January 29 - 31, 2020 | Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria , VA

Pre-Conference Focus Day

January 29, 2020

9:00 am - 9:50 am Registration & Breakfast

9:50 am - 10:00 am Chairman Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00 am - 11:00 am Utilizing AI to Assess and Characterize Radar and Communication Emitters

Ram Narayanan, PhD - Professor of Electrical Engineering | Radar and Communications Lab Group, Pennsylvania State University
Recent developments in modern radar communication systems can subtly and quickly change their character, making them increasingly difficult for US platforms to jam or spoof. New approaches leveraging AI to assess and characterize radar and communications emitters in real time are growing in popularity across the Military, and this session will highlight the exploitation of AI and cognitive techniques for enhance radar and communications performance. 

Ram Narayanan, PhD

Professor of Electrical Engineering | Radar and Communications Lab Group
Pennsylvania State University

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Networking Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Advancing Radar Cross Section Testing for Improved Characterization of Full-Scale and Flyable Articles

Lt Col Colin Hanson - Squadron Commander, 704 TG Det 1/CC (NRTF)
The National RCS Test Facility (NRTF) is the premier DoD outdoor facility for Radar Cross Section (RSC) testing. It specialized in narrowband and wideband RCS signature characterization of scaled, full-scale and flyable articles. As a T&E leader, our speaker will highlight ongoing efforts to better support radar T&E for upgraded capability and future requirements.

Lt Col Colin Hanson

Squadron Commander
704 TG Det 1/CC (NRTF)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Evolving the US Airborne Early Warning Systems and Operational Capability for Future Security Needs

Brian "Bear" Lihani - Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch, Headquarters, NORAD
Across the United States, significant upgrades to radar systems have advanced capability to detect threats from a further range than ever before as a result of modernized threats from near-peer capabilities. In addition to this effort, the U.S. Airborne early warning systems plays an important role in overall shared awareness of incoming threats, and will undoubtedly play a larger role in Homeland defense.

• Recent advancements to aerospace warning capabilities
• Innovating with open system architecture to enhance applications in aerospace and maritime warning systems
• Technical needs to bolster current levels of readiness


Brian "Bear" Lihani

Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch
Headquarters, NORAD

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Chairperson's Closing Remarks

2:45 pm - 2:45 pm End of Pre-Conference Focus Day