We are Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare (ISREW) Operations Experts
The School of Information Operations is a collaboration between SOIO Pty Ltd and defence and security multinational Leonardo, whose portfolio includes world-class Electronic Warfare products and services. Through its Leonardo Academy in Lincoln, UK, the company provides EW training to customers from around the world.
SOIO offers extensive expertise in training solutions to meet government and industry needs to achieve a skilled and capable workforce. By leveraging relationships with Leonardo and other training providers, SOIO provides a range of training solutions including tailoring a suite of courses and course delivery to meet the client organisation’s specific requirements.
The SOIO aims to deliver training to enable and support workforce growing needs for EW, communications, operations support and cyber.
SOIO courses cover the theory and applications of Information and Cyber Security, Cyber Operations, Electronic Warfare Fundamentals, Operational Support and Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA). The courses and workshops leverage on the multi-domain expertise of Leonardo and SOIO. These courses can be tailored to meet the industry and organisation’s specific requirements.
SOIO also advises on aerospace, undersea/maritime warfare, electronic warfare and training, with years of experience in these areas.
Our highly skilled and experienced professionals provide expertise and direction to organisations, helping them to navigate complex challenges and make informed decisions from strategic planning and tactical analysis to logistics and technology implementation.
If you are seeking to achieve Defence technology-related objectives and maintain a competitive edge you should contact SOIO here.
SOIO has a world-class team of experienced instructors teaching Electronic and Cyber Warfare courses. With a mix of real-world experience and decades of knowledge, SOIO’s team of instructors is second to none.
Glenn Murray (CEO)
Glenn Murray has been a lead instructor for the SOIO for a number of years. He has delivered specialised EW, Cyber, Undersea Warfare (USW) and Space training courses to 100s of students.
Glenn is a C4IEW system expert with significant ADF training experience and over 30 years’ operational experience with C5ISREW systems. This includes their interaction and operations within EW, Cyber and Space domains.
Glenn has managed the integration and testing of C5ISREW systems across various ADF platforms and operational environments. This includes the use of EW and space-based systems to support operational tasks. Glenn has managed and operated sensors including imaging radars, EO/IR cameras, EW, and C4 systems and has been an instructor of these systems.
Glenn has deployed on national and international operations and exercises. His EW operational experience includes numerous deployments providing direct C5ISREW support to ADF, Coalition and Joint Special Forces.
Bruce Preston (Chief Instructor)
Bruce is an experienced Capability Management practitioner. He has specialisations in advanced aircraft sensor systems, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) Maritime warfare roles. His experience encompasses the employment and management of high-end warfare capabilities. This came from both a tactical and strategic perspective during independent and joint operations.
Bruce was a Sensor Employment Manager (SEM) on the AP-3C Orion. In addition, he has experience in managing and operating sensors including imaging radars, EO/IR cameras, EW, and C4 systems on operations; he has also been an instructor on all of these sensor systems.
Bruce has been deployed on national and international operations and ASW exercises. His operational experience includes numerous deployments providing direct support to ADF, coalition elements and Joint Special Forces.
Bruce has conducted an EW Systems Management role at the Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit (JEWOSU). He was responsible for implementing an engineering management system to conduct EW system Operational Flight Program development, library production and deployed data analysis and reprogramming for the AP-3C EW systems.
Bruce has a thorough knowledge of Defence aviation. He has nearly 8,000 flying hours as Sensor Operator, Sensor Manager, Instructor, Safety Officer and EW Systems Test and Trials Manager.
Bruce has been involved with all facets of the aviation capability lifecycle. This includes document development (Operational Concept Document (OCD), Concept of Operations (CONOPS), Signal Operating Instructions (SOI), Strike Group Defender (SGD) Trials Plans and User Manuals), training and education and operational service integration.
Zane Gray (Instructor)
Zane Gray is a highly qualified and experienced military and Defence Industry practitioner with over 38 years of military and commercial experience. This experience covers aviation, test and evaluation, wide area surveillance, and ISR capabilities. His most recent role was the CIOG Operational Requirements Manager. Here, he delivered improved operational outcomes for Air Force and Joint Capabilities Group for Air and Joint projects.
Zane has over 5300 hours of operational flying experience on P-3 Orion variants. He has been involved in Test and Evaluation of P-3 EW systems, aircraft systems, Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter EW and weapon systems. Zane trained as an Airborne Electronics Analyst and completed operational and instructional tours at No. 10, 11 and 292SQNs as a Sensor Operator, Sensor Employment Manager, Navigator and Tactical Coordinator.
Zane worked as the Commanding Officer of the $1.5 billion Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN). He was responsible for successfully protecting Australia’s Northern Sea and Air approaches.
He was the Air Force Project Manager for the complex Distributed Ground Station – Australia (Interim) through the needs phase to Initial Material Release. The project was delivered within budget and with the required capability.
His Defence Industry experience includes Operations Management and Project Director for Nova Systems.
Zane is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course from the Australian Defence College, and holds a Master of Management (Defence Studies). In addition, he also holds tertiary postgraduate qualifications in project management, company directorship and test and evaluation.
Paul Wilkinson (Instructor)
Paul is an experienced Capability Management practitioner with a specialisation in advanced aircraft sensor systems and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) Maritime warfare roles. His experience encompasses the employment and management of high-end warfighting capabilities from both a tactical and strategic perspective during independent and Joint operations.
Paul was a Sensor Employment Manager (SEM) on the AP-3C Orion and has experience in managing and operating sensors including imaging radars, EO/IR cameras, EW, and C4 systems on operations. He has also been an instructor on the Australian Aircraft Integrated Systems Course (AISC) teaching Radar and Electronic Transmission Theory. Paul has deployed on national and international operations and ASW exercises. His operational experience includes numerous deployments providing direct support to ADF, coalition elements and Joint Special Forces.
Paul recently performed an EW countermeasures liaison role at JEWOSU. He has a thorough knowledge of Defence aviation, with 7800 flying hours operational flying as Sensor Operator, Sensor Manager, Instructor and EW systems test and trials manager.
Paul has been involved with RAAF operational Testing and evaluation of Radar and other systems for the AP-3C Orion aircraft, including document development (Trials plans, reports and user manuals) including T&E and operational service integration.
Marty Young (Instructor)
Marty initially joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1985 as Aircraft Technician and transferred to RAAF in 1990 as an Airborne Electronics Analyst. Marty has 27 years flying experience on P-3C and AP-3C surveillance aircraft in EW and AW roles. He was commissioned to Sensor Employment Manager (SEM) on P-3C/AP-3C and was responsible for EW/AW coordination and reporting for all missions.
Marty was posted to 292SQN as an instructor teaching EW and AW conversion courses as well as SEM training. He was posted to 92WG as Wing Standards Officer in a team which coordinated advanced training and assessment of 92WG online crews for advanced warfighting skills, which also included conducting post flight analysis of missions to reinforce lessons learnt and training objectives.
Marty was then posted to 92WG Operations for 3 years, which included Exercise Planning experience with ADF and Coalition forces. Marty deployed to the Middle East as Senior Operations Manager for 92WG.
Marty was posted to RMAF Butterworth in Malaysia as Operation Officer and responsible for coordination of AP-3C missions conducted from Malaysia. He was deployed with 5FLT to Afghanistan as Mission Commander for HERON UAVs and upon return from deployment was selected as an Instructor to teach subsequent deployments into theatre. Marty currently serves as a reservist with RAAF Air Warfare Centre (AWC). Marty have also been employed with AWC Plans and he was responsible for the planning of major exercises including Communications and EW tasking messages and deconfliction for participating units.
Craig Simpson (Commercial Manager)
Craig joined the RAAF in 1990 and spent the first four years completing an Honours degree in Computer Science at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). After qualifying as a Navigator in 1994, Craig was posted to 10SQN as a Navcom/Tacco on P-3C Orion aircraft.
Craig completed the Canadian Forces Aerospace Systems course and then completed three postings at EWSQN/JEWOSU - as EW Flight Test Navigator, Flight Commander then Executive Officer (XO).
After Craig left the RAAF in 2003, he completed many EW consultancy roles with Jacobs, ACTS, AMW and DEWC Services; working on projects such as SEA1405, SEA1411, AIR87, AIR5276, DSTG MECA, LAND400, JP500 and Nulka.
In 2018, Craig and four others founded SOIO. Craig serves on the Board of Directors, and he is currently the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).
SOIO entered into a collaboration with Defence Science & Technology Group (DST), Joint Capabilities Group (JCG) and Flinders University, establishing the Professional Electronic Warfare Training, Education and Research (PEWTER) memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop an EW talent pipeline for the Australian Defence Organisation and defence industry.
The parties involved in the PEWTER MOU will bring the necessary resources to create and scale a Centre of Excellence at Flinders University to facilitate professional EW training, education and research to stimulate and sustain EW workforce development.
The Leonardo Academy in Lincoln (UK) provides customers with the tools, processes and training to exploit maximum benefit from their investment in EW business systems.
Leonardo is a leading supplier of Electronic Warfare (EW) products and capabilities. This also comes from a deep understanding of the Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) environment.
The Leonardo Academy (Lincoln) offers academic (accredited up to Master of Science -MSc- level) operational training and software toolsets for the UK's Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support (EWOS) Centre. The academy also delivers courses for a variety of international customers.
The Australian Information Warfare Alliance (AIWA) brings together leading industry partners to collaborate on building the country’s Defence IW capabilities and deliver on AUKUS Pillar 2 capabilities. The AIWS is an Australian Defence Industry-led consortium.
The AIWA founding members include DEWC Services, Asension, SOIO - School of Information Operations, CyberOps and Elysium EPL.
Working closely with Defence and Academia on key IW priorities, the AIWA will deliver specialised IW capability and capacity, offering specialist support and expertise, training services, simulation and wargaming, sovereign research and development and in-house capability development.
DEWC Services is a community of experienced electronic warfare engineers and practitioners. DEWC Services has been dedicated to serving the Australian Defence Force and its industry partners since 2011. DEWC Services provides relevant and expert Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare (ISREW) technology in their acquisitions and operations in Air, Land and Sea domains.
Over the years DEWC Services' collective expertise and technical capabilities have multiplied. As they have developed their skills in the field of EW, their understanding of the electromagnetic environment has broadened.
SOIO prides itself on the learning culture. Not only is the education at SOIO second to none, but the environment is also one of excellence.
Students enjoyed their experience with SOIO and went on to have a profound impact on the landscape of electronic warfare in Australia.
Read their stories and what they enjoyed about their time at SOIO:
"As someone that is very new to the field of EW and the Defence Industry, I found this course very interesting and beneficial to my career."
Electronic Warfare student
"I would definitely 100% recommend the course to my colleagues. Extremely efficient and engaging."
Undersea Warfare student
"Overall a great course that hit some key and interesting topics - thankyou!"
Defence Space student
"Thank you for a great course. Great presentation style with lots of opportunities to ask questions and talks about real life examples which all made it a really enjoyable and informative course."
Maritime Operations student
"An excellent course with the right balance of theory and practical, meeting the objectives and my expectations."