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Air Vice-Marshal Nicholson was born and attended school in Northam, WA. He joined the RAAF in 1968 after graduating from the University of Western Australia. He completed his pilot training at RAAF Base Pearce on the first all-through jet course and was posted to RAAF Base Williamtown for operational conversion to the Mirage aircraft. He subsequently served at Butterworth, Malaysia flying the Mirage in the tactical fighter role.


In 1973 Air Vice-Marshal Nicholson attended the Empire Test Pilots' School at RAF Boscombe Down where he won the McKenna Trophy as dux of his course. Following this training he was posted to Aircraft Research and Development Unit at RAAF Base Laverton and later moved with the unit to RAAF Base Edinburgh. He has served as a test pilot, Flight Commander and Squadron Commander with ARDU and has flown over 3,000 hours on 40 different aircraft types. He also holds a Commercial Pilot's Licence and is endorsed on several general aviation aircraft.

From 1988 to 1990 Air Vice-Marshal Nicholson was the inaugural Officer Commanding of RAAF Base Tindal and during this period was also the Sector Air Defence Commander of the Northern Sector. In 1992 he was the first RAAF officer appointed as Commander Northern Command where he was responsible for its reorganisation into the first integrated Joint Force Command of the Australian Defence Force. He was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 1995 Australia Day Honours for this work.

Air Vice-Marshal Nicholson is a graduate of the RAAF Staff College, the USAF Air War College and the National Defence College of Canada. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Public Administration. He has held staff appointments in the Air and Engineering Staff of Air Force Office, as the Director of the Office of the Chief of the Air Staff and as the Director of Project Requirements for the Jindalee project. After a short period as Chief of Operations at Headquarters Air Command, he was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal and appointed Air Commander Australia on 9 April 1996. As a result of his work as Air Commander, he was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 1999 Australia Day Honours.

Air Vice-Marshal Nicholson was appointed Head Strategic Policy and Plans, Australian Defence Headquarters on 9 June 1998. In this position, he was responsible for the formulation of strategic policy, the development of military strategy and operational capability policy. His most recent appointment on 1 July 1999 as Head C4ISREW Capability Staff has seen a shift of focus to high technology policy direction and capability development for the ADF.

In addition to an abiding interest in international affairs, military strategy and airpower, Air Vice-Marshal Nicholson is an enthusiastic but unskilled surfer and skier. He and his wife Marie have two adult children, Jeremy, a graduate of the Canberra School of Art who works as a graphics designer, and Amelia, who is studying at the University of Melbourne.

 

Jurgen Opfer has spent over 30 years working in the Defence ICT field, working for companies such as; Honeywell Aerospace & Defence Group in the US where he worked on the Space Shuttle project in secure data communications, and in Australia as their avionics Tech Rep. He later worked in engineering roles at Hewlett Packard.

He established his own company in 1986 providing technical consultancy & training for defence & associated agencies. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers and a member of the IEEE, & the IEEE Aerospace Electronic Systems society. He has been a member of the Association of Old Crows, the Electronic Warfare and Information Operations Association since 1986, and was elected to the board of directors in 2006.

Jurgen is a member of the International Cyber Threat Task Force (ICTTF) and a participating member of the Standards Australia Committee IT-012-04 Data Security Techniques. He is an accomplished author and presenter, having written numerous training manuals and course materials for an extensive number of organisations. In 2010 he presented a paper on Cyber Warfare at the Bi-annual International AOC convention in Adelaide. He then presented an updated version at the next conference in 2012. He then presented a similar paper but modified to have more engineering focus at the inaugural Cyber security seminar for the Institute of Engineers Australia.  In 2013 he presented a paper on “The Overlap between Electronic Warfare and Information Warfare” at the Australian Defence magazine Cyber Security Summit in June.

He has a Master’s degree in Transnational Crime Prevention, having read in subjects such as; Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence policy, Counter terrorism, Corruption, International criminal law and Australia’s International Defence & Security Arrangements. He has three technical books in publication through Information Australia and has written extensively for Australian trade publications.

In 2011 Jurgen wrote the Feature Article on Terrorism, in September for the 10thAnniversary of 9/11 Edition of Security Solutions Magazine. Later that year the Magazine published its 75th issue and asked him to write an article on Corruption and Arms Trafficking. In 2012 they again asked him to write a feature article, this time on the Security implications of Social Networking. He also wrote the lead article on Cyber warfare for the May 2012 Cyber special edition for Australian Defence Magazine.

Jurgen started working for Fujitsu Australia Ltd in February 2012 initially as a contractor senior project manager on a bid for the Defence Intelligence community. He later transferred to a full time employee as Chief Engineer for the Defence SCMP-L project, before becoming the technical lead for the Attorney General’s D - Branch Secure Mobile Device Management (MDM) project. Building on that experience, Jurgen became the lead technical architect for MDM security.

 

Dr Thomas (Tom) Millhouse is a Consultant Engineer with Nova Systems, with over 15 years military and defence industry experience specialising in the fields of Electronic Warfare (EW), Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Signals Intelligence. Tom is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Engineering from the University of NSW and a PhD in signal processing from the University of Sydney.

As a former Royal Australian Air Force Engineering Officer he spent time in operation, acquisition and sustainment roles with the ADF’s EW capability through postings at JEWOSUDSD and the DMO. In these roles he was actively involved in operations and support of EW systems for mission critical ISR and self-protection systems on multiple platforms in all ADF domains.  During his time in Defence, Tom provided support to multiple tactical and strategic EW groups throughout the recent Middle East conflict extending from CIED capability in the Land Domain, to Naval ESM systems and airborne self-protection and countermeasures.  He was awarded an Officer Commanding Aerospace Operational Support Group commendation in 2004 for his work in supporting the C-130H deployments into the Middle East.

Since moving into Industry, Tom has supported Industry and Government as a specialist EW Engineer in the acquisition of EW systems for major ADF platforms; Wedgetail, Air Warfare Destroyer, F/A-18G Growler and the Mobile EW Threat Emitter System and was recently contracted by DGNICW to develop the EW operational support architecture for future Navy EW.

Tom has presented papers on topical Electronic Warfare and force protection issues at AOC conferences in Washington 2011, Malaysia 2012 and Adelaide 2012 and has served on previous AOC technical planning committees for the Adelaide 2012 and Malaysia 2012 conferences. Tom also lectures widely for Nova Systems and the Australian Government on EW, Operational Test and Evaluation and Force Protection.

 

Dr Brad Ferguson is currently the Combat System Chief Architect for the Air Warfare Destroyer Project at Raytheon. In this role he is responsible for the technical design integrity of the Combat System and provides technical leadership to the 100+ strong engineering team responsible for the design, specification, procurement, integration and testing of the Combat System for Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyers. He has a particular emphasis on the AWD EW suite, carried on from his previous role as the EW Project Lead.

Brad Ferguson has over 14 years of experience in EW industry. Prior to his current role at Raytheon, he worked in Tenix’s Electronic Systems Division on several EW projects including the Cuttlefish Radar Electronic Attack system, the SIDEARM photonic link augmentation for EW receivers and the MENACER radar.

Brad Ferguson has BE and PhD degrees from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Adelaide. He is a past recipient of several awards including the AOC Industry Award, the South Australian Tall Poppy award, the Fulbright Scholarship and the Engineers Australia SA Young Professional Engineer of the Year. He has authored and co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and has been accepted into the US-based Raytheon Engineering Leadership Development Program. His research interests include radar and EW digital signal processing and THz imaging.

Brad seeks to enhance the rejuvenated AOC General Meetings program to support networking and information exchange between members and ensure that the 2014 AOC Symposium maintains the high standards for which it is renowned.

 

Mr. Scott Goyne is currently the Client Executive, National Security & Intelligence for Fujitsu Australia Limited responsible for the development of the various classified applications and systems in support of national security agencies. He currently leads a diverse group of staff assisting Defence with Project Management, Systems Engineering, Software and Hardware Design and Development, Test and Evaluation and Capability Definition. He also leads a team that has undertaken a business process reform program for a Defence Systems Program Office (SPO).

Scott joined the RAAF and graduated from the RAAF School of Radio in 1978 as a Radio Technician (Air). He has since completed a Certificate of Technology (Electronics), Diploma of Engineering (Avionics), Master Project Director (MPD) Level 6, and an Advanced Diploma in Project Management.

Scott has more than 34 years of experience in technology management and systems engineering and has conducted independent project reviews and developed strategic project plans, logistics support concepts and cost estimates for many complex technology projects and is a former Design Engineer for RAAF Electronic Warfare and F-111 Avionics systems.

Scott brings expertise in areas of Business Development, Project & Program Management, Systems Engineering, Capability Definition Documentation, Information and Communications Technology, Integration Design and Implementation, and Technical Leadership.

 

Fernando has served in the RAAF since 1983 in the Avionics, Technical Airworthiness and Electronic Warfare fields, holding a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering Honours degree and Master of Science in Electronic Warfare.

His JEWOSU service includes F111 EWSP, Ground ESM (earning an Air Commander Australia commendation for engineering excellence, creating a satellite networked Radar detecting Air Defence vehicle), EW Instructor, OIC EW Systems, Senior Design Engineer, and a key role in creating the Australian Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) operational support capability.

He served in Afghanistan during most of 2011 as ISAF Joint Command's Chief of CIED Electronic Counter Measure Operations, directing and advising on employment of CIED ground and air technologies as Capability Manager for 50 coalition nations while assisting in frontline Explosive Ordnance investigation. On his return, he led a team performing aircraft modification and data telemetry for flight test at Aerospace Systems Engineering Squadron and followed this with the post of ADF Airworthiness Standards Representative and Senior Design Engineer for Aeronautical Life Support Equipment.

As a serving military member, he seeks to ensure current operational input to Old Crows business, maintaining relevance with latest industry trends and the war fighter's needs. As President, he showed a determination to continue the drive towards greater engagement geographically and professionally, involving greater activity nationally and regionally and with the related fields of EW, IO, and Cyber. He enjoys significant involvement in AOC and other industry-related events as organiser, educator and contributing speaker.

As well as President of the Australian AOC Chapter, he ends his long-standing Presidency of Adelaide's Spanish Radio, Committee membership of the South Australian Division of Engineers Australia, command of 613 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets and regular engagement with the public in many representational roles including career sessions and ceremonial events.

As a fluent Spanish speaker and Category 4 linguist, he often provides concurrent Spanish/English translation for international visits. Fernando spends his remaining time mentoring young people in mathematics, science, leadership and the EW and Engineering professions. As Director of the STEMSEL Foundation, he engages with a range of organisations at all levels of education from primary to tertiary to provide underprivileged children with technology opportunities as part of national reconciliation and microbusiness development, with a strong focus on growing Australia's international reputation for education and innovation.

Fernando will be adding Indonesian to his list of languages in 2015 before attending Command and Staff College in Bandung, hoping to return on graduation to command the Air Force's EW or Cyber units.

Recent Presentations

Fernando has presented at the EW Asia 2011 Conference in Singapore, the 2012 AOC Convention and Engineering Leadership Conference, both in Adelaide, Land Warfare Conference in Melbourne, EW Asia 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and to Engineers Australia in 2013. At the International RADAR2013 conference held in Adelaide he presented Unlocking the Mysteries of Radar, a free-to-the-public lecture on radar technologies. His most recent conference presentation was at EW Asia 2014 in Kuala Lumpur in March. Since, then, he condensed and presented his radar lecture as part of the AOC's Virtual Webinar series, which can be viewed at AOC Virtual Webinar - Unlocking the Mysteries of Radar.

His most recent significant role was as Chair and presenter at Adelaide's highly successful AOC Australasia Convention in August 2014.

Fernando completed his 2014 activities as invited ADF guest presenter at EW GCC on 18/19 November 2014 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and at the Awards Night and AGM where he passed his presidency to WGCDR Joe Bennett for the 2015/16 term.

Future Events

Fernando looks forward to contributing to AOC business as a Victorian Director and Australian Chapter Immediate Past President in the year to come.

 

Dr. Brad Ferguson 

Project Lead - EW, Air Warfare Destroyer Systems Centre

Dr Brad Ferguson is currently the EW Project Lead for the Air Warfare Destroyer Project at Raytheon.  In this role he is the lead for the design, specification, procurement, integration and testing of the EW suite for Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyers.

Brad Ferguson has over 10 years of experience in EW industry.  Prior to his current role at Raytheon, he worked in Tenix’s Electronic Systems Division on several EW projects including the Cuttlefish Radar Electronic Attack system, the SIDEARM photonic link augmentation for EW receivers, and the MENACER radar.

Brad Ferguson has BE and PhD degrees from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Adelaide. He is a past recipient of several awards including the AOC Industry Award, the South Australian Tall Poppy award, the Fulbright Scholarship and the Engineers Australia SA Young Professional Engineer of the Year. He has authored and co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, and has been accepted into the US-based Raytheon Engineering Leadership Development Program. His research interests include radar and EW digital signal processing, and THz imaging.

 

Mr. Scott Goyne

Client Executive, National Security & Intelligence, Fujitsu Australia Limited

Mr. Scott Goyne is currently the Client Executive,National Security & Intelligence for Fujitsu Australia Limited responsible for the development of the various classified applications and systems in support of national security agencies. He currently leads a diverse group of staff assisting Defence with Project Management, Systems Engineering, Software and Hardware Design and Development, Test and Evaluation and Capability Definition. He also leads a team that has undertaken a business process reform program for a Defence Systems Program Office (SPO).

Scott joined the RAAF and graduated from the RAAF School of Radio in 1978 as a Radio Technician (Air). He has since completed a Certificate of Technology (Electronics), Diploma of Engineering (Avionics), Master Project Director (MPD) Level 6, and an Advanced Diploma in Project Management.

Scott has more than 34 years of experience in technology management and systems engineering and has conducted independent project reviews and developed strategic project plans, logistics support concepts and cost estimates for many complex technology projects and is a former Design Engineer for RAAF Electronic Warfare and F-111 Avionics systems.

Scott brings expertise in areas of Business Development, Project & Program Management, Systems Engineering, Capability Definition Documentation, Information and Communications Technology, Integration Design and Implementation, and Technical Leadership.

 

Mr. W. L. (Bill) Lawrence

Director, LSPSPODMO

Bill Lawrence is the Director of the Land Self Protection System Program Office, based in Canberra. His current responsibilities include directing the strategic procurement, rapid acquisition, sustainment and DMO operational support of systems to counter remote controlled IEDs.

In Bill’s recent past, he was the joint pseudo-Chief of Staff to the Head Electronic Systems, where he was involved in the demerger of the Electronics and Weapons Systems businesses, the development of the new Defence White Paper, the costing and content of the Defence Capability Plan, and a number of Electronic Systems structural and efficiency initiatives.

Bill has been involved in the build-up of the Electronic Systems Integration Branch within DMO and an initiator in the stand-up of the Defence Electronics Sector Development Forum. He has been a project sponsor within CDG (Project Arrangement 10 and the restructure of the airborne EW Self-Protection program), an operations manager in the DMO EW Project Office, and has managed the DMO development of emerging EW projects.

Bill has a communications and computing background dating from the late-1970s, where he worked with the then Telecom Australia (now Telstra), before joining the RAAF as a direct entry pilot in 1982. In RAAF service he piloted C-130H Hercules aircraft and a number of F-111 variants, before leading the delivery and introduction to operational service of 15 F-111G aircraft in the early-mid-1990s.

Bill has completed the AICD Company Directors Course. He has a long association with electronic warfare dating back to the stand-up of what is now JEWOSU in Adelaide in the early 1990s. Bill would bring to the AOC a knowledge base in emerging elements of the land self protection domain, backgrounds in capability development and DMO procurement and sustainment, and experience in the running of high-tempo operational and business units.

 

Mr. Chris Lindemann

Project Manager Launch Sub System (Nulka Program), 

BAE Systems Defence Australia

Chris Lindemann is a Project Manager with BAE Systems’ Weapons Systems Line of Business, and is directly responsible for leading the Project Definition Study (and the bid), which will define the next generation of Nulka Active Missile Decoy system. The Legacy Nulka program has been a BAE success story since the system entered service in the mid 90’s.

His early career began as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer before returning to study his undergraduate engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Mr. Lindemann’s previous roles have provided technical leadership to numerous defence projects with Tier 1 organisations including Gippsland Aeronautics, Tenix Defence Systems, ASC Pty Ltd and now BAE Systems. In these roles his technical domain expertise has been primarily concerned with the Platform Integration of Combat Systems onto military platforms.

Mr. Lindemann has held several executive positions for not – for – profit organisations including Engineers Australia, the Australian Society for Defence Engineering and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Mr. Lindemann holds Trade Qualifications in Aircraft Maintenance, undergraduate qualifications in Mechanical Engineering, Graduate Certificates in; Business Administration, Test and Evaluation, Project Management and Astrophysics, a  Masters in Systems Engineering and is currently working towards a Masters in Project Management.

Through the amalgamation of Mr Lindemann’s technical background and broad academic achievements, he offers a driven leadership approach, extensive  industry knowledge and dedication of service.

 
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