eCrow Newsletter http://www.ecrow.org/ Newsletter RSS Feed. en-us Copyright 2017 3/25/2017 12:53:00 AM 20 AOC OPPORTUNITY: Director of Advocacy and Outreach http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=432025&issueID=52138 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is seeking candidates to fill a newly created Director of Advocacy and Outreach position. This is a full-time staff position reporting to the Executive Director in the Alexandria, Virginia headquarters office. The AOC is a fifty-year old 501(c)(6) professional society for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare, Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities, Information Operations, and other information related capabilities. The association provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields. See www.crows.org for more information.</p> 3/19/2017 10:38:11 PM http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=432025&amp;issueID=52138 AOC ADVOCACY: EW Working Group Hosts EW/EMSO Educational Briefing Series for Congress http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=432142&issueID=52138 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />As the 115th Congress gets underway, there are many uncertainties about the FY 2017 and FY 2018 defense budgets, legislative priorities and regulatory pathways. What we can expect is that electromagnetic spectrum (EMS)-related issues will garner a great deal of attention in Congress, from investment in Third Offset Technologies to defense acquisition reform to Spectrum management and telecommunications. AOC will again have an opportunity to inform and influence policy on a wide range from fronts. To help prepare Congress for these considerations, the AOC worked in cooperation with Electronic Warfare Working Group (EWWG) and the Directed Energy (DE) Caucus to convene a series of educational briefings throughout February to provide congressional staff the fundamentals of EW, DE, and EMSO under the broader context of the Third Offset Strategy. The goal of the briefing series, which will be an annual offering, was to provide Members of Congress and staff a shared starting point to dive deeper into the range of EMS-related issues throughout the year. </p> 3/20/2017 2:09:56 PM http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=432142&amp;issueID=52138 AOC NEWS:EW Singapore 2017 Focuses On "The Future Of Electronic Warfare In The Asia Pacific Region" https://us.sourcesecurity.com/news/articles/ew-singapore-2017-focuses-future-electronic-warfare-asia-pacific-region-co-14693-ga-co-14183-ga-co-9762-ga-co-11395-ga-co-4970-ga.22589.html <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />EW Singapore greeted 282 attendees on 17-18 January to the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The two-day conference fulfilled the requirements of the EW community with a regional flavor and focused on the issues that particularly affect Southeast Asia. The conference addressed the theme "The Future of Electronic Warfare in the Asia Pacific Region". Day one of the conference featured sessions examining operational focus, EW developments and EW and EM technology. Day two of the conference featured presentations about new adaptive antennas, cyber and electromagnetic operations; spectrum dominance and bid data; and future vision. <I>(Source Security)</i></p> 3/20/2017 4:08:38 PM https://us.sourcesecurity.com/news/articles/ew-singapore-2017-focuses-future-electronic-warfare-asia-pacific-region-co-14693-ga-co-14183-ga-co-9762-ga-co-11395-ga-co-4970-ga.22589.html INDUSTRY NEWS: Plan to Preserve Stealth Technology Dominance http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1762706-the-us-plan-to-keep-stealth-tech-dominance <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />As Russia and China continue to improve their air defenses, stealth is increasingly becoming a perishable commodity. While stealth technology will not become obsolete per se, the U.S. Air Force and particularly U.S. Navy official have said that low observables will have to be supplemented with electronic warfare. Indeed, Air Combat Command believes that the next-generation Penetrating Counter Air (PCA) replacement for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor will likely make extensive use of electronic warfare [3]. But tomorrow&rsquo;s electronic warfare systems will be far more advanced than anything currently flying. <i>(Scout Warrior)</i></p> 3/20/2017 4:11:36 PM http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1762706-the-us-plan-to-keep-stealth-tech-dominance INDUSTRY NEWS: Panel: Services Should Better Leverage Each Other&rsquo;s Tech Development, Joint Operations https://news.usni.org/2017/03/17/panel-services-better-leverage-others-tech-development-joint-operations <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Pentagon should aim for interdependency, not just interoperability, in assessing its future warfighting requirements, three national security experts told the Senate Armed Services Air/Land subcommittee this week. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula said the services need to embrace new joint functions, be able to rapidly capitalize on information systems in every domain, and develop new concepts of operations. Information "is going ... to be the dominant factor" in future conflicts, he said in the March 15 hearing. Area denial is already the new normal, making old and slow aircraft in the Army and Marine Corps vulnerable. "Electronic and cyber warfare [will be] the military equalizer." <I>(USNI News)</i></p> 3/20/2017 4:14:11 PM https://news.usni.org/2017/03/17/panel-services-better-leverage-others-tech-development-joint-operations INDUSTRY NEWS: DARPA Sub-Hunting Drone Ship to Launch Offensive Attacks http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1744787-darpa-sea-hunter-goes-on-offensive-attack <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Navy is expanding the mission portfolio of its emerging submarine-hunting drone ship so that it can conduct surface warfare missions, fire weapons and launch electronic attacks, service developers said. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency&rsquo;s "Sea Hunter" began in 2010 as an anti-submarine ship called "Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel," or ACTUV. <I>(Scout Warrior)</i></p> 3/20/2017 4:18:53 PM http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1744787-darpa-sea-hunter-goes-on-offensive-attack INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy Conducts "Hack-Our-Ship" Cybersecurity Event https://defensesystems.com/articles/2017/03/13/hacknavy.aspx?admgarea=TC_CyberDefense <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Navy took a major step toward recruiting cyber technology talent from beyond its service members by hosting a Hack-Our-Ship event last month that challenged hacking experts from across the country to infiltrate a simulated Navy fleet software system. Hack-Our-Ship, also called "Hack-the-Machine," took place from February 17th to February 19th and was the result of the joint efforts of Booz Allen Hamilton, U.S. Navy&rsquo;s Naval Post Graduate School (NPS), Defense Innovation Unit Experimental. <I>(Defense Systems)</i></p> 3/20/2017 6:10:41 PM https://defensesystems.com/articles/2017/03/13/hacknavy.aspx?admgarea=TC_CyberDefense INDUSTRY NEWS: The F-35 Pacific Forum: Shaping A Coalition Approach Towards 21st Century Defense http://www.sldinfo.com/the-f-35-pacific-forum-shaping-a-coalition-approach-towards-21st-century-defense/ <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />When I interviewed then PACAF Commander, General "Hawk" Carlisle during a visit to Hawaii on my way to Australia, we discussed how the coming of the F-35 would affect US and allied capabilities and approaches. He hammered home the point that it would open a new phase of shaping US and allied approaches to collective defense. "The roll out of the sensor-shooter C2 approach for an integrated air and missile defense system also lays down a capability that a decade from now when the fleet of allied and American F-35s is operational will be able to leverage as well. "By having shaped an approach towards integrated sensor-shooter relationships within which C2 was being worked, the F-35 as a sensor and shooter laid on top of that grid would be an immediate force multiplier. <I>(Second Line of Defense)</i></p> 3/20/2017 4:16:47 PM http://www.sldinfo.com/the-f-35-pacific-forum-shaping-a-coalition-approach-towards-21st-century-defense/ INDUSTRY NEWS: The U.S. Army's Newest Spy Plane Is in Action in Africa and Latin America http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/8443/the-u-s-armys-newest-spy-plane-is-in-action-in-africa-and-latin-america <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The first version of the U.S. Army&rsquo;s newest spy plane is in action in Africa and Latin America. At the same time, the service is finishing tests of three additional sub-variants in Arizona. On March 12, 2017, Scout Warrior first reported these overseas deployments. The War Zone subsequently learned only some of the four signals intelligence-focused versions of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS-S) were snooping abroad. <I>(The Drive)</i></p> 3/22/2017 4:35:30 PM http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/8443/the-u-s-armys-newest-spy-plane-is-in-action-in-africa-and-latin-america INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Rapid Capabilities Office Seeks to Emulate Special Operations Command http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=2443 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Army&rsquo;s Rapid Capabilities Office is borrowing ideas from Special Operations Command&rsquo;s acquisition branch as it seeks to usher new technologies into the force. The organization was set up in August with the aim of expediting the delivery of new, high-priority capabilities to soldiers. It is allowed to take on more risk than the traditional acquisition process would typically allow. "Our focus is the delivery of capability in one to five years," said Douglas Wiltsie, the director of the office. SOCOM is well regarded within the defense community for its agility in acquiring new equipment for its commandos. "We are partnering with them in a lot of ways," Wiltsie told National Defense March 13 at the Association of the United States Army&rsquo;s Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama. "They really have a great ability to work with industry." <I>(National Defense)</i></p> 3/20/2017 6:16:16 PM http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=2443 INDUSTRY NEWS: What Will Replace the Third Offset? Lessons from Past Innovation Strategies http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/03/what-will-replace-third-offset-lessons-past-innovation-strategies/136260/ <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Trump Administration&rsquo;s "skinny budget" doesn&rsquo;t tell defense watchers much they didn&rsquo;t already know. Among the outstanding questions: what of the Obama Administration&rsquo;s much-touted defense innovation initiative and Third Offset strategy? If past is prologue, the new administration is unlikely to adopt the terminology of its predecessor, and that&rsquo;s okay. Savvy defense modernization by any other name would smell just as sweet. In late October, CSIS hosted a conference to assess the Third Offset strategy. In many ways, we found it to simply be the latest in a long line of frameworks used by administrations of both parties that seek to use defense innovation to overcome key operational challenges. <I>(Defense One)</i></p> 3/22/2017 4:36:47 PM http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/03/what-will-replace-third-offset-lessons-past-innovation-strategies/136260/ INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Renames Experimental and Prototyping Exercise, Heads to Europe in 2018 http://www.defensenews.com/articles/army-warfighting-assessment-heads-to-europe-in-2018-to-tackle-drone-threats-with-laser <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Army&rsquo;s now annual exercise that examines experimental and prototyping efforts to address complex environments in the future is heading to Europe in 2018. The Army Warfighting Assessment is a relatively new construct, and has replaced one of the two Network Integration Evaluations held at Fort Bliss, Texas, each year. The NIE is roughly six years old. The first official AWA was held in October. <i>(Defense News)</i></p> 3/20/2017 6:13:53 PM http://www.defensenews.com/articles/army-warfighting-assessment-heads-to-europe-in-2018-to-tackle-drone-threats-with-laser INDUSTRY NEWS: Israel Warns It Will Destroy Syria's Air Defenses "Without Thinking Twice" http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/8444/israel-warns-it-will-destroy-syrias-air-defenses-without-thinking-twice <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />After six years of fighting, the chances that Israel may wade into the maelstrom that is the Syrian civil war is increasing after two more Israeli airstrikes rocked Syria over the weekend. One of the strikes was delivered Sunday via drone against a truck traveling between the Golan Heights and Damascus. One of the two people killed supposedly had close military ties to the Assad regime. The other strike came overnight and was rumored to have been aimed at another Hezbollah weapons convoy. <i>(The Drive)</i></p> 3/22/2017 4:38:22 PM http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/8444/israel-warns-it-will-destroy-syrias-air-defenses-without-thinking-twice INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. Army to Evaluate Counter-Drone Gun System http://defense-update.com/20170314_drs_c-uas.html <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />ware of the growing threat of bomb-laden mini drones that recently emerged in Iraq and Syria, the US Army is rushing to field countermeasures and kinetic effects designed specifically to defeat drones. counter-drone capabilities seeking For the &lsquo;Defeat&rsquo; part of the engagement, the Army considers "hard kill" and "soft kill" options. Hard kill capabilities employ kinetic munitions to defeat enemy UAS, and soft kill capabilities employ electronic warfare to defeat them. To integrate soft kill capabilities DRS is employing jammers provided by SRC on combat platforms which will soon deploy in support of an urgent operational need. <I>(Defense Update)</i></p> 3/20/2017 6:19:13 PM http://defense-update.com/20170314_drs_c-uas.html INDUSTRY NEWS: How the Military is Defeating Drones http://www.c4isrnet.com/articles/how-the-military-is-defeating-drones <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Nonstate groups have been employing commercially available unmanned aerial systems for some time, but as many have feared, these small devices have now been weaponized. With previous reports of "flying improvised explosive devices," which effectively turn these aircraft into onetime use kamikaze devices, the Islamic State group has begun dropping explosives on security forces. Their capability has evolved over time, Col. Brett Sylvia, commander of Task Force Strike, within Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global anti-ISIS coalition, told reporters in early January. <I>(C4ISRNet)</i></p> 3/22/2017 4:31:30 PM http://www.c4isrnet.com/articles/how-the-military-is-defeating-drones INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy Upgrades Growler Electronic Attack https://defensesystems.com/articles/2017/03/19/growler.aspx <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52138>March 22, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Upgrades to the EA-18G aircraft&rsquo;s airborne electronic attack (AEA) system will take the Navy&rsquo;s implementation of electronic warfare to the next level with improved radar jamming, target location and destruction, and air defense suppression capabilities. The planned upgrades will be carried out through a contract modification of $91,034,997 awarded to Northrop Grumman for the design and installation of improved AEA software configurations and the corresponding hardware for the Boeing&rsquo;s EA-18G aircraft electronic warfare platform. <I>(Defense Systems)</i></p> 3/20/2017 4:06:10 PM https://defensesystems.com/articles/2017/03/19/growler.aspx AOC OPPORTUNITY: Director of Advocacy and Outreach http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=430741&issueID=52137 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52137>March 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is seeking candidates to fill a newly created Director of Advocacy and Outreach position. This is a full-time staff position reporting to the Executive Director in the Alexandria, Virginia headquarters office. The AOC is a fifty-year old 501(c)(6) professional society for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare, Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities, Information Operations, and other information related capabilities. The association provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields. See www.crows.org for more information.</p> 3/12/2017 3:46:03 PM http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=430741&amp;issueID=52137 DENVER CHAPTER: RF Geolocation Workshop, June 7-8 https://aocmhc-geo17.eventbrite.com <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52137>March 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />This two day workshop will cover the basics of emitter geolocation plus recent advances in the field. Emitter geolocation is the identification or estimation of the real-world geographic location of an object that emits some type of signal, such as a radar, mobile radio, RFID or even an acoustic source. In its simplest form geolocation involves the generation of a set of geographic coordinates and is closely related to the use of positioning systems.The techniques of emitter geolocation apply regardless of the spectral range of the emissions and typically involve estimation of the Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) and/or Frequency Difference of Arrival (FDOA) among multiple spatially diverse detectors. Applications of emitter geolocation are also numerous ranging from asset tracking to traffic monitoring to defense uses such as battlespace management. <b>Presenter: Professor Mark Fowler from SUNY Binghamton</b></p> 3/15/2017 10:58:05 AM https://aocmhc-geo17.eventbrite.com INDUSTRY NEWS: Exploring the Unseen with Augmented Reality http://www.edwards.af.mil/News/Article/1108662/exploring-the-unseen-with-augmented-reality <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52137>March 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Imagine walking into the Benefield Anechoic Facility, putting on an augmented reality visor and "seeing" your proposed test setup or being able to view test scenarios and test results, all without being disconnected from those around you. What if you could see virtual antenna polar patterns superimposed on aircraft or the effects of electromagnetic interference? Those are just some of the potential uses of emerging AR technology and the 412th Electronic Warfare Group is eager to use the technology to explore the invisible world. EWG&rsquo;s Modeling and Simulation Flight, headed by Jerry Lockwood, plans to acquire several Microsoft HoloLens and Meta 2 AR systems to begin developing AR models and integrating the use of AR into the EW workflow and expand their capabilities. <I>(Edwards AFB)</i> </p> 3/12/2017 6:07:13 PM http://www.edwards.af.mil/News/Article/1108662/exploring-the-unseen-with-augmented-reality INDUSTRY NEWS: With Possibility of More Troops, Marines Add an Electronic Warfare Force http://federalnewsradio.com/marine-corps/2017/03/possibility-troops-marines-add-electronic-warfare-force/ <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52137>March 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Marine Corps is making an effort to grow its electronic warfare personnel and training as the force continues its pivot to hedge 21st century threats. The service is creating a Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) information group that will work on electronic warfare, intelligence capacity and cyber, Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources Lt. Gen. Gary Thomas told the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee March 10. <i>(Federal News Radio)</i></p> 3/12/2017 5:56:04 PM http://federalnewsradio.com/marine-corps/2017/03/possibility-troops-marines-add-electronic-warfare-force/ INDUSTRY NEWS: Army&rsquo;s Multi-Domain Battle Gains Traction Across Services: The Face Of Future War http://breakingdefense.com/2017/03/armys-multi-domain-battle-gains-traction-across-services/ <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52137>March 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br /> Less than six months after its official rollout, the Army&rsquo;s new concept of future warfare has gotten traction with all four armed services. In brief, Multi-Domain Battle envisions the military &mdash; everything from submarines to satellites, tanks to jets, destroyers to drones, grunts to hackers &mdash; working together to overwhelm the enemy with attacks from all domains: land, sea, air, space, cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum. While that vision is years from reality, it&rsquo;s already spurred inter-service cooperation on how to make it real. <I>(Breaking Defense)</i></p> 3/15/2017 10:49:50 AM http://breakingdefense.com/2017/03/armys-multi-domain-battle-gains-traction-across-services/ INDUSTRY NEWS: Aerospace Jam: Russia's Su-34 Bomber to Hide Entire Squadron From Enemy Radar http://buff.ly/2mdCFuy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52137>March 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />An upgraded version of Russia's Su-34 fighter bomber will be equipped with a sophisticated electronic countermeasures system that will allow one such warplane to protect a squadron of other strike fighters from enemy radar, Russian military expert Viktor Murakhovsky told Sputnik. in an interview with Sputnik, Russian military expert and chief editor of the magazine Arsenal Otechestva Viktor Murakhovsky, touted the Tarantul aircraft electronic countermeasures system, which he said will help the Russia's Su-34 strike fighter to effectively protect other strike fighters from enemy radar. <I>(via Sputnik News, Russian State-Owned Media)</i></p> 3/15/2017 11:15:17 AM http://buff.ly/2mdCFuy INDUSTRY NEWS: 21st Century Warfare May Require Turning the Joint Staff into a General Staff http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/21st-century-warfare-may-require-turning-the-joint-staff-19727 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52137>March 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />For seventy years, since Congress created the modern U.S. national security system, it has handicapped military decision making by limiting the role of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The 1947 National Security Act (NSA) created the Department of Defense headed by a cabinet-level secretary as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff representing the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and newly-independent Air Force. But seeming to succumb to wartime propaganda that placed much of the blame for German and Japanese militarism on the influence of their respective military leaderships, the NSA deliberately limited the responsibilities of the Joint Chiefs in furtherance of the principle of civilian control of the military. In view of the evolving nature of modern warfare -- multi-dimensional, high-speed and involving both traditional and hybrid means -- it is time to reconsider this reflexive attitude. 21st century warfare will require a new national military command structure, an American General Staff. <I>(The National Interest)</i></p> 3/12/2017 6:11:32 PM http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/21st-century-warfare-may-require-turning-the-joint-staff-19727 INDUSTRY NEWS: Oof&#8202;&mdash;&#8202;Russia&rsquo;s Stealth Fighter Delayed Again https://warisboring.com/oof-russias-stealth-fighter-delayed-again-819b8a776d46?mc_cid=0d1f497585&mc_eid=733e1a0e28#.ch04e7ms0 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52137>March 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Russia&rsquo;s Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA stealth fighter program has suffered another delay. Testing of the powerful new jet&rsquo;s second stage engine, which was supposed to start later this year, has been pushed back to 2018. "At the moment, works are being carried out within the framework of contacts with the Russian Defense Ministry," Sergei Korotkov of the United Aircraft Corporation told the TASS news agency. "Flight tests are underway. We plan to enter the second stage of trials next year." <I>(War is Boring)</i></p> 3/15/2017 11:07:28 AM https://warisboring.com/oof-russias-stealth-fighter-delayed-again-819b8a776d46?mc_cid=0d1f497585&amp;mc_eid=733e1a0e28#.ch04e7ms0 INDUSTRY NEWS: The Air Force F-22 Raptor Gets New Weapons and Stealth Upgrades - 2019 http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1612527-f-22-gets-new-weapons-stealth-upgrade-2019 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52137>March 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Air Force is performing key maintenance on the F-22 Raptor's stealth materials and upgrading the stealth fighter with new attack weapons to include improved air-to-air and air-to-surface strike technology, service officials said. "In the Summer of 2019, the F-22 fleet will begin to receive upgrades to its available weapons with the Increment 3.2B upgrade. This upgrade allows full functionality for the AIM-120D and AIM-9X Air-to-Air missiles as well as enhanced Air-to-Surface target location capabilities," 1st Lt. Carrie J. Volpe, Action Officer, Air Combat Command Public Affaris, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., told Scout Warrior. <I>(Scout Warrior)</i></p> 3/15/2017 11:11:24 AM http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1612527-f-22-gets-new-weapons-stealth-upgrade-2019 INDUSTRY NEWS: Has Israel Actually Sent The F-35 Into Combat Already? http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/8146/has-israel-actually-sent-the-f-35-into-combat-already <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52137>March 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />For some time now, various news outlets have claimed that Israel is already using its pair of recently-delivered F-35I Adirs in a combat role even before they've been declared operational by the Israeli Air Force. But today, military aviation journalist Thomas Newdick conveyed a report by a French journalist that not only claimed the F-35Is have been active over Syria, but also details what targets they specifically took out on their mission there. <I>(The Drive)</i></p> 3/12/2017 5:59:09 PM http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/8146/has-israel-actually-sent-the-f-35-into-combat-already AOC OPPORTUNITY: Director of Advocacy and Outreach http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=428737&issueID=52136 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52136>March 8, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is seeking candidates to fill a newly created Director of Advocacy and Outreach position. This is a full-time staff position reporting to the Executive Director in the Alexandria, Virginia headquarters office. The AOC is a fifty-year old 501(c)(6) professional society for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare, Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities, Information Operations, and other information related capabilities. The association provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields. See www.crows.org for more information.</p> 3/7/2017 6:25:36 AM http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=428737&amp;issueID=52136 INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Conducts Red Flag 17-2 Exercise at Nellis AFB https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1103651/air-force-conducts-red-flag-17-2-exercise-at-nellis-afb <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52136>March 8, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br /> The Air Force&rsquo;s two-week premier air-to-air combat training exercise Red Flag 17-2 began here Feb. 27, 2017 and will conclude March 10. Held multiple times each year on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges of the 2.9-million acre Nevada Test and Training Range, Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States, its allies and coalition partners, and is one of the Air Force&rsquo;s largest exercises. <I>(Department of Defense)</i></p> 3/7/2017 6:59:17 AM https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1103651/air-force-conducts-red-flag-17-2-exercise-at-nellis-afb INDUSTRY NEWS: Trump Inherits a Secret Cyberwar Against North Korean Missiles https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/world/asia/north-korea-missile-program-sabotage.html?_r=0 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52136>March 8, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Three years ago, President Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea&rsquo;s missile program in hopes of sabotaging test launches in their opening seconds. Soon a large number of the North&rsquo;s military rockets began to explode, veer off course, disintegrate in midair and plunge into the sea. Advocates of such efforts say they believe that targeted attacks have given American antimissile defenses a new edge and delayed by several years the day when North Korea will be able to threaten American cities with nuclear weapons launched atop intercontinental ballistic missiles. <I>(The New York Times)</i></p> 3/7/2017 7:15:17 AM https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/world/asia/north-korea-missile-program-sabotage.html?_r=0 INDUSTRY NEWS: Gen. Pawlikowski Unveils Key Air Force Planning Group: PCA, PEW, OA-X, MDC2! http://breakingdefense.com/2017/03/gen-pawlikowski-unveils-key-air-force-planning-group-pca-pew-oa-x/ <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52136>March 8, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />A half-dozen people in the Air Force are helping to define the service&rsquo;s as part of a major new approach to deciding what weapons to buy, known as Strategic Development Planning Experimentation. The effort is led by Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the commander of Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson AFB. The first iteration of SDPE (as it will no doubt become fondly known) led to Penetrating Counter Air (good ole PCA) and Penetrating Electronic Warfare (PEW??). We didn&rsquo;t know until today, when General P. told us, that PEW existed or was the result of SDP, but we do now. My colleague, John Tirpak of Air Force Magazine, has a piece in the magazine about the Air Force again flying an EW platform, a mission it had ceded to to the Navy. <I>(Breaking Defense)</i></p> 3/7/2017 7:18:17 AM http://breakingdefense.com/2017/03/gen-pawlikowski-unveils-key-air-force-planning-group-pca-pew-oa-x/ INDUSTRY NEWS: RAAF Enters Electronic Warfare Era with Growler Arrival http://australianaviation.com.au/2017/02/raaf-enters-electronic-warfare-era-with-growler-arrival/ <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52136>March 8, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Royal Australian Air Force&rsquo;s new Boeing EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft have arrived at the Avalon Airshow on their public debut. The aircraft flew in for their appearance at the airshow having recently been ferried to Australia from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in the US. "This is a beast; it was built to be a war aircraft and that is exactly what we plan to use it for," said Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies, welcoming the arrival of Australia&rsquo;s first electronic warfare aircraft on Tuesday. <i>(Australian Aviation)</i></p> 3/7/2017 6:57:05 AM http://australianaviation.com.au/2017/02/raaf-enters-electronic-warfare-era-with-growler-arrival/ INDUSTRY NEWS: Drones are Revolutionizing the Way the RAAF Fights War http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/drones-are-revolutionising-the-way-the-raaf-fights-war-20170302-guozg1.html <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52136>March 8, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Of the 16 Orion surveillance planes in the RAAF's fleet, there are two they do not talk about. These special Orions are effectively flying electronic spies, with state-of-the-art, intelligence-gathering equipment allowing them to hoover up electronic signals from other planes and ships as they quietly perform routine patrols over the waters to Australia's north. All the Orions are being retired over the next few years and will be replaced by Poseidon aircraft and Triton drones &ndash; even more powerful aircraft with even greater spying abilities. <i>(The Sydney Morning Herald)</i></p> 3/7/2017 7:09:06 AM http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/drones-are-revolutionising-the-way-the-raaf-fights-war-20170302-guozg1.html INDUSTRY NEWS: Dominating the New High Ground http://defense-update.com/20170306_uav_high-ground.html <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52136>March 8, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The growing use of improvised, weaponized drones triggered a new interest in counter-UAV capabilities. Such countermeasures are required to warn the unit on the presence of drones in their area and have the ability to disrupt and defeat those drones when required. Until now, such unavailable were not available in the region. Although US forces have deployed some off-the-shelf C-UAV capabilities in the Middle-East since 2016, most of these technologies were not exportable to allied nations. The US Army has already fielded various vehicle-borne UAV countermeasures. One such solution is the C-UAS Mobile Integrated Capability (CMIC) mounted on a reconnaissance Stryker vehicle. <I>(Defense Update)</i></p> 3/7/2017 7:21:32 AM http://defense-update.com/20170306_uav_high-ground.html AOC OPPORTUNITY: Director of Advocacy and Outreach http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=427205&issueID=52135 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52135>March 1, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is seeking candidates to fill a newly created Director of Advocacy and Outreach position. This is a full-time staff position reporting to the Executive Director in the Alexandria, Virginia headquarters office. The AOC is a fifty-year old 501(c)(6) professional society for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare, Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities, Information Operations, and other information related capabilities. The association provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields. See www.crows.org for more information.</p> 2/27/2017 8:45:03 AM http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=427205&amp;issueID=52135 CHAPTER NEWS: Dixie Crows Symposium Returns to Warner Robins http://www.macon.com/news/local/community/houston-peach/the-sun-news/article134993874.html <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52135>March 1, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The local chapter of the Association of Old Crows, known as the Dixie Crows, took over the Museum of Aviation last March during its 41st annual symposium, "Electronic Warfare/Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance: Today&rsquo;s Innovations Countering Tomorrow&rsquo;s Threats." It exceeded expectations of participants, vendors and guest speakers for the technical conference. <I>(The Sun News)</i></p> 2/27/2017 12:40:44 PM http://www.macon.com/news/local/community/houston-peach/the-sun-news/article134993874.html INDUSTRY NEWS: Rogers, Richardson, Neller Brainstorm Future Cyber Structure http://breakingdefense.com/2017/02/rogers-richardson-neller-brainstorm-future-cyber-structure/ <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52135>March 1, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Adm. Mike Rogers, who heads both NSA and Cyber Command, is looking past CYBERCOM&rsquo;s elevation to an independent Unified Command towards a much wider reorganization of military cyber. Some reorganization is implicit in a Feb. 17 memo in which Defense Secretary Jim Mattis charges Deputy Secretary Bob Work to "develop an initial plan... for more optimized organizational structure and processes to support information management and cyber operations." But speaking to the AFCEA-USNI West 2017 conference here, Rogers proposed an array of specific changes, from giving tactical units more authority to conduct cyber attacks to creating a new structure to oversee both cyber and electronic warfare. <i>(Breaking Defense)</i></p> 2/27/2017 12:57:16 PM http://breakingdefense.com/2017/02/rogers-richardson-neller-brainstorm-future-cyber-structure/ INDUSTRY NEWS: US Carrier Group Begins 'Routine Operations' in South China Sea http://www.janes.com/article/68046/us-carrier-group-begins-routine-operations-in-south-china-sea <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52135>March 1, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The U.S. Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 on 18 February began what the US Navy (USN) referred to as "routine operations" in the South China Sea. The move, which has angered China, came less than a month after Beijing reiterated its "indisputable sovereignty" claim over parts of the disputed resource-rich waters. Prior to their operations in the South China Sea, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Destroyer Squadron 1's Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E Meyer (DDG 108), and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, conducted training off the islands of Hawaii and Guam to "maintain and improve their readiness, and develop cohesion as a strike group", said the USN. <I>(IHS Jane's 360)</i></p> 2/27/2017 3:46:18 PM http://www.janes.com/article/68046/us-carrier-group-begins-routine-operations-in-south-china-sea INDUSTRY NEWS: Spectrum Contest: RAAF Boosts Electronic Warfare Capabilities http://www.janes360.com/images/assets/306/68306/Spectrum_contest_RAAF_boosts_electronic_warfare_capabilities_EDIT.pdf <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52135>March 1, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />An electronic warfare (EW) evolution has been in progress for some years within the RAAF, with the force currently in the process of receiving its new force of Boeing E/A-18G Growler aircraft to build out its offensive capabilities in the electronic domain. Electronic warfare was not something the RAAF focused on, RAAF Group Captain Timothy Churchill, director of the Growler Transition Office, told Jane's, adding that "signals intelligence (SIGINT) was something that was done by the strategic [intelligence] agencies". (Subscription) <i>(IHS Jane's 360)</i></p> 2/27/2017 12:29:56 PM http://www.janes360.com/images/assets/306/68306/Spectrum_contest_RAAF_boosts_electronic_warfare_capabilities_EDIT.pdf INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. Air Force Chief Scientist: Stealth Drones and Killer Swarms Could Be Coming Soon http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/us-air-force-chief-scientist-stealth-drones-killer-swarms-19546 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52135>March 1, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Air Force Chief Scientist told Scout Warrior future drones will have better sensors and be more stealthy, autonomous and lethal. The drones of tomorrow will be stealthier, faster, more computerized, equipped for electronic warfare, more lethal, more autonomous and, in some cases, able to deploy as swarming groups of mini-drones, according to the Air Force&rsquo;s Chief Scientist. <I>(The National Interest)</i></p> 2/27/2017 3:40:12 PM http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/us-air-force-chief-scientist-stealth-drones-killer-swarms-19546 INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Anticipates F-35 Deployment to Middle East in 'Not Too Distant Future' http://www.defensenews.com/articles/air-force-anticipates-f-35-deployment-to-middle-east-in-not-too-distant-future <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52135>March 1, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The U.S. Air Force will deploy the F-35A to fight the Islamic State group in the Middle East in the "not too distant future," potentially a few years down the road, the outgoing head of Air Combat Command said Friday. "The Middle East deployment isn&rsquo;t imminent, it&rsquo;s planned for a few years out," Gen. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle told reporters, noting that the service expects to send small detachments of F-35s to Europe and the Asia-Pacific region first, maybe as soon as this spring. <I>(Defense News)</i></p> 2/27/2017 3:44:19 PM http://www.defensenews.com/articles/air-force-anticipates-f-35-deployment-to-middle-east-in-not-too-distant-future INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Europe Builds Communication, Partnership in Poland https://www.dvidshub.net/news/224974/army-europe-builds-communication-partnership-poland <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52135>March 1, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Soldiers and Civilians from Team Signal &ndash; 5th Signal Command (Theater), 2nd Signal Brigade and the U.S. Army Europe G-6 &ndash; integrated more than 60 tactical systems in 17 locations into a federated network to provide communications support to U.S., Allied and partner nations during Exercise Anakonda 2016 taking place June 6-17, 2016 throughout Poland. A Polish led, joint multinational exercise, Anakonda will test the ability, readiness and interoperability of the Polish Armed Forces with Allies and partners, while conducting a joint defensive operation on a large scale. According to exercise organizers, there are more than 30,000 participants from 24 partner and allied countries taking part in Anakonda 2016. <i>(DVIDs)</i></p> 2/27/2017 1:02:37 PM https://www.dvidshub.net/news/224974/army-europe-builds-communication-partnership-poland INDUSTRY NEWS: India's DRDO Plans Collaboration With Israel For AWACS Development http://www.defenseworld.net/news/18561/India_s_DRDO_Plans_Collaboration_With_Israel_For_AWACS_Development#.WLcowPnyuHs <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52135>March 1, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in collaboration with Israel, has planned to develop a long-range Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) with a 360-degree coverage. The system will be similar to the Phalcon A-50 long-range AWACS. It would take six years to get the system "totally functional," India's Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said. <I>(Defense World)</i></p> 2/27/2017 3:37:06 PM http://www.defenseworld.net/news/18561/India_s_DRDO_Plans_Collaboration_With_Israel_For_AWACS_Development#.WLcowPnyuHs INDUSTRY NEWS: Russia&rsquo;s Superior Air Defense Systems http://www.globalresearch.ca/russias-superior-air-defense-systems/5577032 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=52135>March 1, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />U.S.-dominated NATO threatens Russian security. State-of-the-art air defenses are vital. Russia has the world&rsquo;s best &ndash; better ones coming by 2020 or sooner. More on this below. Its S-400 air defense system is unmatched &ndash; the world&rsquo;s most sophisticated technology, able to strike targets up to 400 km away at altitudes up to 90,000 feet, including fifth generation warplanes, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles. <i>(Centre for Research on Globalization)</i></p> 2/27/2017 12:59:20 PM http://www.globalresearch.ca/russias-superior-air-defense-systems/5577032 NEW AOC OPPORTUNITY: Director of Advocacy and Outreach http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=426645&issueID=50381 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=50381>February 23, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is seeking candidates to fill a newly created Director of Advocacy and Outreach position. This is a full-time staff position reporting to the Executive Director in the Alexandria, Virginia headquarters office. The AOC is a fifty-year old 501(c)(6) professional society for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare, Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities, Information Operations, and other information related capabilities. The association provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields. See www.crows.org for more information.</p> 2/21/2017 3:57:54 PM http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=426645&amp;issueID=50381 INDUSTRY NEWS: Visiting the Prowler: USMC Electronic Warfare Capabilities in Transition http://www.sldinfo.com/visiting-the-prowler-usmc-electronic-warfare-capabilities-in-transition/ <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=50381>February 23, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />he unmistakable Grumman EA-6B Prowler comes into view on the horizon and streaks low across the hills of southern Virginia. "Dog 31" of the VMAQ-3 Moon Dogs is on a routine low level training mission. The flight ensures pilot and electronic countermeasures officers (ECMOs) realize the minimum designated 15 hours of monthly flight time to maintain proficiency. Additional time is spent training in simulators to address specific threat environments. <i>(Second Line of Defense)</i></p> 2/22/2017 10:24:32 AM http://www.sldinfo.com/visiting-the-prowler-usmc-electronic-warfare-capabilities-in-transition/ INDUSTRY NEWS: F-35s Land in Japan, Launch New Aviation Era http://www.marines.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1086959/f-35s-land-in-japan-launch-new-aviation-era/ <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=50381>February 23, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The world&rsquo;s first supersonic short-take-off, vertical-landing aircraft just landed in the Pacific this month, launching the Marine Corps into a new era of expeditionary aviation. Brig. Gen. John M. Jansen, the deputy commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force, expects the new F-35B Lightning II to provide new dimensions of range, speed, stealth and lethality to commanders throughout III Marine Expeditionary Force. <I>(Marines.mil)</i></p> 2/22/2017 1:55:49 PM http://www.marines.mil/News/News-Display/Article/1086959/f-35s-land-in-japan-launch-new-aviation-era/ INDUSTRY NEWS: Marine Pilots Commemorate Prowler 40th Anniversary Flight http://www.havenews.com/news/20170217/marine-pilots-commemorate-prowler-40th-anniversary-flight <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=50381>February 23, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br /> Marines with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing commemorated the 40th anniversary of the EA-6B Prowler&rsquo;s arrival to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and its continuing legacy on base Friday afternoon. Members of the Marine Corp Aviation Association and Havelock city representatives participated with active duty and retired Marines in the ceremony by commending past and current Marines and Sailors who have served in the VMAQ community and alongside the EA-6B Prowler. <I>(Havelock News)</i></p> 2/22/2017 2:02:55 PM http://www.havenews.com/news/20170217/marine-pilots-commemorate-prowler-40th-anniversary-flight INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Upgrade to F-15 Designed to Help Fighter Stay in Front of Chinese J-10 http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1697094-air-force-f-15-upgrade-vs-chinese-j-10 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=50381>February 23, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Air Force is reving up electronic warfare upgrades for its F-15 fighter as a way to better protect against enemy fire and electronic attacks, service officials said. Boeing has secured a $478 million deal to continue work on a new technology called with a system called the Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System, or EPAWSS. "This allows the aircraft to identify a threat and actively prosecute that threat through avoidance, deception or jamming techniques," Mike Gibbons, Vice President of the Boeing F-15 program, told Scout Warrior in an interview a few months ago. <I>(Scout Warrior)</i></p> 2/22/2017 10:27:01 AM http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1697094-air-force-f-15-upgrade-vs-chinese-j-10 INDUSTRY NEWS: Wargames This Year To Inform Future Surface Combatant Requirements https://news.usni.org/2017/02/21/wargames-future-surface-combatant-requirements <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=50381>February 23, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Navy is already conducting wargames in preparation for the Future Surface Combatant family of systems acquisition process to begin later this year, several officials involved said last week. The Future Surface Combatant &ndash; originally meant to look at how to replace cruisers, destroyers and ultimately the Littoral Combat Ship &ndash; now includes a large, small and unmanned surface combatant that will go through the acquisition process with each other and an "integrated combat system" to tie them together. Capt. Chris Sweeney, deputy director of surface warfare for Aegis and Ballistic Missile Defense (OPNAV N96), told USNI News that "we&rsquo;re not sure yet" whether the three ships would have a common hull design, and rigorous analysis and wargaming would ultimately dictate the requirements for the three &ndash; or more &ndash; surface ships. <I>(USNI News)</i></p> 2/22/2017 2:04:18 PM https://news.usni.org/2017/02/21/wargames-future-surface-combatant-requirements INDUSTRY NEWS: Combat Shield Validates Swamp Fox Readiness https://www.dvidshub.net/news/224081/combat-shield-validates-swamp-fox-readiness <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=50381>February 23, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The annual inspection conducted by the Combat Shield evaluation team assigned to the 16 and 36 Electronic Warfare Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is geared toward ensuring the accuracy of our electronic warfare systems that would counteract the surface-to-air missile systems of other countries during times of war. "Combat Shield&rsquo;s mission is to mitigate future electronic warfare risk by evaluating today&rsquo;s practices and current fleet healthiness," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Aaron Rusling, the mission director assigned to the 16 Electronic Warfare Squadron. <I>(DVIDs)</i></p> 2/22/2017 10:30:47 AM https://www.dvidshub.net/news/224081/combat-shield-validates-swamp-fox-readiness INDUSTRY NEWS: StratCom-led Exercise Readies U.S., Allies in Face of Threats http://www.omaha.com/news/military/stratcom-led-exercise-readies-u-s-allies-in-face-of/article_b4c3e334-0f38-5a1a-8f93-ea15c473772f.html <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=50381>February 23, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />At a time when the world is increasingly jittery about nuclear conflict, U.S. Strategic Command spent much of the past two weeks in an exercise preparing for one. From Feb. 7 to Feb. 16 StratCom was the maestro conducting Global Lightning 17, an annual command-and-control exercise that also involved several other major U.S. military commands, U.S. government agencies and major international allies. During the exercise, StratCom and its military partners simulate a conflict with a foreign power, though the details remain secret. <I>(Omaha World-Herald)</i></p> 2/22/2017 2:00:28 PM http://www.omaha.com/news/military/stratcom-led-exercise-readies-u-s-allies-in-face-of/article_b4c3e334-0f38-5a1a-8f93-ea15c473772f.html INDUSTRY NEWS: SAAB Takes Off for Hyderabad http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/saab-takes-off-for-hyderabad/articleshow/57239627.cms <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=50381>February 23, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />What could have been the pride of Bengaluru six years ago in the field of airborne electronic warfare system, is now flourishing in Hyderabad in the neighbouring state of Telangana, much to Bengaluru&rsquo;s and Karnataka&rsquo;s loss. At a time when the information technology city, claiming to be the aerospace capital of India, is increasingly looked upon by the leading global aviation companies for development of future supersonic fighter gets, a major research and development joint venture (JV) between Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL) and Swedish aircraft major SAAB for manufacturing airborne electronic warfare systems has silently been taken out of Bengaluru to Hyderabad. <I>(Bangalore Mirror)</i></p> 2/22/2017 1:58:51 PM http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/saab-takes-off-for-hyderabad/articleshow/57239627.cms NEW AOC OPPORTUNITY: Director of Advocacy and Outreach http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=425929&issueID=50380 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=50380>February 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is seeking candidates to fill a newly created Director of Advocacy and Outreach position. This is a full-time staff position reporting to the Executive Director in the Alexandria, Virginia headquarters office. The AOC is a fifty-year old 501(c)(6) professional society for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare, Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities, Information Operations, and other information related capabilities. The association provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields. See www.crows.org for more information.</p> 2/15/2017 2:16:15 PM http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=425929&amp;issueID=50380 FREE COURSES: Dixie Crow Chapter Offers Two Courses This Month http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=425442&issueID=50380 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=50380>February 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Dixie Crow chapter of the Association of Old Crows is sponsoring two short courses at the RAFB Base Theatre in February. <B>Tuesday, Feb. 21: 0800-1630, Introduction to EW (aka EW 101)</B> <B>Wednesday, Feb. 22: 0800-1630, Introduction to C2ISR (aka ISR 101)</B> 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 those working in ISR and/or EW. The course is open to personnel at Robins AFB, Middle Georgia Industry Partners, other government personnel and AOC members <b>AT NO CHARGE</b>. </p> 2/13/2017 4:10:29 PM http://www.ecrow.org/articles/index-v4.asp?aid=425442&amp;issueID=50380 INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Cyber Accelerates; Electronic Warfare Lags http://breakingdefense.com/2017/02/army-cyber-accelerates-electronic-warfare-lags/ <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=http://www.ecrow.org/newsletter-v6.asp?issueID=50380>February 15, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Army is ahead of schedule building cyber teams &ndash; but its equally essential electronic warfare branch is lagging badly. Like a fiddler crab, one arm is much more developed than the other. While effective in the current fight against Daesh (aka ISIL), this unbalanced force would be at a severe disadvantage in future Multi-Domain Battles the Army envisions against a sophisticated adversary such as Russia, which excels in both cyber and electronic warfare. <I>(Breaking Defense)</i></p> 2/13/2017 4:41:14 PM http://breakingdefense.com/2017/02/army-cyber-accelerates-electronic-warfare-lags/