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REGISTER FOR FRIDAY'S 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.

NOMINATIONS DUE NEXT WEDNESDAY: Recognize Excellence by Nominating Your Colleagues 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.

PAPERS DUE TUESDAY: 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.

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AOC NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT at the AOC 50th Annual International Symposium and Convention

Due to sequestration and curtailed government and military travel, the 50th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention, October 27-30, is one of the few chances your company will have in 2013 for vital face-to-face interaction with your Spectrum Warfare suppliers and customers. It is the most cost-effective vehicle for en-masse discussions between you and military.

To adapt to this new fiscal reality, the AOC recently announced complimentary Symposium registration to both military personnel AND government civilians. Because of the large concentration of military and government personnel around the Washington, D.C. Beltway, this local Symposium will prove to be a widely attended mission-critical meeting of industry, academia, military and government. To accomplish this momentous event, the AOC community needs your support now more than ever.

Sponsorship makes an important statement about your company’s role in supporting our industry. It marks who the leaders are without regard to size and it offers benefits that are difficult to obtain elsewhere.

We welcome your ideas for tailoring any sponsorships or developing something new to fit your needs. Plan early for the best availability and exposure. Visit the Additional Branding Opportunities page to learn how your company can get involved for as little as $500!

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NEXT MONTH! 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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Register for the Next Free Webinar – Hostile Emitter Location: A Critical EW Capability

June 27, 2 p.m. EDT

Sponsored by

In this 45-minute presentation, Dave Adamy will describe the approaches to the passive location of hostile transmitters and the important techniques in current use. Each technique will be described at the system level along with typical applications, the typical location accuracy achieved, and important features and shortcomings. Calibration approaches and practical application challenges will also be discussed.

About Dave Adamy
Dave Adamy has been an EW Systems Engineer, in and out of uniform, for 50 years – working on EW systems from just above D.C. to just above daylight, mounted on platforms from submarines to space. Almost all of these systems included emitter location capabilities. Since 1984, he has run his own company, performing studies for the U.S. government and defense contractors. He also has presented dozens of courses in the U.S. and allied countries on EW and related subjects. He has published more than 200 professional articles on EW, receiver system design and closely related subjects, including the popular "EW 101" column in the Journal of Electronic Defense. He holds an MSEE (communication theory) and has 11 books in print.
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EDUCATION IN YOUR BACKYARD: Great Spring/Summer Opportunities and New Fall Courses Added 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

October 26
PRI Analysis and Deinterleaving Course

Instructor: Richard G. Wiley, Ph.D.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Course Details

October 26-27
Survey of Electronic Warfare Battle Management (EWBM) Concepts
Instructor: Lynn Berg
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Course Details

October 27
Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) Radar and What to do About it
Instructor: Richard G. Wiley, Ph.D.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Course Details

October 31-November 1
Survey of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) EW Applications and Payloads
Instructor: Lynn Berg
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


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!

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.

MUGU CROWS ROOST:  Visit to ATAC for Lunch and Learn Session
On April 3, the Mugu Crows met for a Lunch and Learn program to learn about ATAC’s (Airborne Tactical Advantage Company) Flight Operations and EW pod missions. The visit was hosted by Mr. Matthew "Yort" Pearce recently arrived from southern Florida to West Coast Operations branch at Point Mugu, CA. Our orientation began with "Yorts" overview of ATAC and their operational missions and global presence in six bases distributed in Europe and the Pacific. He discussed their 16 years of experienced aviation support and dependable service to NAVAIR and the DoD. 

"Yort" discussed the variety of support their customers have come to rely on, because ATAC has that experience in their cadre of pilots that perform the various missions and maintenance support crews that keep the various foreign aircraft flying.

"Yort" took us on a tour of the flight line and pointed out the variety of aircraft and different systems that were being prepared for one of their customer requirements later in the day. From the West Coast Operations branch at Point Mugu, CA, they are able to provide training to ship-crews from San Diego to Washington state, and beyond. In the maintenance section of the hangar, "Yort" pointed out the prechecks being conducted on the engine of a recently arrived aircraft, by the ATAC maintenance team. The tour included the Hawker Hunter, the Israeli Kfir, and the Czech Republic L-39 Albatross. The AN/ALQ-167 Electronic Warfare pod general characteristics and general customer use were answered by the EW pod representative.

The Lunch and Learn session was attended by several Mugu Crows Roost alumni, current members and prospective members currently working on EW programs at Pt. Mugu, CA. "Yort" concluded our visit with a round of questions and answers, and an invite to "stick around" for the incoming flights and his launch for a training mission later that afternoon to an area around San Diego, CA.

Photo: ATAC mechanics prepare to upload a AN/ALQ-167 Electronic Warfare pod on an ATAC Hawker Hunter aircraft.

TIDEWATER CHAPTER: EWICE Update With Lt. Gen. William Rew
On April 17, 2013, the Tidewater Chapter hosted a luncheon at Langley AFB with special guest speaker Lt. Gen. William Rew, the vice commander of Air Combat Command. Lt. Gen. Rew spoke about the "Effective Warfighting in Contested Environments" (EWICE) study that he chaired. Also in attendance was Lt. Gen. Bob Elder (USAF Ret.), the AOC president, who has been integral to the EWICE study, as well as Dr. Janet Fender, who is the scientific advisor to the commander of Air Combat Command. She was also the EWICE study director. 

Lt. Gen. Rew presented a great summary of the EWICE study, which looked at the need to focus on problems and solutions related to operating effectively across the EMS in a contested environment. Lt. Gen. Rew pointed out the recent focus of warfare has been in a mostly permissive environment with little or no threat to the EMS, our information, and command and control systems. The EWICE study is focused on, access and use of the EMS in future conflicts in permissive, contested and highly contested environments.

Pictured above (from left to right): Glenn Carlson, Tidewater Chapter vice president; Lt. Gen. Bob Elder (USAF Ret.), AOC president; Lt. Gen. William Rew, vice commander, Air Combat Command; and Greg Kern, president of the Tidewater Chapter.
Click HERE to View Lt. Gen. Rew's Briefing

RSVP BY FRIDAY: 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 (April 16, 1963) by sponsoring a luncheon with our co-host, Northrop Grumman Corporation, on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Sheraton Pentagon City. This event will start at 11:30 a.m. and end by 1:30 p.m.

Our program will feature a presentation by Captain John "JJ" Thompson, USN, and Commander David "Smack" Edgarton, USN, both veteran EA-6B pilots. 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. 

PAPERS DUE MAY 31: 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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Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3 returned to Cherry Point Saturday after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The squadron flies the EA-6B Prowler, a strategic asset utilized by CENTOM to jam communications and enemy radar capabilities, among other things. The Moondogs performed combat sorties mostly over Afghanistan. (MCAS Cherry Point)
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The four branches of the military delivered another warning to Congress yesterday that a prolonged budget sequester will significantly affect military readiness, and in the case of the Army, will leave it unable to carry out defense strategy. The service vice chiefs emphasized that message repeatedly during a Senate Armed Services Committee’s readiness subcommittee hearing on the state of military readiness in light of the $41 billion spending cut the Defense Department is absorbing over the rest of the fiscal year, triggered by the budget sequester that took effect in March. (DOD)
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Last month, we published a review of a preliminary report prepared by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) about the F-35 program. The report revisited four of the 10 key management objectives mentioned previously, indicating seven were met or made substantial progress. However, two objectives on aircraft deliveries and a corrective management plan were not met. The full report stated that additional work remains to fully address those risks. (Defense Update)
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In high-profile Army debates over future equipment decisions, options for next-generation ground combat vehicles are fairly clear, but strategic choices still need to be made about upgrading the service's overstretched rotary-wing fleet. An Army modernization report released March 4 was blunt about the ambiguity service leaders feel about one potential new program, the Armed Aerial Scout, envisioned as a replacement for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. (ArmyTimes)
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Despite fiscal uncertainty, science and technology remain critical elements in mitigating emerging threats against the United States, a Defense Department official told Congress yesterday. Alan Shaffer, the acting assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, pledged to continue a focus on programs such as electronic warfare, counter-space, cyber, and counter-weapons of mass destruction to meet U.S. national security goals. (AF.mil)
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There was no way out for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The Boston bombing suspect was crammed on the floor of a boat as law enforcement closed in during Friday's massive manhunt, according to newly released aerial video. A helicopter, using thermal imaging, caught the action as the arm of an armored tank peeled back tarp that covered the 24-foot boat, which was parked behind a residential home in Watertown, Mass. (NY Daily News)
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The Pentagon’s bomb squad formally predicted the threat last year: improvised explosive devices of the sort seen in Iraq and Afghanistan would come to American cities. "In the event of an IED-related domestic incident," the squad, known as JIEDDO, further anticipated in its five-year strategic plan, "the lead federal agency will require DoD [Department of Defense] support." (Wired)
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