Article by Javier Chagoya
Thirteen foreign officers from four different countries participated in the three-week technical workshop of advanced subjects in electronic warfare, organized in partnership by the School of International Graduate Studies, and the Center for Joint Services Electronic Warfare (CJSEW). Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Phillip Pace established the Technologies for Information Operations (TIO) program in 1996 and is the lead for CJSEW at NPS. “The short course version of the program has been so popular that a full course version has been duplicated at the Swedish National Defence College in Stockholm,” said Pace.
As part of the students’ exposure to recent technology trends, they traveled to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and National Ignition Facility where they observed the largest and most powerful laser in the world. They also visited the Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Studies (CIRPAS), pictured above, Nov. 16. The students were able to see the full spectrum of leading-edge environmental and electronic sensors that are deployed aboard various manned and unmanned aircraft at the center. During the tour, CIRPAS Director Bob Bluth impressed upon the students the importance of collaboration in research. “There is no way that we can do all of the research that is possible with as many tools we can deploy so we collaborate with other research universities and scientists with very successful results,” said Bluth.
NPS Radar and Electronic Warfare staff and part-time member at CIRPAS Paul Buczynski, who also holds the rare title of "Tornado Chaser," provided insight on how a converted military radar on a high-tech flatbed truck can provide crucial tracking information and tornado structure dynamics to meteorologists. Buczynski has traveled five times to the midwest's "Tornado Alley" to track the vicious storms.
“I never thought that I would be chasing storms and most recently coming face-to-face with a tornado,” said Buczynski, who maintains the center’s mobile phased array weather radar. The students were treated to exciting footage from several tornado seasons, but the significant scientific data gathered during the tornado phenomenon was at the core of Buczynski’s presentation.
The students ended their workshop with an out brief from Pace and went on to receive course completion certificates during a ceremony, pictured right, held in the La Novia Room, Nov. 18. NPS Executive Vice President and Provost Leonard Ferrari was accompanied by visiting Swedish National Defence College officials Swedish Air Force Col. Olof Ljung and Lt. Col. Kent Andersson, for the graduation keynotes.
Another article on the TIO Short Course is available in the February 2012 NPS Research Newsletter (pg. 4), available for download here.
Posted November 30, 2011
Photo credit: Javier Chagoya