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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 31!! Call for Papers: 49th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention
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. The deadline for abstracts has been extended to May 31!!!
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SECURE YOUR BOOTH at the AOC Convention Now! Exhibit Space is Filling Up Fast!
The 49th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention is quickly approaching!! If you're an industry member, and you haven't reserved your exhibit space, make sure you do that ASAP! The exhibit hall is already more than 80 percent full, and there are only a few sponsorship opportunities remaining. Don't miss your opportunity to get in front the largest gathering of your targeted EW/IO audience. Because EW funding was not cut in the 2013 DoD budget, this market segment will continue to grow and innovate. Get your products and services seen!
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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: Spectrum Challenges for Air, Sea Battlespace Operations Addressed, June 5-6 in Charleston, S.C.
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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PERFORMANCE AND VULNERABILITES of Modern IADs and SAMs, June 19-21 in Huntsville, AL
China, North Korea, Russia and Iran have shown substantial growth in their Integrated Air Defense (IAD) and Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) programs, posing a significant threat to the air superiority long enjoyed by the U.S. and its allies. The Association of Old Crows (AOC) and the Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC) come together at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL to present Performance & Vulnerabilities of Modern IADs/SAMs Conference. Scheduled for June 19-21, this three-day symposium provides an in-depth review of technical analysis of both modern IADs and SAMs. Discussions cover threat system capabilities and vulnerabilities, status of new development programs, and identify the current and projected proliferation of high-interest air defense systems.
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DEFENSE BUDGET CUTS Require Innovative Management of Aging EW Systems; Submit Papers by June 4!
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
GREAT FEEDBACK From AOC Education Courses in Australia
The AOC Education Department just wrapped up a fantastic session of "Essentials of EW" in Adelaide, Australia! Lynn Berg brought the course material to life in an engaging and relevant way for those in attendance. Here's what some of the attendees had to say:
  • "...the course was well presented and provided a good level of insight into operational EW."
  • "...a great course. The presenter was quite good in delivering broader concepts in an attractive manner."
  • "The presenter was fantastic. He has vast experience and knowledge for this field of expertise."
  • "Highly recommended. Enjoyed the examples presented during the course."
  • "[I] should have done this course two years ago!"
  • "Very informative. It expanded on my current knowledge while providing an extremely interesting insight into the U.S. perspective. The instructor built on the information being delivered with accounts of his own experiences, which were both very interesting and provided a relevant context. I would definitely recommend this course to members at my unit. Thank you."
It seems that the few criticisms focused on the discomfort of the chairs the attendees were sitting in! The concerns are noted, and the AOC is in contact with several recliner manufacturers regarding the next course. All jesting aside, this is another great example of how the AOC is proudly bringing EW education to the global practitioners. Visit www.crows.org today to see all of the upcoming educational opportunities presented by the AOC!
NEW COURSE: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Missions, Payloads and Links, July 24-27 in San Diego!
Join us July 24-27 at Cubic Defense in San Diego for this practical introduction to UAVs and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs), their missions, payloads and data links. The main thrust of the course is to understand the traceability of mission-related performance requirements from the target, through the payloads and data links, to the operational user. The course begins a brief overview of the history of UAV development and current UAV types, including how various types of UAVs can be launched and recovered.

A major portion of the course is devoted to Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) payloads including EO/IR IRLS, LIDAR/LADAR, MSI, HSI, SAR, and EW payloads. The second major portion of the course is devoted to understanding the various communications and data links that modern UAVs employ, and covers the technical and operational characteristics of the Common Data Link, SATCOM, C2 and UHF data links, and link susceptibility to jamming. The course culminates with an end-to-end performance analysis taking target requirements through the atmosphere, payloads, links and, finally, to the operational user.

Instructors: John Minor and Dave Adamy
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Anritsu Company
DON'T MISS AOC SUMMER SCHOOL: Take Advantage of Key Courses at AOC HQ
Fundamental Principles of EW, June 12-15
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.

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.
Instructor: Dave Adamy
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Advanced EW, July 17-20
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.
Instructor: Dave Adamy
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Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare Course, August 7-10
This course will provide an overview of Electronic Warfare from its roots in Electronic Combat to its contemporary EM Spectrum Warfare applications. Although this is not a technical course aimed at engineers, certain technological principles will be presented in order to baseline attendees and help demonstrate the unique knowledge skills, and abilities that warfare across the EM spectrum requires. Lessons will include current information from DoD issuances, Joint doctrine, service program plans and roadmaps, analysis projects and lessons learned from operations.
Instructor: Lynn Berg
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Elcom Technologies
CALL FOR PAPERS: EW Asia 2012, November 14-15, Kuala Lumpur
In February 2012, the Association of Old Crows (AOC) and the Shephard Group announced the dates for EW Asia 2012, the second event organized in Asia under their expanded cooperation agreement. EW Asia 2012 will be held November 14-15, 2012 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Symposium planning is being led by AOC Global Programs personnel who have structured the EW Asia 2012 event into five sessions. These sessions are:

  • Session One: An Introduction to Pacific Basin EW Challenges
  • Session Two: Perspectives on Regional EM Ops
  • Session Three: EW Technology Trends
  • Session Four: EM Operations Integration
  • Session Five: Future EW

There are a limited number of opportunities for outstanding individuals, organizations and companies to make a 20-25 minute unclassified presentation at EW 2012 Asia coherent with the theme and suitable for one of the sessions outlined above. Topics likely to be accepted include national perspectives from around the region; EW and associated capability briefs especially those dealing with integration; operational experiences; EW in the Maritime, Land, Air, Space and Cyber domains; threat briefs; force, platform and area protection including C-IED; technology advances and new concepts. The conference language is English. Abstracts are due by July 30.
Full Call for Papers Details
IMS 2012
As we noted last week, AOC is aggressively tracking this issue and has joined forces with more than 800 other associations to address the implementation of these restrictions. The AOC is proud to say that we have always focused on value to the government, and association members and employ professional meeting planners and subject matter experts to ensure we honor the spirit and intent of these actions.
Read More About Changes to Government Travel Policies
By now, it's well known that the Arab Spring showed the promise of the Internet as a crucible for democratic activism. But, in the shadows, a second narrative unfolded, one that demonstrated the Internet's equal potential for government surveillance and repression on a scale unimaginable with the old analog techniques of phone taps and informants. Today, with Gadhafi dead and a provisional government of former rebels in charge, we can begin to uncover the secret, high-tech spying machine that helped the dictator and his regime cling to power. (Wired)
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CTT, Inc.
A powerful House committee voted Thursday to cut by nearly one-third the Pentagon's budget for "military information support operations." The House Defense Appropriations Committee also called on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to submit a report within 30 days of the law's enactment that, among other requirements, would have the Pentagon detail the effectiveness of so-called MISO programs, previously known as psychological operations. (USA Today)
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The F-35 Lightning II is making good progress through flight testing this year, a top Lockheed Martin official says. Most of the biggest challenges faced by the program should be well on their way to being fixed by the later part of the year. (Flight International)
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Delta Microwave
Upcoming Industry Conferences and Tradeshows

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 14-15: EW Asia 2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Crane Aerospace & Electronics
Upcoming AOC Courses
June 4: Survey of EW and Cyber Applications - Hurry! Price Increases May 25!
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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July 24-27: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Missions, Payloads and Links
Cubic Defense Applications, San Diego, CA
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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

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