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AOC VIRTUAL SERIES WEBINAR: 'The EW Octagon: A Way to Test Cognitive EW,' August 22

Maj. Kenneth "Beldar" Hollinger is a Marine EA-6B Electronic Countermeasures Officer currently serving as a flight instructor at VT-86.  In this 45-minute presentation, he will be discussing a concept he calls ... "THE EW OCTAGON."

The ability to transmit and receive information to and from nodes on the battlefield can be the key to winning or losing a fight. The Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) is the information pathway of choice in any kind of maneuver warfare. With the exponential increase of sensors on the battlefield, we are quickly running out of maneuver space within the EMS. It is not hard to imagine a scenario where a contest between two adversaries is won or lost solely from the ability to dominate the EMS. The side with EMS dominance will be able to see the battlefield and communicate – while the other side will be rendered blind and dumb.

Assuming both sides have similar assets (sensors, emitters, power, computer processing capabilities), what is the best use of those resources? Or, stated another way: In a contested EMS environment, what is the best strategy to guarantee use of the EMS while denying the enemy the same? Assuming an equal power budget, what strategy will give you the correct mix of sensing, transmitting, jamming, bit checking and processing to maximize the delta between you and your enemy’s ability to make use of the EMS?

As strategies and theories for EMS dominance are developed it will be necessary to establish a proving ground in which to test them. The "Electronic Warfare (EW) Octagon" concept is to create an environment to facilitate the maturation of "Cognitive EW" – or the ability to autonomously sense and react to what the enemy is doing and dominate the EMS.
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PAPERS DUE AUGUST 14: EW Saudi Arabia 2013

With constantly evolving and increasingly rapid advances in Electronic Warfare (EW), a concerted long-term effort is required to keep up to date with opportunities, threats and countermeasures. This new EW conference series for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will cover the latest topics in EW and its critical role in defense. Developed and tailored specifically for the Kingdom, AOC EW Saudi Arabia 2013 is set to build on the strong foundations laid at the highly successful Nov 2012 AOC EW Malaysia conference and exhibition, which was fully supported by the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces and attended by 200 leading military, government, academic and industrial leaders and thinkers from 20 countries.

PLEASE NOTE: To enable visa entry processing into the KSA by our logistics partner, Tangent Link, attendees must register by Friday, August 23, 2013


Each day will begin with a Keynote Speaker to set the stage for the day’s presentations and discussions. Each session will include presentations from a variety of invited military, government, academic and industry speakers supporting the session theme of The Critical Role of Electronic Warfare in Defence. There are a limited number of opportunities for military, government and academic speakers to make a 25-minute unclassified presentation in English at EW 2013 Saudi Arabia coherent with the theme. Topics most sought include EW and associated capability briefs especially those dealing with integration; operational experiences; EW in the maritime, land, air, space and information/cyber domains; threat briefs; force, platform and area protection including C-IED; briefs on cyber, networked enabled capability, information operations and ISR, technology advances and new concepts. Help will be available to potential speakers throughout the planning, preparation and presentation, if required.

Abstracts are due Wednesday, August 14 in order to enable timely visa applications. Submissions should be made to AOC Director Global Operations, John Clifford, clifford@crows.org, who can also be contacted with any inquiries about the conference program.

SHOWCASE YOUR CHAPTER'S History in the 50th Anniversary History Hall at the Symposium This October!
Chapters have the opportunity to participate in the creation of a Chapter panel. These Chapter panels will tell about the Chapter through text and photos and will be displayed in the History Hall at the 2013 Symposium. 

Do you have photos of your Chapter that you would like to submit? Or are you the Chapter historian? We’d love to borrow your photos or hear your story! Contact Bridget Whyde, whyde@crows.org, for more information or questions about this project. 

Year's Must-Attend EW Event – the 50th Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention
For 49 consecutive years, the AOC International Symposium and Convention has been the leading annual event for Electronic Warfare (EW), Information Operations (IO) and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) professionals from around the world. This legacy is self-evident as we approach the 50th anniversary of the AOC Symposium and the AOC as a whole. The theme for this year's event is "Proud Legacy, Strong Future." The strength, passion and vision of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) Warfare community is strong today, and swiftly propelling the AOC into its next 50 years.

In today’s fiscal environment, it is imperative to consider all avenues for professional development, and this Symposium promotes the Spectrum Warfare community in a dynamic environment available nowhere else. This year features more than 27 hours of focused discussions and passionate practitioner perspectives from the leading military and industry experts. It's the best financial investment you can make in yourself this year.

Register by August 29 to take advantage of early bird discounts!

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DSEI SEPTEMBER 10-13 in LONDON! Access the Global Market With the AOC EW Pavilion
DSEI is the world’s largest fully integrated defence and security exhibition that brings together the entire industry to source the latest equipment and systems, develop international relationships and generate new business opportunities. Based in ExCeL, London every two years, the event provides unrivalled access to key markets across the globe.
Combining a high quality of exhibitors across the supply chain, networking opportunities and the ability to see new technologies first hand on the show floor, DSEI provides an inspirational experience to nearly 30,000 visitors. AOC Members can register by July 31 to take advantage of delegate discounts.
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EW Pavilion
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.


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for 'Information Operations in the Pacific,' October 22-24 in Honolulu
This symposium examines the contested and congested information environment across the Pacific Region and discusses how multinational information operations can help shape conditions for continued stability and peace within the region. The conference will provide a venue for increased awareness of Asia-Pacific issues and an opportunity for networking, a multinational exchange of ideas, and partnership building within the region.

Topics will include:
  • Asia-Pacific Challenges
  • Partnership Outreach
  • Intel Update: Asia-Pacific Threats
  • Information Operation in the Pacific Region
  • Impacts of Emerging Technology on Security
  • Nexus of Commerce, Diplomacy, Security, and Human Migration
  • Open Source and Crowd-Source Solutions
  • Mapping the Human Terrain in Support of IO
  • Satellite Imaging of the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Opinion Research for Business
  • Training and Partnership Building Within the PACOM AOR
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EDUCATION TO PROPEL YOUR CAREER IN EW: Take Advantage of Great Courses Coming to You in the D.C. Area!

October 22-25
Electronic Warfare Update

Instructor: Dave Adamy
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
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October 26
PRI Analysis and Deinterleaving Course

Instructor: Richard G. Wiley, Ph.D.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
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October 26-27
Survey of Electronic Warfare Battle Management (EWBM) Concepts
Instructor: Lynn Berg
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
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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.
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October 31-November 1
Survey of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) EW Applications and Payloads
Instructor: Lynn Berg
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
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October 31-November 1
Using Technical CONOPS to Save (Even GROW) Your Project/Program During Declining Budgets
Instructor: Mack McKinney
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
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November 12-15
ELINT and Modern Signals Course

Instructor: Richard G. Wiley, Ph.D.
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
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December 3-6
Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Lynn Berg
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
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THE TIME IS NOW: Support the AOC at the 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 the 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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REGISTRATION OPEN NOW: AOC 2013 Land EW Conference: Innovation and Demonstration, December 10-11

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.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 43rd Collaborative EW Conference, January 2014 in Pt. Mugu

The 43rd Annual Pt. Mugu Electronic Warfare Symposium will facilitate the exchange of enabling concepts and provide a venue to disseminate current research in the fields of Collaborative Electronic Warfare (EW). Prominent leaders, contributors and representatives from the military, government, academia and industry will come together to address current electronic warfare gaps and emerging technologies in collaborative electronic warfare required to address these gaps. The symposium will be a three-day Classified SECRET event held at Naval Base Ventura County Pt. Mugu Station Theater, January 38-30, 2014.

PLEASE NOTE: This conference is tentatively planned and subject to approval. Confirmation will be announced by the AOC sometime in the future.
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REVERSING SEQUESTRATION REMAINS CRITICAL: Urge Your Representatives to Take Action Today!

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!

Join the Patriots' Roost for its 2013 summit, "Public/Private Partnerships: A New Model for Defending the Nation," September 9 at The Wentworth Marriott, New Castle, NH.

This year's summit will increase the synergy across local, state and federal government agencies, industry and academia focusing on the cyber and net-centric challenges facing the U.S. The goal of the summit is to explore techniques for "whole of government" and complimentary relationships that optimize a cross-flow of technologies and systems to enhance operational capabilities. Technology applications, system options and best practices from various organizations will be examined. Panels will identify both critical problems and innovative approaches in information sharing and coordination for preventing and responding to terrorist and cyber attack. Invited speakers from emergency management, law enforcement, health services, port security and cyber security, as well as from critical infrastructure sectors.
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DSI’s Military Tactical Communications Summit is designed as an educational and training "Town Hall" forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across U.S. military and U.S. civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. The Summit will focus on an agile approach to modernizing secure, networked and interoperable tactical communications systems. 

September 9-10, 2013 | Alexandria, VA, Mary M. Gates Learning Center
AOC discount code = AOC25 (Active members of the military and government attend complimentary.)

2013 Confirmed Subject Matter Expert Speakers Include but are not limited to:
* Dr. Ronald Jost, DASD, C3 & Cyber
* Dr. John Zangardi, SES, DASN, C4, IO & Space
* Mr. Terry Edwards, SES, Director, (SoSE&I) Directorate, ASA(ALT)
* Col. Mark Elliott, USA, Director, HQ G 3/5/7, LandWarNet/Mission Command
* Dr. Paul Zablocky, A. Director, S&TCD Directorate, CERDEC
* Col. Peter Reddy, USMC, PM, MAGTF Command, Control, Communications, MCSC
* Col. Edward Swanson, USA, PM WIN-T, PEO C3T
* Dr. Wayne Phoel, PM, STO, DARPA
* Mr. William Jackson, Chief, AFC2IC LO National Capital Region
Subject matter to be discussed includes:
1. SATCOM On-the-Move
2. Joint Aerial Layer Network
3. Creating a System of Systems Architecture
4. Dynamic Spectrum Management
5. Antennas for Tactical Communication
6. Cellular Networks (Multi-Hop), Mobile Devices and Applications for Tactical Edge Users
7. Integrating Comms Systems in Joint and Coalition Environments
8. Review of Current and Future Evaluations, Such as the Army's NIE 14.1, Fielding of Capability Set 13

The AOC India Chapter has announced EWCI 2014, the Third Annual International EW Conference in Bangalore, India. This conference follows the other two successful events and is supported by the Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDO), Government of India and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore. The conference will address the technical and commercial needs of operational users, planners, developers, procurers, testers and trainers of the latest EW technologies and systems. The theme for this year is "EW: Share to Succeed."

Technical papers are being solicited and are due August 31.
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Chuck Hagel is looking for a few good ideas. Faced with the most stringent Pentagon budget in at least a generation, the secretary of defense had ordered a four-month review to define options for balancing strategy against solvency. As he disclosed the results on Wednesday, Mr. Hagel was certainly aware of a Washington axiom: Never let a crisis go to waste, since tough times provide opportunities to accomplish things that were thought impossible. (The New York Times)
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Analysts and budget numbers have been telling us for many months that electronic warfare (EW) represents one of the most promising opportunities for aerospace and defense technology in this era of shrinking Defense Department bank accounts. If I wasn't a believer before, then I surely am now. I can't remember another time when EW technology was as prominent in the headlines as it has been for the past few months. (Military & Aerospace Electronics)
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As the defense budget shrinks, industry is being forced to adjust its strategies. Tom Arseneault and David Herr, executive vice presidents for products and services, respectively, at BAE Systems, speak with National Journal Daily about the challenges. Edited excerpts follow. (National Journal)
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The Pentagon approved full-rate production of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle multi-role unmanned aircraft on July 26. That same day, manufacturer General Atomics reported the first flight of an improved version of the aircraft that it will demonstrate to the U.S. Army later this year. (Aviation International News)
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South Korea will resume its procurement process this month for a jet fighter contract expected to be worth more than $7.2 billion, Yonhap news agency reported. South Korea's Defense Acquisition Procurement Agency suspended bidding for the 60 aircraft in mid-July over concerns that manufacturers' bids were higher than the budgeted $7.2 billion. (UPI)
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A lawmaker helped create the drone industry – and has reaped the benefits. A drone reportedly flew over North Dakota last year, taking pictures of a meth lab. The drone's flight log was released in July in response to a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil-liberties organization. (BBC News)
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Satellite communications (SATCOM ) is a crucial link in the ability of the U.S. military and its allies to move important voice, text, imagery, video and other important data over long distances. In fact, the broad adoption of SATCOM over the past few decades has forced other modes of long-haul communications into the back seat. (Military & Aerospace Electronics)
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A lobbyist told the Havelock Board of Commissioners that base supporters need to remain vigilant in their defense of Cherry Point, despite indications that a Base Realignment and Closure Commission may not happen as soon as thought. Pete Rose, a partner of the city-hired Franklin Group lobbying firm, said that while bills before Congress may have anti-BRAC language, military cuts, particularly at Cherry Point, can still happen. (Havelock News)
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With jurisdiction from the bottom of the ocean to deep space, U.S. Strategic Command has its hands full in a very complex world. CNET Road Trip 2013 visited to better understand the mission. (CNET)
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