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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).


AOC MEMBERSHIP SURVEY: AOC Members Would Recommend Membership to a Friend or Colleague
The AOC distributed a membership survey during the fourth quarter of 2013. Participation by all of the respondents is gratefully appreciated by the AOC. The primary survey objective is to assess the level of satisfaction with the AOC and AOC activities/events. The responses and comments are included in the report and a summary of highlights follow.
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REGISTER NOW: 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.

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

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

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
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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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.)
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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.
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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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Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine H. Fox warned today against assuming a permissive environment for U.S. naval air and sea assets, saying threats continue to grow from rival military powers, as well as from the proliferation of more advanced anti-ship munitions around the globe. (Defense.gov)
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We've heard from the second in command at the Defense Department. And she admits the Pentagon doesn't make life easy for contractors. Much of Christine Fox's prepared remarks at the AFCEA West Conference in San Diego Monday focused on the same story we heard from Ash Carter, her predecessor as deputy defense secretary. (Washington Business Journal)
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An electromagnetic mystery in northern Iraq changed the course of Jesse Potter’s life. A chemical-weapons specialist with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, Potter was deployed to Kirkuk in late 2007, right as the oil-rich city was experiencing a grievous spike in violence. He was already weary upon his arrival, having recently completed an arduous tour in Afghanistan, which left him suffering from multiple injuries that would eventually require surgery. (Wired)
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The Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian said the U.S. Navy needs more ships with the protection and firepower to survive an advanced adversary, not just "niche platforms," weeks after she ordered cuts in the $34 billion Littoral Combat Ship program. (Bloomberg)
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The U.S. Air Force has certified and installed the latest operational software for mission data files for Exelis’ AIDEWS systems in Chile, Oman, Poland, Pakistan and Turkey. (DefenseWorld.net)
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For students of cybersecurity at Switzerland's 150-year-old ETH university in Zurich, hacking is a legitimate part of the curriculum. Students learn to infiltrate Internet and mobile networks in classes on wireless electronic warfare and modern malware designed to prevent computer malfeasance. The number of students enrolled in ETH Zurich's information security master's program has more than tripled since 2009, the university said. (Leader-Post)
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U.S. Air Force airborne electronic warfare (EW) experts needed crystal oscillators as spare parts for the Exelis ALQ-161A integrated radio-frequency (RF) electronic countermeasures system aboard the Air Force Boeing B-1B Lancer supersonic jet bomber. They found their solution from Syntonic Microwave in Campbell, Calif. (Military and Aerospace Electronics)
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As things stand, when the new US defense budget is revealed next month a significant line item that has been a staple for more than four decades will be missing. No new versions of the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet strike fighter, or its EA-18G Growler electronic attack cousin, will appear in the U.S. Navy’s budget request, either for domestic or foreign use. The move has been planned for some time, but is likely to surprise many veteran defense observers – and alarm others. (Defense News)
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Throughout history, a region or country's economic growth has often been followed by a rise in defence spending. Asia-Pacific as a region is witnessing this phenomenon currently. In fact, it is the only region in the world that has seen a steady rise in defence spending over the past five years and the trend continued at last week's Singapore Airshow. (BBC News)
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BAE Systems is preparing to leapfrog over Lockheed Martin and gobble up international F-16 upgrade contracts should the U.S. Air Force drop funding for its fighter jet radar upgrade program. The Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite (CAPES) program – with Lockheed as systems integrator – would upgrade 300 US F-16 fighter aircraft and 146 Taiwan F-16s. (Defense News)
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Airbus Defence & Space made its first high-profile appearance at an international show since emerging from a rebranding activity last month by revealing a target to close fresh sales of its A400M tactical transport and A330 tanker this year. (Flightglobal)
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Saab (Booth C11) has many years of experience devising protection systems for combat aircraft, and here at Singapore 2014 it is showing its latest offering, the ESTL. Formerly known as BOH, it is a modular system that draws on several of the company’s successful missile warning and countermeasures systems to create a cost-efficient means of protecting combat aircraft against current and predicted infrared and radar-guided missile threats. (Aviation International News)
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