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I0 Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress.com BARBARA WAGNER Naval Support Activity South PotomacPublic Affairs DAHLGREN, Va. - Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division co-hosted the Electromagnetic Ma- neuver Warfare Systems Engineer- ing and Acquisition Conference in partnership with the Association of Old Cluw~ ,at the University o Mary Washington's Dahlgren Campus Sept. 20 to 22. The event provided a collabora- tive environment for discussions on the challenges associated with EMW, and the capabilities being developed to address the needs of this critical warfighting .approach. "This conference provides an ex- cellent opportunity to learn and more importantly, to discuss opera- tional challenges;' NSWCDD com- manding officer Capt. Brian Durant said as he welcomed the standing- room-only crowd. "It's meant to help highlight the great work being done in the field, and to enable conversa- tions to propel this capability for- ward" More than 200 attendees, includ- ing experts from the Department of Defense, private industry, military and academia, were engaged in dis- cussions covering defense acquisi- tion, mission engineering, electro- magnetic maneuver and electronic warfare systems. The Association of Old Crows is an international organization with interests in electronic warfare, elec- tromagnetic spectrum management operations, cyber electromagnetic activities, and information opera- tions. U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va. lst) was the keynote speaker. "The security environment today is as challenging as it has ever been;' Wittman said. "We see many chal- lenges well and above what we have seen in recent history, and my con- cern is -- how do we make sure we meet those challenges?" U.S. Navy photo by Luefras Robinson Navy aerospace engineer Roger Campbell (right) briefs Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Systems Engineering and Acquisition Conference attendees on the high energy laser lethality lab Sept. 22.The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division laser lethality lab has 44 kilowatt laser capability for vulnerability testing and an indoor 1 O0 meter laser tunnel. NSWCDD co-hosted the conference in partnership with the Association of Old Crows. More than 200 attendees -- including experts from the Departmentof Defense, private industry, military and academia -- were engaged in discussions covering defense acquisition, mission engineering, electromagnetic maneuver, and electronic warfare systems. can," said Wittman. "The question is departments to further innovation systems and the electromagnetic line. --howdo we get technologyforthe within the field of Electromagnetic railgun. The Old Crows received The three-day event featured a warfighter more quickly?" Warfare Systems. briefings on directed energy and wide range of discussion topics pre- Deputy Assistant Secretary of the The attendees saw the results of observed a real time spectrum op- sented by Electromagnetic and Sen- Navy for Research, Development, these collaborative efforts during erations equipment demonstration, sor Systems experts. Budgeting and Test and Evaluation, John Burrow, their tour of NSWC Dahlgren Divi- They were also briefed during visits other challenges as well as briefings followed up with opening remarks sion. They witnessed the capabilities to the Electronic Warfare Integration on new technology developments that expanded on the importance of the Navy's electromagnetic launch Facility, the anechoic chamber and to enable the EMW warfighting ap- of collaboration within the various facility, including the pulsed power the Potomac River Test Range gun preach were also discussed. U.S. Navy photo by Barbara Wagner U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va. 1 st) addresses members of the Naval Sur- face Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD} and the Association of Old Crows during the Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) Systems Engineering and Acquisition Conference held at the University of Mary Washington Dahlgren campus, Sept. 20. Wittman emphasized that the crux electronic warfare programs. He of this challenge is to ensure that the stated that the emphasis is on doing U.S. continues to maintain its signifi- everything they can -- to not only cant advantage in the field that the maintain the technology, but to ad- country has traditionally enjoyed, vance it as well. The congressman, who chairs the The subcommittee tasked the House Readiness Subcommittee, Undersecretary of Defense for Ac- also expressed concern about the quisition Technology and Logistics with submitting a report to both the amount of resources being put to- wards readiness in the National De- House and Senate Congressional fense Authorization Act. Defense committees summarizing He acknowledged the dedication current capabilities of DoD Elec- of the groups in the field and stressed tronic Warfare, and outlining where the importance of redirecting or re- they believe the challenges will be in designing existing tools that are in the future, and what future program the national arsenal to make them elements the direction must include. more effective and reach farther. 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