. he involves actively in consulting both government agencies and authorities signal monitoring and intelligence projects. Currently he serves as a delegate to the ITU-R Study Group 1 Working Party 1C on Spectrum Management and chairs the technical sub-group.
The Australian Defence Force’s Evolving Approach to Information Operations
Theatre Operations Analysis Group, Defence Science and Technology Group, Department of Defence, Australia
EW AESA – Technology Available for Powerful Spectrum Control
Mr Nathan Abraham
Manager, EW System Engineeering,
ELTA Systems Ltd.
Nathan Abraham is the manager of System engineering department in EW directorate of Elta Systems Ltd. His work now focuses on leading the engineering group in various new projects in the EW field, projects that require multidisciplinary development skills. His position today enables him the flexibility to form various modifications in design and development workflow, to come up with new solutions to fit the rapidly evolving environment of EW. Before that, Nathan was leading a team of engineers of several professions for the development of an advanced EW system as a senior system engineer. Nathan earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and a master degree in system engineering, both from the Israeli Institute of Technology IIT.
Networking and Refreshment Break
Session 4 – Regional Activities
Spectrum: Multi-Domain and Multi-National
CEO & CTO,
Chesapeake Technology International, US
Dustan has been working in the EW and Non-Kinetic warfare environment for 28 years. As the CTO for Chesapeake Technology International he focuses on forward-leaning technology development and helping CTI fulfill the needs of its users across the department and the force. After graduating from Virginia Tech in Mathematics, Dustan also pursued Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, and American Military University, has been a software developer, EW engineer, and business owner over the past three decades. When not sitting on United Airlines Dustan can be found hiking the Colorado mountains with his wife and dogs.
Australia’s Future EW Strategic Research Program
Mr Alasdair McInnes
Research Leader, Program Leader EW,
Defence Science & Technology Group
Mr McInnes is currently Program Leader, Information Warfare in the Australian Defence Science & Technology Group’s Cyber & Electronic Warfare Division. Until recently he led a branch that conducts R&D in Force-Level EW and cyber, largely through modelling, simulation and analysis, as well as experimentation and technology development in the areas of networked EW, GNSS assurance and cyber decision support. Prior to that he led the Electro Optic EW branch. Mr McInnes leads the internally funded Future EW strategic research program, aimed at tackling the big issues facing EW into the future. He has held a range of roles leading DST’s support to various acquisition projects relating to EW capabilities. Mr McInnes joined DST Group in 1990 after seven years in the UK defence industry. He holds a M.Sc from St Andrews University and a BSc (Hons) from Glasgow University.
Changing Landscape of Intelligence
Dr Ravi Kishore
Vice President, Technology,
Dr. B. Ravi Kishore completed his Masters from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1989 and his Ph.D. from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, under Monbusho Fellowship Program, in the area of Asynchronous VLSI Design For Testability and Concurrent Error Checking.
Joined with Texas Instruments (Japan), Tokyo in 1998, after completing Ph.D. and worked till 2002, in the area of Design Automation, Power Analysis and Design for Manufacturing of Mixed Signal Devices.
Joined with HCL Technologies, Chennai in 2003 with Hardware and Product Engineering group, part of Engineering R&D Services line of business and worked till the September, 2016.
Key contributions are: • Responsible for the entire strategy and creation of the research consulting, in the area of Design for Reliability (DFR); stablishing innovation practice in the group, building the team, training the design engineers and implementation of risk-management programs for mission critical applications like medical devices, avionics etc. • Responsible for R&D and product development initiatives for customers in the domains of: medical devices, consumer electronics, wireless infrastructure, aero-space, homeland security and IoT. • Responsible for building the Off-shore Development Centers in the areas of wireless infrastructure and consumer electronics; responsible for multi-disciplinary R&D initiatives, product development knowledge transfer and product support. • Responsible for building the engagement with India’s Defense R&D Labs in the area of electronic warfare. Led the teams to build a Software-Defined Radio (SDR) based Homeland Security System: concept, design, validation, successful completion of field trials and transition to manufacturing. • Technical Board Member and representative in Aerospace Network Research Consortium (ANRC), a collaborative research initiative, sponsored by Boeing and Indian Instotute of Science (IISC). As part of the engagement, led the team to develop the following: Reconfigurable, Wideband RF front-end for SDR and Cognitive Radio Applications; IP for asset localization in an aircraft using RF ID technology and with applications in Internet of Things (IoT).
From October, 2016 to September, 2017, worked as Vice President, in Andhra Pradesh Electronics and IT Agency, with the responsibility of operationalizing International Institute of Digital Technologies (IIDT), Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. • First of-it’s kind, initiative from Government of Andhra Pradesh, to establish a premier institute for digital technologies to build talent that could harness the opportunities in the digital technologies and create a sustainable ecosystem for start-ups in digital technologies; • Responsible to create Centers of excellence (CoE) to foster innovation in the areas of cyber security, analytics and IoT, as a collaboration between the government and the industry
November, 2017 – Current: Vice President Technology, Vehere Interactive Private Limited (VIPL), an Indian Firm, working in the areas of Communication Intelligence and Cyber Defense. Responsible for R&D initiatives, product development, delivery and life-time support in the area of Communication Intelligence, with specific focus on wireless domain.