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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED for the 49th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention
There are less than 100 days until the 49th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention, "Arming the Spectrum Warrior," September 23-26 in Phoenix, AZ. Don't miss these amazing keynote speakers: 

"Unveiling the Unified Command Plan for the EMS Warrior"

"Developing the Joint Force for 2020"
"Big Data. New Physics. The Ultimate 'Weak Signal' Detection Weapon" 

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. 
PACIFIC RIM OPERATIONS: Don't Miss the Pacific Theater Air, Sea, Land Battle Concept: IO/EW/Cyber Operations Conference, 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 IS IN SESSION: 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. 
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. 
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.
Instructor: Lynn Berg
Giga-tronics Incorporated
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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Dr. Melvin R. Kruer, the senior scientist for electro-optic sensors at the Naval Research Laboratory, has been honored with the 2012 Levinstein Award presented by the Military Sensing Symposia Specialty Group on Detectors. The Levinstein Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding technical leadership and management in the field of infrared device technology. Committee chair Mark Greiner presented the award at the March Symposia. (NRL)
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MacAulay-Brown, Inc. announced today that three of its employees were honored for their commitment to the Electronic Warfare (EW) and Information Operations (IO) industry by the Association of Old Crows (AOC) Kittyhawk Chapter. The award ceremony was held on June 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Beavercreek, Ohio. (MarketWatch)
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Nicole Wells, David Koeplinger and Curtis Kisielius, students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, have been named recipients of $1,000 scholarship awards from the Association of Old Crows (AOC) Aberdeen Proving Ground, Susquehanna Chapter. (UDaily)
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The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed at slowing Iran's ability to develop a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials with knowledge of the effort. (Washington Post)
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Two leading computer security firms have linked some of the software code in the powerful Flame virus to the Stuxnet cyber weapon, which was widely believed to have been used by the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear program. (Reuters)
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"It is well that war is so terrible," Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee once said, "lest we should grow too fond of it." For him, and generations of military leaders before and since, the carnage and other costs of war have driven a sense of reluctance to start a conflict, or even to join one already in progress. Caution about going to war has formed a central aspect of the American public character. (Foreign Policy)
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Iran, Syria, Russia and China are planning the "biggest-ever war games in the Middle East," according to an unconfirmed report on the semi-official Iranian news site Fars News. A Syrian official denied the claims. (The Times of Israel)
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Hangar 5 on Whidbey Island Naval Air Station was abuzz as the Yellow Jackets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 saw its leadership change from Cmdr. Tabb Stringer to Cmdr. Andrew DeMonte. (Whidbey News-Times)
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Following several years of development of a complex and ambitious route-clearing counter-mine system, the French Army has halted the original program, transforming the available assets to better cope with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan. Since their deployment to Afghanistan six months ago the unit operating SOUVIM 2 encountered 18 IEDs at a rate of 1-2 per week. About one third of the detections were attributed to SOUVIM. (Defense Update)
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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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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.

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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