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FREE AOC WEBINAR: The NATO Response Force (NRF) and the Future of Joint EW/SIGINT C2

Friday, April 26, 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. EDT
The challenges that NATO faces today are far different from those of the Cold War. As demonstrated by recent NATO operations in Afghanistan and Libya (and going back to Kosovo), the future NATO operation is more likely to be based on the concept of a purpose-built Joint Task Force vs. a large standing force structure. Likewise, the future NATO adversary is more likely to be an asymmetric, geographically isolated one composed of highly mobile targets vs. broad strategic frontier of fixed targets. As a result, NATO must be able exercise flexible C2 of all Joint ISR and EW assets – regardless of nation or echelon.

This free AOC webinar with keynote speaker Lt. Col. Matt J. Martin, USA AF (NATO HQ AC Izmir/A3-C2W) will provide an overview of recent efforts to provide this allied flexibility – including the Unified Vision Series of NATO Joint ISR/EW trials. It will also provide recommendations on the joint C2 of ISR and EW within the context of the NATO Response Force (NRF) concept.

RECOGNIZE EW EXCELLENCE: Nominations for the 2013 AOC Annual Awards due May 1

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.

   TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Register Now for 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.

May 28: Intelligence Workshop
Sponsored by PLATH, the Intelligence Workshop is a free-to-attend event. This full-day seminar will host many of Europe’s leading experts from the military, the intelligence service and industry. It will brief delegates on today’s cutting edge technology and some of its operational implications.

Register Now at www.eweurope.com/offer
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URGE YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO TAKE ACTION! Reversing Sequestration Remains a Critical Need

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!


EDUCATION IN YOUR BACKYARD: Survey of EW Battle Management Concepts and Other Key Courses in the D.C. Area!

May 7-8
Survey of Electronic Warfare Battle Management (EWBM) Concepts

Instructor: Lynn Berg
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
Course Details

June 11-14
Advanced EW

Instructor: Dave Adamy
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
Course Details

July 16-17
Survey of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) EW Applications and Payloads

Instructor: Lynn Berg
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
Course Details

August 6-9
Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare

Instructor: Lynn Berg
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
Course Details

October 22-25
Electronic Warfare Update

Instructor: Dave Adamy
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Course Details

November 12-15
ELINT and Modern Signals Course

Instructor: Richard G. Wiley, Ph.D.
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
Course Details


EXHIBIT SPACE IS 60% SOLD! SECURE YOUR SPACE Today for 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.
ACCESS THE GLOBAL EW MARKET at 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
(203) 275-8014

Learn more at www.dsei.co.uk.


PAPERS DUE APRIL 30: 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.

For more information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lauren Stewart, stewart@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

RSVP BY APRIL 26: Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the EA-6A with the Capitol Club
The Association of Old Crows Capitol Club Chapter is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first EA-6A flight (26 April 1963) by sponsoring a luncheon with our co-host, Northrop Grumman Corporation, on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Sheraton Pentagon City (the one near Marine Corps Headquarters). This event will start at 11:30 a.m. and end by 1:30 p.m. In case you did not know, the EA-6A was originally a USMC program followed by the EA-6B for the Navy and eventually the Marine Corps and now supports the Air Force. 

Our program will feature a presentation by Captain John "JJ" Thompson, USN, and Commander David "Smack" Edgarton, USN, both veteran EA-6B pilots. "JJ" is currently the OPNAV N98 AEA and F/A-18 Requirements Officer, while "Smack" works on the CNO’s staff as the Airborne Electronic Attack Requirements Officer.

The reduced cost of this event will be just $10 per person (including complementary parking) with any funds over costs going into the AOC Capitol Club’s Annual Joe Pitts Scholarship. To reserve your spot in this celebration, contact Juan Moore at jpmore1@comcast.net, Chopper Lamb at douglas.g.lamb@saic.com, or any other Capitol Club BoD member via the AOC Capital Club website at http://aoccapitolclub.com, and pay via the PayPal button at the Capitol Club website.

We have to provide the Sheraton with a final headcount by April 26, so reserve your spot now. If you have any questions, contact Chopper at douglas.g.lamb@SAIC.com or (703) 623-0848.  This should be a great event with wide participation by all whole EW community, so don’t delay making your reservation.

Tidewater Chapter Senior Leader Meeting April 17
The Tidewater Chapter of the Association of Old Crows will have our next Chapter meeting on April 17 to include a briefing from Lt. Gen. William J. Rew, the Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, on "Effective Warfighting in a Contested Environment."

Guest Speaker: Lt. Gen. Rew; Vice Commander, Air Combat Command Briefing
Topic: Effective Warfighting in a Contested Environment
When: April 17 with lunch at 12:00 and meeting from 12:45-1:45; Lt. Gen. Rew's briefing will begin at 1:00.
Where: Langley Club, 128 Benedict Ave., Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Greg Kern at gkern@LHV1.com. If you do not have a military ID or CAC, you must let Greg know in your RSVP.
Meeting Details

CALL FOR PAPERS: Aardvark Roost International Electronic Warfare Conference, September 4-5
The Aardvark Roost, the South African Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), is hosting its biennial two-day international Electronic Warfare (EW) conference on September 4-5, 2013 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The Aardvark Roost is soliciting original, unclassified papers for the conference, following this year's theme: Management of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) in the modern scenario of irregular warfare conducted in current operational environments.
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As details emerge on the Obama administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2014, it is safe to predict that the Defense Department and its contractors will continue to live in crisis mode for the foreseeable future. The president Wednesday will unveil his proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, which according to news reports, will include $526 billion for the Defense Department. That request, however, reflects wishful thinking on the part of the administration, as it exceeds by $51 billion the amount that Congress allowed the Pentagon to spend in 2014 under the Budget Control Act that was passed in 2011. (National Defense)
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Sequestration will have no effect on the drawdown in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday. "[Sequestration] is an avalanche, not a light switch," Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said in a round-table discussion with members of the press traveling with him on his trip to Afghanistan. (Defense.gov)
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Technology is a two-edged sword, and it can cut the hand that wields it in unexpected ways. For a generation, ever since the first Gulf War, the information age has been America's big advantage, arming the U.S. military with everything from smart bombs to remotely piloted drones to supply databases. But even low-tech Iraqi insurgents could pick up Predator video transmissions from time to time, and potential adversaries from China to Iran are far more capable in cyberspace. (AOL Defense)
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The U.S. Defense Department said Wednesday it has approved the sale of either the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth fighter or Boeing Co's F-15 Silent Eagle fighter to South Korea, which is expected to announce the winner of a 60-jet competition later this year. (Reuters)
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Col. Michael L. Downs is the commander of the Air Force’s 707th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, based at Fort Meade, MD. The group recently participated in the Red Flag exercises at Nellis Air Force Base, NV, for the first time embedding analysts with strike teams on mission briefings. It’s an effort to train both the analysts and the pilots in modern ISR tools and techniques. (Defense News)
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A new report by the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) suggests China’s new anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) can be countered, and is not, necessarily, the "game-changer" many defense analysts predict. (Defense News)
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