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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

Speakers Announced

Mr. James Geurts - Assistant Secretary of the Navy (invited)
Vice Admiral James W. Kilby - Director, Warfare Integration, N9I, OPNAV (invited)
Rear Admiral David J. Hahn - Chief of Naval Research, Director of Innovation, Technology Requirements and Test & Evaluation (OPNAV N94) (invited)
Rear Admiral Eric H. Ver Hage - Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center/Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Mr. Bryan Clark 
- Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
Dr. John Burrow - Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (DASN RDTE)

Sponsorship opportunities available! Find out more here.

 

Thursday, August 8, 14:00-15:00 EDT

Radio direction finding, also called radiolocation, is the process by which a source of radio frequency energy is localized.  Direction finding plays an increasingly important role in many civilian, government, and military applications, including areas such as interference hunting, search and rescue, (counter)intelligence, and localization of uncooperative sources. 

This presentation begins with a general overview of radio direction finding and radio direction finding principles, and then moves on to a discussion of the different methodologies which can be used to determine the physical location of an RF energy source.  The radio direction finding methodologies covered in this presentation include (1) manual direction finding and homing, (2) Doppler, (3) power / angle of arrival, (4) Watson-Watt, (5) correlative interferometry, and (6) time difference of arrival. For each of these methodologies, a brief technical introduction is followed by a discussion of that methodology’s relative strengths and weaknesses, appropriate applications, and the areas in which a given methodology is most commonly employed. 

 

Are you interested in participating as a conference speaker at AOC EW Asia 2020?

The event, part of the Asia Defence Expo & Conference Series (ADECS), focuses specifically on trends, technologies and opportunities within the Asia Pacific region. The region poses both unique difficulties and opportunities in advancing EM Operations. AOC EW Asia 2020 will address evolving EW and EM technologies and operational concepts for current and emerging threats in maritime, air and land operations, including hybrid warfare, cyber warfare, information warfare and signals intelligence.

The theme for the conference, taking place on 4-5 February 2020 in Singapore, is “Advancing Electromagnetic Operations in the Asia Pacific Region.” The AOC is soliciting original unclassified, English language papers from subject-matter experts and international thought-leaders from the government, military, academia and industry.

Submissions are due no later than October 18. 

For more information on how you can take part, visit the event website.

 

The AOC International Symposium & Convention, the industry’s leading, three-day event, brings together nearly 2000 professionals from 30+ countries spanning industry, military, and government sectors. Learn from subject matter experts and influencers from military, government, academia and industry who will speak to a multitude of topics around the theme of “Building the EMS Enterprise”. Whether it is from a main stage keynoter, a breakout session panelist, or an Innovation Stage message, plan to walk away equipped with the latest developments in technology and governance in pursuit of EMS capability superiority.

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Whether you're interested in attending our symposium sessions or just the exhibit hall - we have the right pass for you.

Keynote and High Ranking Speakers

- The Honorable James Langevin, United States House of Representatives, RI-02 (invited)
- The Honorable Don Bacon, 
United States House of Representatives, NE-02 (invited)
- The Honorable Alan R. Shaffer, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
- Lt Gen Robert Elder, USAF (Ret’d), AOC Senior Advisory Board
- Dr. Tim Grayson, Office Director, Strategic Technology Office (STO)
- James A. Faist, SES, 
Director, Adv Capability, OUSD Research & Engineering
- Rear Admiral Steve Parode, Director, Information Warfare Integration (N2N6F)
- Brigadier General Lance Landrum, Deputy Director for Requirements and Capability Development (J8), Joint Staff
- Brigadier General Robert Collins, Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

The AOC is seeking qualified volunteers to assist with the successful execution of the Annual Symposium and Convention. To learn more and sign up, click here.

 

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. 

The World of Airborne Expendables & small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)
Dr. Patrick Ford  |  10/8/2019 - 10/17/2019  |  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.

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.

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

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SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED!

General John M. “Mike” Murray - Commanding General, US Army Futures Command (invited)
LTG Scott David Berrier, United States Army - Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army G-2 (Intelligence) - (invited)
Lt. General Stephen Fogarty, USA - Commanding General, Army Cyber Command (invited)
The Honorable Dr. Bruce D. Jette - Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (invited)
MG Neil Hersey, Commanding General, Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon
MG John Morrison, USA - Chief of Staff, US Cyber Command (invited)
MG Laura Potter, Commanding general and commandant, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, Fort Huachuca, Arizona (invited)
Brigadier General Robert M. Collins - PEO IEWS
Mr. Roy Fox, SES, U.S. Army, Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate

Sponsorship opportunities available! Find out more here.

 
  

The AOC will recognize the premier leaders in EW, IO and EMS Operations fields throughout our 56th Annual Symposium and Convention. Please join us in celebrating these award winners for their exemplary service to our community. The Gold Medal Award is the highest award given by the AOC for outstanding advances and contributions in all fields of EW and IO. The Gold Medal Award as well as the Technology Hall of Fame Awards will be presented during the Opening Session on Monday, October 28th. The Hal Gershanoff Silver Medal Award is presented to an AOC member to recognize outstanding service in furthering the goals of the Association or its Chapter Organization(s). It is the highest award given to a member for service to the AOC. The Hal Gershanoff Silver Medal, the Colonel Anton D. Brees Lifetime Service Awards, and the Joseph W. Kearney Award will be presented at the Annual Banquet on Tuesday, October 29th. All other Individual awards will be presented at separate venues.

This Workshop Is Designed To Help Program/Project Managers Address Their Daily Challenges

Chapter News

The theme for the UNCLASSIFIED portion of the 2019 Pacific Information Operations Symposium, “Countering Coercion: The Role of Information Operations,” examines the Indo-Pacific Information Environment (IE) to understand how coercion and malign influence diminish the effectiveness of deterrence. Following last year’s symposium focus on how Information Operations could support effective deterrence, this year’s theme will examine how comprehensive coercion undermines effective deterrence of adversaries and assurance of allies and partners. The symposium will examine how to counter the erosive effects of coercion and malign influence from weakening or negating friendly force inform and influence efforts, preserving confidence in the cohesion of our Alliances and national capabilities to defend sovereignty from multiple attack vectors.

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The Sixth International Conference on Electronic Warfare (EWCI 2020) is being organised by the much Awarded India Chapter of Association of Old Crows (AOC), Bangalore, and 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. The Conference is envisaged to be of great use for modern armed forces, military planners, developers, procurers, testers, trainers, and vendors of the latest EW technologies and systems. Past conferences in the series attracted large delegations from Indian Armed Services, DRDO, Defence PSUs, and national and international EW professionals. A large scale indoor exhibition will accompany the conference, displaying the latest EW products from international EW organisations.

  

The July 2019 Greater Los Angeles AOC Chapter meeting hosted two of the local area’s most prominent industry and government leaders, Mr. Cordell DeLaPena, director of program management and integration of the Air Force Space Command at the LA Air Force Base, Space and Missile Systems Center, and Mr. Chris Hernandez, vice president of engineering at Northrop Grumman.

The meeting was well attended and included a number of the local company summer interns as well as various local subject matter experts interested in learning more about the AOC. The topics presented provided insight into the streamlined USAF Space Command organizational and program management process, termed SMC 2.0, being used by the Command to successfully field a growing number of defense space projects. In addition, Baker Street Scientific presented an overview of their efforts to develop processing algorithms to analyze complex SAR data.

  

The AOC Japan Chapter hosted the 8th EW Research Group Conference on April 16 in National Defense Academy, Yokosuka. The event was co-sponsored by the IEICE (The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers) Japan, Technical Committee on Space, Aeronautical and Navigational Electronics (SANE).

  

I'm not the best at everything, but I care. Being a Chapter President has been a challenging role. This past year has been difficult to manage work and life, and my efforts with the AOC have dropped considerably. I don't think I did enough to even get a chapter of the year award again. I can't find a volunteer to take over, either, so I guess you get what you get and you don't throw a fit.

But, today was my birthday. It started with getting coffee and my barista guessing my age at 41. I turned 36 today. I am no longer an AOC Young Crow, as defined as 35 and under. I've been one for almost a decade, so it's strange. The fact that ladies regularly think I'm in my forties (the highest I've gotten is 55!) is an indicator that I'm not aging well.

  

The AOC and Clarion Events are event partners for EW conferences and exhibitions held in Europe and Asia. Clarion also runs the largest Defence & Security event in the world, DSEI, biennially in London, with over 35,000 visitors expected: https://www.dsei.co.uk/

Clarion has again given the AOC a complimentary stand in London this coming September. UK Chapter volunteers will run the stand (N4-180 in the Joint Zone, near the Joint Theatre) on behalf of the AOC. 

The UK Chapter has also arranged a 90-minute EW Seminar in the Joint Theatre at 15:30 on Thursday 12 September. If you are coming to London for DSEI, please be sure to come to the stand and say hello. You might want to think about attending the seminar, too. UK AOC member Air Marshal Philip Sturley will chair the seminar, and four world class speakers have agreed to speak. The title of the Seminar is: "Hybrid Warfare, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities and Electronic Warfare – where we are and where we need to go."

UK Chapter Seminar Speakers

Major General Borys Kremenetskyi, UKR-Air Force, Defence and AirAttaché, Embassy of Ukraine to the UK, Ukraine
Colonel Alan Blackman (British Army Retd), Director, ABAL Insight Ltd, UK
Commander von Spreckelsen, Chief Policy Section NATO Joint EW Core Staff, Germany
Professor David Stupples, Professor of Electronic and Radio Systems, Director EW Research, City, University of London, AOC At-Large Director, and UK Chapter Director, UK

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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:

- Assured Communications Research Scientist – BAE Systems – Arlington, VA, United States
- Networked Signal Processing Chief Scientist – BAE Systems – Arlington, VA, United States
- Northrop Grumman is Hiring for Multiple Engineering Positions – Northrop Grumman – Linthicum, MD | Cincinnati & Beavercreek, OH | Rolling Meadows, IL | Camarillo, Pt Mugu and China Lake, CA, United States

 
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The U.S. Army is working toward fielding a new directional infrared countermeasures system on its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters that will help protect them from shoulder-fired, heat-seeking, short-range surface-to-air missiles, also known as man-portable air defense systems or MANPADS. Variants of this defensive suite may become standard equipment on AH-64 Apache gunships and CH-47 Chinook transport helicopters flying in combat zones in the future, replacing a number of other kits the service has already adopted on a more limited scale. (The Drive)

The Air Force announced Friday it will soon deploy two ground-based laser weapons to an undisclosed location to test how they can be used against small drones, the service’s first “operational field test” of an experimental “directed energy” weapon. On Friday afternoon, the Air Force announced a $23 million sole-source contract for two of Raytheon’s High Energy Laser Weapons Systems, through which the systems are to be tested for 12 months in an undisclosed “contested environment” outside the continental United States. (The Washington Post)

  

The Marines are testing unmanned platforms to quickly refuel and rearm F-35Bs it plans to operate out of remote, austere bases in the Pacific — part of an effort to be more nimble, and unpredictable, as the traditional American dominance at sea and in the air erodes. For years, the Corps has talked about flying its F-35Bs from hastily assembled bases on small islands and remote locations to avoid sophisticated surface-to-air missiles being developed by China and Russia. (Breaking Defense)

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The Army has put money down on a prototype system that aims to put 50kW lasers on a platoon of four Stryker vehicles in the next three years. Those Strykers are geared to support the Army’s Maneuver Short Range Air Defense mission, which is tasked with protecting brigade combat teams from drones, rockets, artillery, mortar and helicopter attacks. (Army Times)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is canvassing industry for electronic warfare countermeasures (EWCM) systems and technologies that could address the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) needs for future soft-kill anti-ship missile defence. (Jane's 360)

  

NGJ-MB is a high-capacity and power airborne electronic attack weapon system for the EA-18G GROWLER. Its purpose is to deny, degrade, and disrupt threat radars and communication devices. According to the company, in the third quarter of 2019, Raytheon will utilize a Prime Power Generation Capability pod installed on a commercial Gulfstream aircraft in order to conduct power generation flight testing and risk reduction efforts in support of the initial flight clearance process. (Military Embedded Systems) 

  

North Korea’s latest test-firing of new short-range ballistic missiles and guided rockets are capable of inflicting damage to key South Korean and U.S. military installations, including an air base that will house stealth fighter jets in the South, military sources and analysts said. (Defense News)

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Calendar
8
Aug 2019
 
August 8, 14:00-15:00 EDT
22
Aug 2019
 
August 22, 14:00-15:00 EDT
4
Sep 2019
 
September 4-20 (8 sessions), 13:00 - 16:00 EDT
5
Sep 2019
 
September 5,14:00 - 15:00 EDT
9
Sep 2019
 
September 9-12, Honolulu, HI
10
Sep 2019
 
September 10-11
19
Sep 2019
 
September 19, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT
3
Oct 2019
 
October 3, 14:00-15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
8
Oct 2019
 
October 8-17 (4 sessions), 13:00-16:00 EDT
8
Oct 2019
 
October 8-10
26
Oct 2019
 
October 26-27, 08:00-17:00 EDT The Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C.
26
Oct 2019
 
October 26-27, 09:00-17:00 EDT The Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C.
31
Oct 2019
 
October 31 - November 1, 09:00-17:00 EDT The Renaissance Hotel
31
Oct 2019
 
October 31 - November 1, 08:00-17:00 EDT The Renaissance Hotel