Military operations are executed in an increasingly complex and disruptive electromagnetic environment. Russia’s growing technological advances in electronic warfare (EW) will allow its forces to jam, disrupt and interfere with NATO communications, radar and other sensor systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and other assets. In the coming years we may witness an ever-growing convergence of Russia’s EW, cyber- and information warfare approaches which will further challenge NATO’s concepts and practices.

  • Understand/discuss the context of EW challenges in coalition missions: A2/AD, C4ISR, Network Centric, Cyber
  • Get an overview and discuss relevant threats
  • Understand/discuss how to deal with operational challenges
  • Learn about disruptive technologies ahead
  • In depth discussion with participants from military, academia and industry on the way ahead

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Opening Remarks and Introduction

Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele , Managing Director, Stratbyrd Consulting
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9:15 Context - A2/AD, C4ISR, Network Centric, Cyber

Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele , Managing Director, Stratbyrd Consulting
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  • Hybrid Warfare,
  • A2/AD, C4ISR, Network Centric, Cyber Operations
  • Social Media
  • Multidomain Awareness
  • 9:50 Specific EW Challenges

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele , Managing Director, Stratbyrd Consulting
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  • Support of kinetic and non-kinetic operations by own and proxy forces
  • Broad frequency range
  • Systems covering surveillance, protection and countermeasures
  • Countermeasures against NATO usage of the EMS
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Dealing with the Threat

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele , Managing Director, Stratbyrd Consulting
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  • EW is part of a wider effort to adopt and strengthen opponent´s network-centric capability (focuses upon C4ISR)
  • Adapt scenarios, and train to conduct defensive and offensive operations in a fiercely contested EMS battlespace
  • 11:40 Disruptive Technologies Ahead

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele , Managing Director, Stratbyrd Consulting
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  • Artificial intelligence
  • Autonomous systems
  • New space etc.
  • 12:00 Questions, Discussion and Closing Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele , Managing Director, Stratbyrd Consulting
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    12:30 End of Workshop



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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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