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AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE TUESDAY: Last Chance to Recognize the Best in EW with AOC Awards
It's your last opportunity 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.

Recognize your colleagues by nominating someone for one or more of the AOC's 2012 individual or unit awards. Nomination forms are due Tuesday, May 1 so hurry!
NEXT WEEK: ACIN Conference Helps Small Businesses Enter the Defense Market Space
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.

It's your last chance to attend this conference, May 1-2, which levels for small businesses by providing them the opportunity to dialogue with larger, well-established defense contractors and key military program managers.
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IN TWO WEEKS: 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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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.
Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions
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: Register by May 21 to Attend this Key Event, June 4-7 in Dayton
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 "Dominating the Electromagnetic Spectrum in Air and Space" 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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Elektrobit Inc.
PAPERS DUE JUNE 4: 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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CHARLESTON 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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Giga-tronics Incorporated
REGISTER NOW 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: US Navy And Air Force ISR Plans Jeopardized
Reversing a trend of rising budgetary support that was well established even a year ago, the field of airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) is now suffering the hammer blows of aging aircraft, overloaded datalinks, emerging cyber vulnerabilities and shrinking defense budgets. (Aviation Week)
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The US Navy has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a new fighter to replace the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler in the 2030s. (Flightglobal)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Is NATO’s "Smart Defense" Program A Glass Half Full Or Half Empty?
The NATO juggernaut is rolling forward to next month’s summit in Chicago. A key theme of the summit will be improvements to the Alliance’s capability to defend its members and meet evolving threats. NATO has promised concrete deliverables in Chicago including a long-term capability strategy for the so-called "Smart Defense" initiative which focuses on greater prioritization, specialization and cooperation among the NATO members so as to improve actual military capabilities. (Lexington Institute)
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CTT, Inc.
INDUSTRY NEWS: New Technology Can Jam, Intercept Insurgent Transmissions
As British Marines pour out of Chinook helicopters into a village in eastern Helmand province, the crystal clear Pashto chatter coming through 1st Lt. Daniel Fackel’s headset heats up. It’s 4:30 a.m. and Fackel says that, at this hour in this dodgy neighborhood, no one speaking on a walkie-talkie is up to any good. (Stars & Stripes)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Marine Attack Squadron 211 Heads Toward Afghanistan
The pilots of Marine Attack Squadron 211 kicked off the squadron's deployment to Afghanistan, April 17, beginning their AV-8B Harriers' travels to Southwest Asia. (Marines.mil)
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Upcoming Industry Conferences and Tradeshows

NEXT WEEK - 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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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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October 16-18: Pacific Theater Air, Sea Battlespace IO/EW/Cyber Operations
Honolulu, HI
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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
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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