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ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO REGISTER! Discuss How We Shape the Battlefield at the AOC Land EW Conference, Dec. 11-13 in Quantico, Va.
Within many military circles, it is becoming more and more evident that the electromagnetic spectrum and its manipulation, with a variety of tool sets, will dictate the actions of commanders in the 21st century. Whether monitoring a ground radar or leading from an operations center, the increased attention revolving around cyberspace and activities associated with the information environment are warranted given their ability to manipulate a commander’s perception of the battlefield. From an EMS perspective, the challenge is twofold: identifying the right technologies and then institutionalizing their use. Effective manipulation of the EMS requires that members clearly understand their roles and responsibilities so as to ensure spectrum activities support a commander’s intent.

The AOC Land EW Conference provides focus on technological and organizational efforts, from land component perspective toward meeting these ends. Sessions and demonstrations provide evidence of how the U.S. and Allied services are implementing technology and changing organizational paradigms in order to manipulate the EMS environment.

All attendees must be registered and cleared for Secret // Rel USA CAN AUS GBR.
In order to participate, please submit your clearance via JPAS SMO Code 9L761* / select level 4 / POC Tony Ramos. Incoming visit authorization letters may be faxed to (703) 549-2589. Everyone attending this conference must submit a visit request no later than December 3, 2012.
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NEW COURSES ANNOUNCED! Get the Skills You Need Through AOC Professional Development
Last chance for education this year, plus new courses announced for 2013! Don't miss these great courses form the AOC, all conveniently located at AOC Headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

Dec. 4-7: Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare Course
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Jan. 21-22: Survey of Electromagnetic Battle Control Applications Course
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Feb. 12-15: Introduction to Radar and EW Course
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March 12-15: Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare Course
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April 9-12: Fundamental Principles of EW Course
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ABSTRACTS DUE DECEMBER 10: Call for Presentations for the 43rd Annual Collaborative EW Symposium, January 29-31

As EW warfighting requirements continue to evolve in their complexity and interdependency, it is clear that future EW systems must work collaboratively with other air, ground, surface and space systems, such as cyber, intel, kinetic and spectrum management.

The 43rd Annual Point Mugu Electronic Warfare Symposium will facilitate the exchange of enabling concepts and provide a venue to disseminate current research in the fields of collaborative electronic warfare. Prominent leaders, contributors and representatives from the military, government, academia and industry will come together to address current electronic warfare gaps and emerging technologies in collaborative electronic warfare required to address these gaps.


This call for presentations or demonstrations challenges presenters to explore the way forward in enabling collaborative EW through innovation and invention. Presentations or demonstrations from all services, DoD, industry and academia are requested that identify technical paths, options and potential opportunities for EW collaboration.

Submitted abstracts are specifically requested to address one or more of the symposium sessions: collaborative EW innovation and invention, cognitive and adaptive EW technologies, coordinated/distributed networked-enabled systems and warfighter perspectives. Amplifying information on these supporting topics and draft agenda are referenced below.

Abstracts for presentations are required in unclassified textual format and may be received as email or email enclosures. Please forward abstracts to our speaker coordinators Mr. Michael Herrera at michael.a.herrera1@navy.mil and Ms. Miranda Fulk at fulk@crows.org. The deadline is December 10, 2012.

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We surveyed Crows on their favorite books to form an "AOC Professional Reading List." Here are your selections for the Top 5 EW Books, Top 3 IO Books and Top 2 Great Reads:
 
1. EW 101, 102, and 103 – Dave Adamy*
2. Introduction to Radar Systems – Merrill Skolnik
3. Introduction to Airborne Radar – George W. Stimson*
4. Electronic Warfare in the Information Age – D. Curtis Schleher
5. Electronic Intelligence: The Analysis of Radar Signals – Richard G. Wiley
6. Information Warfare: Principles and Operations – Edward Waltz
7. Information Operations – Doctrine and Practice: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary Military, Strategic, & Security Issues) – Christopher Paul
8. Information Operations: The Hard Reality of Soft Power – Edwin L. Armistead
9. Most Secret War – Reginald V. Jones
10. Deep Black – William Burrows

*indicates that this book is available through the AOC Online Store.

Now you’re all set to give a great gift to your favorite crow. What better way to relax over the holidays. And visit the AOC Online Store for even more great AOC merchandise.

Know someone who would benefit from the AOC? Give the gift of membership. Contact Glorianne O'Neilin to arrange a gift membership today.

 

GIVE THE GIFT OF CONTENT from the 49th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention

The AOC Learning Center connects you to session recordings from the Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention so you can extend your learning experience year-round. Catch up on sessions you missed and review captivating presentations from leading industry experts. Enrich your professional development from the comfort of your own home and share important information with colleagues who couldn't attend.

Access is FREE for full symposium attendees. Access is only $99.

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I have some unwelcome news. The parliament passed a new bill at the end of October that essentially criminalises all of the open source work Air Power Australia (APA) has been publishing.
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Col. Charles J. "Jim" Ekvall served in Germany as an armor company fire-support officer and as fire-direction officer and platoon leader in a nuclear-capable direct-support field artillery battalion. He was instructional branch chief at the Field Artillery School, and a battalion operations and battalion executive officer at Fort Drum, N.Y. Worked in Army headquarters as the field artillery and electronic warfare organizational integrator for the deputy chief of staff. Deployed twice to Iraq; once for initial entry operations with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and later as the senior military adviser to the commanding general of the 4th Iraqi Army Infantry Div. (Aviation Week)
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Scientists at the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., are reaching out to industry for technologies that will lead to the next generation of electronic warfare (EW) systems for Navy and Marine Corps. forces. (Military & Aerospace Electronics)
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As the Navy transitions from the Prowler to the new Growler, one cornerstone of electronic warfare training will disappear before the legacy aircraft: the Prowler simulator. The loss of the last high-fidelity simulator at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., this spring will put a twist in the training program for freshly-winged aviators who still have to learn how to operate the EA-6B Prowler. But the loss will make room for a new EA-18G Growler sim. (NavyTimes – subscription required)
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U.S. Marines are known for being blunt and getting straight to the point, verbal or kinetic. But when USMC Lt. Gen. Richard Mills spoke to the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's TechNet Land Forces East conference in Baltimore in August, his openness about cyberwarfare came as a shock. (Aviation Week, via Early Bird)
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In the spring of 2010, a sheik in the government of Qatar began talks with the U.S. consulting company Booz Allen Hamilton about developing a plan to build a cyber-operations center. He feared Iran's growing ability to attack its regional foes in cyberspace and wanted Qatar to have the means to respond. (Washington Post)
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The success of the Iron Dome system in intercepting rockets shot from Gaza this month has attracted positive attention to Israel's military industries. Several days into the recent fighting, the system was reported to have at least an 85 percent success rate in knocking out incoming rockets. But favorable press alone will not boost sales by the large number of military equipment firms here that rely on exports to generate most of their revenue. (Haaretz)
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ITT Exelis reports its Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite has successfully completed electromagnetic compatibility testing in California. (UPI)
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At its peak military strength during the early years of the Cold War, Sweden boasted an inventory of about 1,000 combat aircraft, giving it one of the largest and best-equipped air forces in the world. Types operated include the nationally developed Saab J29 Tunnan, or "flying barrel," which was a precursor to later indigenous types such as the Lansen, Draken and Viggen. (Flightglobal)
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Shrinking U.K. defense budgets may cause the armed services to outsource their electronic warfare (EW) training to private industry, according to one training company. (Defense News)
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