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TIME IS RUNNING OUT: Call for Papers: EW Europe 2013, May 28-30, Cologne, Germany – Advancing Electronic Warfare and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations

Electronic Warfare Europe, May 28-30 in Cologne, Germany, is an unrivaled forum discussing the latest in EW across land, maritime, air/space and EM environments. With the widest ranging attendance of any EW gathering in the world and an exhibition showcasing the latest technology, tools and equipment all under one roof, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Come and meet the leaders and operators across government, defense and industry that are shaping the future of EW.

Electronic Warfare Europe provides attendees with unparalleled opportunities to learn from operational feedback, network with key decision-makers and understand the shape of future requirements in the EW arena.

Take the opportunity to share your experience, knowledge, innovation, achievements and lessons identified within the theme of advancing EW and EMS Operations. Military and government speakers are especially welcome. Industry briefs are too but must be focused on technology or systems; company and sales briefs are not permitted. Limited opportunities so don’t delay – get in touch now! The deadline is February 14, 2013, but sooner is better. Please send abstracts to Clifford@crows.org.

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ABSTRACTS DUE FRIDAY: Dixie Crow Symposium 38 – Maximizing EW/ISR Capabilities in an Austere Budget Environment
The Dixie Crow Chapter of the AOC will host its 38th Annual Regional Technical Symposium on March 24-28, 2013. This year’s theme, "Maximizing EW/ISR Capabilities in an Austere Budget Environment," illustrates collaboration within the Information Operations (IO) environment. It prepares the battlefield before combat operations, serves as a force multiplier during battle and defends our forces throughout. IO is the key to America’s protection at home and force projection abroad.

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Papers to support this theme should include issues relating to Electronic Warfare (EW), Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) and collaboration within the IO environment. Efficient utilization and control of the Electromagnetic Spectrum is necessary for defense of our forces and our homeland. Collaborative improvement is necessary to assure our tactics and products are affordable and successfully protect the warfighters.

Papers may be classified or unclassified. Briefing sessions will be held for classified, unclassified and export-controlled information. There will be significant representation from our foreign allies. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) will apply. Your presentations should consider applicability, classification, releasability and International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Releasability documents are required. Papers are due February 1, 2013.

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NOMINATE YOUR COLLEAGUES for the 2013 AOC Board of Directors by March 1
Each year, AOC's membership determines the future of the association by electing representatives to its Board of Directors. Nominations for the 2013 election are being accepted now. The deadline is March 1.

The election will begin on July 1, 2013 and will end on July 31, 2013.

The 2013 election slate will include the position of President-Elect, who will serve as Vice President in 2014 and as President in 2015. The AOC President appoints the Association’s Secretary and Treasurer, presides over the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and appoints committee chairs. The President is also the AOC’s primary spokesperson, visiting AOC chapters across the world and meeting with leaders in the Electronic Warfare community. This is a significant but rewarding commitment.

The 2013 election slate will also include three At Large Director positions. At Large directors serve a three-year term. In addition, Regional Directors will be elected for three-year terms from the International I, International II and Information Operations Regions. If you want to nominate for than one person, please duplicate the form.

Nomination packets must be received at AOC headquarters by close-of-business on March 1, 2013. Nomination Forms are also available on the AOC website at www.crows.org or by contacting Glenda Reyes-Montanez at reyes-montanez@crows.org.
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REGISTER NOW FOR FIRST QUARTER COURSES: Get the Skills You Need Through AOC Professional Development
Last chance for education this year, plus new courses announced for 2013! Don't miss these great courses form the AOC, all conveniently located at AOC Headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

Feb. 12-15: Introduction to Radar and EW Course
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March 12-15: Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare Course
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April 9-12: Fundamental Principles of EW Course
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CALL FOR PAPERS: AOC 50th Annual International Symposium and Convention

The Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention is the leading trade event of the global Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence market. This year we return to Washington, D.C., October 27-31, 2013, to celebrate our 50th event in the AOC & Spectrum Warfare Communities.

The AOC is soliciting original, unclassified, technical papers for the Symposium, following this year's theme: "Proud Legacy – Strong Future"

The submission deadline is May 15, 2013.

Submission Information: Email the following information to the AOC Convention Abstracts Review Committee at callforpapers@crows.org.

Title of proposed paper
Name of presenter and organization represented
One or two short paragraphs describing the scope of the paper
One or two short paragraphs describing the credibility of the presenter on this subject

Speakers selected will be notified of their provisional acceptance by mid-July or as soon as all slots are filled. Two back-up speakers will also be recognized on the printed program and their papers will be published on the web page whether presented or not. Presentations are limited to 25 minutes including questions and answers. Time limits are strictly enforced to keep the program on schedule.

For more information, view the full call for papers details at crows.org or contact the AOC Convention Abstracts Review Committee at callforpapers@crows.org. Submission Deadline is May 15, 2013.

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DEADLINE IS MARCH 1 for the Joseph R. Pitts NCO EW Scholarship Program
Last month, the Association of Old Crows (AOC) Capitol Club announced the Joseph R. Pitts Electronic Warfare (EW) Scholarship Program, a scholarship opportunity designed to help non-commissioned officers serving in the U.S. armed forces pursue post-secondary education degrees to advance their military and career direction in fields related to electronic warfare.

The application deadline for the 2013 award is March 1, 2013. The awardee will be announced in April 2013, and the scholarship will be awarded through the selected student's educational institution.
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Support the AOC Community with Corporate Opportunities This Year
As you plan your marketing, sponsorship and conference participation for 2013, consider all the opportunities available with the AOC. As you already know, the AOC is the premier avenue for exposure into the spectrum warfare community. There are opportunities to sponsor conferences, the 50th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention and customizable packages to hit the perfect audience.
Refer to the 2013 sponsorship brochure for the latest details.

JUST ANNOUNCED: 2013 Palmetto Roost Cyber Defense Competition, April 13-14
The Palmetto Roost Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) in collaboration with Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic, the Navy’s East Coast Engineering Center, will be facilitating a cyber defense competition between schools in South Carolina at the Citadel on Saturday and Sunday, 13-14 April 2013.

Saturday’s competitions will be between universities and colleges. Sunday’s competitions will be between Charleston area high schools. The goal is to energize the schools and their students to focus on the development of technical skills in the area of networking and cyber security in preparation for exciting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
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Commander Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet will hold its annual EW Symposium at NAS Whidbey Island, May 21-24 2013. Contact is Lt. Jesse "Ichiban" Coe, (360) 257-2678, jesse.coe@navy.mil. Look for more information this spring.

The Dixie Crow chapter of the Association of Old Crows is sponsoring an EW and an ISR Basics Short Course at the JSTARS Coates Hall Auditorium (Bldg 2051), RAFB on 26-27 Feb 2013. Courses will be taught by personnel from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) at NO CHARGE.
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William E. "Bud" Sears III, a principal research engineer with GTRI, a member of the AOC EW Technology Hall of Fame, one of the founders of the Peacthree Roost and former lab director of ELSYS, died unexpectedly on Jan. 20. He was 67. Sears had more than 39 years of experience in radar and electronic warfare and served as director of ELSYS from 1996-1997.
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Today, somewhere inside the Pentagon, senior Army officers will likely recommend development of new radio-jamming equipment for the post-Afghan War world. After a decade desperately playing defense against radio-detonated IEDs – and, before that, a decade of neglect in the 1990s – Army electronic warfare is taking the offensive again. (AOL Defense)
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Ever since a resurgent Republican Party forced the Obama Administration to focus on deficit reduction in the aftermath of the 2010 midterm elections, experts have been warning that big budget cuts would harm the military. The damage so far has been relatively modest, but within a few weeks Washington‘s budget wars will begin impacting military communities in a big way. (Forbes)
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A new Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) drawing on the skills of the nation’s best cyber security experts will be established in Canberra this year. Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the ACSC would be the hub of the government’s cyber security efforts and would boost Australia’s ability to protect against cyber attacks. (Australian Department of Defence)
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Amid a series a recent cyber attacks on Iranian industrial sites, Tehran is reported to be strengthening its cyber warfare capabilities in a widening covert war with the United States and Israel. (UPI)
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The US Navy's Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) cannot award Bell-Boeing a second multi-year production contact for the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor until a 2013 defence appropriations bill is signed into law. (Flightglobal)
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China's first large military transport aircraft, the Y-20, which successfully made its maiden flight on Saturday, will significantly boost the country's capabilities in national defense, rescue work and humanitarian aid and eventually end Beijing's dependence on similar Russian planes, experts say. (Global Times)
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After two and a half years of political dogfighting on and off Parliament Hill, the federal government rebooted its procurement of new fighter jets on Dec. 12, potentially opening the door to aircraft other than its preferred Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. (Canadian Skies)
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