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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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REGISTER NOW FOR NEXT WEEK'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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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: 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)

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

Mr. Jay R. Kistler, Jr
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering), Dir EW & CM Office

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

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AOC VIRTUAL SERIES AUGUST 25: Modified Escort Jamming

Thursday, August 25 | 14:00-15:00 EST, 18:00 until 19:00 UTC

The presentation will start with a brief discussion of the capabilities of new threat radars: significantly longer ranges and powerful electronic protection features. It will cover the conventional jamming geometries we have been employing for years: self protection jamming and stand-off jamming. These techniques have difficulty providing adequate jamming protection against the new generation threat radars. Modified Escort Jamming is a new technique that can provide significant jamming to signal ratio, but requires careful station-keeping.

This webinar will provide some straight forward formulas for calculation of the station keeping requirements as a function of the ranges involved and the specifications of the threat radars. It also includes formulas for calculation of the J/S and burn through ranges achievable through this technique.

This and other considerations of dealing with new generation threat radars will be covered in the course Dave will be teaching on the Friday and Saturday following the 53rd Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention in Washington D.C.

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REGISTER NOW: AOC 53rd International Symposium and Convention, November 29-December 1 in Washington, D.C.

This year’s 53rd Annual International Symposium and Convention is AOC’s premier event to enhance your personal and professional network, while engaging in discussions regarding Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations with military leaders, policy makers and electronic warfare practitioners from an international perspective. Technical papers will be presented to disseminate research findings and increase awareness of emerging technologies or concepts in the areas of electronic support, electronic attack, electronic protection, spectrum awareness and spectrum deconfliction.

Speakers representing the combatant commanders and our international community will address their regional perspectives on Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations providing an overview of their operational environments and addressing capabilities and challenges regarding EMSO policy, doctrine, procurement, training and joint or coalition operations. International regions that will be represented include Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Connect with thousands of colleagues and over 1,600 military and industry leaders and experts from all career levels, sectors, and EMSO focused businesses for three days of practical insight and networking with our U.S. and International members.

This is THE event dedicated to the professionals shaping the future of the electromagnetic operational domain. It will be the best professional investment that you can make all year!  Register today and book your hotel room at the same time.  
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REGISTER NOW: Electronic Warfare Asia, September 20-21 in Kuala Lumpur

EW Asia returns to Kuala Lumpur to debate the ever-evolving challenges of this complex subject. Bringing together senior delegations from regional and international militaries, defence intelligence communities and scientific and research agencies EW Asia will showcase focused discussions and ‘thought leader’ presentations.

Southeast Asian countries need to be alert to the challenges involved in maintaining surveillance and intelligence superiority across the information domain space, thus ensuring the national security of their borders. Recent experiences of electronic warfare (EW) actions applied by Russia in Ukraine and Syria have demonstrated how crucial this domain is, particularly as such up-to-date and effective EW operations have not been experienced internationally for many years.

China’s investment and gathering momentum in the expansion of its own military cyber and electronic warfare technologies presents serious challenges for Asian security services who believed that, until recently, they retained EM spectrum superiority.

An improved understanding of the complexity of these challenges being faced needs to be followed by the development of skill sets for defensive and, if necessary, offensive countermeasures.

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REGISTER NOW! 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.


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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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: 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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SEPTEMBER AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Sampling Theory & its Effects on System Performance, September 15

Thursday, September 15, 2016 18:00 until 19:00 UTC

The universe is fundamentally analogue, but almost all modern technologies are based on digital systems on some level. In fact, many aspects of why digital systems work the way they do can be traced back to the conversion between analogue and digital signals – a process known as sampling. An understanding of sampling theory is thus crucial to understanding how modern systems work.

However, sampling is traditionally explained by resorting to complex mathematics, which tends to obscure the relatively simple underlying concepts. This presentation will draw back the mathematical veil obscuring these fundamental concepts by using simple arguments and graphics to explain how and why sampling works the way it does. As part of this process, issues such as aliasing, the Shannon-Nyquist criterion, bandpass sampling, I-Q sampling, interleaved samplers and others will be explored. It is thus hoped that attendees will gain greater insight into many aspects of sampling and how these issues affect the operation of modern systems.

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LIVE ONLINE WEBCOURSE HAPPENING NOW: Get the Competitive Insights You Need – Without the Typical Travel Costs, With Both Live and On-Demand Courses

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 and anywhere you're connected to the internet! On-demand course offerings currently include Dave Adamy's Fundamentals and Advanced Principles of EW and Kyle Davidson's ELINT - Principles and Practice.


NEW AOC MEMBER BENEFIT: Take Advantage of New Hotel Discounts

They say membership has its privileges – and it's the truth! As a member of the AOC you can access the JED online and receive a hard copy each month, as well as benefits in the AOC Store, and now there's a brand new special benefit just for AOC members!

A new partner – HotelStorm

The AOC is excited to announce a new partnership with HotelStorm to bring exclusive hotel discounts to our members. Simply search the website for your favorite destinations – whether personal or professional – and you'll find savings of 10-55% over other online travel agencies. Contact Glorianne O'Neilin, oneilin@crows.org, for login details.
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And don't miss the AOC's other benefits from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the Military Benefit Association, LegalShield, Aflac and more.
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AOC PATRIOTS ROOST: Workshop – Accelerating the On-ramps for the Cyber Workforce, August 17
AOC Patriot Roost, AFCEA Lexington-Concord chapter, MITRE and Elevate Technology will facilitate the Workshop on August 17, 2016 at Waxy O’Connors. We have an acute shortage of skilled personnel in government and defense-related industry for current and future cyber challenges. Current on-ramps fail to educate, recruit and prepare the future workforce of cyber tech savvy professionals. The Workshop is an unparalleled opportunity to hear innovators radically address new integrated processes to motivate and prepare our non-uniformed workforce through three separate lenses: government, industry and academia.
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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.

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SAVE THE DATE: Maple Leaf Chapter First Annual Gala, September 28
We are pleased to invite you to attend the Association of Old Crows, Maple Leaf Chapter, First Annual Gala. This event will be a rare opportunity to meet Mr. John Knowles, Chief Editor of the Journal of Electronic Defense (JED) and keynote speaker. This gala sponsored by D-TA Systems Inc. will be held at the prestigious Royal Ottawa Golf Club. Please register quickly as spaces are limited!

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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

NEW JOBS ON 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: Air Force Declares F-35A Ready for Combat
The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday declared its first squadron of F-35As ready for battle, 15 years after Lockheed Martin won the contract to make the plane. The milestone means that the service can now send its first operational F-35 formation – the 34th Fighter Squadron located at Hill Air Force Base, Utah – into combat operations anywhere in the world. The service, which plans to buy 1,763 F-35As, is the single-largest customer of the joint strike fighter program, which also includes the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and a host of governments worldwide. (Defense News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Marine Corps General: F-35 a ‘Jewel in our Hands’
New aircraft and upgrades are increasing the lethality and effectiveness of the Marine Corps’ aircraft, according to the service’s aviation boss, who praised the performance of the F-35 Lightning II strike fighter in recent exercises. Weapons, sensors and electronic warfare systems being added to Marine aircraft are giving added or new capabilities to the Corps, Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis, deputy commandant for aviation, said during a July 29 discussion at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank. (SEAPOWER)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Airmen Drive RPA Innovation with New Electronic Combat Officer Course
In an effort to neutralize the enemy and their ability to impact combat operations, Airmen have created the Air Force’s first MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft Electronic Combat Officers (ECO) course. "We’ve been working for the last year and half or so to build the ECO course for the RPA community," said Capt. Craig, a 26th Weapons Squadron MQ-9 pilot and ECO course creator. "It’s very fulfilling to see it’s finally coming into fruition." Squadron members joined with Airmen from the 57th Wing and 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing to establish the course. (AF.mil)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Hawk Carlisle On The Way Ahead: DE, EW, Data
Gen. Hawk Carlisle has been at the center of global allied operations for several years, first at Pacific Air Forces and now at Air Combat Command. Recently, we interviewed him at Langley AFB, home of Air Combat Command. During his watch, several new combat assets have come to play in Middle East operations. Each of the new assets – the F-22, the Typhoon, the Wedgetail and the KC-30A – have performed well. They have proven once again that if you get new assets into the hands of the young men and women in the force that amazing things can happen. (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: SR-71 Blackbird Reunion Sets Course for a New Generation
Once upon a time there was a "magic airplane" that protected the world from harm by flying faster than a speeding bullet and soaring higher than the highest mountain. But this is no fairy tale. "Once upon a time" was really from 1964 to 1999. And the aircraft was a U.S. Air Force spy plane called the SR-71. Forty years ago last Thursday in 1976, the Lockheed jet nicknamed the Blackbird broke the world absolute speed record – flying 2,193 mph – literally faster than a bullet. That's three times the speed of sound. (CNN)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: DNC Hack Part of a Cyber War That’s Just Begun
A relatively short drive from Sea World, roughly 6,500 military and civilian workers are engaged in a largely unseen though increasingly critical war for secret information stored in government computers. Last week, the war got less secret, and so a lot hotter. The hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers and subsequent publication of embarrassing emails triggered a flurry of analysis from government spy and cyber agencies, which pointed to Russia. (San Antonio Express News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Russia’s Most Advanced Spyplane has Deployed to Syria Again
The Tu-214R is the most modern Russian ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) aircraft. Equipped with sensors to perform ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) and SIGINT (Signal Intelligence) missions as well as with all-weather radar systems and electro-optical sensors that produce photo-like imagery of a large parts of the ground the special mission aircraft, the aircraft can fly multiple intelligence gathering missions: it can intercept and analyse signals emitted by targeted systems (radars, aircraft, radios, combat vehicles, mobile phones etc) while collecting imagery that can be used to identify and pinpoint the enemy forces, even if these are camouflaged or hidden. (The Aviationist)
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Pilots use electronic warfare to simulate training scenarios, but they don’t get to decide who they shoot down when they are up there. A team on the ground controls a system called the Joint Deployable Electronic Warfare Range (JDEWR), which controls the scenario. Cope Taufan 16 marks the first time the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has had the chance to use it. "We are bringing electronic warfare and surface to air threat that is not available here," said John Karish, 353rd Combat Training Squadron's, Range Engineer. "The RMAF right now does not have the capability to accomplish that part of their training." (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Russian Airborne Troops to Include Drone, Electronic Warfare Units by 2017
The Russian Airborne Forces plan to incorporate electronic warfare and unmanned aerial vehicle units by the end of the year, Airborne Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Nikolai Ignatov said Monday. "We plan to complete the year by forming intelligence units, tank companies in the air assault divisions, as well as a drone company and electronic warfare companies," Ignatov said ahead of the 86th anniversary of Airborne Troops Day celebrated on August 2. (Sputnik News (Russian state-owned media))
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INDUSTRY NEWS: HAL Conducts First Flight of Upgraded Mirage 2000
Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has conducted the first flight of a Dassault Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft featuring significant upgrades. The flight involved the first aircraft to reach a final operational configuration (FOC) as defined by a major upgrade programme for the Indian air force’s fleet of Mirage 2000s, says HAL in a statement. The flight lasted 45 minutes, with the two-seat fighter manned by a pair of air force test pilots. An image provided by HAL indicates that the aircraft involved in the activity bears serial number KT201. (Flightglobal)
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