The Pentagon is moving aggressively implementing major provisions of its recently completed Electronic Warfare strategy, by working closely with the military services to accelerate development of a wide range of EW weapons and technologies designed to meet fast emerging near-peer threats in the electromagnetic spectrum. Emphasizing both offensive and defensive applications of EW, Pentagon officials familiar with the new strategy point to the Air Force's Electronic Warfare and Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority effort, the Army's growing investments in Multi-Function EW and various Navy plans to advance the Next-Generation Jammer, among other things. (Scout Warrior)
The US military is “not prepared” to conduct radio and radar jamming against high-end adversaries, a veteran electronic warfare officer now in Congress says. We have made major progress jamming terrorist communications in Afghanistan and Iraq, says Rep. Don Bacon, a retired one-star general who recently visited both countries. But even against such low-tech foes, he told me, we’re hampered by aging equipment — like the EC-130H Compass Call he flew — and outdated doctrine. (Breaking Defense)
After years on the backburner, electronic warfare (EW) is moving up the ranks as an integral part of the Pentagon’s military focus. The Army last month received approval to move ground-based EW efforts into the Terrestrial Layer Intelligence System, joining cyber, signals, and other intelligence as part of the Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) structure. The service wants to include airborne EW later this year. A driving force behind the move is the need to get what traditionally have been separate components to work together. (MeriTalk)
Transplanting the innards of the Air Force’s Compass Call electronic warfare aircraft to a new host platform is finally underway, after an exhausting prelude of protests, congressional interference, and public criticism of USAF’s acquisition strategy on the project. On Sept. 7, 2017, USAF awarded the first contract action to L3 Technologies to begin removing critical equipment from the aged EC-130H fleet for installation on fresh Gulfstream G550 business jets. The small, 14-aircraft EC-130H fleet has been flying since 1981—and near-constantly in the Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syrian conflicts, because of the unique capability it offers in communications jamming and electronic attack. It has been a key element in the fight against ISIS, an adversary that has adapted high technology to its tactics and strategy. (Air Force Magazine)
The U.S. Air Force has hired Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to develop experimental low-cost cruise missiles that can act as a swarm in order to better navigate through or overwhelm enemy defense networks. As part of the project, nicknamed Gray Wolf, the service also wants a modular weapon that can readily accept updates and upgrades, as well as different payloads, ranging from conventional explosive warheads to electronic warfare packages. (The Drive)
Outgunned in the airwaves by Russian jammers, the US Army has a new plan for electronic warfare. The Army hopes to rebuild the long-neglected EW branch more quickly — in part, paradoxically, by partially submerging it in other branches, namely military intelligence and cyber. There’s both an equipment aspect and an organizational one. First equipment: The ground-based portion of the Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) program will be folded into the intelligence branch’s Terrestrial Layer Intelligence System (TLIS). (Breaking Defense)
Each year the AOC's membership determines the future of the Association by electing representatives to its Board of Directors. Nominations for the 2018 election will be accepted effective January 1st, 2018. Elections will begin on September 1, 2018 and will end on September 30, 2018. The 2018 election slate will be composed of two (2) At Large Director positions; as well as three (3) Regional Director positions representing the Central, Mid-Atlantic and the NEW Northwest Regions, respectively. Please consult the AOC website for the Chapters that are included in this newly established Region.
Nomination packets must be received at AOC headquarters by close-of-business on Monday, April 2, 2018. If you wish to nominate more than one person, please duplicate the form. Nomination forms are also available on the AOC website at www.crows.org or by contacting the AOC’s Director of Membership, Ms. Glorianne O’Neilin, at email@example.com.
When completed, the forms should be returned to the N&E Committee at: Association of Old Crows, 1000 North Payne Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314, or by fax to (703) 549-2589. Visit crows.org for forms or download here. Completed forms may also be returned by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Association of Old Crows (AOC) Educational Foundation (AEF) will be providing two scholarships to college students studying in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). These scholarships are funded by a $25,000 donation from the Raytheon Corporation. Two scholarships in the amount of $12,500 each will be awarded in May 2018. Applications are due no later than March 30.
We live in a time of increasing uncertainty on many fronts. Threats, challenges and opportunities are rising. Technology is accelerating. The world is undoubtedly changing and in unforeseen ways. In terms of future warfare, national forces are being re-shaped and re-equipped to face an operational manoeuvre space that will be complex and connected, but constrained. It may well be chaotic unless the right, informed choices are made now. The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most vital areas in the world and the focus of much change, but also of uncertainty. In terms of EW and electromagnetic operations, how can we make sense of these things? AOC EW Singapore will consider the future of EW and EM Operations in the changing light of current and emerging threats, including Hybrid Warfare and Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) 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. The Conference will consist of plenary sessions focusing on operations, defence capability development, and industry inventiveness including innovation and breakthrough technologies.
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Thursday, February 8 | 14:00-15:00 EST (19:00-20:00 UTC)
With the rapid development of mm-wave (30 - 300 GHz) communications standards, and the availability of off-the-shelf components to enable these developments, the future EW and SIGINT practitioner will be called on to develop high quality receivers to match. Although Maxwell's equations may hold from DC to daylight, the same cannot be said for the design tools and techniques; similarly, there are some significant differences (and important similarities!) when moving system design from the microwave (3 - 30 GHz) to the mm-wave spectrum.
This talk presents a broad overview of these similarities and dissimilarities, starting with atmospheric propagation characteristics and an overview of the current systems operating in the band. The talk will then look in detail at components, materials, and packaging technology, as well as pointing out some issues in design and simulation. Finally, the presentation concludes with some notes on guided media and interconnects, as well as a discussion of equipment and measurement techniques.
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 Space and Cyberspace systems. The 47th 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 United States 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.
Registration is Now Open, so register today!
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Due Jan. 26
This call for presentations challenges presenters to explore enabling collaborative electronic warfare through innovation and invention. We will accept presentations and/or demonstrations from all United States services, Department of Defense, industry, and academia that identify technical paths, options, and potential opportunities for EW collaboration. Specifically, abstracts should address one or more of the symposium sessions:
1. Planning/Directing/Assessing Collaborative EW.
2. Testing and Demonstration of Cognitive and Collaborative Systems.
3. Autonomy vs. Control of Cognitive EW Systems.
Abstracts for presentations must be unclassified and no more than one page of text or 400 words. Please forward abstracts to Christine Armstrong at email@example.com no later than January 26. 2018. All sessions will be classified SECRET NOFORN.
The Israeli AOC Chapter 13th Conference
EW – the cornerstone of national security – past, present and future.
Marking 70 years for the State of Israel.
May, 8, 2018
In the ELTA auditorium, Ashdod
The conference classification is SECRET and open to Israeli citizens with appropriate clearance.
For information : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fifth International Conference on Electronic Warfare is the latest event in the internationally acclaimed EWCI Conference Series in India, in the field of Electronic Warfare and related areas. The Conference is being organized by the much Awarded India Chapter of Association of Old Crows (AOC), Bangalore. The Conference has the active support of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Government of India, Ministry of Defence and the Defence Public Sector Unit (DPSU), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore.