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The AOC’s 23rd European event in Lausanne, Switzerland, will consider the future of EW and EM Operations in the changing light of current and emerging threats, including Hybrid Warfare, Information Operations, the multi-domain battle (MDB), Cyber and Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) where some potential opponents are excelling. 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.

The Conference will consist of plenary sessions focusing on operations, defence capability development, and industry inventiveness. AOC EW Lausanne 2018 will bring together the EW, SIGINT, C4ISR, Cyber EM Activities (CEMA) communities and more. Speakers will include leaders and operators from the military, government, and academia, S&T and international R&D communities and, crucially industry.  

MEET THE SPEAKERS: Learn more about the event with speakers' online interviews!

REGISTER HERE!

 

Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare technical capabilities are becoming more technically similar. However, the communities which practice these disciplines remain largely separated and vary widely across the military Services in terms of their equipment, unit organization and operating methodologies. This conference provides the EW and Cyberspace communities an opportunity to collaborate and discuss capabilities, TTPs and research in EW and Cyberspace operations to enable more rapid deployment of new and improved capabilities. The Cyber/EW Convergence Conference identifies ways to develop advanced technologies and systems to address the changing battlefield dynamics of the digital age and bring EW and Cyberspace together for the Warfighter!

EVENT PREVIEW: View the latest Draft Agenda now!

Keynote and High Ranking Speakers:

Lt. Gen (Ret) David Deptula, Dean, Mitchell Institute of Aerospace; The First Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C
MG (Ret) Michael Regner, USMC, Senior Strategy Mentor, USMC; Consultant, Expeditionary Operations and Technology, SPAWAR; Senior Government Affairs Director, Marine Corps League
Col (Ret) Chris Glaze, USAF, DARPA
Mr. Gregg Kendrick, SES, Executive Director, MARFORCYBER
Mr. Jeffrey Harris, CEO, JKH Consulting, LLC; Board Chairman USGIF, Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space; Director, National Reconnaissance Office

Sponsorship opportunities still available! Find out more here!

This conference is CLASSIFIED: TOP SECRET//SI/TK//NOFORN. All attendees must be registered and have an active TS//SCI clearance.

 

Requirements are a fundamental part of systems engineering, but are often poorly understood, particularly in the context of Electronic Warfare systems. The goal of this presentation is to provide the audience an understanding of requirements engineering as it applies to EW programs. This will include a discussion of how EW systems are measured, how those metrics can be translated into system requirements, and qualities of a good requirement. The presentation concludes with a discussion of requirements from EW projects, their impact on system design, and how they can be improved.

 

The Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention is the leading event for electronic warfare, electromagnetic spectrum operations, cyber-electromagnetic activities, and information operations experts from around the world. This event brings together nearly 2,000 professionals from 25 countries spanning industry, military, and government sectors to gather for educational sessions, networking, and of course, exposure to a show floor brimming with cutting edge technologies and services.

Learn about Exhibition & Sponsorship opportunities here

 

To date, the AOC Virtual Series has steered clear of mathematics, but that is about to change! This webinar will tackle the radar and jammer range equations head on to unpack the many layers of information buried in these important results.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will have gained a clearer understanding of how the parameters of radar and EW systems interact to determine system performance - the fundamental objective of the radar and jammer range equations. Factors including antenna gain, radar cross section (RCS), effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP), coherent processing time, range (yes, really!), and others will be explored to understand what they actually mean in real systems.

 

The Association of Old Crows (AOC) Educational Foundation (AEF) awarded two scholarships in the amount of $12,500 each to two college students studying in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Selection of applicants is based on academic excellence in a STEM area of study, and an interest in and potential future contribution to national defense. These scholarships are funded by a generous $25,000 donation from the Raytheon Corporation.

Congratulations to our 2018 scholarship winners!

Mr. Eugene DeNezza - Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University
Mr. Ryan Loehrlein - University of Southern Indiana

Learn more about our scholarship program and awardees here!

 

The Association of Old Crows is pleased to announce its new Career Center - the premier resource to connect career opportunities with highly qualified EW, EMSO, CEMA, SIGINT, ELINT, & IO talent. You can access the AOC Career Center at https://careers.crows.org.

Manage Your Career:
- Search and apply to the best Electromagnetic Warfare jobs at organizations that value your credentials
- Upload your anonymous resume so employers can contact you, but you maintain control of your information and choose to whom you release your information
- Receive an alert every time a job becomes available that matches your personal profile, skills, interests, and preferred location(s)
- Access career resources and job searching tips and tools
- Browse 100+ jobs already posted at https://careers.crows.org

Recruit for Open Positions:
- Post your jobs, or your organization’s jobs, where the most qualified industry professionals will find and apply to them
- Promote your jobs directly to AOC job seekers via our exclusive Job Flash email - sent on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month
- Search the resume database and contact qualified candidates proactively

From now until June 30, we are offering a special to all employers & recruiters. For your first job posting, enter the code CrowsCareersLaunch18 and receive 50% off the normal job posting price!

We hope this new career center will make a significant difference for our members as they navigate their career paths. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

We are pleased to announce the Association of Old Crows has launched a new website that is fully integrated with our membership database.

At the new crows.org, you can gain access to all of the following:

The electronic version of the JED (members only)
On-demand Virtual Series Webinars (members only)
The latest industry news
Chapter groups
Special interest groups
Register for AOC events
…and much more!

Since this is a brand new platform, you will need to login to the new system by following these simple steps:

1.    Click here to reset your password
2.    Click here to login
3.    Enter your EMAIL ADDRESS – NOT your old username
4.    Enter your new password created above

If you have any questions or comments regarding the new site/platform, feel free to contact us.

There will be many improvements and features being added in the coming weeks and months, so please check back regularly. Thank you for being a part of the AOC community!

Pentek
Mercury Systems

The Modern Threats: Surface-to-Air Missile Systems Conference will provide the latest findings from ongoing, allsource analysis of high interest threat air defense systems to include threat system capabilities and vulnerabilities, status of new development programs, and current and projected proliferation. Attendance at this conference is appropriate for those involved in the design, development, testing, evaluation and employment of electronic warfare systems, techniques and tactics for protection of U.S. and allied aircraft.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline is June 29th!  Refer to crows.org for topic details and submission guidelines.

 

The inaugural 2018 EMSO Challenge is a unique two-day event that will include hands on, team-based EMSO Decathlon challenge events in the morning followed by afternoon technical briefing sessions that will be Unclassified. The conference will focus on emerging concepts, innovative technologies, and unique approaches to current challenges that exist within contested and congested electromagnetic spectrum operations.

The EMSO Decathlon is a STEM-focused hands on competition consisting of 10 team-based technical challenges that include principles of Electronic Warfare, Information Operations, and Cyber Warfare. The challenges require basic knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with an aim to maximize the learning experience, promote intellectual development of EW/Cyber/Spectrum skill-sets, and recognize superior “EMSO Decathletes.”  Decathlon participants will engage in basic exercises in spectrum, radio frequency propagation, frequency allocation, polarization, direction finding and geolocation, repeater placement, satellite communications, waveforms, jamming principles, cyber vulnerability concepts, EMS trivia challenge and more, progressing through a series of interactive lanes featuring technologies, equipment and platforms utilized today and planned for the future.

Sponsorship opportunities still available! Find out more here!

Click here to learn more about how you can get involved!

 

This course will cover the unified presentation of the fundamental design principles of LPI radar. This includes a thorough treatment of the numerous types of wideband modulations that can be used to reduce the  probability of a noncooperative intercept receiver’s ability to intercept and extract the waveform modulation parameters (which may easily lead to an effective jammer response). We will also cover the intercept receiver time-frequency and bi-frequency signal processing techniques that can extract the wideband waveform parameters. Autonomous classification and parameter extraction algorithms are also an objective such that a real-time jammer response can be developed – just what we did not want to happen!

Learn more...

Looking for more immediate learning options? Our on-demand course library has excellent presentations from Dave Adamy, Kyle Davidson, and Warren du Plessis!  Learn more here.

The theme for this year’s CEMA conference is: “CEMA as a Critical Enabler to Modernization Priorities".  We will showcase the important role CEMA technologies and capabilities can play in helping achieve the CSA’s top 6 priority areas:  Long Range precision Fire, Next Generation Combat vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, Network/C3I modernization, Advanced Missile Defense, and Soldier Lethality.   Conference presentations may be Classified, TS/SCI US Only or REL FVEY, or Secret Releasable FVEY. 

CALL FOR PAPERS

The CEMA 2018 conference committee is soliciting original papers from the United States and Five Eyes Nations, Government, Academia, Industry, Operators, and Subject Matter Experts to discuss current and emerging trends in Electronic Warfare, Cyber, Signals Intelligence, and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations. Conference presentations may be classified TS/SCI US Only or REL FVEY, or Secret Releasable FVEY.

All abstracts must be unclassified and MUST follow the abstract template. Click here to download the template.

Please forward abstracts Ms. Christine Armstrong at armstrong@crows.org by July 20.

 
Chapter News

The Australian AOC 2018 Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) convention

Investigate both organizational and technical interoperability and collaboration across EW, CEMA and IO battlespace.

May 28-30
Adelaide Convention Center
South Australia

  

On behalf of the Patriots’ Roost Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) International (and the organizing committees of the former Fault Tolerant Spaceborne Computing Using New Technologies and the former Cyber Summit), we invite you to register to attend a very informative and innovative combined conference to be held during June 4th-8th, 2018, titled “Space Computing and Connected Enterprise Resiliency.” Details on the planned agenda, session topics, speakers, workshops seminars, and logistics can be found here.

June 4-8
MITRE Corporation campus
Bedford, Massachusetts

D-TA Systems Inc.
W. L. Gore & Associates
Industry News
  

The Army is undergoing a change to its cyber and electronic warfare personnel. Announced last year, the service will transition its cadre of electronic warfare soldiers into the service’s cyber branch, effectively making them cyber planners. The main Army leader heading the effort equated the split in cyber/EW personnel going forward to the division within the special operations forces community. (C4ISRNET)

  

On May 9, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman’s Mark of H.R. 5515 (the House version of the FY 2019 NDAA) was released. Its final version, combined with the final subcommittee markups, will be combined to create the final H.R. 5515. The Senate will markup their own version of the NDAA the week of May 21. Both chambers will then need to reconcile their bills to create the final FY 2019 NDAA.

  

U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry to determine the state of the art in artificial intelligence technologies for electronic warfare, cyber warfare, signals intelligence, and big-data analytics. Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., issued a request for information on Tuesday (W56KGU-18-X-A515) for the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Techniques, Algorithms, and Capabilities project. (Military & Aerospace Electronics)

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions
IMS 2018
  

Maj. Gen. Lori Reynolds has been nominated for a third star and to serve as the recently established deputy commandant for information, according to a May 18 announcement from the Department of Defense. Reynolds, who currently heads Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, will succeed Lt. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue, who is moving to the joint staff. (The Marine Corps Times)

  

The venerable Boeing F-15C Eagle has long been hailed as the world’s greatest air superiority fighter given its lopsided combat record of 104 kills to zero losses, however, the aging jet is likely near the end of its operational life. Nonetheless, it remains a potent fighter even as it likely heads toward retirement. The U.S. Air Force is deferring planned upgrades to the Eagle—such as the addition of new electronic warfare systems—until it decides if it wants to keep the increasingly aged airframe. (The National Interest)

  

The Corps’ aging electronic attack aircraft, the EA-6B, is now down to one last squadron. In its final years, the aircraft was highly productive in a fight over Syria, jamming militants and protecting U.S. pilots from enemy air defense systems. On May 11, Marine Electronic Attack Squadron, or VMAQ-3, based out of Cherry Point, North Carolina, held its deactivation ceremony, leaving VMAQ-2 as the last EA-6B Prowler squadron in the Corps. (The Marine Corps Times)