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Thursday, December 12, 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. EST
Long Term Evolution (LTE) is one of the choices for next generation broadband wireless networks. LTE is expected to be the most dominant fourth-generation technology. This commercial technology is also under consideration for defense applications where security, reliability and interoperability issues need to be addressed. This webinar offers a glimpse of vulnerabilities and challenges of LTE. A brief overview of LTE is given. Air interface challenges, such as jamming and interference vulnerabilities, are described, as well as interoperability with pulsed signals (radars). Extension of LTE to various applications, such as planes and satellites, will be discussed, and associated technology development challenges are summarized. By the conclusion of this webinar, you will be able to describe LTE capabilities, air interface challenges and technology development challenges of LTE in defense applications. This webinar is complimentary.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to allow access to attendees across a broader base of networks (namely U.S. DoD), the AOC has moved to a different service provider for webinar services. This new portal enables access from a web browser (without downloading software), and from most smartphones and tablets (via a free app). If you've been unsuccessful in attending an AOC webinar before, please try this one.
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There are many exciting business development opportunities that exist within the AOC Calendar for 2014. The sponsorship catalog presents opportunities for you to gain maximum exposure within the Electromagnetic Warfare community. Sponsorship at AOC webinars, conferences and the Annual Symposium allows your company to be seen as a support for the warfighter and increases your visibility in this highly targeted marketplace. Sponsorship of the AOC also helps bring valuable advocacy messages to the U.S. Capitol Hill, and it supports delivering those same efforts through the local chapters to EW centers of gravity around the world.

Please take a moment to look through the updated AOC sponsorship catalog, and let us know which opportunities you would like to take advantage of for 2014. If you have any questions, or need a sponsorship package customized for you, please don’t hesitate to contact the AOC staff at www.crows.org.

Thank you in advance for your critical support of the AOC Community!


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: AOC 2014 Annual Election

Nominations for the 2014 AOC Annual Election are currently being accepted. Help determine the future of the AOC by nominating yourself or your colleagues to serve on the board.

The 2014 election slate will include the position of President-Elect, who will serve as Vice President in 2015 and as President in 2016. 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.

The 2014 election slate will also include three At Large Director positions. At Large Directors serve a three-year term. In addition, three Regional Directors will be elected for three-year terms from the Southern, Mountain-West and North-Eastern regions.

Nomination packets must be received at AOC headquarters by close-of-business on March 1, 2014. If you wish to nominate more than one person, please duplicate the form. Nomination Forms are available on the AOC website at www.crows.org or by contacting Glorianne O’Neilin at oneilin@crows.org.

For any questions or assistance, please contact:

Glorianne O’Neilin, AOC Election Coordinator
Office: (703) 549-1600
Fax: (703) 549-2589
Email: oneilin@crows.org


'Tis the time of year to think really hard about finding the perfect, thoughtful gift for everyone on your list.
The AOC Store can help you with that!

The gift that keeps on giving ... an AOC membership!

Share with someone the great benefits you receive as a Crow for just $25!
Fill out this application and either fax or call the number at the bottom of the form.
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AOC Legacy: The First 50 Years

This full-color, hardbound commemorative publication provides a compelling history of the organization and the vital role the EW/IO industry has played in the defense of the nations and the world. With stunning photography, first-person narratives and profiles of key participants, this handsome coffee-table book weaves the story of the AOC and the industry into a seamless narrative.

These are just a few gift ideas for those on your list. Check out all the merchandise at the AOC Store.
You can order a online using your AOC member login and password. Or, you can call the membership department at (703) 549-1600 to place your order over the phone.


AOC 50th Annual International Symposium
The content from the 50th Annual International Symposium and Convention is now available. Catch up on sessions you missed and review captivating presentations from leading industry experts. Enrich your professional development from the comfort of your own home and share important information with colleagues who couldn't attend. Only $99 for non-symposium attendees – http://aoc.sclivelearningcenter.com. Full symposium attendees, please email frost@crows.org for your complimentary access.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Electronic Warfare Europe 2014 – Evolution of EW and Electromagnetic Operations, This May in Edinburgh

Electronic Warfare Europe is a renowned and unrivaled conference and exhibition discussing the latest in EW across land, maritime and aerospace. With the largest attendance of any EW gathering in Europe and an exhibition showcasing the latest technology, tools and equipment all under one roof, this is a symposium room 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 you with unparalleled opportunities to learn from operational feedback, network with key decision makers and understand the shape of future requirements in the EW arena.

With a full conference program alongside the bustling exhibition floor EW Europe provides the perfect platform to interact with industry and military peers and operators on the show floor whilst attending the industry leading conference.
Conference Details

  • Showcase your latest innovations to a qualified and targeted audience
  • Access key decision makers from emerging markets
  • Engage directly with end users
  • Network with senior military and industry leaders
  • Raise the profile of your company
  • Gain unparalleled market exposure
  • Interact with operational commanders recently returned from operations and listen to their feedback
  • Evaluate leading commercial solutions and their relevancy to your future requirements
  • Meet your colleagues and counterparts and build new relationships
  • Take advantage of our excellent networking opportunities including refreshments and lunches
  • Relax and take advantage of the informal atmosphere designed to aid networking and discussion
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Contact the EW Europe team for more information

Inspired from the JED's August 2013 edition article "The Spectrum Management Challenge" the Red Baron Roost Bonn, Germany invited senior experts and analysts from CASSIDIAN, IAGB WTT and the Governmental Procurement Agency (BAAINBw) to discuss the influence of today's and future signal shapes and characteristics and the respective consequences for the military.

Along a fruitful discussion among the 40 participants about next generation’s signal detection and processing technologies, it became obvious that there’s an immense need for spectrum management and control capabilities in the armed forces, as well as a comprehensive approach to adapt relevant TTPs quickly.

For 2014, the AOC Red Baron Roost will continue to hold luncheons for its members and guests with topics like "Passive Radar Technologies – what’s in it for EW?" "New Developments in approaching COMINT" and "GaN in EW – Challenges and Opportunities."

Photo: From left to right: Lt. Col. Michael "George" Arlt (Chapter President), Dr. Joachim "Joe" Keppler (IABG WTT), Mr. Werner Neuhaus (Cassidian) and Mr. Markolf Dietze.


DIXIE CROW SYMOSIUM 39: '21st Century Mission Success Through ISR & Legacy EW Integration'
The Dixie Crow Chapter of the AOC will host its 39th annual Regional Technical Symposium March 23-27, 2014. This year’s theme, shown above, illustrates collaboration within the Information Operations (IO) environment and integration within the operations environment for both new and legacy systems.

Papers to support this theme should include issues relating to Electronic Warfare (EW), Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) and collaboration within the existing and future IO environment. Efficient utilization and control of the Electromagnetic Spectrum is necessary for defense of our forces and our homeland. Collaborative improvement is necessary to assure our tactics and products are affordable and successfully protect the warfighters. Integration with legacy systems requires some "out of the box" thinking.
Call for Papers Details

Papers to support this theme should include issues relating to Electronic Warfare (EW), Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) and collaboration within the existing and future IO environment. Efficient utilization and control of the Electromagnetic Spectrum is necessary for defense of our forces and our homeland. Collaborative improvement is necessary to assure our tactics and products are affordable and successfully protect the warfighters. Integration with legacy systems requires some "out of the box" thinking.
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THE CROW’S N.E.S.T. (Novel Experiments with Science & Technology)
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Museum of Aviation Century of Flight Hangar
Hwy. 247 South, Warner Robins, GA
The Dixie Crow Chapter of the Association of Old Crows Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Robotics displays and technology demonstrations are an interactive experience that will capture the minds and hearts of students, parents and teachers. The display is a collaborative effort between local military, government civil service, academia, defense industry and volunteers designed to inspire students to pursue STEM careers. Interacting with the robotics displays and technology demonstrations will demonstrate to students that STEM can be both fun and engaging. Enthusiastic workers in STEM fields also will be on hand to answer questions and help students learn how they can prepare to enter the exciting world of STEM. Make time to visit our Crows N.E.S.T. displays and technology demonstrations. Prepare to be amazed!

We are looking for academia, industry and other organizations to display their creative robotic talents and/or interactive technological products!!!  

We look forward to your participation in this fantastic opportunity to interface with our STEM leaders  of tomorrow!

If you have any questions and/or would like to participate, please feel free to contact:

Matt Bryant at Matthew.Bryant@robins.af.mil or (478) 222-4280
Glen Tolbert at Lamar.Tolbert@us.af.mil or (478) 222-3892
Lisa K. Fruge-Cirilli at Lisa.Fruge@baesystems.com or (478) 319-0179

Learn More About the Dixie Crow Symposum

Raytheon Co., Fort Wayne, Ind., was awarded a $97,850,000, five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the design, building, integration, testing and delivery of the Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool. Funding and locations will be determined by each order. Estimated completion date is Dec. 1, 2018. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Md., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-14-D-C006).

The Raytheon contract replaces a July 2013 contract awarded to Sotera Defense, which the Army cancelled.

Over the next three years, six crews of the Royal Australian Air Force will train to fly the new EA-18G Growler at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The pilots will join the base’s Fleet Replacement Squadron and Electronic Attack Squadron No. 129. As part of the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program, the Australian government is purchasing 12 of the Boeing-made Growlers. (South Whidbey Record)
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Contained within the pages of the Committee Report 22 of 108 – House Report 113-102 – NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014 are references to certain vulnerabilities of tactical data links. Tactical Data Links (TDLs) involve transmissions of bit-oriented digital information which are exchanged via message formats used in support of joint and combined operations. (Ground Report)
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Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3 welcomed a new commanding officer Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. during a change of command ceremony at the squadron’s hangar. Lt. Col. Drew Cornstubble relinquished command of the squadron to Lt. Col. George Lambert after taking the reins in June 2012. (DVIDs)

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China’s military is holding large-scale military maneuvers near the North Korean border amid new signs of political instability in Pyongyang. U.S. military intelligence assets in Asia – including satellites, aircraft and ships – are monitoring the war games by the 39th Army Group that are part of the Shenyang military region.
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According to recent reports, Northrop Grumman has developed a new classified drone for the US Air Force. Named the RQ-180, the stealthy craft is designed to fly undetected through enemy airspace and conduct reconnaissance missions, similar to its predecessors the U-2 and SR-71. (Engineering.com)
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Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) employee Craig Lee has received the 2013 Joseph W. Kearney Pioneer Award from the Association of Old Crows (AOC). Lee, an electronic warfare systems architect, received the award in recognition of his notable pioneering activities in, and long service to, the discipline of electronic warfare. (The Wall Street Journal)
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The U.S. Marine Corps is testing a new surveillance drone that can fly for up to 16 hours, and reach targets 100 miles (160 kilometers) away. The 135-pound (61 kilograms) RQ-21A drone, nicknamed Blackjack, is designed to take off from land or from the deck of naval assault ships. The unmanned vehicle is expected to enter operational service by next year, reported Military.com. (Live Science)
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The UK is to field a new collision warning system (CWS) for its fleet of Panavia Tornado GR.4 strike aircraft before the end of 2014, it was disclosed on December 3. Answering questions in the House of Commons, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said that ground trials of the system are set to begin in February 2014, to be followed by flight trials during March and April. (IHS Jane's 360)
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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading national security solutions provider, announced today that its Electronic Products (EP) Division has recently received approximately $3.5 million in electronic warfare simulation and related product orders. Kratos' EP Division is a premier provider of radar threat and electronic counter measure simulation systems and solutions. (The Wall Street Journal)
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Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, announced it was awarded a task order by the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) to provide intelligence analysis support. (MarketWatch)
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• December 12: AOC Virtual Series: Vulnerabilities of LTE

• February 17-20: AOC India Chapter: EWCI 2014

• March 10-11: AOC EW Asia 2014

• March 23-27: Dixie Crow Symposium 39
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