EMS Combat Systems Life Cycle Management Conference

This conference will examine how systems that use the EMS can be better integrated with the combat system; more efficiently sustained and upgraded; and the strategies that provide a way ahead.

Today’s EW combat systems are expensive and likely to remain in the DoD’s inventory longer as downturned budgets struggle to procure replacement systems. To ensure these systems remain effective, both performance insertion and cost reduction will be critically important to EW’s future. This conference will discuss in depth how all three Services and other DoD agencies insert performance enhancements into legacy systems. We will discuss cost reduction concepts including combat systems integration, and use, as a case study, the Navy’s new product-line approach to improve the vertical integration of its EW systems.

We encourage you to participate in this conference and receive several perspectives on how DoD systems are sustained, to include how combat systems integration, and other initiatives can help the EW mission. We need these perspectives to not only survive in a challenging fiscal environment, but also help EW missions contribute more to our critical national defense mission.

Specific Topics Include:

  • Industry support to EW sustainment
  • EW sustainment for Navy Crane Maritime, Air Force, Navy Aviation
  • Dahlgren working capital fund for equipment sustainment
  • Real time spectrum operations and operational testing
  • Framework for assessing cost and technology (FACT)
  • Next generation submarine EW system architecture
  • DoD strategies to decouple EMS/EW combat systems from platforms
  • Combat systems spiral development/Aegis combat systems baseline (ACB)
  • Government and industrial training to sustain EW systems
  • Commercial life cycle electronics education



US ONLY Military, Government, and Government Contractors


Tour the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) on July 19th!!

What you'll see on the tour...

  • Electromagnetic (EM) Railgun See the efforts that are going towards developing the U.S. Navy's most advanced long-range weapon that fires projectiles using electricity instead of chemical propellants.
  • Directed Energy To address many of the challenges presented to our warfighters, development of this technology is the main focus. Recent developments by their teams of scientists & engineers in High Energy Laser, High Power Microwave, & Counter-Improvised Explosive Device prototype systems have demonstrated military utility in the laboratory, in field exercises at DOD test ranges, & in operational deployments.
  • Electronic Warfare You'll get an overview of the Surface EW efforts being supported & the EW Test Facility.
  • Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) An opportunity to view many E3 test facilities that evaluate various warfare systems with respect to EMS environments, including Ground Planes, Anechoic Chambers, Reverberation Chambers, etc. Typical testing conducted in these facilities would be Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), Electromagnetic Vulnerability (EMV) and Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance (HERO).
  • Potomac River Test Range- Main Gun Line Demonstrations of a gun mount/house.
  • Integrated Warfare Systems Laboratory Not only a supporting role for NSWCDD in generating, maintaining, updating & certifying Aegis Combat System computer programs but a high fidelity engineering environment for multiple Navy Programs that continually transforms to meet the needs of the 21st Century Warfighter.


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 This event is FREE for Active-duty Military who wear their uniform!


Speaker and Presenter Information

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: The Honorable Rob Wittman, Virginia’s First Congressional District, 112th Congress. Congressman Wittman was first elected to serve the 1st Congressional District of Virginia - America's First District - in December of 2007. He was re-elected for his second full-term in the House of Representatives in November 2010. For more than 20 years, Rob has served in several levels of government, from Montross Town Council to United States Congress. In the U.S. Congress, Rob serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he is well-positioned to represent the needs of Virginia's First District. On the Armed Services Committee, Rob serves as the Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and on the Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee. In addition, as Co-Chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, he is a staunch advocate for a robust Naval fleet and a healthy domestic shipbuilding industry. Rob is also an invaluable Member of the Committee on Natural Resources, to which he brings his professional expertise in water quality, fisheries, and other natural resource issues. Mr. Jaymie Durnan, Senior Advisor to the Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of Defense Research & Engineering, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Mr. Durnan is the Senior Advisor to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Research & Engineering in the Under Secretariat for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. He is one of the focal points for strategy, planning and execution for the Directorate. Among his duties, he is the chief of operations for the Research Development and Acquisition Task Force, chair of the Electronic Warfare Technology Task Force and co-chair of the Quadrennial Defense Review Key Mission Area Study Integration Team. Prior to his current role, Mr. Durnan served in senior management positions in the public and private sectors. His defense career includes: an officer in the U. S. Navy, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, The Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Deputy Director Strategy in Defense Research & Engineering, Deputy Director Joint Advanced Concepts in the Office of the Under Secretary for Acquisition Technology & Logistics and a long-time consultant to the Department of Defense. As a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and The Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, he served in a role of Chief of Staff, as well as providing advice on myriad issues and daily interaction with senior government and private sector individuals and groups

Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Dept of Energy, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Justice, Dept of State, Dept of Veterans Affairs, State Government, CIA, Coast Guard, Census Bureau

This event has no exhibitor/sponsor opportunities

Tue-Thu, Jul 17-19, 2012, 8:00am - 5:00pm


AOC Member - Industry/Contractor:  $400.00
Non-Member - Industry/Contractor:  $600.00
Government:  $150.00
Military FREE:  $0.00
Active Student FREE:  $0.00

U. of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus
4224 University Drive
King George, VA 22485
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