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REGISTER FOR THE FREE AOC WEBINAR: Man-Made Disasters: The Impacts and Implications of Sequestration, Next Thursday, February 21 at 2 p.m. EST
The launch of the AOC Virtual Series will be moderated by AOC President, Lt. Gen. Robert Elder Jr., USAF (Ret.), with a brief introduction addressing AOC advocacy efforts and the new initiative to bring these important topics to you, virtually.

This 40-minute presentation by Dr. Daniel Goure from the Lexington Institute will cover:
  • What is Sequestration, the Continuing Resolution and what do they mean for the FY2013 defense budget and EW?
  • What are the near-term impacts on defense programs under the Continuing Resolution?
  • What are the ripple effects of deep budget cuts on defense programs FY2014 and beyond?
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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 ...


ABSTRACTS DUE TOMORROW: 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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SECURE YOUR EXHIBIT SPACE at the 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.

Across the globe, governments spend more than $7 billion per year on EW and SIGINT equipment and services. How do companies (from systems manufacturers to subsystem and component suppliers) reach their customers in this unique market? They exhibit at the AOC Convention.

For 50 years, the AOC Convention has served as the meeting place for the military customers who buy EW and SIGINT systems and the companies who develop and manufacture them. Don't miss your opportunity to showcase your company's products and services at the most important annual trade event in the global EW and SIGINT market.

Contact Stew Taylor, Exhibits Manager, taylor@crows.org or (540) 891-9956.
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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.

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.

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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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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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The Feb. 3 edition of This Week in Defense with Vago Muradian features roundtable discussion with Army Col. Jim Ekvall; Navy Capt. Gregg Smith; USMC Lt. Col. Jason C. Schuette and USAF Col. Jim Pryor on how to protect networks critical to U.S. military. (Defense News)
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We see it all too often. Another soldier was killed when his convoy was hit by an improved explosive device. The newspapers remind us all too often that thousands of lives have been lost to homemade roadside bombs on the roads and in the towns of Iraq and Afghanistan. But what if those devices could be neutralized without anyone ever having to come near them? What if it were possible to disable these murderous gadgets without a single life being lost? (Army.mil)
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In a recent air-combat exercise, the drill master pulled a trick on the "Red Team" representing the Chinese air force by having pilots of the enemy "Blue Team" shout orders in English. The tactic surprised the Red Team, which lost its airborne warning-and-control system (AWACS) plane and thus its electronic-warfare capability, resulting in a humiliating loss in the war game. (The Washington Times)
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If Chinese warships escalate from locking-on radars to actually pulling the trigger in the East China Sea, they'll have lots to shoot at – and it won't be just the Japanese. With little fanfare, U.S. commanders have been pouring in thousands of new troops, deploying powerful new war machines and ramping up training with allies from across the region. (Time)
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Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 completed a six-month deployment aboard Naval Air Facility Misawa, Feb. 2, 2013. Having been here in northern Japan since July 2012, the "Scorpions" and their aircraft are returning to their home base at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, located in Oak Harbor, Wash. This was the first expeditionary deployment of the EA-18G Growler in the U.S. Pacific Command theater of operations. (Dvids)
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Each and every day, the Edwards community works to develop and test the war-winning capabilities of the future. It's an important role that requires a great deal of support from the 412th Range Squadron, as well as additional backing from a group of ranges located throughout the southwestern United States. (AF.mil)
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Looking at trends, strengths and weaknesses in the overall defense electronics market over the next 10 years, including growth by market segment and key new technologies, Teal Group's cumulative program forecasts indicate that defense electronics funding available to U.S. manufacturers will continue to rise slowly even as many other defense market segments decline. (AIA, via Military & Aerospace Electronics)
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It isn't often an aircraft that last rolled off the production line in the 1960s is compared to the smartphone, a ubiquitous symbol of cutting edge electronics. Air Force Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, Global Strike Command commander, sung the praises of the Cold War-era long-range bomber before Washington, D.C.-based reporters Feb. 6. (National Defense)
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After warning throughout the election season that sequestration of defense funds would devastate the nation's military, House Republicans came out of a recent strategy session committed to going through with across-the-board cuts. The new thinking is that by threatening indiscriminate reductions to both domestic and defense programs, the GOP can put pressure on Democrats to accept cuts in entitlement programs. (Forbes)
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