January 29 - 31, 2020 | Washington, D.C.

Main Day Conference 1

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration and Morning Networking


Dr. Joseph R. Guerci

IEEE Fellow, IEEE Warren D. White Award
Chairman | 13th Military Radar Summit

The global proliferation of advanced integrated defense system technologies continues to present a major challenge. It is recognized across the DoD that a distributed swarm platform architecture is needed. Major advances in commercial technologies i.e. embedded computing with integrated neuromorphic engine, software defined radios, and radar system on a chip, there is a major challenge in putting all this together. 

- Guiding next-generation cognitive and fully autonomous sensor technologies: necessary next steps
- SWaP-C considerations
- Leveraging modeling and simulation tools to establish new sensor approaches

Muralidhar Rangaswamy, Ph.D., Fellow IEEE

Technical Lead for Radar Sensing
Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate, AFRL/RYMD

9:45 am - 10:30 am Accelerating Cognitive Radar Research at the Army Research Laboratory: Future Directions

Brian Phelan, PhD - Senior Electronics Engineer, Army Research Laboratory
Cognitive radar provides a means to characterize and quantify a radar system’s external environment, feeding that information to an adaptive transmitter, and exploiting that information to improve the information contained in future measurements. It offers a greater means to maintain situational awareness, one that has a multitude of use cases across Army operations and mission sets.
- Architecture development challenges for cognitive radar
- Considerations on development of AI processes to inform cognitive radar systems
- Army technological needs to bolster cognitive radar

Brian Phelan, PhD

Senior Electronics Engineer
Army Research Laboratory

10:30 am - 11:15 am Networking Break and Demo-Drive

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Improving Non-Line-of-Sight Radar to Improve Threat Identification and Detection

Due to the ongoing development of hypersonic and UAV technologies on a global scale, there is a great emphasis being placed on detecting missile launches from afar. However, the speed that a hypersonic threat presents moves so quickly that radar development now must focus primarily on detecting tracking targets without direct line-of-sight capability.

- Recent advancements to non-line-of-sight radar development
- NLOS radar as it relates to emerging threat environment: necessary next steps to reduce capability gaps
- Addressing detection localization challenges for NLOS urban environments

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Shadow Exploitation in Synthetic Aperture Radar

Ann Marie Raynal, Ph.D. - ISR Analysis & Applications, Sandia National Laboratories
Radar shadows can be more intuitive for target detection, location, tracking and shape observation than other target traits due to human visual perception preferences, but these characteristics depend on many factors. This session will provide an overview of shadow enhancement and exploitation methods.

- Shadow advantages versus traditional radar observables
- Synthetic aperture radar product shadow detection challenges
- Leverage shadows for radar performance testing

Ann Marie Raynal, Ph.D.

ISR Analysis & Applications
Sandia National Laboratories

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Networking Lunch

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Beyond the Radar Archipelago: A New Roadmap for Missile Defense Sensors

Thomas Karako - International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies
The expansion of long-range missile defense sensors over the past 16 years has, with some exceptions, been nearly synonymous with a gradual increase of large, surface-based radars. Adapting today’s sensor architecture will be one of the most critical steps to reorient U.S. missile defenses to the complex realities of air and missile battle.

- Prioritizing a space-based sensor layer for persistent, birth-to-death tracking and discrimination
- Enhancing survivability of sensor architectures
- Challenges of over reliance on RF for communication, command, and control

Thomas Karako

International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project
Center for Strategic and International Studies

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Enhancing Warfighting Spectrum Needs: Necessary Next Steps

To meet the Warfighter’s growing demand for spectrum access, the DoD has exploited technology that increases DoD spectrum efficiency, flexibility, and adaptability. By addressing maneuverability, situational awareness and spectrum visualization, the DoD has been able to enhance efficiencies across spectrum operations.

- Addressing ever increasing Warfighting demand for spectrum
- Radar spectrum sharing and multi-objective optimization techniques
- Driving resiliency to operate in both congested and contested spectrum environments

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Afternoon Networking Break

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Bolstering the Development of Modern Air and Missile Defense Radar Systems

As ballistic missile threats continue to grow in complexity and capability level, US defense systems must advance accordingly to ensure defense preparedness and situational awareness. Improving radar capability to better spot and track ballistic missile during their trajectories is a key goal to meeting the next-level of missile defense and this session will highlight these efforts.

- Efforts to advance current radar solutions to better respond to BMDS threats
- Improving networked sensors for space-based, ground-based, and sea-based detection and tracking
- Maximizing the engagement space of regional and homeland missile defense: recent deployments

Dr. Joseph R. Guerci

IEEE Fellow, IEEE Warren D. White Award
Chairman | 13th Military Radar Summit

4:45 pm - 4:45 pm Post-Conference Networking