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Collaborative EW in support of Distributed Maritime Operations

The 49th Annual Point Mugu Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium will provide a venue to disseminate current research in the fields of Collaborative Electronic Warfare, with an emphasis on EW in support of distribute maritime Operations. Prominent leaders, contributors, and representatives from the military, government, academia, and industry will come together to address current Electronic Warfare gaps to support distributed operations and emerging technologies required to address these gaps.

Registration Now Open! Click here to register.

Base Access Forms due February 14 - no exceptions
Security Clearances due February 28

Keynote Speaker:

- Rear Admiral William S. Dillon, Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division/Assistant Commander for Test and Evaluation, Naval Air Systems Command (AIR-5.0)

 

February 13, 14:00 - 15:00 EST (19:00 - 20:00 UTC)

Our adversaries have developed an impressive array of upgrades to the threats we face; they are designed specifically to overcome the ways our Electronic Warfare systems have been so successful for so many years. This webinar covers the nature of those upgrades and generally what we are required to do to overcome them. The new threat generation(s) have longer range – making stand-off jamming more difficult. They also have significant electronic protection features – to counter some of our best techniques in legacy systems. Most have “home on jam” capability making self-protection jamming dangerous.

In this webinar, we will talk about the upgrade genealogy of missiles, tracking radars, acquisition radars, anti-aircraft guns and infrared guided weapons. We will also overview the new techniques for facing these new threats.

 

"Outpacing Adversaries in the Information Warfare Domain by Integrating Cyber, EW, & Special Operations from seabed to space"

This conference provides the EW and Cyberspace Operation communities an opportunity to collaborate and discuss capabilities, TTPs, and research in EW and Cyberspace Operations in a CLASSIFIED environment to enable 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 and bring EW and Cyberspace Operations together for the Warfighter!

Call for Papers

This call for presentations challenges presenters to explore enabling collaborative electronic warfare (EW) 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 session topics:

- Cyber/Electronic Warfare Converged Operations
- Cyber/Electronic Warfare Advanced Technology
- Cyber/Electronic Warfare Threats
- Cyber/Electronic Warfare R & D

Abstracts for presentations must be unclassified and no more than one page of text or 400 words. Please forward unclassified abstracts to Christine Armstrong at armstrong@crows.org and Dave Walman at david.walman@navy.mil NLT March 30, 2020. If your abstract is selected, you will be required to send a classified abstract/briefing to Dave Walman at david.walman@spawar.nmic.ic.gov for final review before being accepted into the agenda.

Abstracts due by March 30, 2020
Notifications by April 10, 2020

*All sessions will be TS/TCI

 

Integrating Force Level EW Capabilities with Kinetic Fires to Achieve Distributed Lethality

The National Defense Strategy and the update to the Chief of Naval Operations Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority identify the need to deliver warfighting solutions to achieve distributed operations and enable an integrated Naval Force structure as an urgent priority. This year’s conference will focus on the Electronic Warfare gaps and enabling technologies required to develop distributed Force Level Electronic Warfare capabilities, integrated with kinetic fires, in order to provide enhanced platform survivability and lethality. EW and military leaders from across the Department of Defense will present EW warfighting gaps and requirements for integrated, multi-domain system of systems EW solutions and motivate the EW community to explore innovative concepts and agile solutions to address their needs. The forum will provide a Joint Services venue for EW professionals across DoD, Industry and Academia to gain insight on emerging technologies, digital engineering methodologies and capabilities that will enable distributed lethality.

Keynote Speakers

- Maj Gen Lance Landrum, USAF Deputy Director for Requirements and Capability Development (J8), Joint Staff
- Dr. Paul G. Zablocky, Ph.D., Program Manager, DARPA STO
- Mr. Bryan Clark
, Senior Fellow, CSBA

*NEW* Live Demo Opportunities!

Showcase your cutting-edge technologies and innovative efforts! Find out more here.

**This symposium has been approved by the Department of the Navy. Click here for approval memo.

 
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EW Against a New Generation of Threats
Dave Adamy | 4/13/2020 - /29/2020 | Web Course
This is a practical, hands-on course which covers Spectrum Warfare and current EW approaches, and moves on to discuss the new equipment capabilities and Tactics that are required to meet the new threat challenges.

EW Modeling and Simulation
Dave Adamy | 6/1/2020 – 6/17/2020 | Web Course
This is a practical course in which the basic concepts and techniques of Electronic Warfare modeling and simulation concept evaluation, training, and Test and Evaluation are presented and the students learn how to apply them to practical problems.

Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering
Eugene Fleeman | 7/13/2020 – 7/31/2020 | Web Course
Technologies for missiles are rapidly emerging, resulting in the frequent introduction of new missile systems. The capability to meet the requirements for performance, cost, risk, and launch platform integration of missile systems is driven by missile design, development, and system engineering.

Machine Learning for EW
Kyle Davidson | 9/14/2020 – 9/28/2020 | Web Course
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of machine learning and its application to modern Electronic Warfare (EW) and cyber solutions. 

Learn more...

 

Decide the future of the Association of Old Crows! Nominations for the AOC board of directors for the 2020 elections are now open. For regional directors, only members from that region are eligible to vote for their potential representative. Nominations are due NLT March 15, 2020.

Positions that are eligible for election this year are:

- At-Large Director (2 available)
- International Region II
- Northeast Region
- Southern Region

Go to https://www.crows.org/page/elections to download the nomination form or contact oneilin@crows.org for more information.

 

Complex Electromagnetic Warfare and the Multi Domain Battle

The 25th AOC EW Europe event in Liverpool will bring together world-leading experts from the military, government, academia and industry. Delegates will progress their understanding of the issues, technology and capabilities that underpin their national Electronic Warfare abilities and allow them to enhance their capabilities both nationally and in international collaborative defence. 

The Multi Domain Battlefield (MDB) includes the Electro-magnetic and Information Domains (including cyber operations), as well as the Land, Maritime, Air and Space Domains. The MDB underpins and enables every decision, communication and navigation system as well as defensive and offensive actions. Spectrum management capabilities are vital to all of warfare and especially manoeuvre warfare – we all know that without spectrum dominance the war is lost before it is begun.  New and current threat systems and strategies for defeating them will be considered alongside the technological developments most likely to influence the complex electromagnetic warfare of the future.

Alongside two technical conference streams, the event features an exhibition area for specialist suppliers to showcase their technologies, products and services.

Don't miss this on-site Professional Development Course! 

Intermediate Electronic Warfare
June 19 - 20 | Friday & Saturday | 09:00-17:00 BST

The intended audience for this course includes Electronic Warfare (EW) professionals, including engineers, business development staff, and managers, looking to expand their general knowledge of the field. No prior experience in EW is required, but some background in EW will be helpful.

Register for the course here!

 
  

Nominate someone today for an AOC award in 2020. The deadline to submit nominations is March 15, 2020.

A central tenant of the AOC's mission is recognizing individuals, groups, and military units for their outstanding performance in furthering the aims of the AOC and the Electromagnetic Warfare enterprise. The AOC has a number of awards that are available each year, with two categories - Competitive and Non-Competitive. Nominate someone today here: https://app.reviewr.com/s1/site//AOC_Awards.  Contact oneilin@crows.org for more information.

 

  

A fundamental part of the AOC's mission is investing in the next generation of Crows. One of the most significant ways we do this is by providing the AOC/Raytheon Scholarship to sophomore and junior year college students. We provide two scholarships annually, each in the amount of $12,500, to students studying in the fields of engineering or engineering technology. These scholarships are funded by a generous donation from Raytheon.

Do you have a child, sibling, cousin, neighbor or friend studying in these fields? Encourage them to apply! Applicants must be Sophomores or Juniors in the 2020-2021 school year. Tell them not to wait, submissions are due by March 31, 2020. Click here for a list of submission requirements and to apply!

The AOC strongly believes that a workshop to better understand, navigate, and strengthen protocols and processes for the export and releasability of EW systems and equipment is extremely valuable to stakeholders across government and industry, in the US and abroad. Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of our control we need to postpone our EW Releasability and Export Control workshop, scheduled for Feb 25-26, to ensure the event meets the expectations of all participants and achieves the goals for which the workshop is designed. The AOC fully intends to reschedule this important event later in 2020 at a more suitable time for all participants. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

 
Chapter News
  

Dedicated Old Crow and Senior Convention Volunteer Jim Talley has passed. Jim was a great man who dedicated his life to the safety of America’s warriors in war and peace. He was a member of the Association of Old Crows since joining in 1972. At first, it was to understand the complexities of his duties as a Naval Officer and later to enhance his work in highly classified electronic warfare (EW) research and development at the US Naval Research Labs (NRL). Like so many others working on classified projects, the scope of his many contributions to the field of EW cannot be published.

Upon retiring, he was determined to continue his work by consulting and volunteering with the Old Crow’s Capitol Club. He volunteered for the last decade to attend, provide guidance and support the annual International Symposium and Convention in Washington, DC. Jim proudly directed specific activities while behind the scenes, discussing technical matters with briefers and participants. His inputs would add clarity and a richness to those presentations that otherwise would not have been had.

Jim Talley was truly an Old Crow’s Old Crow. His many contributions to the Capitol Club and to the men and women of the armed forces may never be fully known. But Jim Talley’s true dedication to the craft of electronic warfare, the Association of Old Crows and to the Capitol Club will be greatly missed.

James Talley’s beloved wife of 56 years has provided Jim’s obituary below:

  

EW: Collaborate for Success

February 17-20

National Science Seminar Complex (NSSC)
Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
Bangalore, India

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.

  

Maintaining Dominance in the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) by Rapidly Fielding and Modifying Systems Using Open Standards and Innovation

March 22-25
Century of Flight Hangar Museum of Aviation
Robins AFB, Georgia

View the updated conference agenda here!

CALL FOR PAPERS:

We are soliciting topics in support of this year’s theme, “Maintaining Dominance in the
Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) by Rapidly Fielding and Modifying Systems Using Open
Standards and Innovation.” Papers to support this theme should relate to Electronic Warfare
(EW), Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR), or Avionics. Proposed topic abstracts
may be submitted for technical solutions (both software and hardware), acquisition strategies,
initiatives, new technologies, novel methods of integration for existing technologies,
techniques, simulation, methods, policy/doctrine, interoperability, open systems, modeling,
architectures, and best practices.

Submit unclassified abstracts to AFLCMC.WNY.AFTechProg@us.af.mil by February 27, 2020.
Abstract formatting guidelines available here.

Click here for more information on the EWA call for papers.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Click here to register.

  

The Academy for Science and Design in Nashua, NH recently hosted the AOC Granite State Roost’s Earl "Skip" Stolz at their biannual da Vinci Day, an outreach event where academia and industry partner to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers to students. Skip gave a presentation titled "Faster, Higher, Farther – Testing Aircraft to the Edge" to over 100 seventh- and eighth-grade students. In addition to the variety of questions Skip answered about aircraft and how STEM impacted his career path, the students loved trying on his flight gear!

If you have any interest in getting more involved with the Granite State Roost’s STEM outreach program, please reach out to Matt Partridge at matthew.y.partridge@baesystems.com or Jack Shepard at jack.shepard@baesystems.com.

  

The AOC Dixie Crow chapter welcomed 2020 with a band! The Retention/Recruitment Social at Wild Wing Café on 30 January had 98+ people in attendance. Ten new members were recruited on the spot with a commitment of more to follow over the following days.

The event was full of great food and beverage along with fantastic music provided by our local sensation: The “Calipers,” with Gene “Joker” McFalls on guitar and vocals, Caleb Ringley on guitar, Jeff Sawyer on bass and Vic Dunston on drums.

The Dixie Crows host Retention/Recruitment events quarterly. If you’re traveling to Robins AFB, drop Robert a note to see where we may be going next! (robert.usher@gmail.com)

  

The Granite State Roost Educational Foundation awarded three scholarships to three University of New Hampshire (UNH) engineering students at the Awards Ceremony held at UNH on 27 September 2019. 

The scholarship is named after the Pentagon’s former Deputy Director for Electronic Warfare, Tony Grieco. BAE Systems underwrites the scholarship in honor of Grieco, who was well known in defense and Congressional circles for his strong support of electronic warfare issues. The scholarship is given to candidates who show promise in science and engineering and who are enrolled in a college-level science or engineering program. 

Pictured from the left are Mr. Tom Perkins, BAE Systems, Mr. Davis Cole, Mr. Noah Payeur, Mr. Francesco Mikulis-Borsoi, and Mr. Stephen Yushak, Scholarship Chairman. 

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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:

Electronic Warfare & Electronic Systems Engineer – The MITRE Corp. –  El Segundo, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Aberdeen, MD; Bedford, MA; McLean, VA, United States
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Engineer - Senior Principal – SAIC –  Lackland AFB, TX, United States
- Spectrum Management Research Analyst - Principal – SAIC –  Lackland AFB, TX, United States

 
Industry News
  

The Pentagon’s top weapons tester is worried about how the Army will integrate new electronic warfare capabilities with specific platforms. In a Jan. 30 report, the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation office, or DOT&E, examined the Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT) and, in the process, took a broader look at the Army’s electronic warfare enterprise. (C4ISRNET)

  

Boeing has announced that it recently conducted an experiment together with the Navy in which an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft oversaw two other EA-18Gs flying missions semi-autonomously. The test demonstrated technology that would allow the service's Growlers, as well as its F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, to work closely together with unmanned aircraft and could also point to a future pilot-optional capability for these combat jets. (The Drive)

  

The U.S. military will deploy a new version of a ground-based communications jammer used to block adversaries’ satellite transmissions. The Counter Communications System was first introduced in 2004. An updated version, called CCS Block 10.2, has completed tests and will be ready for initial operations sometime in 2020, the Space and Missile Systems Center confirmed Feb. 3 in a statement to SpaceNews(SpaceNews)

Wolfspeed

It is doubly unfortunate that Lockheed Martin has pulled out of the Singapore Airshow. There would undoubtedly have been some celebrations within its smart and prominent chalet, to mark the recent and significant milestone in Singapore’s quest to acquire F-35 stealth fighters. Instead, the chalet is locked, and the full-scale model that is usually on show outside lies unassembled nearby in four large shipping containers. (AIN Online)

  

A single red wagon, hand pulled down the middle of a lightly traveled street, is an odd delivery mechanism for an electronic warfare attack. It is only slightly less unusual as a kind of art exhibit. But the wagon’s payload, and its artist brush, is the same: 99 second-hand smartphones, all opened to Google Maps. (C4ISRNET)

  

In November 2019, an old C-130A transport plane took to the skies near Salt Lake City, Utah bearing what appeared to be a hi-tech cruise missile slung under a pylon on one wing. (The National Interest)

New AOC Industry Members
IMS 2020
Calendar
13
Feb 2020
 
February 13, 14:00 - 15:00 EST (17:00 - 18:00 UTC)
17
Feb 2020
 
February 17-20, Bangalore, India
25
Feb 2020
 
February 25-26, Arlington, VA
27
Feb 2020
 
February 27, 14:00 - 15:00 EST (18:00 - 20:00 UTC)
2
Mar 2020
 
March 2-25 (8 sessions), 13:00 - 16:00 EDT (17:00 - 20:00 UTC)
12
Mar 2020
 
March 12, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
26
Mar 2020
 
March 26, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
31
Mar 2020
 
March 31 - April 2, Pt. Mugu, California
9
Apr 2020
 
April 9, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
13
Apr 2020
 
April 13 - 29 (8 sessions), 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)
23
Apr 2020
 
April 23, 14:00 -15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)