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Applied RF Engineering for Military Professionals

Applied RF Engineering for Military Professionals is a 3-day specialized RF Engineering Certificate that provides military and defense professionals with the positioning to take advantage of the technological advances in both the commercial and military arenas. Participants will learn the fundamental principles of RF Theory of Operations, Foundation of Electromagnetic Energy, RF Systems, theory of antennas, Principle of Radars,  Electronic Warfare (EW), Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), LPD/LPI, Space and Satellite Communications, Modern Cellular Networks including 4G, 5G, 6G, WiFi, Bluetooth and more.

Participants will learn how RF engineering will be applied to planning, design, testing and operations of military systems. Also reviewed are the key concepts of simulating, testing, verification and validating RF systems.

Learning Objectives
  • An overview of RF theory and operations
  • Explore the latest commercial and military RF systems.
  • An overview of RF spectrum and propagation models
  • How to validate feasibility of custom RF links
  • How to plan, design, simulate and test various RF systems
  • RF antenna, transmitter and receiver planning, design, testing and operation.
  • Modeling and Simulation (M&S) of RF Systems
  • Test and Evaluation (T&E) of RF systems
  • Overview of applied RF to military systems
  • How to plan, design and test radars and Electronic Warfare (EW) systems
  • Overview of SIGINT, ELINT and COMSEC
  • Differentiate the RF theory of operations, RF system design requirements and RF System Testing and operations
  • Identify the constraints at RF propagation and frequencies
  • Learn RF and antenna system design
  • Be able to design RF blocks and systems, calculate the RF systems and sub-systems characteristics
Program Benefits
  • Introductory-level theory and practical knowledge to enter the field as a military RF technician, military RF engineer or analyst
  • Advanced study in specific topic areas to help professionals stay current with new developments in their fields
  • Practical training to complement a formal course of academic one
  • Include examples and exercises to reinforce the concepts presented and explain their applications
  • Provide broad concepts underlying the basic principles of operations of most types of radars
  • Include documentation to lead to further reading of interesting concepts and applications
Program Outline/Agenda

Overview of Electromagnetic Spectrum (EM), RF, Radio Spectrum and Bands

  • Fundamentals of Electromagnetics and RF
  • RF applications, services, and technologies
  • Overview of electromagnetic radiation
  • EM Spectrum and wavelength
  • Frequency vs. wavelength example
  • The Radio spectrum
  • Overview of RF Propagation
  • Atmospheric Propagation Effects

RF Engineering 101

  • RF system specifications
  • Planning of RF systems
  • Theory of operation
  • Spectrum management
  • RF engineering principles
  • Interference analysis
  • Link design
  • Principles of noise and interference
  • Principles of jamming
  • Communications control and jamming
  • Signal generation and modulation
  • Antenna Theory

Advanced RF Systems Concepts and Designs

  • Electromagnetic fields and waves
  • Advanced Propagation Theory
  • Managing of Electromagnetic Interference
  • MMWaves, THz, Visible Light Communications (VLC) and Antennas
  • Overview of Software Defined Radio (SDR)
  • RF systems simulation, testing and feasibility
  • RF modeling and simulation
  • Fundamentals of Antenna, Adaptive Antennas and Phased Arrays
  • Fundamental Principles of Space RF and Satellite Communications
  • Fundamentals of Modern Cellular Technologies: 4G, 5G and 6G
  • Fundamentals of WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Fundamentals of SATCOM
  • Overview of GPS. A-PNT and HAN Satellites

Advanced Military Satellite Systems

  • Evolution of Satellite Communication
  • Military Satellite Communications
  • Satellite and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance
  • Introduction to Satellite Tactical Data Operations
  • C4ISR & Remote Sensing
  • Full Motion Video (FMV) Exploitation
  • Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) Fundamentals
  • Intelligence Analysis & Fusion
  • Coding, Modulation, Spread Spectrum Techniques and Encryption
  • Types of Satellite Communications Capabilities and Limitations
  • Voice, Video, Data, IP, Software Defined Radios
  • Communications Planning
  • Network Topologies
  • Typical Scenarios and Environments
  • Antenna Characteristics
  • Antenna Planning Considerations
  • Missile Warning Satellite Systems
  • CubeSAT

Applied RF to Defense 

  • RF network design support, installation
  • Configuration for all RF network deployments, operations and maintenance
  • RF transmitters, receivers and apertures
  • Propagation effects
  • RF signal processing and detection algorithms
  • Fundamental Principles of Radar
  • Advanced Radar Technologies: Capabilities and Opportunities
  • Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR)
  • Space Fence
  • Air Based Radar
  • Antenna, Adaptive Antennas and Phased Arrays
  • Fundamentals of Phased Array Radar Systems
  • Electronic Warfare (EW), Electronic Attack (EA), Electronic Countermeasures (ECM)
  • Applied SIGINT and ELINT
  • The Impact of LPI/LPD Waveforms and Anti-Jam Capabilities on Military Communications
  • Low Probability of Intercept/Low Probability of Detection (LPI/LPD) waveforms
  • Anti-jam Capabilities
  • Overview of Tactical Data Links (TDLs): Link 16, JREAP, VMF, TTNT, and MADL
  • Low Observables (LO) / Stealth
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility / Electromagnetic Interference (EMC / EMI)
  • Capstone Project (Group project)

Basics of TEMPEST applied to Military RF Systems

  • What is TEMPEST?
  • Telecommunications and Electrical Machinery Protected from Emanations Security
  • Basics of Electromagnetic Radio Waves or Electromagnetic Radiation
  • Electronic, electro-optical or electromechanical devices
  • Basics of Antennas
  • TEMPEST shielding

Electromagnetic Shielding for Emission Security (EMSEC or Emanations Security)

  • Architectural shielding against microwave and radio-frequency radiation
  • Installation of electromagnetic shielding used for EMSEC applications
  • Industrial espionage,
  • RF and wireless attacks from hackers
  • Effective emissions security shielding system
  • Van Eck emissions
  • The interception of Van Eck emissions
  • Espionage procedure using the detection of electromagnetic emissions from computer monitors to reconstruct the content of the screen
  • EMC Testing – Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Overview of High-altitude EMP (HEMP) effect and protection

Overview of EMI/RFI Data Security

  • Data Security
  • Emission security (EMSEC)
  • Communications security (COMSEC)
  • BLACK and RED communications

Electromagnetic Emissions Testing

  • Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) testing
  • EMC Directive (2004/108/EC) – CE Mark
  • Wireless inductive charging testing
  • EMC Testing for different equipment
  • EMC Pre-Compliance EM Scan tools




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