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.
Dr Hubert Pointek
Sales Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions,
Hubert Piontek has more than a decade of EW background within Hensoldt. Over time, he has worked in various positions in engineering, project management and sales.
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 a Senior Business Strategy, and Technology leader with over 15 years of extensive international experience in solutions architecture, program management, and business process transformation. As a CEO- AllThingsConnected and Founder IoTSG, CK works with organizations crafting their Digital Journey, and MakeIoTHappen Strategy. CK also conducts business and technology research, and has spoken at 50+ leadership forums, prestigious international conferences. He advises senior leaders on how advanced technologies can prime enterprises for the future. He has created new strategies, and frameworks on how the traditional methods of operational technologies can be integrated with new connected technologies for the successful implementation of Digital Initiatives. CK earned his Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, and a Master of Technological Design, Mechatronics from National University of Singapore. Currently he lives with his family in Singapore, and travels extensively in Asia, managing different cultures & dynamics.
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.
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.
Mr Julien Chesaux
Cyber Security Consultant,
Julien Chesaux is a Cyber Security Consultant at Kudelski Security, a Swiss and American cyber security company. Julien mainly works on cyber security, information security and geopolitics analysis in order to help clients to find solutions regarding their threats. He is also a mediator and writer for the Swiss Think Tank Foraus and the co-founder of the www.stralysis.com. He has worked in diplomacy and cyber security for seven years in Switzerland, Australia and France. His main research interests are Global Security, Cyber Geopolitics, and International Affairs.
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
Dr Ravi Kishore
Vice President, Technology,
Professor Amit Mehta
Associate Professor (Antennas, 5G and Communication Systems),
Prof. Amit Mehta is highly experienced and respected leader in delivery of innovative, high value and high impact research projects in communication Systems including Tactical & 5G. He is the director of advanced antenna lab at Swansea University and leads a team of over 20 very talented skilled research engineers for delivering a variety of novel fundamental research for civilian, research organizations and defence needs. His industry project partners are world leading multi-billion companies such as Fujitsu, HP Labs, Sony, Airbus, MBDA, BAE, European Space Agency, MoD, DHS etc. He has over 100 international publications and 6 patents / design rights in are of high-tech communications.
Prof Dr Tobias Eggendorfer
University of the Federal Armed Forces Germany in Munich / Universitat der Bundeswehr München
Prof. Dr. Tobias Eggendorfer currently researches and teaches IT security and forensics in Weingarten, after having been a professor for IT forensics in Hamburg. Since 2005 he has also been involved with the research of TDL interoperability at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich.
Ms Rong Wu
APAC Aerospace and Defense Go-to-Market Lead,
Dr Yu-Jiu Wang
Tron Future Tech
Dr. Yu-Jiu Wang received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology in 2009. He joined the department of electrical engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan to be an assistant and then associate professor. He co-found Tron Future Tech in 2018 to accelerate the commercialization and popularization of software-defined scalable phased-array technologies. His past researches were focused on software/hardware architectures and implementations of all-digital phased array radar. His past projects included a 6-18GHz dual-band phased array radar receiver (DARPA program cooperated with Raytheon Company, U.S.A.), a Ka-band hybrid AESA missile seeker (NCSIST, Taiwan), X-band all-digital fire-control AESA radar (R.O.C. Air Force), and S-band all-digital surveillance AESA Radar (R.O.C. Navy). He received national industrial innovation award in 2015 for developing missile radar IC using only domestic foundries.
Mr Martin Zach
Mr. Martin Zach is responsible for product steering of PET Simulator in ERA a.s., Czech Republic. He gained his scientific knowledge during his studies at Czech Technical University in Prague in study program Air Traffic Control and Management with specialization in ADS-B and Multilateration systems and hardware integration. His previous position was Sales engineer which involved strong customer-oriented thinking, evaluation of technical requirements and preparation of technical proposals for both civilian and military products by ERA a.s. Nowadays he works in the same company as Product manager with specialization in military PET products.
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.
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.
Dr William Conley
Director, Electronic Warfare OUSD(A&S)/A/Platform & Weapon Portfolio Management (P&WPM),
US Department of Defence
AOC President Muddy Watters
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.
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.
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.
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.
Theatre Operations Analysis Group, Defence Science and Technology Group, Department of Defence, Australia
Colonel Athanasios Chouliaras
Airborne ISR & C2BM - EW Systems Evaluator (Retd),
Hellenic Air Force Veterans Association, Greece
Mrs Veronicka Rulcova
ERA a.s, Czech Republic
Deputy Operating Unit Chief Technology Officer,
Northrop Grumman, US
Director of IR Algorithms Research Group,
Elbit Systems EW & SIGINT, Elisra Elbit, Israel
DAS Design Authority,
Thales UK Ltd
Director of Marketing,
Manuel Uhm is the NI SDR Director of Marketing at National Instruments, the leader in Software Defined Radio platforms. Manuel has business responsibility for the Ettus USRP SDRs, NI USRP SDRs, ATCA and mmWave product portfolios. Manuel is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Wireless Innovation Forum (formerly the SDR Forum), which is responsible for the SCA standard for military radios, and CBRS for spectrum sharing between naval radar and commercial broadband services. He has served on the Board since 2003 in various roles including Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer.