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REGISTER NOW: 2nd Annual Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Systems Engineering and Acquisition Conference, September 26-28

Our adversaries are using ubiquitous and cheap technology to further develop cyber warfare as well as advance and proliferate electromagnetic spectrum capabilities. Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) is the Navy's warfighting approach to gain a decisive military advantage in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) to enable freedom of action across all Navy mission areas. Success demands a holistic system of systems focus looking not only at the systems themselves but also the "interstitial" space which is the dimension of the systems. EMW will require coordination and simultaneous integration across all domains (land, sea, subsurface, air, space, and cyber). EMW, in essence, means leveraging the cyberspace domain and the full electromagnetic spectrum for both offensive and defensive effects.

You must pre-register for this conference. All attendees must register by Sept 18 and submit security clearance NLT Sept 8. We are unable to accept walk up registrations.  


Rear Admiral Tom Druggan
Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center

Rear Admiral David J. Hahn
Chief of Naval Research, Director of Innovation, Technology Requirements and Test & Evaluation (OPNAV N94)    

Dr. William Conley, SES
Deputy Director, Office of the Under Secretary of) Defense for
Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD AT&L/A/) Tactical Warfare Systems

Mr. Jay Kistler, SES
Director, Electronic Warfare & Countermeasures Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering)

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

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NEXT WEEK: AOC EW Conference at DSEI, September 12
Tuesday, September 12 | 15:00-16:30 | Future Electronic Warfare and Electromagnetic Operations
We live in a time of increasing uncertainty on many fronts.  Threats, challenges and opportunities are increasing.  Technology is accelerating.  The world is undoubtedly changing and in unforeseen and perhaps unforeseeable ways.  In terms of future warfare, national forces are being re-shaped and re-equipped to face an operational maneuver space that is already more complex and connected, but constrained.  It may well be chaotic unless the right, informed choices are made now.  In terms of EW and electromagnetic operations, and the Electromagnetic Environment/Domain that underpins much of warfare and everyday life, how can we make sense of all of these things?  

The AOC EW conference will consider the future of EW and EM Operations in the changing light of current and emerging threats, including Hybrid Warfare and Cyber Electromagnetic Activities where potential opponents are out-performing the West.  It will consider the possible responses, how thinking and attitudes must change, and examine the new capabilities that will be required across all lines of development, by all services, in all countries in the free world.  This is an unclassified conference.

UK Chapter volunteers are running the AOC Pavilion in the Joint Zone throughout the 4 days of DSEI. Come along and meet the team, pick up a copy of JED and updated flyers. You can join the AOC there too.

The AOC Programme is in the West Theatre at 15:00. Click here for programme detail and click AOC EW to learn more.

Immediately after the Seminar, the AOC will honour the lifelong achievements of the late Doctor Alfred Price in a short ceremony where several of Dr Price’s family will accept his recent AOC EW Technology Hall of Fame Award.

The AOC EW Pavilion at DSEI is located at N2-241 near the West entrance.UK Chapter volunteers are running the AOC Pavilion – come along and meet them, hear about the AOC at join at a $25 discounted rate.  Young adults under 26 can now sign up for a complimentary 3-Year AOC full membership at the Pavilion.


CAPITOL HILL: Join us for the 2nd Annual Robins AFB Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill, Sept. 13

The Honorable Dr. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, to be Special Guest Speaker

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Robins AFB Congressional Breakfast on Wednesday morning, September 13, at 8:30 am, on Capitol Hill in SD-G50 (Senate Dirksen Office Building). The event is sponsored by the 21st Century Partnership, the Association of Old Crows (AOC), and the Robins Regional Aerospace Industry Committee (AIC). Our Honorary Co-Hosts are Georgia Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, and Georgia Representatives Austin Scott (GA-08) and Sanford Bishop (GA-02). We welcome the Honorable Dr. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, as our Special Guest Speaker.

The Robins Air Force Base Congressional Breakfast serves as a forum for the leaders of Robins Air Force Base and the surrounding community, along with members of Georgia’s Congressional Delegation, to raise awareness about the joint military value of Robins Air Force Base and Middle Georgia. The partnership mission is to grow, partner, and promote Robins AFB by seeking new missions and capabilities, investing in our workforce, by creating a collaborative STEM/Education environment in Middle Georgia, promoting innovation and technology centers of excellence necessary to ensure current and future missions for Robins AFB in order to deliver combat power.

If you are in the greater Washington, DC area and do business with Robins AFB, or if have any personal or professional connection to Robins and Middle Georgia, you are welcome and encouraged to attend. The event is free. RSVP is not required, but appreciated. Please contact Ken Miller, AOC Director of Advocacy and Outreach, at kmiller@crows.org.

We look forward to seeing you on Capitol Hill next Wednesday!


VOTE TODAY: AOC Elections Open Now
The 2017 AOC Elections are fast approaching. You should have received an email from Elections Online with voting instructions.
Your unique Elections login information can only be used once, so only use it when you're ready to vote!

AOC  Members  can also visit the AOC homepage, www.crows.org, where they will see election information and a link to the voting site. Note: Your dues must be current as of August 20 in order to vote.

If you have questions or issues please contact Glorianne O'Neilin, oneilin@crows.org.

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DON'T MISS NEXT WEEK'S AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Modeling and Simulation for Test & Evaluation, September 14

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 14:00-15:00 EDT

This is a follow-on to the 3/12/14 AOC EW Modeling and Simulation webinar.

The earlier webinar was focused on modeling the threat environment and discussed simulation for training and for test and evaluation at a top level. This webinar will briefly review the main points of this earlier webinar and will then focus on the emulation of signals at various points in an EW system.

Consider the testing of a subsystem before it is integrated into a full EW system: If the full system is on an aircraft in an engagement, what do signals look like when they enter that subsystem? Answering that question and evaluating the resulting subsystem response to those signals is the only way to assure that the subsystem will perform properly in the full system when full system integration is complete. There are complex timing issues that cannot always be evaluated against one signal at a time from simple test equipment. You don’t want to find out that a subsystem is in adequate during the final system test (sad experience speaking!).

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REGISTER NOW: 6th Annual AOC Pacific Conference, October 17-19 in Honolulu

Non-Kinetic Fires (EW & IO) in the Multi-Domain Battle

The theme for the 2017 AOC Pacific Conference, "Non-Kinetic Fires (EW & IO) in the Multi-Domain Battle," will drive discussions that build upon those from the last two AOC Pacific Conferences, that examined the role of IO in countering/defeating Anti-Access and Area Denial (A2/AD) strategies (2016), IO in Hybrid Warfare (2015).

America’s current and potential adversaries in the Pacific regard EW and cyber as critical components of both peacetime hybrid warfare and A2/AD. An example of offensive cyber used as part of hybrid warfare is seen in the recent "Wanna Cry" computer attack, launched by North Korea’s 6,700-strong "hacking Army" which is based worldwide. The importance of effective electronic protect computer network defense was reinforced by MG Patricia Frost, who stated simply "Without the network, there is no Multi-Domain Battle." Our adversaries will make this difficult, as they seek to overmatch our EP and CND capabilities. It is a real concern among defense experts that adversaries and threat actors are employing automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in both offensive and defensive cyber capabilities at rates that exceeding that of the U.S.


Gen Robert B. Brown (invited)
Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC)    

LTG Bryan Fenton, USA
Deputy Commander, U.S. PACOM     

MG Patricia Frost, USA

Director of Cyber, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G-3/5/7

BGen Brian W. Cavanaugh, USMC (invited)
Deputy Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific    

Mr. Jay Kistler, SES
Director, Electronic Warfare & Countermeasures Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering)

Col. William McClane, USMC

Commander, Marine Corps IO Center

Mr. Travis Slocumb
VP, Electronic Warfare Systems, Raytheon SAS

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: 3rd Annual Cyber Electromagnetic Activity (CEMA) Conference, October 16-19

October 16-19, 2017 | Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
"The Multi-Domain Battle: A Combined Arms Approach to Enabling Maneuver through CEMA Operations"

This conference has been approved by the Department of the Army.

Click here for a copy of the approval memo.

Agenda Now Available: Click here to view

This year's focus will be on the emerging Joint Army/USMC Multi-Domain Battle concept and the implications with respect to CEMA. The MDB entails a combined arms approach for ground combat operations against a sophisticated peer enemy threat in the 2025-2040 timeframe. Building on current service and joint doctrine, the MDB requires flexible and resilient ground formations that project combat power into the land, air, maritime, space, and cyberspace domains. It is a continued evolution of the combined arms methodology to include not only those capabilities of the physical domains, but places even greater emphasis on space, cyberspace, and other contested areas such as the EMS, the information environment, and the cognitive dimension of warfare. As for the role of CEMA in the MDB, it's about creating and exploiting exploit temporary windows of advantage in and presenting adversaries with multiple dilemmas in the spectrum across time/space with an intensity and duration of our choosing. Acknowledging that the world is very different now with more capable near-peer adversaries who are able to contest all physical domains as well as cyberspace, we need to recognize that and challenge the CEMA community of interest for novel, adaptive and innovative capability solutions in EW, Cyber, SIGINT and other related technology areas. This is just the nature of the current environment.


Lieutenant General Rhett A. Hernandez, (Ret)
Former commander of the United States Army Cyber Command

Mr. Michael Wynne
Former 21st United States Secretary of the Air Force (invited)

MG John B. Morrison

Commanding Officer, US Cyber Center of Excellence (invited)

MG Randy Taylor
Commanding General, CECOM & APG

MG Kirk Vollmecke

Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors

Dr. William Conley, SES
Deputy Director, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD AT&L/A/) Tactical Warfare Systems

Mr. Robert Miele, SES
U.S. Army, Executive Technical Director/Deputy to the Commander, ATEC (invited)

Dr. Paul G. Zablocky

Division Director, Complex Hybrid Warfare Sciences Division, Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Science and Technology Department, Office of Naval Research

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AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Demonstrating Radar and EW - Without Breaking the Bank, September 21

Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 14:00-15:00 EDT

Understanding of complex technologies only really comes after one has had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with that technology. Radar and EW systems are particularly problematic in this context because of their extremely high cost and the large spaces required to test them. While educational systems do exist, they are generally based on simplified implementations, are usually limited to CW radars, and remain expensive.

This webinar will discuss and demonstrate the possibility of using audio sonar to teach basic radar and EW principles at almost no cost. Examples of the use of this concept in applications ranging from demonstrations to schoolchildren through to postgraduate engineering courses will be shown. A live demonstration of an existing audio sonar system will be performed to show just how simple such systems are to set up and use, and how useful the results can be in learning challenging abstract concepts.

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REGISTER NOW: 54th Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention, November 28-30 in Washington, D.C.
"Innovation and Change in Electromagnetic Warfare"

The electromagnetic environment is changing at an increasing pace, and thus the importance of electronic warfare (EW) system adaptability, flexibility, and innovation has also increased. Not only are innovative technologies greatly needed, but the Industry and EW Community itself needs to change organizationally to embrace innovative ideas, technologies, and tactics – and at a significantly faster pace. Innovation is more than just technology refresh, it is also culture refresh.

The 54th Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention will focus specifically on these ideas and provide Industry, Government, and Militaries a world-class forum to address how we should change and innovate as an EW community. The Symposium will highlight some of the most advanced and innovative technologies on the horizon and discuss how organizational change can be embraced to be more agile and engender more calculated risk taking. Talks will focus on what challenges are currently in the way and some stories of how change is currently being implemented.

Upgrades to our systems, as well as our acquisition cultures, is vital to maintain (and in some cases, regain) our electromagnetic warfare superiority.

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REGISTER NOW FOR FALL COURSES – Convention Courses Now Available!

Electronic Countermeasures — Theory and Design
October 16-November 1
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Kyle Davidson

AOC Convention Course: Introduction to EW Modeling and Simulation
December 1-4
Washington, D.C.
Instructor: Dave Adamy

AOC Convention Course: Electronic Warfare Systems Engineering
December 1-4
Washington, D.C.
Instructor: Kyle Davidson

AOC Convention Course: Hands-on Introduction to Radar and EW Course
December 1-4
Washington, D.C.
Instructor: Dr. Warren du Plessis

Electronic Warfare in the New Threat Environment (EW 104)
February 5-28
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Dave Adamy

The Association of Old Crows is excited to increase the convenience of your learning opportunities through our 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, Kyle Davidson's ELINT - Principles and Practice and Warren du Plessis’ Introduction to RF & Microwave Front Ends.


AOC VIRTUAL SERIES WEBINAR: A Systems Approach to Information Warfare, October 5

Thursday, October 05, 2017  |14:00-15:00 EDT

The free flow of information within and between nation states is essential to business, international relations and social cohesion, as much as information is essential to a military force’s ability to fight. Communications today leans heavily on the internet, or via communications using various parts of the electromagnetic spectrum through terrestrial and satellite communications networks. We live in a highly connected world, but it doesn’t take much to tip us over into instability or even chaos. Information warfare combines electronic warfare, cyberwarfare and psychological operations into a single fighting stance with the aim of paralysing decision making, and this stance will be central to all warfare in the future; we also know it as ‘hybrid warfare’.

This webinar will explore, using a systems approach, the anatomy of information warfare and its possible impact on military operations and the cohesion of government organisations in times of conflict. Participants in the webinar will have a clearer understanding of how to recognise the ‘tell-tale’ signs of an information attack in order to mitigate damage.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Reinventing Electronic Warfare
The Pentagon’s recently completed Electronic Warfare strategy calls for increased investment in advanced electronic warfare technology designed for defense, as well as a proactive use of emerging electromagnetic spectrum systems to attack enemies. While the new strategy is described by DOD as being "For Official Use Only" -- to be shared with relevant U.S. military developers and defense industry sources – officials familiar with its contents did describe some of it broad parameters and goals. (Defense Update)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Electronic Warfare Aircraft Contribute to Defeat ISIS
Often when people think about how air power is employed in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, thoughts may turn to cargo aircraft delivering critical supplies and personnel to the front lines or bombs being dropped on targets. Yet, the Air Force has the non-kinetic ability to disrupt enemy communications on the ground and therefore turn the tables on the battlefield. The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing has the capability to deliver decisive airpower not only through its C-130 airlift mission, but through the highly sought after non-kinetic ability of the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft operated by the 43rd Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron. (Defense.gov)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. Army Unprepared to Deal with Russia in Europe
The U.S. Army’s rapid reaction force in Europe is underequipped, undermanned and inadequately organized to confront military aggression from Russia or its high-tech proxies, according to an internal study that some who have read it view as a wake-up call as the Trump administration seeks to deter an emboldened Vladimir Putin. The Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade, a bulwark of the NATO alliance that has spent much of the past decade and a half rotating in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan, lacks "essential capabilities needed to accomplish its mission effectively and with decisive speed," according to the analysis by the brigade, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO. (Politico)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Stealth Fighters With Radar Reflectors Take Part In Latest Show of Force Against North Korea
On Aug. 30, two B-1Bs from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam accompanied by two Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-15Js and four Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-15Ks took part in a joint mission over South Korea: a direct response to North Korea’s intermediate-range ballistic missile launch which flew directly over northern Japan on August 28 amid rising tension over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. (The Aviationist)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Commodore Chipman on Electronic Warfare Within the Evolving Integrated Force
On August 23, 2017, the Williams Foundation held a seminar on the future of electronic warfare. One of the speakers at that conference was Air Commodore Chipman, the Director General of Capability Planning in the RAAF. His presentation was different from the other presentations in that he spoke to the question of force design to ensure that EW was an effect built into the force. In this sense, he picked up on themes, which he discussed at the last Williams Seminar, which was specifically focused on force structure design. (Second Line of Defense)
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