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Cognitive Electronic Warfare: Conceptual Design and Architecture
Qinghan Xiao
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Volume - 9   Issue - 3    |    Publication Date - December 2020  Table of Contents
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Cognitive Electronic Warfare, Intelligent System Architecture, Previously Unknown Threat, Feedback-Based Decision-Making.
ABSTRACT
Computing revolution is heralding the transition from digital to cognitive that is the third significant era in the history of computer technology: the cognitive era. It is about the use of computers to mimic human thought processes, such as perception, memory, learning and decision-making in highly dynamic environments. In recent years, there is a growing research interest in the development of cognitive capabilities in radio frequency technologies. Using cognition-based techniques, a radar system would be able to perceive its operational environment, fine-tune and accordingly adjust its emission parameters, such as the pulse width, pulse repetition interval, and transmitter power, to perform its assigned task optimally. It is certain that traditional electronic warfare (EW) methods, which rely on pre-programmed attack strategies, will not be able to efficiently engage with such a radar threat. Therefore, the next generation of EW systems needs to be enhanced with cognitive abilities so that they can make autonomous decisions in response to changing situations, and cope with new, unknown radar signals. Because the system architecture is a blueprint, this paper presents a conceptual cognitive EW architecture that carries out both electronic support and electronic attack operations to synthesize close-to-optimal countermeasures subject to performance goals.
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Dr. Qinghan Xiao
Radar Electronic Warfare Section, Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa Research Centre, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0Z4 - Canada
qinghan.xiao@forces.gc.ca