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Advanced Electronic Warfare Course

Four days


This course is intended for those who have completed a basic Electronic Warfare course or have equivalent knowledge from previous education or work experience in the field.  This course, unlike the fundamentals course, uses a moderate amount of engineering mathematics. It is unclassified and lasts 4 days.


Brief Course Description

This course builds on the information in Fundamentals of EW (or equivalent) courses.  The principles learned in the fundamentals course will be applied to more complex practical problems, and the theoretical underpinnings of fundamental EW concepts and techniques will be developed. Special interest will be given to advanced types of radar and communication threats and resources available to EW professionals: the range of textbooks and authors, periodicals, journals, organizations, etc. This will be run like a typical graduate seminar course with much class participation.


Course Objectives

To provide an advanced level background in Electronic Warfare concepts, techniques and equipment for those who have completed an introductory EW course or who have worked in the profession for some time.  An engineering degree or at least some courses in engineering math is helpful, but not required.  Familiarity with basic EW relationships, the ability to use algebra and a basic understanding of electronic concepts is assumed.  Also assumed is the ability to run one way and two way link equations in their basic forms.  A friendly (i.e. not graded) test at the beginning of the course will determine how much review of Fundamental EW course material will be included (usually about day with new insights added as the old material is reviewed).


Intended Audience 

The intended audience is working professionals in EW or related fields.   Examples and exercises will be about the level expected in upper division engineering courses.  However, dB equations and physical explanations of concepts will still be an integral part of the course.


Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students will understand the theoretical basis for important EW concepts and techniques.  They will understand the relationship between electronic and information warfare and top level strategies for the application of EW (vs. just tactical approaches).  They will be able to perform Communication intercept and jamming performance prediction using line of sight, two-ray, and knife edge diffraction propagation models.  They will be able to perform EW and reconnaissance receiver system design trade-off analyses. They will understand how LPI signals are generated and the general approaches to the application of EW techniques to these types of signals and other modern signal types.  They will have a basic understanding of directed energy weapons and stealth.


Course Outline

Electronic warfare and information warfare:  operational interrelationships between the various subfields; basic strategies for EA, ES and EP in modern warfare  Radio propagation models  Receiver system design: advantages/disadvantages of various receiver types, dynamic range/sensitivity trade-offs, Digital receiver system design tradeoffs Advanced radar threat: Phased array radars, SAR & ISAR, ES challenges, EP challenges  Low probability of intercept signals ES: Modern signal processing challenges; ES against LPI signals Modern EA architectures: EA against modern radar systems EA against LPI signals  Expendables and Decoy Systems  Directed Energy Weapons Stealth:  Stealth technology;  EW vs. stealth



The text books used (and supplied) in the fundamentals of EW course will be required for this course (EW 101 & EW 102 by Adamy),  In addition, there is a 400 page handout with more advanced material based on several important text books in Electronic Warfare and related fields along with some original material not found in any text books.


Delivery Method

This course includes lecture, discussion and in-class exercises. The students will apply presented concepts and techniques through exercises in which the class solves minimally structured problems.  Class will participate in setting up problems and will select solution approaches, solve the problems, and discuss the lessons learned. Each major block of instruction will include in-class exercises.


Instructor Information

David Adamy holds BSEE and MSEE degrees, both with communication theory majors. He has over 40 years experience as an engineer and manager in the development of electronic warfare and related systems.  He has published over 140 articles on electronic warfare and communications theory related subjects, including a popular monthly tutorial section in the Journal of Electronic Defense.  He has ten books in print.  He consults to various military organizations and teaches electronic warfare and communication theory short courses all over the world.

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