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Click HERE to Immediately Contact the White House and your elected officials in the Senate and House

Unless Congress acts before March 1, 2013, $500 billion in new defense cuts will hit our military. Secretary Panetta says this "sequestration" budget would "hollow out" our armed forces. The "across-the-board" nature of the cuts in sequestration, means that the DoD will not be able to effectively choose how and where its available funds should be diverted. Rather than giving the DoD commanders the ability to allocate their budgets to properly maximize operational efficiency, sequestration will leave vital programs underfunded, and leave less essential programs floundering.

Contact your elected officials today and urge them to provide DoD commanders the flexibility to tailor their budgets as necessary without being forced upon them through sequestration. Across the services, we need to ensure balanced EW capability in support of our warfighters and their Combatant Commanders in all future combat scenarios.

The AOC has partnered with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) to take action to stop sequestration. Follow the link below to contact your elected officials and urge them to...


PAPERS DUE NEXT WEEK: 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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SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE AOC: Nominate Candidates 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: 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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SPRING 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.

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 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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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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With sequestration looming, one immediate consequence has emerged out of the uncertainty: military conferences are being canceled left and right. As the military tightens its belt, officers and enlisted personnel are being barred from traveling to military conferences throughout the country. Industry executives – knowing that there will be few opportunities to interact with military decision-makers – are following suit. (NDIA)
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The Israeli air strike on a convoy weapons and military complex near Damascus, on the night between Jan. 29 and 30 has something in common with a similar air strike. In 2007, Israeli Air Force bombers entered and egressed the Syrian airspace almost completely undetected by the Syrian air defenses. (Business Insider)
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You may have noticed that the Pentagon is crying poverty. So when the Air Force dreams up its next decade’s worth of imagery and sensor technology, it wants it all for cheap. On Wednesday afternoon, the Air Force’s imaging and targeting support directorate let it be known it’s looking for the next generation of tools for geospatial (GEOINT) imagery. Everything’s on the table, hardware and software, and so the Air Force is dreaming big. (Wired)
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Political gridlock has gotten so bad that the best bet to stop sequestration is after it starts, Rep. Mac Thornberry believes. Only a real crisis – not just an impending one – can force the two parties to cut a deal, he told AOL Defense. But, the conservative Republican emphasized, he stuck to the House GOP line that further tax revenues are off the table. (AOL Defense)
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Lt. Col. Robert M. Kudelko Jr. assumed command of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 from Lt. Col Adam L. Musoff during a ceremony Friday at the squadron’s hangar. Musoff will move on to the National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. (Marines.mil)
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The US Air Force is hoping to upgrade its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon "aggressors" so that those aircraft can better replicate enemy fighters, the service's Air Combat Command (ACC) says. (Flightglobal)
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Australia's C4i Pty. Ltd. has been acquired by ITT Exelis, a move that adds advanced communications software to Exelis' air traffic management portfolio. (UPI)
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