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PAPERS DUE FRIDAY: Electronic Warfare Europe 2014 – Evolution of EW and Electromagnetic Operations, May 13-15 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 while attending the industry-leading conference.

Like other nations, the UK MOD has recently concluded a classified Electromagnetic Environment (EME) review and is already implementing far-reaching changes following on from NATO’s EW transformation concept of 2007. Both recognize the EME as a vital physical war fighting maneuver space. AOC EW Edinburgh will discuss the future of electromagnetic operations and capabilities such as EW, C4ISR and SIGINT. The armed forces of many countries are changing in response to the move from decade-long counter-insurgency to more demanding and less certain contingency operations played out in the light of resources constraints, complexity and none more so than those engaged in EW and related electromagnetic operations (EMO).

EW Conference Session Topics and Call for Papers
The conference will include presentations covering the following areas:

• Keynote addresses
• Operational focus
• National perspectives
• Defensive and offensive capabilities
• Technological advances
• Future warfare – capability, integration and interoperability
• Critical EM lines of development such as training, test and evaluation, concepts, etc.
• EW and EM operations, information operations, cyber warfare and network enabled capability
• Briefs on programs and capability in the maritime, air/space, land and information/cyber domains

This gives you a great opportunity to:

• Raise your profile onsite
• Be a thought leader in front of international decision-makers
• Maximize your visibility at EW Europe by presenting to your target audience
• Benefit from pre-show exposure, including EW Europe's website, preview, email announcements and show guide

The AOC is soliciting original unclassified English language papers for the Edinburgh conference from international leaders, military personnel, subject matter experts and leading thinkers from the military, S&T community, academia and industry. Please contact Conference Director John Clifford at clifford@crows.org if you are interested in speaking and provide the title of the proposed paper, a brief synopsis and information on the speaker. Company or product briefs will not be accepted. The deadline for submitting is Friday, February 14, but the earlier the better.

Conference Details
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NOMINATE CANDIDATES FOR THE AOC BOARD: 2014 Annual Election Nominations Due March 1

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. 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


REGISTER NOW! AOC EW Asia 2014, Evolving Electronic Warfare in the ASEAN and Pacific Regions, March 10-11
Senior leaders, military operators and decision-makers from the ASEAN and Pacific regions responsible for Electronic Warfare operations, specification and procurement are set to come together in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the latest developments in EW and related electromagnetic capabilities.

As growth in these capabilities continues to accelerate across the region, leading nations acknowledge that EW remains critical to operational effectiveness. This focused event helps to meet the market need to learn about developments in EW and related EM capabilities, such as ISTAR, communications and SIGINT, from international specialists.

The AOC's EW Asia 2014 is set to build on the strong foundations laid at 2012's successful EW event, also held in Malaysia, which was attended by representatives from 19 nations and which included leading military, government, academic and industrial leaders and thinkers.

The highly tailored EW Asia 2014 event will again provide the opportunity for international industry to explore business and related opportunities in the still expanding markets of the region. This market growth is being accompanied by a corresponding growth in requirements for EW capabilities and programs as the leading regional nations recognize and understand the importance of EW and the critical role it plays in operational effectiveness and survivability in times of conflict.

Conference Themes
  • Air EW Capabilities
  • Asian EW Procurement Plans
  • Future Electronic Threats
  • Naval EW Capabilities: Above and Below Water
  • Land Force EW
  • International EW Operators
  • Future Technologies

Conference Details


FEBRUARY 26 VIRTUAL COURSE: Electromagnetic Battle Management Concepts Live Online, Plus Other Great AOC Courses This Spring!

February 26
NEW VIRTUAL COURSE: Electromagnetic Battle Management (EMBM) Concepts
Instructor: Lynn Berg
LIVE Online Webcast

March 11-14

Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Lynn Berg
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA

April 8-11
Fundamental Principles of EW
Instructor: Dave Adamy
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA

May 6-7
Survey of Electromagnetic Battle Control Applications
Instructor: Lynn Berg
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA

May 12-13
NEW: Distributed EW & Managing the EMS

Instructor: Lynn Berg
Edinburgh, UK

June 10-13
Advanced EW
Instructor: Dave Adamy
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA


REGISTER FOR THE NEXT AOC FREE WEBINAR: Antenna Technology: A Pointed Conversation
Thursday, March 6, 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. EST
In this 45-60 minute presentation, the basic functionality of an antenna is explained. Starting with Hertz's antenna model and a short introduction to the fundamentals of wave propagation, the important general characteristics of an antenna and its associated parameters (e.g. antenna gain, radiation pattern, bandwidth or VSWR) are explained.

A more detailed explanation of the functionality of some selected antenna types (e.g. dipole or monopole) will also be given.

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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REGISTER NOW! Agenda Now Available for the 43rd Annual Collaborative EW Conference, Now April 8-10 at 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, April 8-10. Click HERE to see the Agenda.

Exhibit space is still available for this great event. Click HERE or contact events@crows.org to learn more.


RDML Mark W. Darrah, USN

Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD); Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

RADM John R. Haley, USN

J3 Director, Global Operations, U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM)

RADM Donald Gaddis, USN
Program Executive Officer, Tactical Aircraft Programs [PEO(T)], Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

Dr. Joseph W. Nichols
Technical Advisor for Flight Test and Evaluation, Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, CA

Mr. Jay R. Kistler
Office of Electronic Warfare and Countermeasure Technologies Research Directorate, Defense Research and Engineering


This conference is being held by NAWCWD under a co-sponsorship agreement with AOC. The conference is approved by Department of the Navy Assistant for Administration (DON A/A).


MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 6th Annual EW Capability Gaps & Enabling Technologies Operational & Technical Information Exchange, May 20-23, Crane, IN
The overall goal of the event is to provide a forum for EW professionals from the military, government, industry and academic fields to discuss issues related to the requirements of EW programs, platforms and operations. This capstone event will focus on the identified gaps and technologies the services require to ensure EW maintains freedom of maneuver through the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) in support of achieving commanders' objectives. Speakers and presenters will look back at the previous few years and identify progress made to ensure the success of the warfighter in tomorrow's battlespace.

DAY 1: Exploring the service's gaps, including the mutually supportive capabilities of EW across all maneuver spaces (domains). This informative session of presentation and open discussion will provide senior leaders and attendees insight to spectrum programs and operations that are key areas to the entire battlespace operations.

DAY 2: Review of the service's gaps with respect to the many disciplines of EW and non-kinetic warfare, including but not limited to RF, EO and IR. This informative session of presentation and open discussion will provide senior leaders and attendees insight to spectrum programs and operations that are key areas to the entire battlespace operations.

DAY 3: Focusing on submarine EW gaps and enabling technologies, and delving into issues like Rapid COTS, and contact density and littoral operations.

DAY 4: Detailed intelligence community updates on where our adversaries threat systems are today and where they are going in the future.
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Don't miss this chance to recognize individuals and units for their achievements. Nominations for the 2014 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.

Visit Awards Central

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


ARE YOU AN EW ROCKSTAR? Submit Topics for the AOC Virtual Series
If you answered "yes" (you probably should have if you're honest), then the AOC Virtual Series is the stage for you – minus the fog machines and pyrotechnics you might be imagining right now. The AOC Virtual Series webinars are a great platform for you to share achievements, insights, expertise, breakthroughs and experiences that have made you the EW Rockstar you are today. We're actively seeking presenters in 2014 across a broad range of Electromagnetic Spectrum operations.

Potential Topics:
  • Antenna Technology: A Pointed Conversation
  • Ground EW: Army & Marines Perspective
  • Energy & Data: Electromagnetic Spectrum Enabled Cyber Attacks
  • Radar: How it Works
  • Active Electronically Scanned Arrays (AESA)
  • Electronic Attack
  • Electronic Protect
  • Electronic Support
  • Deep Dive into Polarization
  • Communications EW: Can You Hear Me Now?
  • Unlocking the U.S. DoD for Small Business
  • SIGINT Unlocked
  • Hostile Emitter Location
  • Low Probability of Intercept (LPI)
  • Barrage vs. False Target vs. Precision Jamming Techniques
  • Modeling & Simulation (ModSim)
  • J/S Ratio & What it Takes (Radar vs. Comms), Saturation, Sensitivity
  • EM Battle Management & EMSO
  • Multifunction EW Technology for a Multifunction World
  • DRFM for Dummies
  • Long-Term Evolution (LTE) Signals
Don't see a topic above that fits your area of expertise, but think the AOC community needs to hear it? Submit your ideas and abstracts. We'd love to hear them!

Abstracts for presentations are requested in unclassified textual format and may be received within the body of an email or as an email attachment. We request that abstracts be limited to one page of text or 300 words. Final presentations will be unclassified in Microsoft PowerPoint format, and typically last about 30 minutes. Abstract approval will be provided by the AOC, and we will be in contact with further steps in scheduling the webinar. Please forward abstracts to Virtual Series Coordinator Brock Sheets at sheets@crows.org.


CROWS ON TV: Former AOC President Robert Elder on the Future of the Global EW Market
Current AOC Board Member and former AOC President Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder Jr. (USAF, Ret.), spoke to the ABC 7 News Washington, D.C., program "Government Matters" about the future of the global electronic warfare market. (Aired January 19, 2014.)
Watch the Video

The AOC India Chapter has announced EWCI 2014, the Third Annual International EW Conference in Bangalore, India. This conference, now scheduled for February 17-20, 2014, 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."
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DIXIE CROW SYMPOSIUM 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.
Exhibit Application
Sponsorship Details

Learn More About the Dixie Crow Symposum

FREE EW AND ISR BASICS: Short Course Offered by Dixie Crow Chapter, February 18-19
The Dixie Crow chapter of the Association of Old Crows is sponsoring an EW and an ISR Basics Short Course at the Scott Theater, Museum of Aviation on February 18-19, 2014. Courses will be taught by personnel from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) at NO CHARGE. Both courses will be UNCLASSIFED; however, the ISR course will require CAC cards for entry from government personnel. Industry/academia partners must RSVP to verify U.S. Citizenship.

Tuesday, February 18, 0800-1645: Introduction to EW

Wednesday, February 19, 0800-1645: Introduction to C2ISR

These basic-level courses are geared to new engineers, logistics management personnel and as a refresher for someone working in ISR and/or EW. The course is open to personnel at Robins AFB, Middle Georgia Industry Partners, other government personnel and AOC members.

Dixie Crow members will be guaranteed a seat.

To reserve a seat, please RSVP to michael.hopf@us.af.mil with the subject "Yes ISR/EW Basics."

Default will be a reservation for both days, but if you definitely only plan on attending just one, please indicate that. Due to volume, Mike doesn't plan on acknowledging every RSVP unless you have a question, or specifically request that he does. The RSVP is mainly to foresee overflowing the capacity and to get an email contact in case of last-minute venue change.  RSVP is preferred, but walk-ins will be admitted on a space available basis.  

Government employees, civilian and military, can earn up to 16 Continuous Learning Points for acquisition coded positions.

EW COURSES AT PENSACOLA NAS: Dates Available Through August for Introduction to EW and EW Coordinator Course

Duration: 10 Days (2 Weeks)
Class 1403: April 7-18, 2014
Class 1404: July 14-25, 2014

Qualifies electronic warfare officers to perform the duties and responsibilities of an electronic warfare coordinator (advises the combatant commander and battle staff on electronic warfare (EW) situations; makes recommendations on the use of EW assets). Training includes capabilities, limitations, and employment doctrine of hostile and friendly air defense assets; hostile and friendly EW asset employment; Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS); and information warfare. The course contains a graduate level presentation and one course exercise that students must perform to complete the course.

Students must have a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) clearance and be indoctrinated for SI/TK before entering class. Classes will include Special Access material and students will be required to submit current and accurate SF86 documentation for adjudication 60 days prior to class start date. Students will be officers (O-3 to O-6) or select NCOs (E-5 minimum). Army students must be graduates of either 29A/290A/29E training at Ft. Sill, OK. Seat priority is based on duty assignment.
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Duration: 5 Training Days (1 Week)
Class 1405: March 24-28, 2014
Class 1406: May 19-23, 2014
Class 1407: June 23-27, 2014
Class 1408: August 25-29, 2014

Description: IEW introduces basic electronic warfare (EW) concepts to include science, doctrine and application. Graduates will be familiar with the three pillars of EW: Electronic Support, Electronic Protect and Electronic Attack. Additionally, graduates will be instructed on the capabilities of a variety of air, space and ground EW platforms. IEW is ideal for pilots of EW aircraft, Intel officers and enlisted, acquisitions and testing professionals.

IEW is open to all officers, enlisted and DoD civilians. Students must have a Secret before entering class. Clearances will be verified via JPAS prior to class. Attendees do not need to submit a visit request. Graduates of IEW are eligible to attend the Electronic Warfare Coordinators Course (S-V8E-S).
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The Pentagon’s second ranking civilian said the U.S. military must invest in electronic warfare capabilities or risk putting the U.S. at risk against near peer militaries like China. "The time to start investing in the next generation of electronic warfare is now," said Christine Fox, acting deputy defense secretary. (DoD Buzz)
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Beyond the traditional passing of the military torch, the recent change of command ceremony for the Airborne Electronic Attack Program Office (PMA-234) gave guests reasons to chuckle. Held Jan. 24 at the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett here at "Pax River," the ceremony ushered in Capt. John "Bails" Bailey as PMA 234’s new program manager and bid farewell to Capt. John "Fozzy" Green, who takes on new duties leading the Electronic Warfare Infrastructure Improvement Project Advance Development Program Office, which is aligned under Acquisition Program Management, or AIR-1.0. (The Baynet)
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The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum added a new aircraft to its historical ranks Feb. 4 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Museum personnel welcomed a Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler, the newest addition to the museum’s aircraft display. The aircraft originated from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. (Marines.mil)
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U.S. Navy air warfare experts will brief industry on their acquisition strategies for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electronic warfare (EW), biofuels, and other important technologies on 26 Feb. at China Lake Naval Weapons Station in Ridgecrest, Calif. (Avionics Intelligence)
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Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, are getting back to work on a major U.S. Navy airborne EW program after Navy leaders confirmed Raytheon in the job following an industry protest. (Avionics Intelligence)
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Major upgrades to Taiwan’s F-16 fighter jets are under threat from U.S. government budget cuts, according to recent reports. If plans to replace the avionics and radars in the 146 F-16A/B jets do not go ahead, it could deal a huge blow to the nation’s defenses. (Taipei Times)
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Financial difficulties aside, Pakistan is modernizing its air power mainly through investing in the critical JF-17 Thunder program. But the Chengdu J-10B/FC-20 order is less certain. With a funding crunch, the Pakistan Air Force "will concentrate most resources on JF-17 to ensure its success and further development," said Usman Shabbir, with the Pakistan Military Consortium think tank. (Defense News)
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Boasting one of the fastest growing economies in the world is allowing Indonesia to invest much-needed funds in its military. After years of stagnation caused by the 1997 financial crisis, leading to most of Indonesia’s military acquisition programs being cancelled, the situation deteriorated further when the U.S. imposed an arms embargo in 1999 that lasted until 2005. (AIN Online)
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The Singapore Air Show, touted to be its largest edition, will play host to the latest high-tech defense solutions the industry has to offer. (DefenseWorld.net)
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