|Electronic Warfare University Stands Up at Edwards |
Electronic Warfare University Stands Up at Edwards
By Airman Wes Auldridge, Air Force Flight Test Center Public Affairs.
Edwards Air Force Base, California -- (AFPN) January 4, 2002 -- Edwards engineers are now getting advanced education on testing and evaluating electronic warfare systems through a new program called Electronic Warfare Test and Evaluation University.
Created by the 412th Test Wing's Electronic Warfare Directorate, experts developed the program to train Edwards' electronic warfare test engineers on testing and evaluating highly sophisticated systems they encounter here.
Marty Welch, electronic warfare test engineering division technical expert, said the program provides a standardized comprehensive training program for all electronic warfare directorate engineers.
"Electronic warfare is not a discipline taught in engineering schools, and as a new engineer fresh from college you probably won't have a background in electronic warfare systems," said Welch.
Before this program started, new electronic warfare engineers here were largely trained on an as-needed basis, according to Welch. He said the engineers were sent to specialized classes wherever they could find the training, but it was not a structured program.
"The electronic warfare directorate started the Electronic Warfare Test and Evaluation University because specific electronic warfare training is hard to find," said Welch. "Commercially available training is also frequently unclassified and generic.
"The main goal of the training here is to teach the engineers how to conduct test and evaluation on electronic warfare systems by providing classes on specific threat systems, electronic warfare systems, and test and evaluation methodologies and techniques."
Previous electronic warfare university students support the school’s efforts.
"This is very useful for any electronic warfare engineer," said Sam Smith, an electronic warfare engineer and student of the school. "The course was taught by a very experienced professional in the field and covered the material very thoroughly."
To consolidate training and avoid redundancy, electronic warfare directorate experts here established cooperative relationships with other similar electronic warfare test and evaluation organizations. They said the goal is not to be teaching the same thing at the same time in different locations. The school has established a dedicated training facility at the directorate's west base location.
"The classroom is like a normal university with an instructor at the front of the class going over slide presentations with general ideas being taught," said Smith. "The instructor will then go into more detail on each slide."
Classes typically range from three to five days and consist of both those developed through a contract with Science Applications International Corporation, more commonly known as SAIC, and commercially available classes.
(Courtesy of Air Force Materiel Command News Service)