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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS EXTENDED: Deadline Friday, July 8 to Submit Papers for the AOC 53rd International Symposium and Convention, November 29-December 1 in Washington, D.C.

The AOC Annual Symposium Committee is soliciting original unclassified English language technical papers for the 53rd International Symposium and Convention from U.S. and International leaders, operators, subject matter experts and thinkers from the military, academia and industry. Technical briefings will be organized into three lanes of operations: Electronic Support, Electronic Attack, and Electronic Protection. You are invited to submit an abstract of presentation in one of these sessions. Examples of some of the areas of interest are listed below.

Electronic Support
Electronic Attack
Electronic Protection
• ES multi-country data fusion
• Directed Energy
• Cyber Threat
• Artificial Intelligence
• System Hardening
• Receivers
• Reactive/Adaptive Loadsets
• Battlefield SA
• Geolocation
• UAS concepts
• Laser
• Signal Identification
• System of System concepts
• Data Flow Architectures • Waveforms • Interference Mitigation
• Transmitters • Passive Detect
• Cognitive Radios • Amplifiers • Multispectral Detect
• Addressing future waveforms • EA and Cyber Multifunction capabilities • Cyber
• ES in support of Cyber

Submission Deadline is EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, JULY 8!

Submission Information: E-mail the following information to the AOC Convention Abstracts Review Committee at frost@crows.org.

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LIVE ONLINE AND ON DEMAND WEB COURSES: Get the Competitive Insights You Need – Without the Typical Travel Costs

August 1-24
Introduction to RF and Microwave Front Ends - Live WebCourse
Instructor: Warren du Plessis
Classification: Unclassified
Twice Weekly | 1300-1600 EDT (17:00-20:00 UTC)

The Association of Old Crows is excited to increase the convenience of your learning opportunities through our brand new on-demand professional development library! The AOC is making some of our most popular courses available anytime & anywhere you're connected to the internet! On-demand course offerings currently include Dave Adamy's Fundamentals & Advanced Principles of EW and Kyle Davidson's ELINT - Principles and Practice.


PRESENTATIONS DUE FRIDAY, JULY 8: CEMA 2016 - Achieving Overmatch through the Convergence of Cyber, Signal, Electronic Warfare, Intelligence, and Space Capabilities, October 18-20

This upcoming October will mark 15 years of persistent conflict where the Army has enjoyed a distinct technological advantage in its fight against terrorism and in the conduct of counter-insurgency operations. Today we are on the brink of a new era of great power competition conflict. With a resurgent Russia and an escalating China, a civil war in Syria with international implications and Iran and North Korea steadily flexing their military presence, there are forces to be reckoned with. All are employing advanced electronic warfare and cyber capabilities at a rapid rate. Given these recent developments from prospective near-peer adversaries, the Army cannot afford to "wait until the wolf is at the door" and must prioritize maintaining overmatch; easier said than done. Limited resources dictate an innovative approach to the problem. The answer lies in the effective enterprise capability convergence of cyber, signal, electronic warfare, intelligence, information operations and space capabilities to ensure cyberspace dominance while simultaneously denying the same advantage to adversaries. The idea of capability convergence as a combat multiplier is the basis for this year’s conference theme.

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MG Bruce Crawford, USA
Commanding General CECOM & APG
MG Kirk F. Vollmecke
Program Executive Officer, PEO IEW&S

Mr. Kevin M. Coggins, SES

Direct Reporting Program Manager,
Positioning, Navigation & Timing

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Thursday, July 28
14:00-15:00 EDT

A new world of materials is emerging called "metamaterials" where physical properties are altered to achieve results that don't naturally occur in nature. Metamaterials are materials that use resonance properties to "cheat" nature and cause effects to occur that may benefit antenna radiation and possibly support "cloaking" devices. "Metamaterials" simply means materials that are beyond normal material properties. Their unique properties are created when resonance conditions are created. Often this is accomplished by creating cavities along the material surface that resonate at the design frequency. Switchable metamaterials can be used to dramatically reduce radar cross section or to modulate beam patterns for surface mounted antennas.

This lecture on metamaterials will cover the basic physics of these materials and will demonstrate several practical applications.

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PLAN NOW TO ATTEND: Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) Systems Engineering and Acquisition Conference, September 20-22

Our adversaries are using ubiquitous and cheap technology to further develop cyber warfare as well as advance and proliferate electromagnetic spectrum capabilities. EMW is an operational approach to seizing the initiative across the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). The goal is to combine EMW capabilities in the sea, air and land domains to generate enhanced combat effects. EMW, in essence, means leveraging the cyberspace domain and the full electromagnetic spectrum for both offensive and defensive effects.
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The Honorable Rob Wittman
US House of Representatives (VA-1)

Mr. Bryan Clark
Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)

Dr. John D Burrow
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation

RDML Lorin Selby, USN
Commander, USN Naval Surface Warfare Center

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 5th Annual AOC Pacific Conference,  November 8-9, Honolulu

Challenges and Opportunities for IO/EW/Cyber in A2/AD Environments

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together government, military, industry, academia, small business and other stakeholders for discussions on the operational challenges facing the practitioners of these IRCs, and to explore possible technological and tactics/procedural solutions. To stimulate wider interest and inquiry into these issues, the symposium and related activities and events will be open to registration by government, industry and academia representatives without regard to their AOC membership status (both AOC members and non-members may register) except that access of foreign and any other persons may be restricted as necessary in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

AOC is soliciting original unclassified English language papers for the 5th Pacific conference from international leaders, military personnel, subject matter experts and leading thinkers from the government, military, academia and industry. Potential Speakers are invited to note the conference sessions topics and specific areas of interest:
  • National perspectives on the IO, EMS and cyber aspects of overcoming A2/AD or countering Hybrid Warfare.
  • Historical perspectives of the application of IO to overcome anti-access strategies and to reach target audiences in denied environments
  • Analysis of current and potential threats to the U.S. and her Pacific Allies employing the integrated application of IRCs (IO) as a component of peacetime Hybrid Warfare
  • Analysis of adversary and potential adversary offensive cyber strategies for peacetime, crisis, and conflict.
  • Technological and engineering developments for enhanced Command and Control of the Information Environment
  • Technology solutions for monitoring the Information Environment for operations and assessment
Please contact the Symposium Chair, Arthur Tulak, COL USA, Ret, at arthur.n.tulak.ctr@pacom.mil if you are interested in speaking or want more information and provide the title of the proposed paper, a brief synopsis and information on the speaker. Company or product briefs will not be accepted. The deadline for submitting is close of business Wednesday, 31 August 2016, but earlier is better.


BG Richard K. Sele
Deputy Commanding General, U.S.
Army Civil Affairs and Psychological
Operations Command (invited)

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REGISTER NOW FOR AUGUST'S AOC WEBINAR: Introduction to Anechoic Chambers, August 11

Thursday, August 11  | 14:00-15:00 EDT (18:00-19:00 UTC)

This presentation provides an overview of the RF/microwave absorbers and their use in the optimized designs of anechoic chambers. A brief theoretical background and measurement methods are introduced on the absorbers and chamber designs. Measurement techniques on the absorbers and chambers are discussed, including the free-space VSWR method. The free-space VSWR is the most widely used method for measuring the performance of an anechoic chamber. Its test procedure and theory are introduced. Further discussions are provided on various chamber design considerations and the use of absorbers to enhance the performances of an anechoic chamber.

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CELEBRATING EXEMPLARY SERVICE: Congratulations to the AOC 2016 Award Winners

The AOC will recognize the premier leaders in EW, IO and EMS Operations fields throughout our 53rd Annual Symposium and Convention. Please join us in celebrating these award winners for their exemplary service to our community. The Gold Medal Award is the highest award given by the AOC for outstanding advances and contributions in all fields of EW and IO. The Gold Medal Award will be presented during the Opening Session on Tuesday, November 29th. The Hal Gershanoff Silver Medal Award is presented to an AOC member to recognize outstanding service in furthering the goals of the Association or its Chapter Organization(s). It is the highest award given to a member for service to the AOC. The Hal Gershanoff Silver Medal, the Colonel Anton D. Brees Lifetime Service Awards and the Joseph W. Kearney Award will be presented at the Annual Banquet on Wednesday, November 30th. All other Individual awards will be presented at separate venues.

Full List of Award Winners


AOC 2016 ELECTIONS TAKE PLACE THIS SEPTEMBER: Learn About the Candidates Now in This Year's Election Guide
The 2016 AOC International Elections will run September 1-30 this year, but the election guide is available now for you to begin learning about the candidates for whom you will cast your vote. This year members will elect two At Large board members, and one board member each from International Region I and International Region II. Online voting will be available September 1, or look for your paper ballot in the June edition of JED.

Read the Election Guide (PDF)


EW WORKING GROUP: AOC Supports Panel Discussion on Spectrum Policy

The House of Representatives EW Working Group (EWWG) hosted a panel discussion on June 21, 2016, cosponsored by the AOC and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). House staff and others joined to hear panelists: Mr. Fred Moorefield, Director, Spectrum Policy (DOD CIO); Ms. Paige Atkins, Associate Administrator (NTIA); Mr. Victor Sparrow, Director, Spectrum Policy and Planning (NASA); Mr. Ian Atkins, Director Spectrum Engineering & Policy (FAA); Ms. Jennifer Warren, Vice President, Technology Policy & Regulation (LMCO). Discussion was moderated by Ms. Laurie Buckhout, President, CORVUS Consulting (AOC Past President). The challenges facing spectrum managers and opportunities for the government were covered as Congress is considering many legislative proposals regarding spectrum policy. The EWWG event followed an earlier panel discussion in March hosted by the Senate Aerospace Caucus (SAC), which was also cosponsored by the AOC and AIA. Contact Ken Miller at ken@kmsadvocacy.com for more information.

HAVE YOU VISITED THE AOC JOB VACANCIES PAGE: Positions Posted Now, Employers Can Post Positions for Free
The AOC has launched a new webpage where members and sponsors can post job vacancies. Follow the guide located HERE to provide information on posting a job listing. Submitted listings will remain live for 30 days. The AOC will not format or edit submitted postings, and will not respond to any questions from candidates concerning postings. We are hoping that members and sponsors will take advantage of this free AOC service. Complete the guide linked above and submit to Tim Hutchison at hutchison@crows.org.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army’s New Rapid Capabilities Office Studies Electronic Warfare Boost
The brand new Army Rapid Capabilities Office is studying proposals to spend between $50 and $100 million on urgently needed electronic warfare gear, Breaking Defense has learned. The options include sensors to detect radar and radio signals, and jammers to block them, mounted on ground vehicles, soldiers’ backpacks and drones. Where will the money come from? It will probably have to be stripped from other Army budget lines, Col. Jeffrey Church, the senior officer in the Army’s small EW corps. cautioned yesterday during an interview in his Pentagon office. (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy Growlers Replace A-10s, Pavehawks in Philippine Rotation
Four more aircraft are headed to the Philippines, the Air Force announced, with the next iteration of Pacific Air Forces' continuing rotations to the Asia-Pacific nation. This time the temporary air contingent is four Navy EA-18G Growlers from Electronic Attack Squadron 138 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. The electronic warfare craft are headed to Clark Air Base in the Philippines. (Army Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: White House, Congress Differ on EC-130H Recapitalization
The Obama administration and Congress disagree over a U.S. Air Force proposal to transfer electronic warfare equipment from EC-130H Compass Call turboprops to a Gulfstream business jet platform. House and Senate committees have opposed the plan in drafting versions of the Fiscal Year 2017 defense authorization act – pending legislation the White House for other reasons has threatened to veto. (AIN Online)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Can America Crush Russia's A2/AD 'Bubbles'?
The United States has the right tools to take on Russian anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) zones in the European theatre, but it does not have enough capacity to take on Moscow’s new bastions head-on. Moreover, the U.S. military is overly reliant on air power to defeat those emerging threats. "We have the tools, but we do not have nearly enough of them – and the speed that we would need to eliminate these A2/AD bubbles – to be able to deploy our forces is going to be controlled by the depth of the bench of how we can attack those A2/AD forces." (The National Interest)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The U.S. Military’s Protection Deficit Disorder
Over the last 15 years of war, the Pentagon has prided itself on finding new ways to protect its men and women deployed in harm’s way — from new vehicles designed to shield troops from roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan to improved helmets and individual body armor. Yet perversely, this success has occurred at the same time that U.S. ground forces have lost much of their ability to protect themselves against far more lethal battlefield threats. This has made them more vulnerable in the future. Today, nearly every mid-grade leader in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps has significant experience battling insurgents and conducting combat operations in complex and demanding irregular warfare environments. (War on the Rocks)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Marines, Sailors Practice Amphibious Ops During Massive Pacific Exercise
Marines and sailors are training alongside their counterparts from Mexico and Australia over the next month as part of the world's largest maritime exercise in Hawaii and off the California coast. As the world becomes more volatile, the Navy and Marine Corps are preparing to respond to crises in coastal regions with booming populations that could face severe instability in the event of a natural disaster, famine or dispute over resources. (Marine Corps Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: RAF and USMC F-35s Cross the Atlantic for the First Time
Although the arrival of F-35s for the Farnbourgh and RIAT air shows can be seen as a unique event, it is not. It is part of a process of the coming of the F-35 to its initial operating capability, and starting a pattern of cross-Atlantic crossings. Earlier, the Italian Air Force crossed the Atlantic with its F-35s built in Italy. Next were the Dutch flying to the Netherlands for the first time from Edwards AFB. And then the Marines and the RAF flew from USMC Air Station Beaufort to participate in the UK airshows at RIAT and Farnbourgh this summer. (Second Line of Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Directed Energy Weapons Making a Great Leap Forward
Paul Shattuck is director and chief engineer for Directed Energy Systems at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. He’s been with Lockheed since 1974, with a focus area of the development of beam control technologies for High Power Laser Directed Energy Systems. He spent most of the 1980s developing and testing beam control technologies for the Strategic Defense Initiative, culminating in a simulated ground demonstration of a pace-based laser engagement of enemy ballistic missiles for President Reagan in November 1987. (Defense Systems)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Back to Basics: Army Dials up Traditional Soldiering Once Again
Capt. Ronald Fletcher has met an officer candidate who couldn’t find north on a compass, a sergeant who couldn’t complete an inventory of equipment, and "far too many soldiers who couldn’t fire a weapon straight, let alone understand how the weapon functions." As a drill sergeant leader, Staff Sgt. Erick Avalos saw "a lot of senior NCOs, experienced noncommissioned officers lacking in the fundamentals" such as marching, drill and ceremony and rifle marksmanship. (Army Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. Navy Gains Experience As Fielding of P-8A Poseidon Expands
U.S. Navy crewmembers have given Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon positive reviews as the 737-derivative maritime patrol aircraft starts to enter service more widely in the U.S., as well as internationally. The first P-8A delivery (of up to 15) to the Royal Australian Air Force is scheduled for November, when the country will join India on the growing list of international operators. The UK also plans to acquire nine examples of the type. (AIN Online)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: NATO’s Uneasy New Reality: Could It Still Stop Russia?
One Monday afternoon in June, several hundred American, British and Polish troops parachuted into central Poland. Last month’s jump was just practice, part of an extended NATO rehearsal for a defense of northern Europe against Russia. But in a real crisis – if those soldiers were called to defend the Baltic states – they could be dropping into a death trap. (Huffington Post)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The U.S. Army Defeats Itself More Often Than All Its Enemies Combined
The U.S. Army is one of the most lethal fighting forces in the modern world. In 1991, it demolished the Iraqi Army in 100 hours. In Operation Iraqi Freedom, the U.S. Army marched to Baghdad in 18 days. The ratio of enemy combat vehicles destroyed to losses suffered by U.S. and coalition forces in both Iraqi wars was stunningly lopsided. Both in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army has shown a remarkable capacity to dominate across a large part of the conflict spectrum. Even the much-feared improvised explosive device (IED) threat was reduced to a manageable level through the amazing efforts of Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (now Joint Improvised-threat Defeat Agency) and a host of government laboratories and, most important, private contractors. Unfortunately, the Army has shown itself to be equally lethal when it comes to starting and then killing major acquisition programs. (The National Interest)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Indian Air Force Inducts Indigenous Tejas Aircraft
After about 30 years of waiting, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday revived its decommissioned MiG-21 Bis aircraft of the Flying Daggers squadron and inducted two homemade Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA), plus one trainer aircraft built by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore. The Flying Daggers squadron will achieve its full strength of 20 aircraft including four trainers in the next two years, according to a senior IAF official. (Defense News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Northrop Gets $103M Navy Contract Modification for JCREW System Low-Rate Initial Production
Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has received a potential two-year, $103.4 million contract modification to begin low-rate initial production of the U.S. Navy’s Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment One Build One system. Northrop will produce the JCREW I1B1 systems for the service branch’s expeditionary warfare program office under the cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract, the Defense Department said Tuesday. (GovConWire)
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