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NEXT WEEK! Discuss Performance & Vulnerabilities of Modern IADs and SAMs, 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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REGISTER NOW! for the 49TH Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention this September in Phoenix
Electromagnetic Spectrum Warfare is entering a new frontier. Much like the settling of the "Wild West," EMS control now affects government, industry and the military alike in their requirement for unfettered spectrum operating freedom globally. The AOC community leads the charge into the dawn of the "Spectrum Age."

Spectrum Warfare practitioners in academia, government, industry and the military must now saddle-up and corral our collective knowledge into a cohesive force, and we must bring young pioneers into the fold and learn from each other. Join us in Phoenix, September 23-26, 2012, as the AOC hosts "Arming the Spectrum Warrior."
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ENSURE SYSTEM EFFECTIVENESS: EW Combat Systems Life Cycle Management Conference, July 17-19

Today’s EW combat systems are expensive and likely to remain in the DoD’s inventory longer as downturned budgets struggle to procure replacement systems. To ensure these systems remain effective, both performance insertion and cost reduction will be critically important to EW’s future. The EW Combat Systems Life Cycle Management Conference, July 17-19 at Dahlgren, VA, will discuss in depth how all three services and other DoD agencies insert performance enhancements into legacy systems. We will discuss cost reduction concepts including combat systems integration, and use, as a case study, the Navy’s new product-line approach to improve the vertical integration of its EW systems.
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EDUCATING THE SPECTRUM WARRIOR: Harnessing STEM & Spectrum Management Conference this August in Fort Walton Beach, FL

This inaugural conference addresses key Special Operation’s concerns about tomorrow’s EMS battlespace, specifically the programming, planning and execution of operational Special Operations Forces within the EMS across all domains. This highly charged aspect of the conference will have presentations from SOF senior leaders, operators and programmers. Declining SOF budgets make it imperative that government, industry and academia come together to demonstrate innovation in speedy acquisition and development of critical EMS enabling capabilities.

Senior leaders from Congress, OSD, military services, research labs and other government organizations will then discuss and engage attendees on the vital role science, technology, engineering and mathematics play on preparing military operations and personnel. The goal of the STEM portion of the conference supports OSD’s focus and vision: to safeguard our nation's security by developing world-class STEM talent in science, mathematics, technology and engineering. It is critical for SOF that students pursue STEM careers and advance basic scientific research. DoD has a long history of supporting STEM initiatives at local, regional and national levels; STEM education is essential for the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the 21st century global marketplace.

In addition to the two days of unclassified presentations and discussions, attendees are encouraged to sign up to attend the complimentary classified day held by AFSOC on Thursday.
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NEW PACIFIC RIM CONFERENCE: Pacific Theater Air, Sea, Land Battle Concept: IO/EW/Cyber Operations, October 16-18 in Honolulu

The Information Operations Institute and the Association of Old Crows are proud to present this conference on the hottest topic facing the world today and in the future: The Pacific Rim. Sessions include topics on the South China Sea and surrounding waterways of global significance. This International Conference brings experts from the U.S., Japan, Korea, and other countries to discuss the issues affecting this area, new concepts of operations (air, sea, land battle concept), with a concentration on programming and budget areas.

The South China Sea is an area of primary concern for many nations. The U.S. DoD is building its air, sea battle concept encompassing not only traditional air and maritime operations but also incorporating the IO/Cyber/EW operations and programming. It is critical that all nations come together to build viable joint concepts and ensure the programming funding is in place to bring the concepts to fruition. Foreseen as an annual event and concentrating on strategic international partnerships, this conference promises to be one that is on the leading edge of future operations in the Pacific Theater.
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AOC SUMMER SCHOOL STARTS NOW! Don't Miss Key Courses Around the Country

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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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Missions, Payloads and Links, July 24-27
Join us at Cubic Defense in San Diego, CA, 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. Instructors: John Minor and Dave Adamy
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Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare Course, August 7-10- LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE!
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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Survey of EM Battle Management Applications Course, August 20
Join us in Fort Walton Beach, FL, for this great educational opportunity. One of the most pressing deficiencies in recent joint operations has been trying to achieve coordinated and cohesive operations within the Electromagnetic Environment (EME). Decades of "lessons learned" and interference reports have culminated in a realization that anything that operates in the EM spectrum (communicates, radiates, locates) must be effectively managed. This short survey course will review current processes in EW and Spectrum Management, but it will also outline many of the requirements and challenges of building an effective EM Battle Management architecture. Instructor: Lynn Berg
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Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CONVENTION: Plan Now to Attend On-Site Education
Make the most of your AOC Convention trip by planning now to take one of the convenient on-site courses planned for Phoenix. Register for your course when you register for Convention and take advantage of early savings!
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September 18-21
: Electronic Warfare Update Course
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September 20-21: Effectiveness Evaluation of Electronic Self Protection
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September 22-23: Modeling and Simulation Course
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September 22-23: Survey of EM Battle Management Applications
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September 25: Survey of EW and Cyber Applications
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September 27-8
: Radar for Electronic Warfare Professionals Course
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Giga-tronics Incorporated
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachary G. Harrison is out to learn as many military skills as he can. An ordnance technician working with EA-6B Prowler aircraft, Harrison also can be seen on the flightline here, visually communicating necessary commands and signals Prowler pilots need to navigate the runway. (Defense.gov)
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"My cyber-weapon is bigger than your cyber-weapon." That's the playground-taunt version of what anonymous sources in the Obama administration last week essentially said to Iran, after they confirmed that the U.S. government developed and launched Stuxnet, in a bid to delay Iran's nuclear weapons program. (Information Week)
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Anritsu Company
Recent revelations about Flame, the most sophisticated cyber-worm ever created, and David Sanger's White House-authorized leak of classified information confirming U.S.-Israeli collaboration in creating the Stuxnet and Duqu viruses, raise the question of how committed the U.S. is to a negotiated resolution of the nuclear impasse with Iran. (UK Guardian)
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The navigational system used by the military for just about everything from guiding drones to dropping bombs is increasingly under threat of attack. Now, the Pentagon's desperate to replace it. Or, at least, reinforce it enough to stave off a looming storm of strikes. (Wired)
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IMS 2012
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc., a provider of commercially developed application-ready ISR and EW subsystems for defense prime contractors, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Micronetics, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of microwave and radio frequency (RF) subsystems and components for defense and commercial customers. (MarketWatch)
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Early this year, the Obama administration issued guidelines for a new national defense strategy that breaks with the past by focusing less on Europe and more on the Asia-Pacific and Middle East theaters. In short order, the Pentagon brought forth a $613-billion FY13 defense budget that favors the weapons and forces best suited to putting its new strategy into play. (Military & Aerospace Electronics)
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CTT, Inc.
The Flame virus is not that new or sophisticated, but what is new is the publicity it has given to the ongoing cyberwar between the Israel (and its allies and agents) and Iran (and its allies and agents). Similar tools are being used to help explore the files of defense contractors, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies. But those using them have no wish to publicize their success. (Computer Weekly)
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When the Internet was created, decades ago, one thing was inevitable: the war today over how (or whether) to control it, and who should have that power. Battle lines have been drawn between repressive regimes and Western democracies, corporations and customers, hackers and law enforcement. Looking toward a year-end negotiation in Dubai, where 193 nations will gather to revise a U.N. treaty concerning the Internet, Michael Joseph Gross lays out the stakes in a conflict that could split the virtual world as we know it. (Vanity Fair)
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Delta Microwave
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.
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Crane Aerospace & Electronics
PLAN AHEAD for Future AOC Events
Pencil these AOC events into your calendar to ensure you don't miss the year's critical industry conferences, courses and conversations. For full information view our full online calendar at www.crows.org.

July 24-27: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Missions, Payloads and Links Course

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August 7-10: Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare Course

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August 20
: Survey of Electromagnetic Battle Control Applications Course
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August 21-23: Educating the Spectrum Warrior: Harnessing STEM & Spectrum Management for Special Ops Conference

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September 23-26: AOC 49th Annual International Symposium & Convention

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October 9-12
: ELINT and Modern Signals Course
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October 16-18: Pacific Theater Air, Sea Battlespace IO/EW/Cyber Operations Conference

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November 14-15: EW Asia 2012

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