On 10 May the Intelligence Workshop will take place at the AOC Europe in Montpellier. The Intelligence Workshop is hosted by PLATH – it is the eleventh in a row!

The Intelligence Workshop will examine these and other critical issues facing the intelligence world in 2021 and beyond. Now in its 11th edition, PLATH has once again put together an inspiring programme for the defence and security audience based around three key topics:

  • The ELINT revival
  • COMINT – Benefit from new technologies across different platforms
  • The evolution of the intelligence domain

Sessions

Session 1

The ELINT revival

ELINT is back! During the past years the operational continuum for EW has changed tremendously. Due to vast technology advances in both military and civilian radar technologies, modern functional services for EW - across both congested and contested signal EM environments - need to achieve and maintain superiority in the EM spectrum.

Modern sophisticated radar threats are particularly complex, frequency-agile and highly-mobile – replacing old mechanical antennas with active electronic scanning arrays, making them difficult to detect, identify and analyze. Modern multi-mode radars and low power solid state LPI radars operating in vast frequency ranges, from HF to SHF and beyond, can also be operated in frequency ranges associated with civilian communication.

ELINT is back! Now more than ever! As the radar and communication signal environments converge, especially in urban and littoral areas, the technical evolution of modern ELINT systems have to adapt and evolve into ELINT/R-ESM applications, which provide high dynamic range, de-interleaving of pulsed and FMCW signals, time/frequency domain analysis and interpulse/intrapulse analysis in order to keep up with the latest developments in highly-integrated, highly-mobile weapon systems. This session emphasizes the technological advances and the impact on platform considerations; in addition it gives an outlook on operational challenges and future drivers and trends in modern automatic intercept systems, with maximum user operability.

”In the next two decades, the EM environment may become our most critical warfighting arena. Control of information – much of it through the EM spectrum – is already growing more important than control of territory in modern warfare. Future conflicts will be won in a new arena – that of the electromagnetic spectrum and cyberspace. We must merge, then master those realms.”
Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, CNO

Today’s missions call for `intelligent´ systems that address multiple threats simultaneously, are highly adaptive, multifunctional and can be operated on various platforms (air, land, sea) with reduced size, weight and power. All following presentations will emphasize this revival.

Session 2

COMINT – Benefit from new technologies across different platforms

Technology in the communications segment develops steadily and rapidly. The market expects yearly progress is expected by the market to keep solutions continously up-to-date and able face the increasing demand on bandwidth, security, comfort and improved operational outcomes.

The impact on the intelligence domain seems obvious. However, a deeper look into specific technological developments shows that upcoming challenges in communication means are only one part of the issues that have to be considered in future.

Looking on the bright side, this continuous development cycle enables new COMINT methods and opportunities; particularly when taking different platforms, uses cases and multi-domain operations into consideration.

The combination of new platform possibilities with such new technologies, along with interconnection and data fusion, enable cost-efficient holistic COMINT system approaches.

As an example, Primoco UAV SE presents the high-performing UAV One 150 in combination with multiple, high-precision optical and COMINT sensors, resulting in an unprecedented situational awareness, including secured data distribution to each key participant in intelligence scenarios.

This session is complemented by addressing new COMINT possibilities and requirements which result from human factors and the technological development of mobile phones. These technologies can unveil additional tactical relevant information without the need to decode military PTT radio communications. The intercepted information can also be used to enrich the Target Knowledge Base and to support CESM systems in subsequent missions and across different platforms.

The use of innovative sensor technology for the protection of armoured vehicles increases situational awareness and leads to increased initiative as well as to enhanced protection. This sensor technology is presented by PLATH Signal Products GmbH & Co. in the final presentation within this session.

Session 3

The evolution of the intelligence domain

The biggest challenge facing the intelligence sector today is not only collecting data, but also identifying and extracting relevant information for targeted data distribution. Technological improvements enable us to teach machines and create artificial intelligence that supports optimised and efficient data analysis.

In times when collaboration and multilateral partnerships are accepted as the gold standard operating model, is it still necessary for every party to collect data for their own purposes?

In contrast, the growing use of the commercial cloud for information sharing purposes poses challenges of its own, including the need for enormous bandwidth at all levels, and classification and security issues that are difficult to solve in this critical environment.

But what if there was a solution somewhere in the middle that enabled data exchange specifically for the intelligence sector? The focus must be primarily on the effective provision of relevant and high-quality data as well as the rapid and targeted dissemination of information, while also meeting classification and data sovereignty requirements.

This session touches on a sensitive topic: Industry already has technologies that enable cross-border, cross-domain and supranational information sharing. But most national intelligence units are still operating with locked data silos, which stands in the way of the efficient and rapid "give and take" of information.

In addition, today's infrastructure consists of heterogeneous interfaces with partially networked systems and inhomogeneous data models.

The added value of future cross-border information sharing could be revolutionary, especially for scenario prediction and earlier crisis detection. But what other difficulties and limitations might impact this approach? What are the promising ways to solve these problems? And what might the future look like?

09:00

Chairman welcome

David Stupples

Session 1: The ELINT revival

09:10

The contribution of ELINT / ESM inteligence to the motto "win the war before the war"

Michel Pinaud, General (retired), Republique de France

09:30

Let's benefit from the mission centric ELINT system instead of a platform driven approach

Stéphane Sabatier, CEO, Serpikom

09:50

Says who? CESMO!

Thomas Withington, analyst and writer for EW, radar and military communications, UK

Break

10:45

Q&A Session 1

Session 2: COMINT – Benefit from new technologies across different platforms

11:00

Airborne C4ISTAR challenges in day to day missions

Jakub Fojtík, VP Business Development, Primoco UAV

11:20

COMINT inside UAV

Michael Pegelow, Sales Manager, PLATH

11:40

Unable to detect and decode military LPI communication? Just take an IMSI catcher!

Torsten Düsing, Business Case Manager, PLATH

12:00

Innovative sensor technology for the protection of armoured vehicles

Ronald Meixner, CEO, PLATH Signal Products

Lunch Break

13:15

Q&A Session 2

13:30

Key note: Necessity of partnerships

Andreas Schwolen-Backes, CEO, PLATH

Session 3: The evolution of the intelligence domain

14:00

Multi-domain combat cloud – seamless collaboration across all domains

Gerd Broszeit, Business Growth Manager, Airbus Defence & Space

14:20

From sensor to decider - next generation intelligence exchange

Sven Lüttich, Business Case Manager, PLATH

14:50

Detecting abnormal ship movements

Anders Riskaer, Sales Manager B2B, INNOSYSTEC

Break

15:45

Q&A Session 3

16:00

Panel discussion: The future of EW - across all domains

16:30

Closing + AOC Europe exhibition opening

David Stupples

Speaker

Torsten Duesing
Torsten Duesing

Torsten Duesing

Business Case Manager, PLATH GmbH & Co. KG

Torsten Duesing is a retired Captain in the German Air Force. In his active 12 years, he spent 8 years in ground-based air defence – first as Tactical Control Officer in the HAWK weapon system and as Tactical Control Officer and Command and Control Officer in the PATRIOT weapon system. He then gained experience as Force Protection Commander and Intelligence Officer in the German Surface to Air Missile Operation Center (SAMOC).

Torsten Duesing holds a university degree in economics, politics and public law and an MBA in international management. He joined PLATH in 2010 as Product Manager responsible for strategic and tactical COMINT reconnaissance systems. Since 2012, he works as Technical Marketing Manager and Business Case Manager for Naval and Airborne Intelligence Solutions.

Jakub Fojtík

Ph.D., LL.M., Primoco UAV SE

Jakub Fojtík is a graduate of the Police Academy of the Czech Republic (Master and Doctor) and Institutio Iuris et Iurisprudentiae (LL.M.), currently Vice President of Business Development at Primoco UAV SE – a Czech manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles that develops and manufactures state-of-the-art UAVs that comply with the latest EU (EASA) and NATO (STANAG) requirements.

Jakub Fojtík has worked in the aerospace industry throughout his career, including at LOM PRAHA s.p. and AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s., where he managed major international projects involving the provision of aerospace technology support to the armies of NATO members and allies in support of key missions. At Primoco UAV SE, he continues a similar role, developing turnkey solutions for UAV-interested customers that fully meet legal, operational and mission requirements. In his spare time, he has authored nearly thirty aviation-related books and over 700 journal articles in six languages. In the past, he has also served as an external university lecturer at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic.

Sven Lüttich
Sven Lüttich

Sven Lüttich

Business Case Manager, PLATH GmbH & Co. KG

Sven Lüttich started as an electronics technician for devices and systems at Rail Automation Technologies. After graduating as a Bachelor Professional of Technical Management, he joined a Sales Business Development department with responsibility in the area of quotation and pricing strategies. In the following ten years of work experience, he completed an additional part-time study for a Bachelor in Business Administration and Master in Business Development.

Sven Lüttich joined PLATH in 2019 as Business Case Manager and is responsible for the topics Cyber Threat Intelligence as well as Joint Intelligence and supports PLATH System and Integration in the Pre-Sales and Proposal team.

Ronald Meixner
Ronald Meixner

Ronald Meixner

CEO, PLATH Signal Products GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Ronald Meixner is an experienced German Naval Commander who served in the German Navy for 17 years and has focussed on surface warfare and EW. He received his doctorate in Electronic Engineering from the Federal Armed Forces University in Hamburg. His technology articles have been published commercially in the Journal of Electronic Defense, Naval Forces and Military Technology. In addition, the technical research papers he co-authored on nanotechnology, polymer electronics and organic field-effect transistors were published in various peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Upon leaving the Navy, he started his career in the economy at PLATH GmbH. After eight years, Dr. Meixner joined the Rheinmetall Active Protection GmbH as principal engineer for its next-generation Active Protection System. In 2019 he re-joined PLATH to head the PLATH Signal Products as CEO, providing EW sub-systems to systems integrators.

Michael Pegelow
Michael Pegelow

Michael Pegelow

Sales Manager, PLATH GmbH & Co. KG

Michael Pegelow works as Sales and Business Development Manager at PLATH GmbH & Co KG. He holds a master's degree in educational science from Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. He served as an officer in the German Armed Forces for 12 years and retired from the military in 2016 with the rank of captain. Michael Pegelow then started his sales career at CAE Electronic GmbH, where he was responsible for a constructive simulation system used to train personnel for combat situations. Since 2019 he supports the sales activities of PLATH Systems & Integration with focus on Eastern Europe.

Michel Pinaud
Michel Pinaud

Michel Pinaud

General (retired), Republique de France

General Michel Pinaud is a specialist in information and communication systems and aeronautical maintenance. He began his career by joined the École de l'air in 1975. As a technical officer at the head of the service, he was then responsible for maintaining the signal processing equipment of a radar station. In the early 1990s General Pinaud was responsible for creating the AWACS maintenance structure on their arrival in France and was involved in the installation of the ESM systems on these aircrafts at that time. Later he was in charge of medium- and long-term thinkings about the equipment of the air force, mainly on its ground-based systems including electromagnetic intelligence systems.

Appointed as deputy director, the Lieutenant General participated in the creation of the common structure responsible for all the information and communication systems of the Air Force. According to that, the accountability for the organization of all the technical support of the Air Force within the joint staff was handed over to him. With the rank of Lieutenant General, he ended the military career, as Director of the structure in charge of the maintenance of the three Air Force aircrafts.

Stéphane Sabatier
Stéphane Sabatier

Stéphane Sabatier

CEO, Serpikom SAS

With more than 20 years of experience in system engineering applied to EW fields, Stéphane Sabatier, Chief Executive Officer at Serpikom SAS, contributes with a high ability to undertake and innovate within the trades involved in interception and counter-measure missions for defence and security.

He joined the École Centrale de Marseille and finished his engineering degree in 1999. Subsequently began his career as an engineer with the main focus on satellite, cellular, digital microwave beam, radar and H/V/UHF interception. Furthermore, he contributed in com & radar offensive and RC-IED jamming, goniometry, radio navigation as well as electronic warfare. Before Stéphane Sabatier took charge of the french company Serpikom, he was managing director at PLATH AG in Switzerland from 2015 to 2017.

Anders Riskaer
Anders Riskaer

Anders Riskaer

Sales Manager B2B, INNOSYSTEC GmbH

Anders Riskaer has 22 years of experience within the domain. In his career working in different positions as Sales Manager, Sales Director and CEO he has worked for various Danish, Dutch and British companies in the intelligence sector. At INNOSYSTEC he is responsible, among other things, for the area of partner integration for the software solution SCOPE.

Andreas Schwolen-Backes
Andreas Schwolen-Backes

Andreas Schwolen-Backes

CEO, PLATH GmbH & Co. KG

Andreas Schwolen-Backes served in the German Bundeswehr’s "signal troops" and "command & control systems" from 1990 to 2004, leaving with the rank of a captain. He studied electrical engineering and received his doctorate in the field of RF technologies.

In 2005, Dr.-Ing. Andreas Schwolen-Backes began his career in industry at PLATH in Hamburg. Since 2013, he has been a member of the PLATH executive board, having held various positions ranging from project management, its management, responsibility as Director of Signal Products and CTO in the company.

In parallel, he was a lecturer at the University of Kempten from 2010 to 2016. In 2018, he became managing director of the business division S&I resp. RRS and since 2022 he is CEO and CTO of PLATH GmbH & Co. KG. He is a member of the AOC.

Thomas Withington
Thomas Withington

Thomas Withington

Analyst and writer for EW, radar and military communications

Dr. Thomas Withington is an award-winning analyst and writer specialising in electronic warfare, radar and military communications. He has written widely on these subjects for a range of specialist and general publications. He also works as a consultant and adviser in these areas for several leading government and private sector clients. Furthermore, Dr. Withington provides regular commentary on security and defence aspects of electromagnetic spectrum use for major media organisations around the world.

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