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AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE MAY 1: Recognize the Best in EW with AOC Awards
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! 
ABSTRACTS DUE MAY 15 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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KITTYHAWK WEEK CONFERENCE: "Dominating the Electromagnetic Spectrum in Air and Space," 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 Warfare (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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EW CAPABILITY GAPS: Warfighters Convene to Define Deal With Deficiencies in EW Capabilities, May 8-10
This capstone event, May 8-10 at Crane, IN, 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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Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions
ACIN CONFERENCE: Helping Small Businesses Enter the Defense Market Space, 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 ROME 2012 PREVIEW: Don't Miss This Premier International EW Event
  • EW 2012 Rome 1 Day Intelligence workshop and two-day EW conference 9-11 May in Rome, Italy
  • Registration is complimentary for serving military in EW related posts provided they attend in uniform and is subject to availability. If this applies to you, register at http://www.shephardmedia.com/events/ew-europe-2012-82/ click on "Register Now" and irrespective of rank, tick the OF-5 and above button.
  • The AOC/Shephard Europe EW Conference and Exhibition is truly the global EW event with the widest ranging attendance of any EW gathering in the world – last year 45 nations attended. 
  • With more than 700 registrants in 2011, EW Europe is the event to attend this year if you wish to witness the latest leadership and operational perspectives on this fast moving topic, central to all of modern operations across the spectrum of conflict and ranging from Homeland Defence, counter terrorism to international stability operations.
  • EW 2012 in Rome has the largest exhibition space ever, and is already more than 95% sold. The world’s major EW companies, research labs and military support authorities are participating in Rome this May.
  • A special initiative across the NATO alliance is expected to lead to even greater active military participation than in the past.
  • EW Europe is now in its 17th year and is building on the success, and lessons, of the past to ensure all participants, speakers, exhibitors, delegates and visitors have the very best possible experience.
  • EW 2012 in Rome is addressing challenging issues at the forefront of military and government thinking.
Click here to see the Rome preview (PDF).
For more information visit www.crows.org, www.shephardmedia.com or contact John Clifford.
CHARLESON IN JUNE: Discuss EW, IO and Cyber Capabilities For Sea, Air Battlespace Operations, 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: GAO Lists Problems With EW Programs, Funding
The murky world of U.S. electronic warfare and its more esoteric airborne electronic attack (AEA) subset is being overtaken by a new generation of international threats. Cyberweapons and other sophisticated countermeasures can now attack aircraft, ships and ground vehicles through their antennas and sensors. (Aviation Week)
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Elektrobit Inc.
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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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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Giga-tronics Incorporated
REGISTER FOR SUMMER AOC 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: U.S. Navy Focus Shifts To Asia-Pacific
The U.S. Navy’s expanding mission in Asia and the Pacific Ocean is a striking example of early planning turned on its head by changing threats. That upset is now being righted by innovations on the fly. New technologies – including aircraft carriers and stealthy strike aircraft – will be transferred to the Asia-Pacific theater. But equally new, foreign-built surveillance systems, electronic attack weapons and cyberinvasion tools are unexpectedly threatening crucial sensors and communications on advanced ships and aircraft. (Aviation Week)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army's Newest Insignia Reflects Critical Nature of EW
The Army has chosen golden yellow and black as the colors for the collar insignia and shoulder straps of its new Electronic Warfare (EW) warrant officers (MOS 290A) and non-commissioned officers (CMF 29) designations, Army officials said April 12. (Defense Systems)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: B-52 Bomber Marks Major Milestones
They’ve been part of the landscape of Northwest Louisiana since the late 1950s, and this year the big B-52s at Barksdale Air Force base will mark a number of milestones. It was 60 years ago last Sunday that the prototype YB-52 first took to the air, thrilling employees of the Air Force and Boeing and civilians in Seattle, who witnessed the event. (Shreveport Times)
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CTT, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS: VMAQ-1 Marines Return from Afghanistan Deployment
More than 120 Marines from Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1 returned to cheers and open arms from family and friends at the VMAQ-1 hangar here April 4. (Marines.mil)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: DATE, ‘Decisive Action Training Environment,' Gives Training a Reboot
The Army is renewing its focus on the basics of war fighting. After more than 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the Army honed and sharpened its counterinsurgency skills, soldiers can soon expect to spend more time on more comprehensive training to meet a hybrid threat that could span guerrilla, insurgent, criminal and conventional forces all in one environment. (ArmyTimes)
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Upcoming Industry Conferences and Tradeshows

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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