On the evening of Thursday 13th July at 1830hrs Troy Phillips and Dave Ruddock will be taking part in a Land Electronic Warfare webinar to discuss the CREW and BSM courses they will be presenting in August. Details of how to join this webinar are on the AOC website.
EW Solutions Ltd has been given the Bronze award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), in recognition of its commitment and support to defence personnel.
The ERS encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
To qualify for the Bronze award, EW Solutions had to meet certain requirements including a pledge to support the armed forces, comprising of existing or prospective employees who are members of the community. EW Solutions Ltd also had to demonstrate that it is armed forces-friendly and is open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.
Jon Gower, Managing Director of EW Solutions Ltd said:
“All of us at EW Solutions Ltd are delighted to receive this Bronze award. We are totally committed to supporting our armed forces and the Bronze award confirms our armed forces-friendly approach. We are also looking forward to working towards the Silver award.”
Following a review of the proposed acquisition of EW Solutions Ltd (EWS) by Optima Defence & Security Group Limited, both companies have agreed to withdraw from the process as it is no longer deemed to be in the long term interests of either party. The companies will retain an ongoing working relationship and will continue to cooperate and pursue future opportunities together where these are beneficial to both parties.
Jon Gower, Managing Director
EW Solutions Ltd
EW Solutions Ltd (EWS) is delighted to be delivering a series of live educational courses on Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) for the Association of Old Crows.
The live educational courses are being delivered by Business Development Director of EWS, Troy Phillips, who has has been immersed in the fields of intelligence, risk mitigation and counter terrorism (CT) for his entire career, spanning over three decades.
Troy also specialises in Capability Development, threat definintion, consultation, training, doctrine and equipment – in short problem solving.
Understanding how to counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW)
This course, also known as Force Protection Electronic Countermeasures (FPECM) depending upon where you are located, is designed to provide an over-view of the many issues surrounding the use of CREW/ECM systems in the mitigation of the threat posed by RCIEDs.
The course will look at the global threat and prevalence of these devices, the tactics engaged by different types of perpetrator and counter tactics engaged by friendly assets, both military and civilian.
We will look at why these devices are used extensively by many different type of adversary, their options and the counter tactics, techniques and procedures that can be developed to reduce the risk. During the sessions we will look at threat definition, threat analysis and the use of open source intelligence (OSINT) in the development of mission fill (MF) and effective countermeasures.
An overview of the course is as follows:
- A global RCIED OSINT threat briefing
- Understanding the IED, why is the RCIED the favoured option for asymmetric threats?
- Understanding CREW/FPECM
- Inhibition techniques
- Mission Fill & Countermeasures
- Deployment considerations
- CREW/FPECM equipment considerations
- Size, weight and power (SWaP)
- Power outputs
- The effects of non-ionizing radiation
Course details for Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW)
The course will be delivered over four sessions:
Session 1 - Looking at the global threat picture for counter radio controlled IED (RCIED) and electronic warfare (CREW)
August 21, 2017 – 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
The improvised explosive device (IED) plays a pivotal role in asymmetric warfare and terrorism. Although the devices are simple, defeating them is complex and they continue to be weapon of choice by adversaries globally. During this session we will look at the global threat picture, trends and the under-pinning knowledge of IEDs in general required for those who will be involved in counter radio controlled IED (RCIED) electronic warfare (CREW). We will also do an introduction to CREW systems.
Session 2 - Developing an organisation’s CREW capability
August 23, 2017 – 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
During this session we will look at the development of an organization’s CREW capability and how it fits into a wider EW capability. Attacking the Network, defeating the device and preparing those engaged in this arena. We will highlight the issues, constraints, needs, limitations and process needed to select, develop and support an effective operational solution.
Session 3 - The differing user roles of CREW systems
August 28, 2017 – 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
Session 3 will look at the specific considerations for the differing user roles of CREW systems and the development of tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP). We will look at mobile, dismounted, EOD, infrastructure protection, VIP/dignitary and use by special forces.
Session 4 - Types of CREW system
August 30, 2017 – 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
In the final session we will look at types of CREW system, looking at the important factors including size, weight, power (SWaP), interoperability, radiation hazards (RADHAZ), developing and maintaining mission fill (MF) and will culminate with an interactive session looking at what makes an effective countermeasure to bring together all areas we have covered during this introductory series of classes.
Who will benefit from Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW)?
This course will be operationally focussed and look at tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) and TTP considerations across the spectrum of user groups and the numerous issues that surround this domain.
The live educational courses are being delivered by Technical Director of EWS, Dave Ruddock, who has nearly 39 years SME experience in Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), RF exploitation, training and Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) in support of Explosive Ordnance Disposal and High Risk Search operations gained in the British Army.
In addition to 16 years working at the forefront of tactical and strategic SIGINT and RF exploitation, Dave has seven years of operational experience as a chief ECM advisor to British EOD teams and nine years in industry with responsibility for all aspects of ECM; development of doctrine and operating procedures; equipment procurement; training; deployment; threat evaluation and exploitation; and the provision of specialist technical advice to senior military and law enforcement commanders, force protection teams and high risk search agencies.
Understanding Battlespace Spectrum Management
The course is designed to provide an introduction to the understanding of the Battlespace Spectrum Management (BSM) environment. The course will provide an insight into the key differentiators between the Civilian and Military spectrum management domains.
An overview of the course content is below:
- An introduction to Spectrum Management
- An overview of International Regulations
- Wireless Usage – Civilian
- Wireless Usage – Military
- Wave propagation – the impact on Spectrum Management
- Spectrum Engineering
- Spectrum Management – the processes and procedures
- An introduction to Battlespace Spectrum Management
Course details for Battlespace Spectrum Management
The course will be delivered over two sessions:
Session 1 - An introduction to Spectrum Management
August 14, 2017 – 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
An Introduction to Spectrum Management
A broad introduction of the basic concepts, vocabulary and need for spectrum management, and why it is needed in the civilian and military environments. An introduction to the electromagnetic spectrum and the overview of the top-levels aims of spectrum management and the resolution of interference issues and spectrum de-confliction.
An Overview of International Regulations
This session will provide an overview of international and national spectrum management, and will be looking at the role and purpose of the ITU and the relevant international law that effects spectrum planning, management and co-ordination. We will also look at the structure of spectrum management at the national level and the relationships between regulatory bodies.
Civilian and Military Wireless Users of the Spectrum
An understanding the complex make-up of the users of the RF spectrum is key to understanding the challenges faced by spectrum managers. This session will look at the variety of civilian and military users of the spectrum and challenges that places on defence and national spectrum agencies.
Session 2 - Fundamental principles and factors of Battlespace Spectrum Management
August 7, 2017 – 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
Wave propagation and Spectrum Engineering
During this session we will introduce the fundamentals principles and factors that affect path profile analysis and free space loss calculations, and how different propagation methods impact on spectrum management. We will touch on propagation models, fundamentals of antennas and gain or losses, manual and automatic link budget analysis. This lesson will include the link analysis of a satellite uplink and downlink to bring together many of the facets of wave propagation.
Spectrum Management – The Processes and Procedures
This session will include a look at the spectrum management process and procedures and the key tasks and enablers to achieving interference free telecommunications. Topics will include: Table of Allocation; Spectrum Management Organisation, Spectrum Supportability; Frequency Assignment; Spectrum Monitoring, and; Reporting and Resolving Interference.
An introduction to Battlespace Spectrum Management
The final session will look at the differences between civilian and military spectrum management and the additional tasks, processes, procedures and structures needed to conduct spectrum management in the joint or coalition environment in peacetime and on operations.
Who will benefit from Battlespace Spectrum Management?
The key audience for this course are those who work in industry and are engaged in Battlespace Spectrum Management programs or those who wish to develop an organic BSM capability and need to understand the topic from the practitioner (user) point of view.
EW Solutions Ltd (EWS) is delighted to be delivering a series of live educational courses on Understanding the Land Electronic Warfare Environment for the Association of Old Crows.
The live educational courses are being delivered by Product Lead Manager for EWS, Richard Canale, who has nearly 25 years SME experience in RF exploitation, SIGINT, EW, CREW, EOD ECM in the British Army.
Understanding the Land Electronic Warfare Environment
The course is designed to provide an introduction to the understanding of the Land Electronic Warfare environment an operational focus.
The course will provide an insight into the key differentiators between the Land, Air and Maritime electronic warfare environment, focussing on the Land environment and some of the real world challenges of the Land EW practitioner.
This course isn’t designed to baffle you with math; rather to focus on the practicalities of the Land EW environment. An overview of the course content is below:
- Land EW – What makes this different from Air and Maritime?
- What factors shape the Land EW environment?
- Is Land EW Tactical or Strategic; what’s the difference?
- The challenges of conducting ES in the Land environment – A practitioners view.
- Electronic Attack – What is the impact in the Land environment?
- Electronic Defence – A forgotten skill?
- What should a modern ES System consist of?
- Tactical EW Operations – How they have changed
- The challenge of getting the right information to the right people at the right time
- What are the challenges presented by today’s threats to a modern ES system?
- Spectrum Management & EW – The mutual benefits
- Comms EA and CREW – What’s the difference, and why does it matter?
- A country case study – A basic introduction to deploying EW assets into a current conflict region, where Land EW is not currently utilised by the force commander
Course details for Understanding the Land Electronic Warfare Environment
The course will be delivered over four sessions:
Session 1 – What makes the Land Electronic Warfare Environment different
July 31, 2017 – 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
This first session is designed to explore what makes the Land EW environment different from the Air and Maritime EW environments. We will look at the factors that affect the Land EW environment and discuss when or if Land EW should be considered Tactical or Strategic.
Session 2 – The challenges of conducting Electronic Surveillance in the Land Electronic Warfare Environment
August 2, 2017 – 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
This session focusses on some of the challenges of conducting Electronic Surveillance in the Land EW environment purely from a practitioners view. We will also explore the impact of using Electronic Attack in the Land environment and how Electronic Defence has taken a back seat in the Land environment.
Session 3 – What a modern Electronic Surveillance system looks like
August 7, 2017 – 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
Session 3 looks at what a modern ES System could consist of depending on the role you wish it to be utilised for. We will also explore the challenges presented by today’s Land EW threats to a modern ES System. This feeds into Tactical EW Operations and how they have changed over the last 20 years.
Session 4 – Benefits of collaboration between Battlespace Spectrum Management and Electronic Warfare
August 9, 2017 – 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
This final session will discuss the benefits of the collaboration between spectrum management and EW. We will also briefly identify the key differences between Comms EA and CREW (ECM (FP)) and more importantly, why this matters. To close, we will look at a country case study where Land EW is not currently utilised by the force commander.
Who will benefit from Understanding the Land Electronic Warfare Environment?
The key audience for this course are those who work in industry and are engaged in Land EW programs or those who wish to develop an organic Land EW capability and need to understand the topic from the practitioner (user) point of view.
EWS are pleased to announce that the Open Source Threat Database has reached a significant milestone of 10,000 entries.
EW Solutions are proud to announce their support to Riverside County Sheriff Department providing Subject Matter Expertise for the SOCAL Regional Bomb Squad Training event organised by Sgt Bob Epps. For more information click socal-regional-training
EWS is currently seeking a Research Analyst to take responsibility for daily management and dissemination of the business and open-source intelligence production, predominately derived from the upkeep and development of the company’s Open Source Databases and related products. For more information read the full job specification research-analyst. Closing date for applications is 14 Oct 2016.
EWS is currently seeking a Senior Research Analyst to take responsibility for daily management and dissemination of the business and open-source intelligence production, predominately derived from the upkeep and development of the company’s Open Source Databases and related products. For more information read the full job specification Senior Research Analyst