EW T&E University Course Descriptions

A course calendar can be found through this link.

For questions regarding courses offered at the EW T&E University, please e-mail ewteuniversity@edwards.af.mil.

EWF 0010 - Radar Fundamentals for EW T&E Engineers (2.4 CEU) [Back to top]
An introductory radar course emphasizing EW considerations. The radar range equation is developed and radar and target interaction are addressed. After developing basic radar concepts, simplified EW systems such as radar warning receivers (RWR), self-protection jammers (SPJ), and towed decoys are introduced and their interaction with the radar examined. Courses offered at Edwards AFB include signal characteristic and F-16 radar demonstrations at the Integration Facility for Avionic Systems Test (IFAST).
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 4 days
Source: SAIC
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EWF 0020 - Introduction to Electronic Warfare Road Show [Back to top]
Familiarize students in electronic warfare related positions with the history, fundamentals, doctrine, policy, components, and equipment of electronic warfare.
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
CLASSIFICATION: CLASSIFIED
Course Length: 4 days
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EWF 9020 - EW Systems and Principles ( xxCEU) [Back to top]
An overview of EW applications and systems. The course addresses the threat environment; sensors, weapons, and command and control. The kill chain is introduced; target detection, target tracking, weapons engagement, weapon guidance, and end game. Common EW systems such as radar warning receivers (RWR), electronic countermeasures (ECM) systems and techniques, and expendable countermeasures systems are introduced.
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 4 - 5 days
Source: Commercially available


EWF 9030 - Infrared (IR) Systems and Principles ( xxCEU) [Back to top]
In introductory course IR phenomenology and systems. Basic concepts covered include scenes and targets, graybody radiation, and atmospheric propagation. IR systems such as FLIRS and missile seekers are introduced. Enabling technologies such as optics, detectors, and automatic trackers are also discussed
Recommended Prerequisites: None (basic physics knowledge is helpful) 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 3-4 days
Source: Commercially available


EWF 0040 - Graphical Analytical Concepts with MtStat [Back to top]
This course is a refresher course (previously titled Data Presentation and Descriptive Statistics) designed for engineers to review probability and statistic fundamentals. The course teaches statistical concepts in a graphically intensive manner using the MtStat graphical and statistical package. This course covers fundamental statistics terms and techniques, and addresses statistical problem solving methodology by accessing appropriate tables and performing mathematical calculations. After students are fully aware of the fundamental operational concepts, instructors present students with software methods to obtain solutions faster and more efficiently. Classroom exercises are included throughout the course, allowing students a hands-on opportunity to obtain essential information.
Recommended Prerequisites: A previous course in Probability & Statistics 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 3 half day sessions
Source: SAIC
 
EWF 0060 - Basic Aerospace Concepts and Flight Operations [Back to top]
Future Development
EWF 0070 - Fundamentals of Stealth/Counterstealth Technology [Back to top]
This unclassified course provides a technology update on current stealth techniques (both active and passive) and their application to weapon systems. Topics discussed are the concept of Low Observables (LO) and Counter Low Observables (CLO) which includes the overall design goals for obtaining Stealth performance in vehicles. It shows how to achieve balance in the acoustic, visible, infrared (IR), ultraviolet (UV), radar, communications and other observable emissions. The simplest form of stealth is to exploit the environment, i.e. the use of nighttime, weather, screening jamming and the electronic order of battle. Primary emphasis is on an intuitive understanding of the basic principles supported by enough mathematics to allow first and second order design of a vehicle, system or subsystem.
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 4 days
Source: Old Sciences Inc.


EWS 0110 - EW Receiver Systems T&E [Back to top]
A course covering applications of EW receivers, receiver types and implementations, and test considerations and resources. EW applications such as radar warning receivers (RWR) and electronic support measures systems (ESM) and their applications are introduced. Receiver components such as antennas, receivers, signal processors, controls and displays are discussed. Test process, methods, and considerations along with appropriate measures of performance are presented. Test resources and their proper roles are also addressed.
Recommended Prerequisites: EWF 0010 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 3½ days
Source: SAIC


EWS 0122 - Fundamentals of High Energy Lasers (HEL) T&E [Back to top]
The basic physics, design, system implementation, and applications of how HEL weapons systems are developed. Test process, methods, and consideration along with appropriate measures of performance are presented. Test resources and their proper roles are also addressed.
Recommended Prerequisites: A Basic knowledge of Physics is helpful. 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 4 days
Source: SAIC


EWS 0111 - Fundamentals of High Power Microwave (HPM) T&E [Back to top]
The basic physics, design, system implementation, and applications of how HPM weapons systems are developed. Test process, methods, and consideration along with appropriate measures of performance are presented. Test resources and their proper roles are also addressed.
Recommended Prerequisites: A Basic knowledge of Physics is helpful. 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 4 days
Source: SAIC


EWS 9120 - IR Countermeasures [Back to top]
Future Development
EWS 9121 - Directed IR Countermeasures (DIRCM) [Back to top]
Future Development
EWS 9130 - Radar Cross Section Prediction & Reduction [Back to top]
Future Development
EWS 9131 - IR Signatures & Signature Reduction [Back to top]
Future Development
EWS 9140 - Multi-Sensor Data Fusion [Back to top]
Future Development
EWS 0210 - Onboard ECM [Back to top]
Future Development
EWS 0211 - Towed Decoys [Back to top]
Future Development
EWS 0301 - Aeronautical Systems Center's "Introduction to Low Observables Technology" [Back to top]
This is an introductory course in Low Observables technology and provides a working knowledge of relevant principles. Fundamental concepts applicable to both Radio Frequency (RF) and Infrared (IR) are presented and explained. The course is geared toward the non-electromagnetic engineer. Simple equations are used to give the participants an understanding of the physical phenomena involved but the use of mathematics in explaining basic principles is minimized. In addition a history of LO will be presented. Included in the agenda is a 1/2 day walk around of the Helendale measurement facilities and if the assets are available walk arounds of the B-2 and F-22A.
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
CLASSIFICATION: SECRET
Course Length: 2 days
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EWE 0110 - Data Analysis and Evaluation for EW T&E Engineers [Back to top]
The Data Analysis and Evaluation course uses a unique example-based framework for presenting various statistical and analytical techniques common in electronic warfare (EW) data analysis and evaluation. The course combines the testing concepts presented in the Electronic Receivers Test and Evaluation course and the basic statistical methods presented in the Statistics Refresher course. A typical RWR test is used as the operative example that prompts students to explore realistic problems and provide subsequent evaluations. The problem moves from defining and structuring test objectives, to determining measures of performance or effectiveness, and establishing evaluation and success criteria. The problem is then taken to different levels requiring testing using different facilities and test design constraints. The effects of sample size are investigated during each iteration of the exercise. At each step, graphical and statistical methods are defined and provided to the students to apply to their individual test data sets. This allows students to receive actual hands-on experience in applying each of the statistical techniques addressed in the course.
Recommended Prerequisites: EWF 0010, EWS 0110 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 3 days
Source:


EWE 9210 - ECM Effectiveness Evaluation [Back to top]
Future Development
EWE 0120 - Engineering & Engagement Level M&S [Back to top]
Future Development
EWE 0121 - Mission Level M&S [Back to top]
Future Development
EWE 0230 - Test Range & Inst. Considerations for EW T&E Eng [Back to top]
Future Development
EWE 9140 - Modern Radar Systems [Back to top]
Future Development
EWT 0110 - Command Guided SAM Systems [Back to top]
This course covers the technical and operational characteristics of three specific command guided surface-to-air missile systems. Topics include: an overview of the concept of command guided SAM systems; the engagement scenario; the system concept of operation; antenna, receiver, transmitter, and signal processing subsystems; and missile and command links. Additionally, the course presents missile guidance law fundamentals and places those fundamentals into the context of ECM effectiveness test and evaluation. The relationship between detailed system technical and performance characteristics, and the test implications of system behavior are presented. Student exercises are designed to reinforce key performance concepts and their application to test and evaluation. Students have the opportunity to tour selected command guided systems where they can get a first-hand look at operational systems, discuss class concepts with system engineers and operators, and reinforce their understanding of system test and evaluation behavior.
Recommended Prerequisites: EWF 0010, EWS 0110 
CLASSIFICATION: SECRET
Course Length: 5 days
Source: SAIC


EWT 0111 - Tactical Land Based Defense Systems [Back to top]
This five-day course covers the technical and operational characteristics of one tactical semi-active (SA) surface-to-air missile system and its associated radars, and one radar directed anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) system. The tactical employment of each system is also addressed. The first topic includes an overview of the SAM battery components including: acquisition and height finding radars, target engagement radars, and the missile transporter erector launcher (TEL). The transmitter, receiver, antenna, data link, and missile seeker subsystems are also discussed. Additionally, the course presents missile guidance law fundamentals and places those fundamentals into the context of ECM effectiveness test and evaluation. The second topic covers the principles of gun directing radars including ballistic computations. Conical scan radar principles are covered in detail. The key features of the transmitter, receiver, and antenna systems as well as signal processing are also addressed. Students have the opportunity to tour selected radar systems where they can see systems in operation, discuss class concepts with system engineers and operators, and reinforce their understanding of system test and evaluation behavior.
Recommended Prerequisites: EWF 0010, EWS 0110 
CLASSIFICATION: SECRET
Course Length: 5 days
Source: SAIC


EWT 0210 - Strategic Air Defense Systems [Back to top]
This covers the technical and operational characteristics of selected strategic semi-active (SA) and seeker-aided ground-guided (SAGG) surface-to-air missile systems. Specific topics include: an overview of the concept of SA and SAGG SAM systems; the engagement scenario; the system concept of operation; antenna, receiver, transmitter, and signal processing subsystems; and missile and command links. The course also covers the fundamentals of continuous-wave (CW), pulse-Doppler and phased array radar theory, and receiver and signal processing architectures that facilitate their utilization. Additionally, instructors present missile guidance law fundamentals and place those fundamentals into the context of ECM effectiveness test and evaluation. Student exercises are designed to reinforce key performance concepts and their application to test and evaluation.
Recommended Prerequisites: EWF 0010, EWS 0110, EWT 0110 or EWT 0111 
CLASSIFICATION: SECRET
Course Length: 5 days
Source: SAIC


EWT 0211 - Airborne Radar and Weapons Systems (Module 4) [Back to top]
Future Development
EWT 0220 - IR Directed Threat Systems [Back to top]
This four-day course presents engineering-level details of seven infrared (IR) man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) considered as threats applicable to U.S. IR countermeasures (IRCM) test and evaluation (T&E). Information presented about these systems is that considered most important from an EW system under test (SUT) perspective. Included in the course presentation are key threat system design and theory of operation attributes essential for the EW test engineer to understand to effectively plan and conduct IR countermeasures T&E. The course begins with a generic overview of the components and design theories common to all MANPADS and their subsystems. Common attributes of concept of operation among the various MANPADS under study are also presented. IR phenomenology considerations that are important to threat systems countermeasures T&E are also discussed. A review of generic IRCM and IR counter-countermeasures (IRCCM) techniques is then provided. Details of each specific threat system are then presented, beginning with background information on each system, and then engineering details of the various subsystems is described, with emphasis upon the missile seeker and its signal processing. The course concludes with discussions about various T&E strategies and issues associated with MANPADS countermeasures T&E. Student exercises, both quantitative and qualitative, are interspersed throughout the course for concept reinforcement.
Recommended Prerequisites: EWF 9030 
CLASSIFICATION: SECRET
Course Length: 4 days
Source: SAIC


EWT 0230 - Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS) [Back to top]
The Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS) short course provides a unique in-depth description of threat command and control (C2) systems and algorithms. These C2 systems comprise the brains of the threat IADS. This course provides the fundamentals of what an IADS is, how it works and processes data. Designed to build a firm electronic warfare knowledge base, the course describes the operational building blocks used in creating, maintaining and distributing an IADS air picture and applying that air picture to efficiently and effectively control the associated weapons systems. The course examines the processes at each level of the threat IADS, defines the relevant objectives for each IADS level, and conducts a detailed analysis of the methodology employed.
Recommended Prerequisites: EWF 0010, EWS 0110, EWT 0110 or EWT 0111 
CLASSIFICATION: SECRET
Course Length: 5 days
Source: SAIC


Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) - Basic RF EW Concepts [Back to top]
The objective of this course is to provide students with a working understanding of the underlying principles of operation of both radar-controlled weapon systems and EW systems designed to counter them, as well as the test and evaluation of these systems. The basic concepts presented include a medium-level detailed overview of several types of weapon systems operating in today's environment; first principles instruction in electromagnetic waves and radar cross section; and fundamental principles of operation for search and tracking radar systems, electronic countermeasures (ECM) systems, and electronic support measures (ESM) systems. Also included are treatments of mission-level and engineering-level EW analysis. The course concludes with a strong treatment of the test and evaluation of EW systems.
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 4 days
Source: Georgia Tech Research Institute


Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) - Basic Antenna Concepts [Back to top]
Basic Antennas Concepts is a course designed to provide students with a practical understanding of the fundamental principles of antennas. It consists of a unique combination of lectures, interactive computer simulations, and laboratory demonstrations that allows the student to obtain a basic understanding of modern antennas. The course will minimize mathematical explanations and emphasize intuitive physical explanations and laboratory demonstrations. When equations are used, they will not be derived. Instead, the significance of each will be explained, all terms will be clearly defined, and examples will be given to illustrate how they are used. The student should leave the course with a working knowledge of what antennas do, how they work, when to use what type of antennas, and what issues must be considered when choosing an antenna for a specific application. In addition, the student will be provided with the software used in the laboratory demonstrations that includes a spreadsheet for computing basic antenna relationships and calculating antenna radiation patterns.
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 3 days
Source: Georgia Tech Research Institute


Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) - Design of Experiments [Back to top]
This course presents techniques for planning studies where the inputs to a system/process can be varied and the outputs observed. Efficient planning and analysis methods for determining which inputs have statistically significant effects on outputs are covered, including analysis of variance, factorial experiments, fractional factorial experiments, blocking, randomization, and robust design. The course includes a "mini design project" involving hands-on experience using the MINITAB statistical software package. Upon completion of this course, students will have the knowledge necessary to efficiently conduct experimental studies for comparative evaluation, input-output characterization, and process optimization.
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 3 days
Source: Georgia Tech Research Institute


Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) - Principles of Pulse-Doppler Radar [Back to top]
The objective of this course is to familiarize attendees with the basic operation of pulse-Doppler radars, the technical challenges associated with their design, and the general technical approaches utilized in their practical implementation. After laying a foundation of basic principles, this course will emphasize medium pulse repetition frequency (PRF) and other topics not discussed in the more widely-used radar textbooks. Attendees will be guided through the conceptual design rationale for establishing the radar characteristics, such as PRF, antenna scan rate, number of pulses processed, etc., that are necessary to meet an overall system probability of detection requirement. The trade-offs associated with high, medium, and low PRF modes will be discussed. Methods of choosing the PRFs in search and track modes to control the range and Doppler blind zones will be explained. Predicting detection performance and clutter rejection by signal processing will be extensively treated.
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 4 days
Source: Georgia Tech Research Institute


Improving Briefing/Presentation Skills [Back to top]
The focus of this class is interactive, experiential learning, with time for analysis, feedback, and the development of action plans for individual participants. This course provides pragmatic solutions to issues based on sound organizational theory and knowledge of group dynamics. Mini-lectures, video tapes, group discussions, group and individual exercises, skill practice, and assessments are some of the methodologies utilized to enhance the learning process.
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 2 days


Technical Writing for Scientists & Engineers [Back to top]
To achieve accuracy, clarity, logic, and brevity in technical documents written at Edwards Air Force Base.
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 3 days
Source: WITTENBERG & ASSOCIATES


Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility (EMI/EMC) [Back to top]
This course presents a comprehensive review and the practical aspects of electromagnetic interference and electro-magnetic compatibility (EMI/EMC) testing under Mil Stds 461, 462, and 464, their application to the design, development, test, and procurement of military electronic systems. Techniques for suppressing EMI including design and retrofits are discussed. Although some mathematical formulas are used, the course emphasizes the practical use of the military standards. Basic principles are briefly reviewed at the beginning of the course. The course features a hands-on demonstration of selected measurements, and discussion on test configurations and fundamental design principles including proper penetration of a shielded enclosure, printed circuit board (PCB) trace layout, PCB diagnostic methods for emission source determination, cable radiated emissions, PCB crosstalk, and power line conducted emission measurements and suppression.
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
Course Length: 4 days
Source: MGM University Partners