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As a member of the AOC, YOU decide the future of this great organization. You should have received additional information from the AOC on how you will be able to vote this year. The AOC is excited to announce this year’s election slate, comprised of:

President-Elect
Glenn “Powder” Carlson
Craig Harm
Rich Wittstruck

At-Large
Antonino Amoroso
Brian Hinkley
Haruko Kawahigashi
Gary Lyke
Mike Ryan
Darin Nielsen
Kenneth “Kilo” Parks
Greg Patschke

Pacific Region Candidates
Vince Battaglia
Rick Lu

International Region I
Sue Robertson

 

This is a two part webinar. The first half was presented on 11 January 2018. It covered the basics of Earth satellite orbits: Ephemerides, Earth satellite orbit mechanics, spherical trigonometry, look angle and range formulas for satellites and horizon range formulas. You might want to review part one before viewing part 2. The second part of this webinar series goes on to deal with the vulnerability of Earth satellite links and some formulas related to the operation of intercept and jamming payloads.

 

Two-day classified event to provide a forum for EMW professionals from the military, government, industry, and academic fields to discuss:

1. How our adversaries are challenging our dominance in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS)
2. Current EMW capabilities being explored to ensure our dominance is maintained
3. Integration of capabilities into a warfare system

CALL FOR PAPERS

Call for papers topics include: 

Focus Question 1: How can combined EMW capabilities in the sea, air, and land domains generate enhanced combat effects?
Focus Question 2: How can a system of systems focus enhance EMW capabilities?
Focus Question 3: How will coordination and simultaneous integration across all domains (land, sea, subsurface, air, space, and cyber) improve EMW capabilities?
Focus Question 4: What tools, processes, innovations, techniques, and best practices can be used to support management professionals in today’s unique and complex acquisition environment?

Abstracts for presentations are required in unclassified textual format. Please forward abstracts to Amy Belicev at belicev@crows.org. Abstracts are due 02 July 2019.

 
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DRFM Technology and Design for Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare
Dr. Phillip Pace  |  6/3/2019 - 6/26/2019  |  Web Course
This course examines both the design of the DRFM as well as the technologies and strategies used to create superior false target decoys.

Introduction to Radar Systems
Kyle Davidson 
|  7/29/2019 - 8/9/2019  |  Web Course
This course introduces the audience to radar systems in a military context, with a focus on search and tracking radars associated with modern day threats.

The World of Airborne Expendables & small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)
Dr. Patrick Ford
  |  8/19/2019 - 8/28/2019  |  Web Course
This course provides attendees with a strong foundation in expendables/sUAS, from basic airframe classes and capabilities, to EW potential, to the current FAA airframe and pilot certification/flight approval process.

Space EW
Dave Adamy  |  9/4/2019 - 9/20/2019  |  Web Course
In the eight sessions of the Course, we will cover the nature of EW in space and go on to work practical EW problems appropriate to the space environment. 

Fundamental Principles of Electronic Warfare
Dave Adamy  |  10/26/2019 - 10/27/2019
This is a two day overview of Electronic Warfare (EW) with little math above Algebra. It assumes no prior knowledge of the field, but will allow you to understanding the underlying principles of EW and make some important performance calculations.

Machine Learning for EW
Kyle Davidson  |  10/26/2019 - 10/27/2019
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of machine learning and its application to modern Electronic Warfare (EW) and cyber solutions.

Advanced Principles of Electronic Warfare
Dave Adamy  |  10/31/2019 - 11/1/2019
This is a follow-on overview course to the EW Fundamentals course presented at the beginning of the AOC convention. It builds on the earlier discussion, extending coverage to new generation radar and communication threats and countermeasures against them.

Electronic Countermeasures – Theory and Design
Kyle Davidson  |  10/31/2019 - 11/1/2019
The goal of this course is to educate the participants in the the field of Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) and Electronic Attacks (EA). This includes the complete countermeasures development cycle from analysing threat systems, to developing jammer techniques, and finally confirming their effectiveness.

21st Century Electronic Warfare, Systems, Technology, and Techniques
Dr. Clayton Stewart  |  2/3/2020 - 2/21/2020  |  Web Course
This course offers a comprehensive overview of modern electronic (EW) warfare systems, technology, and techniques. The domains of electronic attack, electronic support, and electronic protection will all be explored.

Learn more...

 

On the Road to Army of 2028 - Delivering Integrated EW, SIGINT and Cyber at the Tactical Echelon.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Original papers are being solicited from the United States and Five Eyes Nations, Government, Academia, Industry, Operational Units, and Subject Matter Experts on how to fight and win decisively against any adversary in a joint, multi-domain, high-intensity conflict through employment of Cyber Electromagnetic Activity (CEMA) capabilities. We will continue to expand the CEMA discussion from a doctrine, operational, technology, and threat perspective and how to integrate electronic warfare, cyber, signals intelligence, information operations, and other forms of non-kinetic fires into operational formations. Conference presentations may be classified TS/SCI US Only or REL FVEY, or Secret Releasable FVEY. 

Paper submissions should unclassified and indicate the level of classification for presentation, and focus on the following topic areas:

Threats
S&T
Exercises & Experimentation
DOTMLPF-P
From the Field

Please forward abstracts to Ms. Christine Armstrong at armstrong@crows.org by July 8, 2019.

 

In order to design effective countermeasures – ones that produce significant miss distance – an understanding of the target of those countermeasures is required. In most cases that target is a tracking radar, which this webinar will seek to explain in order to promote an understanding of the interaction between the signal a radar receives and the track it creates. 

The presentation will start with a discussion of the radar as sensor and how it measures the range, Doppler, azimuth and elevation to a target. The values quantified by the radar will then be explored in the context of tracking systems, from simple α-β trackers to Kalman filters and more.

Finally, these tracking systems will be brought together in the context of modern Single-Target Tracking (STT) radars and Track-While-Scan (TWS) systems. Examples of STT and TWS systems will be discussed, along with how they could effectively be deceived. 

 
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Chapter News
  

They operate in the shadows, hidden in research and development laboratories, but the Old Crows are at the forefront of electronic warfare (EW) and other operations in the electromagnetic spectrum.

The Aardvark Roost, the South African Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), is an organisation for individuals who have a common interest in electronic warfare and activities such as cyber electromagnetic activities, electromagnetic spectrum management operations, information operations and other information related capabilities.

  

The Dixie Crow Chapter supported 2019 Memorial Day Events by traveling to The Andersonville National Cemetery Historic Site to assist the Boy & Girl Scouts clubs along with the National Park Service Rangers with placing flags at the grave tombstones of our fallen and by feeding lunch to over 300 participants. The Park Service noted that 2019 participation marked the largest crowd they’ve ever had!

  

In May, the Dixie Crow Education Foundation awarded several scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Dixie Crow Chapter representatives presented the awards to each student at their schools.

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Careers

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:

- Staff Systems Engineer- Infra-Red Missile Warning Systems – Elbit Systems – Ft. Worth, TX, United States | Merrimack, NH, United States
- Principal Systems Engineer - Electronic Warfare – Elbit Systems – Ft. Worth, TX, United States
- Senior RF/EW Engineer – Charles F. Day & Associates LLC – Ft. Meade, MD, United States

 
Industry News
  

A House defense panel is concerned about the Pentagon’s efforts to rebuild its electronic warfare capabilities. In a draft version of the annual defense policy bill released June 3, the House Armed Services Committee directs the comptroller general to assess the department’s electronic warfare and electromagnetic spectrum operations strategy and implementation efforts. The comptroller general must brief the committee by March 1, 2020. (C4ISRNET)

  

The MQ-9 Reaper — a General Atomics-built drone that has been used extensively over the past decade for military strikes against insurgents across the Middle East and Africa — may soon be a permanent fixture in the Marine Corps’ inventory. (National Defense)

  

The Pentagon is preparing to transfer Turkey’s industrial participation in the F-35 to other countries unless Ankara reverses course on its plans to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system. The move — which in early 2020 would end contracts with major Turkish defense contractors such as Turkish Aerospace Industries, Roketsan and Tusas Engine Industries, among many others — is just one of many steps the U.S. Defense Department intends to take to strip Turkey from the F-35 program, according to a June 6 letter from acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. (Defense News)

  

The FY 2020 Defense Budget is in full swing this week as the House of Representatives is set to consider a minibus appropriations bill, HR 2740, that includes the annual defense appropriations bill.  The total minibus provides more nearly $1 trillion in funding for Department of Defense (DOD), Labor/Health and Human Services (HHS), State-Foreign Operations, and Energy & Water.

  

A key congressional committee is demanding more information from the Pentagon on an array of weapons. The biggest ask: an independent cost estimate on the massive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program to compare against official figures from the Joint Program Office. (Breaking Defense)

  

With an eye on sophisticated Russian jamming and spoofing technology, the U.S. Army will field test jam-resistant position, navigation and timing gear with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Germany this September. (C4ISRNET)

  

Currently, the Navy only has one aircraft carrier — either Ford-class or Nimitz-class — that can support the service’s most advanced fighters for a full deployment, service officials told USNI News on Thursday. Earlier this week, lawmakers expressed their frustration with the Navy for accepting delivery of Ford-class carriers before they can accommodate deploying with F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, while considering the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. (USNI News)