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AOC AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE MAY 1: Recognize the Best in EW! Nominate Your Colleagues
It is that time of year to honor those who have furthered the discipline of Electronic Warfare (EW), Information Operations (IO), electromagnetic spectrum operations, and the AOC. Every year, the AOC presents these prestigious awards to each recipient at the Annual Convention.

Both individually and collectively, you have the knowledge and experience in the EMS community, so you are among the best qualified judges of those accomplishments that deserve international recognition. Whether it be for a single outstanding contribution or unit achievement, an act of courage or heroism, or long and valued service that has pushed the frontiers of EMS technology and its applications, we want to receive your nomination!

Recognize your colleagues by nominating someone for one or more of the AOC's 2012 individual or unit awards. Nomination forms are due by May 1 so don't delay! 
REGISTER NOW! Warfighters Convene to Identify Capability Gaps in Electronic Warfare and Define Enabling Technologies to Counteract Deficiencies
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 fifth anniversary of bringing to the 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!
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SMALL BUSINESSES: Enter the Defense Market Space, Attend the ACIN Conference May 1-2
The Association of Old Crows (AOC) and the Applied Communications and Information Networking (ACIN) Center at  the Drexel Camden Innovation 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. Register for "Academic & Legislative Initiatives for Small Business Integration" today!
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Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions
DISCUSS CONVERGENCE ON THE OPERATIONAL LEVEL: 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.
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INDUSTRY NEWS: South China Sea Drives Regional Choices
The defense priority for Southeast Asian countries is monitoring and protecting their territories in the South China Sea in response to China's increased assertiveness and claims to this region. (Aviation Week)
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Elektrobit Inc.
AOC CONVENTION PAPERS DUE MAY 15: 49th Annual AOC International Symposium - "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. Abstracts are due by May 15.
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Giga-tronics Incorporated
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. Submitted papers should address these areas:

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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SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT for Special Ops Conference, August 21-23

The inaugural Educating the Spectrum Warrior: Harnessing STEM & Spectrum Management for Special Ops Conference is now scheduled for 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.

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Anritsu Company
INDUSTRY NEWS: Eglin Airman and EW Tech Wins Top Maintenance Award
Senior Airman Alexander Blench, an avionics specialist with the 46th Maintenance Squadron here, recently won the 2011 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez award in the technical category. (AF.mil)
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PLAN NOW FOR SUMMER COURSES: Fundamental Principles of EW and Advanced EW
Fundamental Principles of EW, June 12-15, AOC Headquarters
This course 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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Advanced EW, July 17-20, AOC Headquarters
This course builds on the information in Fundamentals of EW (or equivalent) courses. The principles learned in the fundamentals course will be applied to more complex practical problems, and the theoretical underpinnings of fundamental EW concepts and techniques will be developed. Special attention will be given to resources available to EW professionals: the range of textbooks and authors, periodicals, journals, organizations, etc. This will be run like a typical graduate seminar course with much class participation. Course materials include EW101 and 102 hard cover text books, and several other valuable handouts.
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Instructor: Both courses are taught by Dave Adamy, an internationally recognized expert in electronic warfare who writes the popular monthly "EW 101" column in the Journal of Electronic Defense. He has more than 40 years experience as a systems engineer and program technical director, developing EW systems from D.C. to light, deployed on platforms from submarines to space, with specifications from QRC to highly reliability. He was a principle investigator on a UAV links payloads study for the U.S. UAV Joint Program Office. He has published many professional articles on EW, receiver system design and related subjects. He holds a MSEE (Communications Theory) and has 10 books in print.
CTT, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS: Sequestration May Hit Defense Industry Harder Than Troops
Pentagon leaders have been telling Congress for months that sequestration would have a "devastating" impact on military programs. On Thursday, officials said it could also mean hundreds of thousands of layoffs in the defense industrial base and undo what progress the Pentagon's made on driving better business deals with industry. (Federal News Radio)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Regulator Reveals Popularity of Mobile Jamming in Australia
A Sydney company so concerned about people eavesdropping on its board meetings that it installed an illegal mobile phone jamming device is one of four Australian businesses recently caught by the communications regulator for using one. (WA Today)
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Upcoming Industry Conferences and Tradeshows

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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May 23: Virtual Career Expo
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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
NEW - May 7: Survey of Electronic Warfare Battle Management (EWBM) Applications
in conjunction with the 5th Annual EW Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Conference
Crane, IN
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NEW - June 4: Survey of EW and Cyber Applications
in conjunction with the EW, IO and Cyber Capabilities For Air, Sea Battlespace Operations Conference
Charleston, SC
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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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