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RECOGNIZE THE BEST IN EW: Nominate Your Colleagues for an AOC Award by May 1!
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! 
LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY! Warfighters Convene to Identify Capability Gaps in EW and Define Capabilities to Deal With 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 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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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT from the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN)

Announcing the April 2012 Navy Now Forum

At this Navy Now Forum you will learn from VADM David Architzel about the challenges he is facing as Commander, Naval Air Systems Command, and the progress being made in his three focus areas:

  • Deliver Integrated Warfighting Capabilities  
  • Reduce Acquisition Cycle Time and Total Ownership Cost   
  • Implement Long-Range Workforce Strategy

    This high-powered networking luncheon is a forum for industry representatives and top Navy officials to interact and make new connections.
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SUBMIT ABSTRACTS FOR the 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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MAKE PLANS NOW: AOC/AFRL Kittyhawk Week Conference, June 4-7
The AFRL Sensors Directorate (AFRL/RY) will hold the 39th Kittyhawk Week conference June 4-7 in Dayton, Ohio. The conference, which has a 40-year history deeply rooted in Electronic Warefare (EW) requirements and programs, is a Defense (DoD) Industry forum that provides operating command representatives and acquisition organizations throughout the DoD with the most current information on exploratory/advanced development efforts, technology trends, transition status, and investment strategy and opportunities within the Sensors Directorate's portfolio.

The theme for this year's conference is "Spectrum Dominance" and will include related policy, threat, and technology topics and trends relevant to directorate's work in the three-day "classified" agenda. Interaction with industry always plays an important role in this technical forum.
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Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions
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, 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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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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Elektrobit 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. 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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Giga-tronics Incorporated
NEW SUMMER COURSES: Join Dave Adamy for 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.
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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.
IMS 2012
INDUSTRY NEWS: MCAS Yuma Hosts First Flight for New Electronic Warfare System
MCAS Yuma witnessed another milestone in Corps aviation history when Marine Attack Squadron 214 flew a new electronic warfare system March 27. Intrepid Tiger II, a government-built system whose groundwork began in 2008, is meant to expand the circumference of electronic warfare capabilities. (Marine Corps Air Station Yuma)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Pentagon Focused on Resolving F-35 Software Issues
The Pentagon is focused on resolving complex software issues on the new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet, even as it struggles to drive down costs, a top Pentagon official said on Friday, noting that software failures could "bring us to our knees." (Reuters)
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CTT, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS: F-15 Deal Exemplifies Mideast Modernization
Boeing's $11.4 billion F-15 sale to Saudi Arabia shows how the Middle East region is still a big factor in combat aircraft development, despite the attention paid to China and emerging markets such as India and Brazil. (Aviation Week)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Chief Says It'll Be 'Years' Before We Catch Up on Drone Data
The Air Force has more drones and more sensors collecting more data than it has humans to interpret what the electronic tea leaves say. The glut of all that video and still imagery is "unsustainable," says the Air Force's top civilian - but it'll be "years" before the Air Force digs its way out of it. (Spoiler: The solution is automating the cameras.) (Wired)
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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: Academic & 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 4-7: Kittyhawk Week Conference
Dayton, OH
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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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September 23-26: AOC 49th Annual International Symposium & Convention
Phoenix, AZ
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NEW - October 16-18: Pacific Theater Air, Sea Battlespace IO/EW/Cyber Operations
Honolulu, HI
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NEW - November 8-9: EW Asia 2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Crane Aerospace & Electronics
Upcoming AOC Courses
 May 7: Survey of Electronic Warfare Battle Management (EWBM) Applications - FEES INCREASE APRIL 30
in conjunction with the 5th Annual EW Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Conference
Crane, IN
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 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 7-10: Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare
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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September 18-21: Electronic Warfare Update Course
at the AOC 49th Annual International Symposium and Convention
Phoenix, AZ
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September 22-23: Modeling and Simulation Course
at the AOC 49th Annual International Symposium and Convention
Phoenix, AZ
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September 27-28: Radar for Electronic Warfare Professionals Course
at the AOC 49th Annual International Symposium and Convention
Phoenix, AZ
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October 9-12: ELINT and Modern Signals Course
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
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Rohde & Schwarz
Delta Microwave

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