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Low Observable Theory

Part of the spectrum warfare series, this course examines the relevant aspects of low observable concepts, the technology used in the production of stealth aircraft, counter-stealth techniques, and the implications to spectrum warfare.

  • Course Number

    ICFA122
  • Self-Paced

About This Course

This course examines the relevant aspects of low observable (LO) concepts, the technology used in the production of stealth aircraft, counter-stealth techniques, and the implications to spectrum warfare.

Specifically, we will begin by discussing the active and passive detectable signatures used to find, fix, track, target, engage, and assess stealth aircraft. Next, we will review radar theory basics, take note of the radar equation used to determine probable detection ranges, and describe how to measure an aircraft's radar cross section. Additionally, we will look at the role of a Serbian SA-3 crew and the poor NATO tactics that led to the F-117 shootdown and study current counter-stealth techniques. Lastly, we will compare the advantages and disadvantages to employing stealth aircraft.

Requirements

This is the last course in the spectrum warfare series. Thus, it is recommended you complete the other courses in this series first to ensure you have a strong foundation of electronic, infrared, and acoustic theory and an understanding of spectrum warfare before attempting this course.

Instructor

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Robert D. Folker Jr.

Robert Folker has over three decades of combat-tested experience as an intelligence officer. Specifically, he has tactical, operational, and strategic expertise in intelligence analysis, surveillance, and reconnaissance; air, space, cyber, and special operations; and information warfare. He is a graduate and former instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University, and is a published author on intelligence.

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