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Because of the White House and Congress’s inability to reach a deal to reverse mandatory across-the-board sequestration budget cuts, the initial round of multibillion-dollar cuts to defense and non-defense federal agencies has begun. Unless reversed, sequestration will cut defense and non-defense programs by $1 trillion over nine years. Sequestration will put at risk more than a million American jobs, including hundreds of thousands of small business jobs, and threatens to stall the economic recovery.

The public is now waking up to the consequences of sequestration. You can make a difference. Write your elected officials and urge them to reverse this bad policy.

The AOC remains committed to stopping sequestration!


DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 1: Help the AOC by Nominating Candidates for the 2013 AOC Board of Directors
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 has been extended to April 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 more than one person, please duplicate the form.

Nomination packets must be received at AOC headquarters by close-of-business on April 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.

Download a Nomination Form

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GLOBAL EW MARKET: Join the AOC EW Pavilion at DSEi in London This September
DSEI provides exhibitors the platform to display their full capabilities – air, land, naval, security – at one event, to a prequalified audience of 28,000 from 121 countries. The event provides you the ability to exhibit at one show, which will reduce your trade show expenditures.

AOC has partnered with DSEi to offer an exclusive Electronic Warfare Pavilion, offering exclusive discounts for AOC members. Take advantage of these key benefits:

• Promote your electronic warfare capabilities and technologies in a dedicated area to a qualified and targeted audience
• Access more than 3,400 visitors expressing an interest in Electronic Warfare
• Exclusive member rates
• A variety of stand options
• Use of the EW meeting rooms and lounge
• Ability to request a visit from Official Delegations
• Access to seminars, briefings and demonstrations

For more information or to secure your space contact:

John Clifford
AOC Director Global Operations

Doug Schlam
DSEi Sales Manager
1 (203) 275 8014

Learn more at www.dsei.co.uk.



Don't miss this chance to recognize individuals and units for their achievements. Nominations for the 2013 AOC awards, including the AOC Gold Medal, the Stanley Hall Business Development Award, Communications Award, Outstanding Unit Awards and more than 20 others are being accepted now through May 1.

Please submit forms to oneilin@crows.org. Contact Glorianne O'Neilin at (703) 549-1600 with any questions.
Visit Awards Central


EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS IN 2 DAYS! 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.

NEW: See the Updated Agenda!

Register by FRIDAY, March 8, for major savings!


CALL FOR PAPERS: 2013 Land EW Conference: Innovation and Demonstration

Due to protracted acquisitions and traditional doctrinal warfare solutions there is a lack of exposure or appreciation for the cutting-edge innovation and technological development resulting in missed opportunities to provide warfighters the most up-to-date spectrum and information related capabilities.

The 2013 Land EW Conference; Innovation and Demonstration will be held December 10-11 in Quantico, VA, to provide a forum for government and commercial attendees to both appreciate the latest innovations and/or witness how these tactics may be implemented.

The AOC is soliciting original technical abstracts for the second Land EW Conference in Quantico, VA. The conference will host eight technical innovation sessions on Day One and three industry demonstrations on Day Two.

Final briefs should be no more than 30 minutes in length, which includes time for Q&A. Time limits will be strictly enforced to the keep the program on schedule. If additional Q&A time is needed, breakout rooms will be available for the presenter to engage with interested attendees.

For more information or questions please do not hesitate to contact Miranda Fulk, conference program manager with the Association of Old Crows, at fulk@crows.org.

All applicants will be notified by May 10 with regards to their submission status. All submissions should be sent via email to callforpapers@crows.org with "2013 Land EW Conference" in the subject line.

Submission deadline is April 30, 2013.

Full Call for Papers Details


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.
Exhibit Information

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.

Full Call for Papers Details
More about the AOC Convention


SPRING COURSES: Get the Skills You Need Through AOC Professional Development
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
Course Details

April 9-12: Fundamental Principles of EW Course
Course Details

REGISTER TODAY! Dixie Crow Symposium 38 – Maximizing EW/ISR Capabilities in an Austere Budget Environment
The men and women of the Dixie Crow Chapter of the Association of Old Crows will host our 38th consecutive Annual International EW Symposium from March 24-28, 2013. Our technical program, conducted at the unclassified level will consist of requirements, intelligence, analyses, and program status reviews from throughout the Electronic Warfare/Information Operations communities. 
This symposium is one of the largest aviation electronic defense trade shows in the country, drawing from industry, academia and government alike. We’ve selected our theme "Maximizing EW/ISR Capabilities in an Austere Defense Budget Environment" and have confirmed Lt. Gen. Robert Elder, AOC president, as our Keynote Speaker Tuesday morning.
The technical sessions will be held from 12:30 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, and will continue from 8 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in the Scott Theatre, Eagle Building of the Museum of Aviation. Following the Theme "Maximizing EW/ISR Capabilities in an Austere Defense Budget Environment," we’ve compiled an excellent venue of technical presentations to be delivered this year. The following companies/organizations have volunteered to be represented: OO-ALC, 461st ACW, AFLCMC/WIID, GTRI, AFLCMC/WNY, MERC, Tektronix, Northrop Grumman, X-Com LLC, BAE Systems, NSWC Crane and AAI.

A very special event has been added this year to emphasize our theme for the symposium. Maj. Gen. (USAF retired) Robert McMahon, president of the 21st Century Partnership, will lead a panel discussion on the proposed DoD budget cuts and the effect that they will have on supporting the war fighter. The panel members will consist of VP level executives from major defense contractors BAE, Boeing, ITT Exelis, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, MERC and GTRI. Congressman Austin Scott, U.S. Representative for Georgia's 8th Congressional District, also plans to participate in the panel discussions.
Onsite registration begins Sunday, March 24 at the Marriott Courtyard, 589 Carl Vinson Parkway, with the hospitality suite open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Registration forms can be found on the Dixie Crow website. The official activities begin Monday evening, March 25, with a BBQ supper at the Landings Golf Course clubhouse. The Landings Golf Course is located in Statham’s Landings Golf Club just south of Robins AFB off of Old Hawkinsville Road. Tickets for the BBQ Supper/Sports Banquet are $15 each to enjoy a BBQ supper provided by the Statham’s Landing restaurant at the Landings Club House. Tickets for this event need to be purchased in advance via Symposium Registration Form.

The Exhibit Hall, Museum of Aviation, Century of Flight building, will open promptly at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, featuring more than 50 exhibitors with more than 60 booths showcasing high technology accomplishments and capabilities of the various vendors. The exhibit hall will be open until 8 p.m. in the evening with a special Exhibitor Reception being hosted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to recognize our Scholarship Recipients and our sponsors; Col. Mitch Butikofer, 78ABW/CC will be providing opening remarks to all attendees. The Exhibit Hall will also be open on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Our 38th Annual Conference will close on Wednesday, March 27 with the Annual Banquet held at the Marriott Courtyard, Warner Robins with social hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. We’re honored to have Mr. Wayne Osborne, Director, 402d Maintenance Group, as our scheduled speaker for the evening’s festivities. Tickets may be purchased in advance via the Registration Form.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Register Now
Exhibitor Booth Listing
Schedule of Events
More about the Dixie Crow Symposium

MANAGEMENT SHORT COURSES: Take Advantage of These Courses at the 38th Dixie Crow Technical Symposium
A series of short courses will be held Thursday, March 28, as part of the Dixie Crow Technical Symposium, so don't miss this opportunity to add extra education to your trip. All courses will be held in the Eagle Conference Room; 3rd Floor Museum of Aviation Eagle Building. Moderators will be Mr. James Calvin and Dr. Doug Moody. Visit the Dixie Crow website or click here for speaker bios and course descriptions.

8 a.m.-9:45 a.m.: "Organizational Design and Performance; How are We Doing?"
Speaker: Mr. Kent A. Mueller, Defense Acquisition Consultant to Saudi F-15SA Program Office

10 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: "The Theory of Constraints"
Speaker: Dr. Anthony L. Patti, Middle Georgia State College

1 p.m.-2:45 p.m.: "Producing Winning Proposals in Less Time"
Speaker: Dr. George A. McCulley, WBDS Incorporated

3 p.m.-4:45 p.m.: "Technical Presentation Skills"
Speaker: Mr. James Calvin, 579th SMXS/FLT A, Robins AFB

Fort Worth Chapter of Association of Old Crows Revitalized
The local Fort Worth Chapter of the Association of Old Crows is being revitalized. The AOC Fort Worth Chapter is having a reorganization meeting/lunch, where the benefits of becoming a member and chapter organization will be discussed, and answer questions you may have. Contact Timothy O’Conner for more information about this meeting. Meeting location and time:

AOC Fort Worth Chapter Meeting
March 8, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
Spring Creek BBQ (reserved private room)
8628 Camp Bowie W. Blvd. (Hwy. 80 at Las Vegas Trail)

The Navy in coming weeks will be taking four of its 10 air wings out of service. The Air Force will cut back flying hours. The Army will restrict training only to combat units that are headed to Afghanistan. Civilian Pentagon employees will receive furlough notices within a month. Those are some of the immediate consequences of the automatic budget cuts that are now the law of the land, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said March 1 during his first Pentagon news conference. (National Defense)
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The shock waves of broad-ranging U.S. defense spending cuts will be felt well beyond its borders, touching everything from funding for foreign militaries to longer approval for U.S. defense exports to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. (Defense News)
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The era of austerity may have arrived. President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are dug in on the sequester, and there are no signs of a quick fix to the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts that both sides say they disdain. (Politico)
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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Monday cautioned airline passengers to get to the airport extra early because U.S. spending cuts have already led to long lines at some security checkpoints, and said the coming furloughs will only make the situation worse. (Fox Business)
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Military researchers are trying to save time and money in the development of RF phased arrays for radar, communications, and electronic warfare (EW) by creating common building blocks to help designers avoid starting from scratch every time they build a new RF array. (Military & Aerospace Electronics)
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Robert Pazda says his team within the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center is accustomed to having to fit 10 pounds of equipment into a five-pound bag. But his team's latest project – the Global Strike Near Real Time Battle Data Assessment System – could change all that. (Army.mil)
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Anticipating potential delays and uncertainty about the future of the F-35A, the Australian Defence has requested to buy up to 24 Boeing Super Hornet fighters – 12 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and 12 EA-18G Growler Electronic Attack aircraft from the USA, at an estimated cost of $3.7 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the U.S. Congress. (Defense Update)
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Beijing hotly denies accusations of official involvement in massive cyberattacks against foreign targets, insinuating such activity is the work of rogues. But at least one piece of evidence cited by experts points to professional cyberspies: China's hackers don't work weekends.(The Washington Post)
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Newly released documents show the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection agency is preparing to deploy drones along the border that could intercept electronic communications. The agency denied that it is doing so now, but left open the possibility that it could do so in the future. (Huffington Post)
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As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, the quest for a new enemy is underway. The armed services who are fighting over shares of the threatened defense budget (the Air Force and Navy pitted against the Army), select corporations (in particular those that manufacture big weapon systems), and politicians who wrap themselves in the flag – are all zeroing in on China. (Huffington Post)
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The Dismounted Close Combat (DCC) simulator looks like an elaborate video game with a giant screen, in which the player takes on a modern warfare scenario armed with a realistic rifle. But the simulator developed by Roke Manor Research is much more than that. The DCC simulator is designed to test future warfare technologies before they go out for field trials, so it has to be as realistic and as immersive as possible. (Wired UK)
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