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Australian Chapter of the AOC 2010 Awards

Ross Treharne Shield

This shield, in memory of Ross Treharne, is presented to the Establishment, Organisation, Company or Individual which in the opinion of the Chapter deserves recognition for outstanding achievement in the field of Electronic Warfare and its associated disciplines in Australia. The Shield is held by the recipient for a period of 12 Months and on its return, the recipient is given a small shield to hold in perpetuity. The recipient must be an AOC Australian Chapter member.

Ian Coat
IMG_7006.jpgNominated by Jackie Craig and Mark Taylor
Ian Coat received his BEng (Electronics) from SA Institute of Technology (then SAIT now UniSA) in 1982 and a Masters of Electronic Systems Engineering (MESE) from Cranfield Institute of Technology (Shrivenham, UK) in 1990, where he received the achievement prize.

Since joining DSTO (then DRCS) in 1982, Ian worked in Electronic Warfare Division on early aspects of NULKA and began the effort to update the F-111 Radar Warning Receiver that led to project ALR-2002 and ultimately the Project Echidna EW self-protection suite. Ian was involved in several other RWR system performance studies including SLQ-32 on the FFGs and ALR-65 on the F/A-18s. Such involvement can have its excitement value including getting a backseat ride across Australia in an F/A-18.

Ian participated in, and for a time led, the Pulse Train Analysis project within the Cooperative Research Centre for Robust and Adaptive Systems (CRAYSys) before taking a DSTO posting at the Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap through Communications Division.

On return to South Australia Ian joined Signals Intelligence Branch in 1996 and was involved in strategic SIGINT systems and tactical Communications EW systems with an emphasis on post-detection analysis processes, databasing and information management aspects. This includes modern communications technology studies, Intelligence Value Estimation, wideband signal collection and high volume data analysis.

IMG_7008.jpgIan was a member of the short-lived TTCP EWS Action Group 5 on 'Network Centric Communications EW' which provided exposure to international research on distributed communications EW and potential vulnerabilities in network centric warfare concepts.

During 2007, Ian was seconded into EWRD to bring a Communications EW voice into a primarily radar EW environment. Ian was involved in EWRD's Force Level EW Synthetic Environment (FLEWSE) modeling activity and provided project support for DEF224 Phases 2 and 3.  He is currently supporting projects DEF500 and DEF555.

In 2008, Ian moved into Mobile Networks Discipline in C3I Division of DSTO where his focus is on the often forgotten third arm of the EW trinity - Electronic Protection (EP) - which seeks to keep receivers (particularly radio communications) operating while under the influence of jamming - both intentional and unintentional.  During this time, Ian also supported the ADF and EWRD in the development of Force Protection ECM for Land.

Ian has spent the last two decades working in the gap between the communications and radar EW domains.  He has provided a level of mutual understanding between the two to their mutual benefit.

Ian has been a member of the AOC since early 1986 and it is rumoured that he has never missed a Adelaide General Meeting.

Ian has written or co-written several papers and presented at the 2008 Australian AOC Convention.

ADF Certificate
This award is presented to one member of the ADF whose contribution to the recognition and understanding of EW in Australia distinguishes them from their peers. The recipient does not need to be an AOC member.

IMG_7015.jpgWarrant Officer Class Two Mark Skrabal
Mark was involved in a joint contribution to the development of a dispense sequence analyser application to verify dispense sequence timing for Mission Data Files produced for the Saphir-M Countermeasures Dispensing System (CMDS). Software provides a means of accurately assessing dispense sequence patterns and timing for Saphir-M CMDS libraries, improving the level of confidence the JEWOSU Senior Design Engineer holds in the quality of each library produced. Mark recognised a deficiency in the support software provided for the Saphir-M CMDS, then identified a potential solution using existing resources, and undertook development work primarily in his own time to complete a solution acceptable to the JEWOSU Senior Design Engineer resulting in substantial saving for the Commonwealth. Mark’s efforts resulted in significant improvements to the verification of CMDS Mission Data Files for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter. Mark has consistently performed above his level of responsibility in support of Army Rotary platforms since his arrival at JEWOSU.

Citation:
This award recognises your outstanding contribution to reprogramming support of Army Aviation EW Self Protection Systems at JEWOSU. Your commitment to producing and testing quality assured Mission Data Files and your personal efforts to improve the support tools involved in this development are a credit to you.  You have consistently performed above your level of responsibility during your time at JEWOSU. You are a role model to your peers and can be consistently relied upon for your expertise, dedication and professionalism in carrying out your duties.  Your contribution has played a significant part in ensuring the best possible protection for ADF aircraft currently deployed in operational theatres.

Defence Civilian - ADF
This certificate is awarded to one ADF APS member whose service distinguishes them in EW related fields. It is awarded for exceptionally meritorious service contributing to the recognition and understanding of EW in Australia. The recipient does not need to be an AOC member.

Neal Cotgrove
Neal started his career in the RAAF as a IT Specialist. Joined APS in an IT support role. Neale has spent more than 15 years at JEWOSU employed in support of ADF Information Management systems. Expanded support systems to provide support to many ADF units.  Received CAF Commendation in 2008 for his work with and improvement of information management system.

2008 Chief of Air Force Commendation
I commend you for your outstanding performance as the manager of the Special Intelligence Services section within Joint Electronic Warfare Operation Support Unit.

You have displayed outstanding professional ism, dedication and commitment to the Royal Australian Air Force in the field of Information Technology Management. Your exemplary efforts as the manager of the Special Intelligence Support Section have ensured that high standards of operational analysis and support are maintained.

You have worked tirelessly, making personal sacrifices to achieve numerous improvements to the delivery of services to various internal and external customers, as well as enhancing operational support provided to Air Force operations from other areas within Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit. Furthermore, you have developed a once small Information technology support area into a dynamic section supporting a range of intelligence units.

You have brought great credit upon yourself and the Australian Public Service and your achievements are in keeping with the finest traditions of the Royal Australian Airforce and the Australian Defence Organisation.

 

Citation:
The award recognises your outstanding performance as the manager of the Special Intelligence Services section within Joint Electronic Warfare Operation Support Unit. You have displayed outstanding professionalism, dedication and commitment and your exemplary efforts as the manager of the Special Intelligence Support Section have ensured that high standards of operational analysis and support are maintained. You have worked tirelessly, making personal sacrifices to achieve numerous improvements to the delivery of services and enhancing operational support provided to Air Force operations from other areas within JEWOSU.

Defence Civilian Award - DSTO
This certificate is awarded to one DSTO member whose service distinguishes them in EW related fields. It is awarded for exceptionally meritorious service contributing to the recognition and understanding of EW in Australia. The recipient does not need to be an AOC member.

2010 Awards Recipients

WGCDR Pete Mitchell (CO JEWOSU) received the Defence Civilian award on behalf of Neal Cotgrove and Mark Taylor received the Defence Civilian award on behalf of Mark Gontar.

Mark Gontar
For your outstanding contribution to Australian Designed and Fitted Electronic Warfare Systems

Mark joined the RAAF in 1973, undertaking trade training as a Radio Technician (Air). He worked on 11SQN Orion avionics systems until 1980, when a move to Radio Development Flight of ARDU provided  his first insight to the R&D world.   Returning to college studies on two occasions over the next eight years and two postings, Mark completed a post-graduate diploma at UNSW (ADFA) in Electrical Engineering - specialising in Electronic Warfare. He was subsequently posted back to Adelaide into the R&D Flight at EWSQN in late 1992.    This was short lived however, as he was then appointed as the Resident Project Engineer for the ALR-2002A RWR  until his retirement from the permanent Air Force in 1996.   Mark maintained his connection with the project as a Reservist until 1999 when he was successful in securing a position in DSTO.

At DSTO,  his initial efforts centred on developing and improving the AMES for use in testing various project including SPS-1000, ALR-2002 A/B/C and other internal research tasks.   Beyond AMES tasks, he provided technical support to Prism MHC, AES-210, development of Project Sharkey, AIR-7000 Phase 1 evaluation,  and more recently the collaborative development of the ALR-67(V)3 with the US Navy.   He is currently a senior engineer in ES Systems group of EWRD and his main focus is airborne tactical ES systems employing digital receiver architectures, SEI, SET, and Geolocation technologies.

Citation:
This award recognises your outstanding contribution to Australian designed and fitted Electronic Warfare Systems for ADF platforms. Your commitment to furthering and improving ES systems through management, testing and evaluation has been exemplary over many years. Your professionalism, commitment and personal effort are a credit to you.  You have consistently supported the development and enhancement of indigenous systems especially airborne Electronic Support systems and more recently digital receiver technologies. Your contribution has played a significant part in improving and enhancing Electronic Warfare in Australia.

Australian Industry Certificate
This certificate is awarded to one member of Australian Industry whose service to EW distinguishes them from their peers. It is awarded for exceptionally meritorious service contributing to the recognition and understanding of EW in Australia. The recipient does not need to be an AOC member.

IMG_7016.jpgMichael Manka
Michael has been instrumental in furthering Australia’s EW capability in Microwave Photonics, responsible for early work under PA10 and the insertion of photonics in the SIRFC (AN/ALQ-211) and for the later parts of SIDEARM.  Michael is well regarded as an expert in this field and a great ambassador for Australian EW Industry, an invited speaker to a number of conferences around the world.

More recently Michael has moved into project management and was responsible for the successful delivery of the MAWS Data Logging Unit (MDLU) in January 2010.  The requirement for the MDLU was identified by the EOCM group at DSTO.   It supports the deployment of the AAR-60 and collects valuable data which upon analysis can provide improved protection to our forces.

In addition to Michael’s achievements, over his nine years with BAE Systems he has demonstrated a passion for EW, inspiring others and now using his management skills to motivate teams and deliver results to our ADF customer.

Citation:
This award recognises your achievements resulting in furthering Australia’s EW capability in Microwave Photonics. Your early work under PA10 and the insertion of photonics in the SIRFC (AN/ALQ-211) and for the later parts of SIDEARM illustrate your talent in this field. Your expertise has you recognised as a great ambassador for Australian EW and your speaking roles at various conferences speak volumes for your international reputation. In addition to your many achievements over nine years with BAE Systems, you have demonstrated a passion for EW, inspiring others and motivating teams to deliver results to the ADF.

Carlo Kopp
http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~carlo/ckprof.html
Recently wrote a paper for the AOC IO Journal (February issue). He has written many articles for Australian and international magazines including JED. 

Dr Carlo Kopp was born in Perth, Western Australia. He attended the University of Western Australia, and graduated in Electrical Engineering with First Class Honours, in 1984.  In 1996 he completed a research Masters degree in Computer Science at Monash University in Melbourne, dealing with interprocess communications and I/O abstraction in secure password-capability operating systems. In September, 2000, he completed his PhD thesis, which dealt with the properties of high capacity ad hoc networks and long range microwave datalinks, using X-band and Ku-band radar apertures. Both theses were done under the supervision of the late Prof Chris Wallace.

His professional and career interests have been broad, spanning defence analysis, strategy, systems engineering and computer science. He currently holds a part time position at the Monash University Clayton School of IT, involving  research, postgraduate supervision, and both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching duties. He consults and writes in his remaining time.

He also held a wide range of positions in the computer and communications industries, primarily as a design engineer, computer programmer, systems integrator and consultant.  His best known project in the computer industry was the design and development of the first Australian manufactured SPARC computer, in 1993. He has also designed or developed high speed optical fibre and free space infra-red datalink communications equipment, medium speed multiplexer equipment, graphics adaptors, and miscellaneous other items of computer and communications equipment and embedded software, and performed reliability modelling of equipment.

Dr Kopp has consulted to private industry and government organisations, in areas ranging from computer and network performance, to strategy and operational analysis.

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Peter Goon accepting on behalf of Dr Carlo Kopp.

He has been most visible publicly as a defence analyst, since 1980. He has written for Amberley based Defence Today, Canberra based Australian Aviation, Sydney based Asia Pacific Defence Reporter and Defence Review Asia, The Age and Australian Financial Review, the US based Journal of Electronic Defence,  and the UK based Jane's Missiles and Rockets, and Air International. He has also provided numerous television and radio interviews in recent years.

His current research interests in the military sciences domain encompass air warfare strategy and doctrine, proliferation of Russian weapons technology, aircraft combat survivability, network centric and information warfare. His work in these areas has been published by the United States Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force. He produced extensive contributions to the 2000 Defence White Paper debate, testified to the federal parliamentary Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit and the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on RAAF force structure planning and national military strategy issues, and has delivered invited papers to a number of  conferences on defence related topics.

In September, 2003, he was appointed a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Defence Studies Centre (UNSW@ADFA) for twelve months, specialising in air power and military strategy, and in February, 2005,  he was appointed a Research Fellow at the Monash Asia Institute, specialising in regional military strategy. He has contributed papers to the International Assessment and Strategy Center, in Washington DC and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra.

His current research interests in the science and engineering domains include the information theory underpinning information warfare (the four canonical strategies of information warfare), the evolutionary impact of information warfare, mobile ad hoc and survivable networking, network integration of satellite navigation systems, and systems survivability especially in relation to electromagnetic weapons. He has authored or co-authored to date five book chapters, seven refereed journal papers and twenty eight conference papers,  one of which was awarded a best paper award. He is currently supervising two PhD students and one Masters student. In 2006, Dr Kopp developed and taught the first ever university level topic on Information Warfare in Australia.

Dr Kopp is a senior member of the  American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and of the Association of Old Crows.

In October 2004 he cofounded the Air Power Australia  think tank (the APA website hosts over 700 defence related publications) and Air Power Australia Analyses online journal - he remains editor of both.

Dr Carlo Kopp is a long standing member of the AOC and has contributed both in Australia and internationally across the spectrum of Defence including warfare strategy and doctrine, proliferation of Russian weapons technology, aircraft combat survivability, network centric and information warfare, acting as a defence analyst since 1980.

Dr Kopp is an educator as well as an academic and one of the few academics who has a public face in the world of Electronic Warfare.  Through Dr Kopp’s efforts to de-mystify the science of electronic warfare and military systems, he has made this world accessible to the general populous.

He has written for Amberley based Defence Today, Canberra based Australian Aviation, Sydney based Asia Pacific Defence Reporter and Defence Review Asia, The Age and Australian Financial Review, the US based Journal of Electronic Defence,  and the UK based Jane's Missiles and Rockets, and Air International. He has also provided numerous television and radio interviews in recent years.  Dr Kopp’s most recent article appears in the AOC IO Magazine: The Fours Strategies of Information Warfare and their Application.

Dr Kopp is commended for his unfailing efforts.

Citation:
This award recognises your contribution both in Australia and internationally across the spectrum of Defence including warfare strategy and doctrine, proliferation of Russian weapons technology, aircraft combat survivability, network centric and information warfare, acting as a defence analyst since 1980. The award recognises your efforts as an educator and academic to de-mystify the science of electronic warfare and military systems, presenting our profession and science to the general populous. You are also recognised for your broad range of articles and publications including recent contributions to the new AOC IO Journal. You are commended for your unfailing efforts.

2010 Revisited

One of the Australian Chapter's first acts for 2011 was to pin down a very busy Mr Neal Cotgrove long enough to hand him his 2010 Defence Civilian Award. Winding the clock back for this opportunity, Wing Commander Pete Mitchell, Commanding Officer of JEWOSU, and Squadron Leader Fernando Gonzalez, Senior Design Engineer and AOC Director, completed the journey of the award in a photo finish. Neal is humbled by the award and is overjoyed that his hard work has been recognised with such prestige. The quality of his contribution is evident in the value it continues to provide today towards Australia's EW capability outcomes.

 
Left to right: SQNLDR Gonzalez, Mr Cotgrove and WGCDR Mitchell
 
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