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JOIN FBI COUNTER-TERRORISM AND OTHER EXPERTS at Information Operations Europe, February 22-23
The use of the Internet - particularly social media - to organize, plan and overthrow ruling regimes has led to the entrenching of deeper extremist ideals. How do we counter these ideals and preserve peace? The FBI's Counter-Terrorism Department joins a host of other experts assembling in Oberammergau, Germany, Feb. 22-23, to address this pressing issue at the AOC's "Impact of Extremism - Europe 2012" conference.

Notable Speakers:
Col. Dave Grohoski (Ret.) (USA)
Col. Al Bynum (Ret.) (USA)
Mr. (SES) Austin Branch (USA)
Col. Jim Skelton (USA) - Invited
Ambassador Kurt Volker (USA) - Invited
John Clifford, Wg Cdr, OBE, RAF (Ret.) (UK)
1st Lt. Andre Niedhofer - Invited
Air Commodore Graham Wright (Ret.) (UK)
Mr. Harry Wynne-Williams - Invited
Mr. Chuck Esposito
Mr. Neeraj Singh (India) - Invited
Dr. Ali Fisher
Mr. Younesse Safaa - Invited
Mr. Nigel Oakes (UK)
Col. Arthur Tulak (USA)
Mr. Simon Haselock
Mr. Richard Cole
Mr. James Littleton

This conference is designed to bring together a war-tested international information activities professional cadre into an inter-nation open dialog forum of "engaging, listening, and learning" the power and efficacy of inform, persuade and influence activities in information space. The intent is to refocus and optimize our craft in response to a new global environment where we are facing the real complication of declining resources available to answer widely divergent global challenges. AOC IO Europe offers a unique venue in an academic setting that brings together perspectives across international approaches to planning, executing and assessing operations in information space.

Who should attend?
International cross-discipline information and communication professionals who plan, execute and assess activities across "inform, persuade, and influence" activities. Including, but not limited to:
-International & U.S. military commanders
-Diplomats and/or senior staff
-Intelligence community
-Public affairs
-Strategic communication
-Public diplomacy
-IO (including MISO, EMS/cyber)
-COCOM (U.S. and international equivalent)
-Academia who study human cognition and behavioral science.

The conference is only 2 weeks away! REGISTER NOW to make sure you have a seat at these crucial discussions!
ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS for AOC Board Members and Award Nominees
The AOC is accepting nominations for the AOC Board of Directors. This year's election will include the President-Elect. It will also include three At-Large Directors and the Mid-Atlantic, Central and Pacific Regional Directors to serve three-year terms starting in September 2012. Nomination packets must be received at AOC headquarters by March 2. Don't miss your chance to shape the future of your association. Visit www.crows.org or click the link below to download a nomination form.
BOD Nomination Form

The AOC is also accepting nominations for its annual individual and unit award winners. Recognize your colleagues for their excellent work by nominating someone today. Deadline for submissions is March 2, so don't delay!
Award Nomination Form
COLLABORATIVE EW: Pt. Mugu Conference Resonates Amid Defense Budget Cuts
The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is off to a powerful start to 2012 with last week's 42nd Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium, where nearly 400 participants viewed collaborative Electronic Warfare (EW) in a joint-force perspective. (MarketWatch)
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SPECTRUM SUPERIORITY – Critical Enabler to 21st Century Warfare, April 3-5
This Conference, April 3-5 at the Rio Hotel & Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, NV, takes on the theme of "Training, Tactics, and Testing in the Contested EMS." Furthering requirements and employment of EMS Control through Airborne Electronic Attack, Joint Suppression of Enemy Air Defense, test, training, and TTP development leveraging Live Virtual and Constructive mediums.
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DISCUSS CRITICAL EMS PARTNERSHIPS: Military STEM & Special Ops in the EMS Conference, April 10-12
This conference, April 10-12 at Hurlburt Field (Ft. Walton Beach, FL), addresses two of the most critical EMS enabling activities and partnerships for our community. The AOC supports the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition in their STEM programs for teachers and students at the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation and our Special Operations Community.

The goal of this conference is to inform and educate the EMS community on the necessity of supporting STEM; and introduces key Special Operations Forces (SOF) EMS requirements. SOF requirements remain critical in a reduced budget and demonstrate innovation in speedy acquisition & development of critical EMS enabling capabilities.
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Introduction to Radar and EW
February 28-March 2
Instructor: Dick Wiley
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA

Essentials of 21st Century EW
March 13-16
Instructor: Lynn Berg
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA

Giga-tronics Incorporated
SCHEDULE AND EXHIBITORS: Register Now for Dixie Crow Symposium 37, March 18-22
Dixie Crow Symposium 37 comes to the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA, March 18-22. Registration for this event is FREE, as long as you mail your registration form by March 2.

Sponsorships and exhibit space for the event are still available. See information on the Dixie Crow website, or click here to download an application and information form.
Registration Form
BUDGET NEWS: Air Force Priorities for a New Strategy with Constrained Budgets
Innovation and adaptability are essential strengths the United States Air Force has
sharpened during our last two decades of continuous combat operations. We have become increasingly intertwined with the successful operation of the Joint Force, which has evolved to a point where no other Service operates independently of the Air Force.
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D-TA Systems Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. Sees Europe as Not Pulling Its Weight Militarily
When Thomas de Maizière described the state of the trans-Atlantic relationship to a packed audience in Munich, he shied away from unpalatable truths. Yes, the German defense minister conceded last Friday, there have always been ups and downs in the relationship, and there has always been criticism that Europe was not pulling its weight militarily, especially now. (New York Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: China's Role In JSF's Spiraling Costs
How much of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s spiraling cost in recent years can be traced to China’s cybertheft of technology and the subsequent need to reduce the fifth-generation aircraft’s vulnerability to detection and electronic attack? (Aviation Week)
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Anritsu Company
INDUSTRY NEWS: Fighter Deals Intensify Global Aerial Arms Race
Big decisions on warplane purchases by Japan and India have intensified competition in the multi-billion-dollar global market, with Western defense firms scrambling for orders in Asia and the Middle East as their home-country budgets shrivel. (Reuters)
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CTT, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS: Northrop Grumman Participating in Bold Alligator Maritime Exercise With F-35 Sensors
Northrop Grumman is participating in U.S. Fleet Forces Command's Joint/Coalition Amphibious Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, employing the company's BAC1-11 test aircraft to provide F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) sensor capabilities. (MarketWatch)
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Assemblies inc
Upcoming Industry Conferences and Tradeshows

February 21-24: Second Annual International Conference on Electronic Warfare
Bangalore, India
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February 22-23: InfowarCon Europe
NATO School, Oberammergau, Germany
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March 18-22: Dixie Crow Symposium 37
Warner Robins, GA
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April 3-5: SPECTRUM SUPERIORITY - Critical Enabler to 21st Century Warfare
Las Vegas, NV
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April 10-12: Military STEM & Special Ops in the EMS Conference
Hurlburt Field, FL (Ft. Walton Beach, FL)
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April 18: 4th Annual NRL/AOC EW Technical Exchange
Washington, DC
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May 1-2: ACIN: Legislative Initiatives for Small Business Integration Conference
Cherry Hill, NJ
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May 8-10: 5th Annual EW Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Conference
Crane, IN
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May 9-11: EW Europe 2012
Rome, Italy
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June 17-22: IEEE International Microwave Symposium (MTT-S)
Montreal, Canada
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Crane Aerospace & Electronics
Upcoming AOC Courses
February 28-March 2: Introduction to Radar and Electronic Warfare Course
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
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March 13-16: Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare Course
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
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April 2-3: Modeling & Simulation Course
in conjunction with the SPECTRUM SUPERIORITY - Critical Enabler to 21st Century Warfare Conference at Nellis AFB and Rio Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
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