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The National AOC and Mugu Crows Chapter of the AOC, under a co-sponsorship agreement with 
NAWCWD, will hold the 48th Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium at Naval Base Ventura County Pt. Mugu Station Theater, CA. Day One will be classified US Secret Only. Day Two and Day Three sessions will be classified SECRET releasable to Australia. 

Keynote and High Ranking Speakers

Rear Admiral Steve Parode -- Director, Warfare Integration Directorate, N2/N6F, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations 
Captain Jeff Chism -- Commanding Officer, Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) 

Register Here

 

Less than 12 weeks to go to one of the largest EW events of the year with 46 presentations from global experts and leaders, covering the entire AOC Mission Area

Over the past few years mature, offensive EW activity in Europe has demonstrated that in the electromagnetic domain, warfare is no longer theoretical. The AOC’s 24th European event will consider the future of EW and EM Operations in the changing light of current and emerging threats, including Hybrid Warfare, Information Operations/Warfare, the multi-domain battle (MDB), Cyber and Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) where some potential opponents are excelling. 

The event is free-to-attend for military and government representatives, while industry delegates can secure discounted access until the early bird deadline on Friday 15 March

In addition to delivering a thought-provoking conference with contributions from world-leading sector experts, the event will feature an extended exhibition of more than 80 organisations. Each will be showcasing their latest technologies and solutions advancing the Electronic Warfare / Electromagnetic Operations sector.

Register for the conference today!

A draft agenda for the event can be found here!

 

A Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) consists of an RF emitter, RF sensors, Pulse Train Formatter (PTF), Emitter Detector System (EDS), and Alarm System. The PTF transmits discrete data, such as signal polarization, and range data, such as RF frequency, to the EDS. The EDS uses this data to determine the emitter. The real-time bandwidth for detection constrains the total system performance and minimizing this bandwidth can be critical to the detection of threats. Implementations of the EDS have difficulty in treating ranged data and implementation can often degrade into linear searches of the entire emitter database.

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Achieving Freedom to Maneuver Leveraging Non-Kinetic Capabilities

Registration coming soon! 

This forum provides a venue to for stakeholders, thought-leaders and experts in Electronic Warfare to come together to focus on the technologies the services require to ensure freedom to maneuver through leveraging the Electromagnetic Spectrum and Non-Kinetic Capabilities and discuss issues related to the requirements of EW programs, platforms, and operations. Panel sessions will provide insight into EW Roadmaps for the Services, Integrated Non-Kinetic Fires, and Enabling Future Technologies for EW. Presenters will highlight capability gaps and motivate the attendees to provide innovative EW concepts and solutions to expand the advantage for our military forces leveraging non-kinetic capabilities.

Call for Papers

This call for papers challenges presenters to explore innovative and leap-ahead enabling technologies and methodologies to address currently identified EW Capability Gaps and specifically support achieving freedom to maneuver utilizing non-kinetic capabilities. Presentations or demonstrations from all United States Services, DoD, Industry, and Academia are requested to identify technical paths, options, and potential opportunities for fulfilling current EW Capability Gaps and future EW requirements. Submitted abstracts are specifically requested to address one or more of the symposium sessions. Amplifying information on the three sessions is referenced below.

Abstracts for presentations are required in unclassified textual format.

Please forward abstracts to speaker coordinators, Ms. Stacey Mervyn, stacey.mervyn@navy.mil; and Ms. Lori Lawyer, lori.d.lawyer@navy.mil, as well as Ms. Amy Belicev at belicev@crows.org. The deadline for submissions is March 4, 2019.

Two sessions will be classified SECRET and the third session will be classified TOP SECRET.

 

24 hours total - delivered across 8 sessions of 3-hours each

Digital RF memories (DRFMs), are arguably, the most important technology and a driving force in electromagnetic maneuver warfare (EMW). This course examines both the design of the DRFM as well as the technologies and strategies used to create superior false target decoys. In addition, machine learning and the capability to autonomously detect and classify in real-time, enemy systems that use waveforms and frequencies not previously encountered or anticipated is emphasized.

 

The Association of Old Crows (AOC), and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) look forward to hosting International and U.S. attendees  at the GTRI Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  The AOC/GTRI sponsored symposium will focus on “Interoperability, Electronic Warfare (EW), and Foreign Military Sales (FMS).”  Our goal is to host a world-class event that will serve as a platform for information exchange and education on defense technology interoperability (EW, Communications, Datalinks, Command and Control (C2), and Navigation) and associated U.S. FMS and Export Control policies and processes.  

Keynote and High Ranking Speakers

Rear Admiral Francis D. Morley, USN, Director, Navy International Programs Office (IPO), Washington Navy Yard (invited)
Col Deanna Franks, USAF, Vice Commandant for the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC) Rosecrans ANGB, MO
Mr. Michael Shoults, SES, Director of Policy, Programs and Strategy, International Affairs, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs)
Mr. Pat Mason, SES, Deputy, US Army Deputy Program Executive Officer for Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, AL

 
  

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available for upcoming AOC conferences! Consider sponsoring any of the events below!

April 2-4, 2019
48th Annual EW Collaborative SymposiumPoint Mugu, CA
 
April 29-May 2, 2019
Security Cooperation Symposium: Interoperability, EW, & FMSAtlanta, GA
 
May 14-16, 2019
11th Annual EW Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies ConferenceCrane, IN
  
June 4-6, 2019
10th Annual Cyber/Electronic Warfare Convergence Conference, SPAWAR Charleston, SC
 
September 10-12, 2019
3rd Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Systems Engineering and Acquisition Conference, Dahlgren, VA

October 8-10, 2019
5th Annual Cyber Electromagnetic Activity (CEMA) Conference, Aberdeen, MD

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Each year, the membership of the AOC determines the future of this organization by electing representatives to the Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted from January 2 to March 15, and elections will be held June 1 - 30. Current AOC members can be nominated for the following positions:

- President-Elect
- At Large Director (2)
- Regional Director (International Region 1 & Pacific Region)

Learn more about 2019 Board nominations and elections here.

 

The Association of Old Crows Educational Foundation provides two scholarship annually, each in the amount of $12,500, to students studying in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Submissions must be made by March 31, 2019, and all students are encouraged to apply!

Learn more about eligibility, selection criteria, and apply here.

 

As the premier organization for individuals and groups in the Electromagnetic Warfare community, the AOC has the pleasure of recognizing members of our community for their achievements. In 2019, there are over 20 awards available to honor members and non-members alike for their contributions. Nominations for 2019 AOC awards are due by May 1, 2019.

Learn more about 2019 awards here.

 

The Association of Old Crows is pleased to provide its online 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.

Featured Jobs:

- Procurement Technician (USAF Acquisition) – DCS Corporation – Dayton, OH United States
- GEOINT Engineer - ISR Sensors – DCS Corporation – Dayton, OH United States
Cyber Security/Information Assurance Manager Level II (IAM II) – CACI – Fort Irwin, CA & San Bernardino, CA United States

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

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!

 
  

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Chapter News
  

On Thursday, January 27, the Billy Mitchell Chapter (BMC) taught electromagnetic principles to 8th grade students at Hector Garcia Middle School as part of the Chapter’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.  Over the course of seven periods, BMC members taught over 500 students.  The instructors were Mr. Kent Namikas, Mr. Ross Vincent, Captain Ajay Reddy, Mr. Gary Henley and Dr. Marius Necsoiu.

The Dixie Crow Chapter Chuck wagon crew led by our own Chef Roadkill aka Mark Leslein assembled on Saturday, 16 February 2019 to feed the Habitat for Humanity Crew that was working on the “wall raising” for their 59th Habitat for Humanity Home off of Old Mission Way in Warner Robins, GA.  The crew prepared and served over 40 volunteers with the following menu:  Grilled Brats w/peppers & onions, BBQ Chicken and Hot Dogs served with baked beans, fresh fruit salad, homemade brownies and water/soda.

Dixie Crow Members in attendance were:  Betsy Moore, Lisa Frugé-Cirilli, Ron Herpst, Debbie Koenig, Ken Cirilli, Tom Miller, Mark Leslein, Lynwood Moore, Martha Leslein, Dave Coley, and Scott Wolf

 
  

On February 12, we had another successful luncheon at the Lackland Club.  We had over 50 crows attend the gathering to include Sam Roberts the Western-Mountain Regional Director. 

We had two great presentations for this luncheon.  The first was on Operation Bolo by Col (ret) JB Stone.  While on active duty, JB flew the F-102 and F-4.  Then later in the Colorado Air National Guard he flew the F-100 and A-7. 

The second speaker was Col (ret) Dave “Tooms” Toomey.  While in the Air Force he flew F-4G Wild weasels and F-117A Stealth fighters.  He flew combat sorties in OPERATIONS DESERT STORM, SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM.  He was the Commander of the 8th Fighter Squadron Black Sheep at Holloman AFB as well as the Air Force Information Operations Center at Lackland AFB. 

  

The Dixie Crow chapter of the Association of Old Crows is sponsoring two short courses at the RAFB Base Theatre in February.

Monday, Feb 25th 1230-1630, Introduction to C2ISR (aka ISR101)

Tuesday, Feb 26th 0800-1630, Introduction to EW (aka EW101)

Courses will be taught by personnel from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). These basic level courses are geared to new engineers, logistics management personnel and as a refresher for someone working in ISR and/or EW.

The courses are open to personnel at Robins AFB, Middle Georgia Industry Partners, other government personnel and AOC members AT NO CHARGE

Government employees, civilian and military, can apply for up to 12 Continuous Learning Points for acquisition coded positions.

IF YOU HAVE A CAC AND ACCESS TO ROBINS, NO RESPONSE IS NECESSARY. JUST SHOW UP THAT DAY. The courses are for US citizens only. You will need to show your CAC at the door to attend. 

If you do not have a CAC, you must contact rodney.brooks.4@us.af.mil to make arrangements to verify citizenship via JPAS, birth certificate, passport or other means beforehand. You will need to be on an access list for the class and have a photo ID with you.

Only attendees with CACs or prior verification of citizenship will be admitted to ISR101 and EW101. No verifications can be done on the 25th or 26th.

If you wish to attend but do not have access to Robins, contact rodney.brooks.4@us.af.mil to make arrangements ASAP.

  

Register today for the 44th Annual Dixie Crow Symposium! Click here for a schedule of events, and visit the Robins AFB page for information about the Electronic Warfare and Avionics (EWA) Conference (formerly the Air Force Technical Program).

24 - 27 March 2019

Century of Flight Hangar Museum of Aviation
Robins AFB, Georgia 

Note: Please review registration instructions prior to registering.

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Industry News
  

U.S. Navy leaders want the information they receive from sensors and traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools to more seamlessly feed into the service’s combat systems as a way to eventually improve how the service searches for targets. (C4ISRNET)

  

Six months ago, service leaders said they were being cut out of the planning process. Now they’re being put in charge of it. Detailed planning for the proposed Space Force is expected to be handed over soon to the U.S. Air Force, a sign that Pentagon leaders — many of whom opposed the notion of consolidating military space operations in a new organization — have found a version that they can support. (Defense One)

  

The Navy is bulking up its fleet of autonomous robot vessels with the purchase of a cadre of four of Boeing's extremely large and incredibly grandiose unmanned Orca submarines. On Feb. 13, the Navy awarded Boeing a $43 million contract to produce four of the 51-foot Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) that are capable of traveling some 6,500 nautical miles unaided, the US Naval Institute reported. (Business Insider)

IMS 2019
  

Radar and electronic warfare (EW) developers are leveraging high-speed signal-processing devices such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and general-purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUs) to meet the U.S. military’s insatiable desire for data. Meanwhile artificial intelligence (AI), neural networks, and machine learning (ML) concepts are more and more being embraced in EW and radar applications to ensure the U.S. maintains that tactical edge over its adversaries for years and decades to come. (Military Embedded Systems)

U.S. Army researchers and engineers conducted in the 1st quarter of fiscal year 2019 a sequence of tests known as the Soft Kill (SK) Rodeo to determine which active protection system SK technology currently has the most potential and should be further developed for the Modular Active Protection System (MAPS) Program’s Layered Active Protection Demonstration. (DVIDS)

  

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has revealed plans for a new Royal Air Force squadron that will operate a fleet of unmanned aircraft able to fly networked together as a swarm. Depending on how the program evolves, it might involve the fielding of a true unmanned combat air vehicle, or UCAV, or at least serve as a stepping stone to realizing such an operational capability. (The Drive)