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X-Com Systems
SPECTRUM SUPERIORITY - Critical Enabler to 21st Century Warfare Conference, April 3-5 in Las Vegas
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. Discounted hotel rates end March 19, so make plans to attend today!

Watch the video of Col. Robin "VBerry" Vanderberry discussing the Conference
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ADD EDUCATION TO YOUR TRIP: Modeling and Simulation Course, April 2-3, Las Vegas
This course, April 2-3 in Las Vegas, will provide an overview of modern electronic warfare (EW) modeling, simulation and analysis as it applies to aircraft survivability. The course will cover the types of models and typical uses, fundamentals and components of models, tools for effective system analysis and optimization, and proper input and output.

The instructors are Dr. Greg Rohling and Dr. Micah Coleman of Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Prices increase after March 26 so register today!
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MEET NEW AOC Industry Member: ViaSat
ViaSat, Inc. - RF Signal Environment Generation Division, based in Carlsbad, CA, has joined the AOC as a small industry group member.
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REGISTER NOW: 5th Annual EW Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Conference
This capstone event will redefine Gaps and Capabilities Of Electronic Warfare as it gives capabilities and freedom of maneuver across all domains. Taking a look at more than four years of in-depth work by service leads on what progress has been made to ensure our warfighters remain successful in tomorrow's battlespace. 

In addition to a tremendous line-up of senior leaders and speakers, this is the conference's 5th anniversary of bringing to forefront the issues that affect operations across the Spectrum. Four outstanding Networking Receptions, with the addition of one Day 2 in a classified setting at the Crane Lakeview Club, enable attendees and speakers to dive into small networking groups for lively discussions on all topics involving the EMS!

DAY 1: Exploring the gaps of the services to include the mutually supportive capabilities of EW across all the various maneuver spaces (aka Domains). This informative session of presentation and open discussion will provide senior leaders and attendees insight to Spectrum programs and operations that are key areas to the entire battlespace operations.

DAY 2: Capturing the service's gaps and then exploring the areas of EW not discussed in detail as the traditional RF portion of the spectrum. Specifically, what capabilities do EO and IR bring to assist in BOTH the Non-Kinetic and Kinetic fight.

DAY 3: Detailed Intelligence Community updates on where our adversaries threat systems are today and where they are going in the future.
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Elektrobit Inc.
CHANGES IN GLOBAL SECURITY: Brief from Discussion with Michele Flournoy, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
Brief from The Stimson Center, which hosted Michele Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, for a discussion on relevant changes in the global security environment.
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FROM THE COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST: Al Qaeda in Its Third Decade: Irreversible Decline or Imminent Victory?
"While al Qaeda's capacity for large-scale attacks has been drastically reduced and the organization seriously weakened, the United States can expect to continue its battle with the terrorist group for many years to come, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

"The reason al Qaeda's leaders think victory is imminent is because they see the battle from entirely different terms than the Western world," said Brian Michael Jenkins, author of the study and senior adviser to the president of RAND, a nonprofit research organization. "In their view, war is perpetual, fighting is mandatory and with God on their side, ultimate victory is guaranteed."
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FROM THE COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST: Putin Again: Implications for Russia and the West
This new Chatham House Report argues that the instruments of government, not just the security forces, are corrupted and unreliable, but they have a clear interest in maintaining the system that sustains them.
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Giga-tronics Incorporated
PRESENT AT THE AOC CONVENTION: Call for Papers - "Arming the Spectrum Warrior"
The spectrum is critical for operations in all domains, all phases of conflict and successful day-to-day functions across many facets of daily life. Your input as Electronic Warfare practitioners has never been more critical. The AOC seeks those innovative ideas for presentation and discussion at the 49th Annual International Symposium & Convention, September 23-26 in Phoenix, AZ. 

Specifically, the AOC seeks original papers that discuss advancements in EMS-enabled technologies and strategies from their conceptual phase, through development and testing, and into the user's hands. Users of the EMS include the U.S. and foreign militaries, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, local law enforcement and every smartphone user. Abstracts are due by May 15.
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SEE THE AGENDA: 4th Annual AOC Capitol Club EW Government/Industry Technical Interchange Meeting
The Fourth Annual Naval Research Laboratory/Association of Old Crows Capitol Club EW Government/Industry Technical Interchange Meeting will be held at the NRL on Tuesday, April 18, and will address Communications Countermeasures Technologies. Our symposium will specifically address "Countermeasures to Cognitive Communications and Methods" as well as "Impact to Software Defined Radios." Clearance and RSVP is required by April 4.
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D-TA Systems Inc.
The Association of Old Crows (AOC) and the Applied Communications and Information Networking (ACIN) Camden Technology Center have teamed to facilitate a pathway for small businesses to gain entrance into the competitive DoD market space.  

On May 1-2, 2012, the playing field will be leveled for small businesses by providing them the opportunity to dialogue with larger, well-established, defense contractors and key military program managers. Not only is this a chance for small businesses to gain exposure, but for large businesses and military leaders to hear innovative solutions with focused answers to complex problems.  

The AOC cordially invites you to submit a paper(s) to the conference on ACIN: Legislative Initiatives for Small Business Integration at the ACIN Center in Camden, NJ. Presenters will have an opportunity to voice their solutions in front of industry executives and representatives of military, industry and academia. Potential speakers are invited to share their expertise that offers a solution to the following challenges:

1.    EMS-Enabled Life Cycle Management Solutions
2.    Infrastructure Support to EMS Solutions
3.    How Can ISR Information Be Better Shared Across Government, Industry and Research Partners?
4.    Modeling and Simulation Capabilities for EMS Warriors
5.    Asymmetric Warfare Solutions - EMS Denied Environment
Click here for full details on the Call for Papers.

Papers are due by April 2.
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CONVERGENCE: EW, IO and Cyber Capabilities For Air, Sea Battlespace Operations Conference, June 5-6
This annual event has shifted to June to better integrate with the fiscal calendar and also to enable attendees to really enjoy the best of Charleston in late spring. We have rebuilt this conference series with a truly interactive symposium format, and a Benefit Reception aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown. It also coincides with the Charleston Spoleto festival - a huge treat to area visitors that same week. More importantly, it takes the convergence discussion right down to the operational level focusing on how we need to prepare for future combined arms conflicts in the South China Sea environment.

The conference includes an unclassified day at the Citadel, followed by a classified day at SPAWAR facility.

Charleston June 5-6 is the place to be for senior leader updates on:
  • OSD response to the GAO audit on the status of EW
  • OSD’s initial draft on the EW Policy/Enterprise
  • ATL update's on EW
  • STRATCOM update on JEMSC
  • Updates on GAO IO surveys/Investigations
  • Joint Staff update on IO range status and way ahead regarding EW, IO and Cyber testing and modeling and simulation
  • OSD update on the IO way-ahead
  • Do we have the right organizational structures in place to maximize these capabilities?
  • Initial way ahead and updates from Air Sea Battle Stake holders
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Anritsu Company
PLAN NOW to attend the Spectrum Management for Special Ops Conference, August 21-23

The inaugural Educating the Spectrum Warrior: Harnessing STEM & Spectrum Management for Special Ops Conference is moving to August 21-23 in Fort Walton Beach, FL.

The conference will focus on two main objectives. It will address:

  • Key Special Operations Forces (SOF) concerns about tomorrow's Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) battlespace; specifically, the programming, planning and execution of operational SOFs within the EMS across all domains.
  • The vital role Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education play for preparing your future labor force, military operations and personnel.

Spectrum Management is crucial for success, especially during Special Operations. Make plans now to join us as we exchange information on the technical and operational aspects SOF EW/EMSO, and ensure your future labor force is prepared via STEM education. We aim to get government and military operations in Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) and SOF involved and talking with local and national businesses with the emphasis in SOF and a common passion for STEM programs.
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EDUCATION YOU NEED: Fundamental Principles of EW, June at AOC HQ
Don't miss the next Fundamental Principles of EW Course, June 12-15, at AOC headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

The two-day course, taught by Dave Adamy, provides insight into the whole electronic warfare field at the systems and operational level. It uses little math beyond algebra, yet the sources of important propagation and jamming equations are made amply clear. All information needed to understand the material is explained and included in the text. Both the course and the text avoid deep mathematical coverage, explaining all concepts in practical, physical terms.

Who Should Attend?
This course is ideal for experienced engineers with expertise in one aspect of EW who want to round out their EW education, engineers and advanced technicians new to the field and those who need to understand how their products and subsystems fit into the big picture.
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CTT, Inc.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Defense Budget Cuts Require Innovative Management of Aging Electronic Warfare Systems
AOC will host the EMS Combat Systems Life Cycle Management Conference in Dahlgren, VA, July 17-19, 2012. In the wake of constrained Department of Defense (DoD) budgets, Electronic Warfare (EW) combat systems must develop strategies of integration and cost-effective methods for sustainment to remain in operational use by the warfighter.

The AOC cordially invites you to submit a paper(s) to the EMS Life-Cycle Management conference in Dahlgren, VA. Selected speakers will present their expert solutions in front of representatives from government, military, industry and academia - addressing these issues:

1. Combat Systems Integration and Life Cycle Cost and Performance Improvements
2. Combat System Component Integration

Deadline for abstracts is June 4.
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Delta Microwave
Upcoming Industry Conferences and Tradeshows

April 3-5: SPECTRUM SUPERIORITY - Critical Enabler to 21st Century Warfare
Las Vegas, NV
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April 16-17: Australian EW, IO and Cyber Convention
Adelaide, Australia
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April 18: 4th Annual NRL/AOC EW Technical Exchange
Washington, D.C.
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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 5-6: EW, IO and Cyber Capabilities For Air, Sea Battlespace Operations
Charleston, SC
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June 19-21: Performance & Vulnerabilities of Modern IADs/SAMs Conference
Huntsville, AL
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June 17-22: IEEE International Microwave Symposium (MTT-S)
Montreal, Canada
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July 17-19: Combat Systems Integration and Life Cycle Cost and Performance Improvements Conference
Dahlgren, VA
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August 21-23: Educating the Spectrum Warrior: Harnessing STEM & Spectrum Management for Special Ops
Hurlburt Field, FL (Ft. Walton Beach, FL)
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Crane Aerospace & Electronics
Upcoming AOC Courses
April 2-3: Modeling & Simulation Course
in conjunction with the SPECTRUM SUPERIORITY - Critical Enabler to 21st Century Warfare Conference
Las Vegas, NV
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June 12-15: Fundamental Principles of EW Course
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
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July 17-20: Advanced EW Course
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
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August 20: Survey of Electromagnetic Battle Control Applications Course
in conjunction with the Educating the Spectrum Warrior: Harnessing STEM & Spectrum Management for Special Ops Conference
Fort Walton Beach, FL
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Rohde & Schwarz

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