Naval EW Program Manager,
Wing Commander John Clifford MSc CEng CITP OBE RAF (Retd)
Director Global Conferences,
Air Marshal Phillip Sturley CB MBE BSc FRAeS CCMI
RAF (Retd) UK
Dr Lee Kar Heng
Singapore Chapter President,
Professor David Stupples
Professor of Electronic and Radio Systems, Director EW Research,
City, University of London, AOC At-Large Director, UK
Chief Technical Officer,
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.
Professor Amit Mehta
Associate Professor (Antennas, 5G and Communication Systems),
Swansea University, UK
From 1998 to 2001, Prof. Mehta was with the Telecommunications Industry at Bangalore and Singapore. He moved to academics in 2002 (University of Essex, UK) and since 2006 he has been with Swansea University, U.K. He is currently the Director of the RF and Sensors Research Group, where he focuses on wireless communications, microwave systems and antennas. He has successfully supervised over 30 postgraduate research theses, has authored over 100 technical publications, and holds three patents on invention of the steerable beam smart antennas and concealed weapons detection system. His current research interests include GNSS, body-wearable adaptable antennas, satellite communications, smart and stealth antennas, and 5G.
Leonardo DRS, US
Paul “Heywood” Vavra served 25 years in the US Air Force, retiring in 2005. He served primarily as an Electronic Warfare Officer, achieving 3500+ hours and 260+ combat missions in multiple aircraft, both manned and unmanned. He also served as Intelligence Officer and Foreign Affairs Officer and held commands at various levels including the Pacific Reconnaissance Operations Center. Heywood was one of USAF’s first Electronic Combat Coordinators. Post retirement he has worked in the defense industry as a Business Development Executive supporting US and International EW and manned/unmanned aircraft. He joined DRS Technologies in April 2016, specializing in EW threat systems.
Jane's Defence Weekly, US
Reuben F. Johnson is a long-time analyst of foreign defence technology and industrial capabilities. He has over 30 years of evaluating Russian, PRC, DPRK, Iranian and other thrid nation weapon systems and associated design methods. He has been and is currently a consultant to several NATO governments and is also a correspondent for Jane’s Defence Weekly in London and the Weekly Standard in Washington, DC.. He has reported from most of the world’s major defence and aerospace expositions as well as covering the 1990 Soviet collapse and the 2004-5 and 2013-14 Ukrainian revolutoins. He resides in Kiev, Ukraine.
Dr Robert “Bob” Andrew MBE
AOC Foundation Adjunct Governor, UK
Dr. Robert Andrews has been involved in Electronic Warfare for more than 40 years.
He received his B.Sc (Eng) from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 1970. After completing his PhD in Underwater Data Communications at Imperial College, London, he joined Decca EW Division (later Racal) in 1977.
In 1980 he moved to Anaren Microwave Ltd as Technical Director and was promoted to Managing Director in 1984. In 1996, he made a Director buy-out and formed EW Simulation Technology Ltd (EWST).
From 1996 to 2007, he was the Managing Director of EWST during which time the company became a world leader in EW and radar testing. He moved to Commercial Director in 2007 and left EWST in early 2017 to form EWTE Consultants Ltd.
He was the Chairman of the SME Working Group in the UK EW Tower of Excellence from 2007-2011 and also has extensive experience working with NATO including NAFAG ACG3-SG2 (EW Countermeasures), NIAG-185 (Open DAS Architectures), SCI-260 (Platform-level EW Architectures for Joint/Coalition Air Operations) and NIAG-211 (NDAS Exploitation).
Dr. Andrews has authored 15 technical papers in scientific and academic journals and has presented more than 40 papers at EW conferences around the world. He has chaired technical conferences in the USA, UK, Europe, Singapore and South Africa.
Dr Andrews has been a member of the AOC since 1982 and was the President of the UK Chapter from 2004-2009. He was elected to the AOC Board Directors in 2010 as International Region 1 Director. He was presented with the Anton Brees Lifetime Achievement Award in October 2014 and in 2015, he received the highest AOC member award, the Hal Gershanof Silver Medal. He is currently on the Board of Governors of the AOC.
Dr Andrews was awarded the Most Excellent Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Defence Industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2014.
He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET).
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.
Cap (Eng Ret Brazilian Navy), PhD, Antonio Dias de Macedo Filho
Alfadelta-Rio Desenvolvimento de Sistemas Ltda, Brazil
ELT Group, Italy
Daniela Pistoia is the Corporate Chief Scientist at Elettronica Group(ELT) an Italian Company, established in 1951, share-held by Leonardo, Thales and, for the majority, by a private owner, with an order book of 1.2 B€ and revenues of 250+ M€ per year. She has a degree in Electronic Engineering and a diploma for Executive Management. Since 1988, she has worked as System Engineer for Alenia Marconi Systems in the Missile Systems Division. She has been responsible for the group of RF Sensors Simulation and Design Studies in the Engineering Dpt. of the Missile System Division. She has also been Director of System Studies and Advanced Concepts in the Seeker Division of MBDA Missile Systems. Since 2003, she has joined ELETTRONICA Group. As VP for Research and Advanced Systems Design, she managed the creation and development of the Company Product Portfolio which actually covers Electronic Warfare Radar, Communications, EW Electro-optical and Cyber. Since Jan. 2013, she is the Company Chief Scientist, to technically enhance the Company value proposition in terms of Capability Portfolio, offering a variety of solutions in terms of Electronic Warfare suites, products and technologies. She is author of numerous technical papers and regular speaker in international contexts.
Sales Director EW & Situational Awareness,
Product Manager of Software Defined Radio,
Wan Liu is the Product Manager of the USRP brand of software defined radios (SDR) at National Instruments. Wan works closely with customers on a variety of SDR applications to understand their requirements and to define product features that enable their success. He is also responsible for launching new products, creating material to improve ease of use, and ensuring high quality user experience. He manages products such as the superheterodyne TwinRX receiver for spectrum monitoring and direction finding applications. Wan graduated from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, with a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering.
CK is an experienced program manager and strategy leader in solutions design, integration and end-to-end program management of large complex projects. He conducts research and speaks on how technologies can prime enterprises & professionals for the future. He brings over 14 years’ experience in IIoT, M2M, Industrial Robotics and Broadcast Technologies. He founded both IoTSG and AllThingsConnected. IoTSG is the largest and most active IoT community in South East Asia focused on enabling the development of collaborative IoT Ecosystem in the region. AllThingsConnected is a professional services organization providing Digital Strategy, Solutions Architecture and Program Management services in Industrial, Agriculture, Built Environment and Energy verticals.
CK earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and a Master's of Technological Design in Mechatronics from NUS, Singapore. He is also a certified PMP, RMP from PMI, USA. He lives in Singapore, but travel around the region.
Dr Dipak Roy
D-TA Systems, Canada
Serpikom SAS, France
Chief Petty Officer Jonny Keilller
EW Team Leader,
Colonel Steve Miller USAF (Retd)
Senior Research Engineer, Strategic Program Development Lead Electronics, Optics, and Systems Directorate (EOSD),
Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
Colonel (Retired) Stephen “Steve” Miller is a 1987 USAF Academy graduate. He has over 4,300 flight hours as a USAF Electronic Warfare Officer and multiple combat deployments between 1992-2007. He has a Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Systems Engineering. He is a Distinguished Graduate from USAF Weapons School. Steve had three U.S. Foreign Military Sales assignments while serving in the Middle East, Kuwait, Singapore, and Brunei. Steve joined Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2014. He currently serves as a Senior Research Engineer and oversees defense technology engineering programs and contracts for three GTRI Laboratories.
Business Development Manager ELINT/RESM,
Rohde & Schwarz
Henry Victor Alush
Director – Engineering Senior Expert, Digital Receivers, Airborne EW Business Line,
ELBIT Systems EW & SIGINT - Elisra
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Walls
DA G3/5/7 DAMO-CY,
LTC Chris Walls is a Cyber Warfare Officer, currently serving as the Deputy Division Chief for Strategy and Policy in the Cyber Directorate of the Department of the Army G3/5/7. He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer and served in both mechanized and airborne units with numerous combat deployments. In 2010, LTC Walls began his cyber career at US Cyber Command and has since served operational and institutional assignments at Army Cyber Command and the Army Cyber Center of Excellence. Among his many distinguished accomplishments, he most recently led the development of Army Field Manual 3-12 Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Operations and is an acknowledged expert on full spectrum cyberspace operations within the Department of Defense.
RUAG Aviation, RUAG Schweiz AG, Switzerland
After leaving military service in 2006, Rudolf Staedelin acquired a bachelor in tourism economics from the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland and has gained 10 years of experience in various commercial positions in the aviation industry. Since 2014 he serves as a Sales Manager for the Swiss based company RUAG Aviation and looking after clients with Electronic Warfare requirements in the regions of South America, Africa as well as Asia. His work includes the consultancy of governments and armed forces in the field of airborne Self Protection Systems as well as sophisticated Ground Support Equipment. At EW Singapore Rudolf looks forward to share valuable outcomes of the studies RUAG Aviation has performed in regard to Chaff Effectiveness. Rudolf encourages discussion and inputs from the participants in regard to how outputs of the research and learnings can be implemented to the benefit of the EW community.