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AOC BOARD NOMINATIONS DUE MARCH 1: 2014 Annual Election Nominations Due This Week; Nominate a Colleague Today!

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 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-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).

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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AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: SIGINT Unlocked, Thursday, March 18
Thursday, March 18, 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT
With all the buzz of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) in the news, so many people are still unaware of what SIGINT is, and how it works. In this 45-minute presentation, attendees will learn a brief history of SIGINT from ancient history to its expansion in WWI and WWII. The types of SIGINT (including COMINT, ELINT, and FISINT) will be discussed along with the various portions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum of interest within SIGINT. Attendees will learn the U.S. SIGINT cycle from tasking through to reporting, and the regulatory documents governing SIGINT. Finally, the actions included in Title 10, Title 32 and Title 50 will be discussed.

This presentation will remove the cloudiness and misperceptions that may surround SIGINT in the minds of many.

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REGISTER TODAY: 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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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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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare, Plus Other Great AOC Courses This Spring!

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


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.

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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The Defense Department Thursday announced a long-term plan to share part of its reserved airwaves with industry while preserving security and access for the military to the electro-magnetic spectrum. (DoD Buzz)
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The electromagnetic spectrum strategy the Defense Department plans to formally release Thursday will call for new ways of thinking about how to divvy up radio waves between commercial users and the federal government. DoD is taking this approach, in part, because it doesn't think it can afford to continue selling off large chunks of spectrum to the wireless industry. (Federal News Radio)
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The February 14 departure of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on its current deployment from Norfolk Naval Station, Va., marks the final scheduled carrier deployment of the EA-6B Prowler electronic attack aircraft. (SeaPower)
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Global spending on RF-based Electronic Warfare (EW) systems is forecast to grow to over $9.3 billion through 2022. While troop withdrawals from theatres such as Iraq and Afghanistan are causing a short-term decline in the number of land-based Electronic Warfare equipment for Electronic Attack (EA) capabilities such as jammers, the general trends towards asymmetric warfare and the use of IEDs will continue to proliferate, leading to continued demand for land-based EW systems: The Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service forecast model, "Land-based EW (EA) and Components Forecast 2012-2022," details global expenditure for EW equipment with future demand segmented in terms of form factors, power outputs and frequency trends. (PRNewswire)
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The Navy says it's about to create a new home for its growing cadre of what it calls "information dominance" forces. A new organization will begin to take shape this fall, taking on the responsibility for manning, training and equipping the entire service for information warfare. (Federal News Radio)
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Every morning at around 4:30 a.m., James Clapper wakes up and prepares for the worst job in Washington. He is the nation’s top intelligence officer at a time when the intelligence community is derided because it can’t keep its secrets, and loathed because some of the secrets it has tried to hide concern the same American citizens it was charged with protecting. Thanks to rogue contractor Edward Snowden, the machinations of the shadow bureaucracy Clapper heads have for the last eight months been exposed one news story at a time. Clapper is often the guy who has to call newspaper editors to tell them not to print stories that they usually publish anyway. (The Daily Beast)
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The Navy’s Infrared Search and Track (IRST), a passive, long-range sensor that searches for and detects heat sources, successfully completed its first flight aboard an F/A-18 Super Hornet on February 11, from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The system can simultaneously track multiple targets and provide a highly effective air-to-air targeting capability, even when encountering advanced threats equipped with radar-jamming technology. (The Bay Net)
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The U.S. defense industry is in the "early phases" of a major downsizing, even as the industry shifts to focus on threats from the Asia-Pacific region, Mercury Systems CEO Mark Aslett said in an interview. The Chelmsford, Mass.-based firm provides technology for processing big data that's generated by sensors on military systems such as radar, electronic warfare and infrared. (Boston Business Journal)
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Civilian operators that work in combat environments now have an option to equip their helicopters with electronic warfare devices that can detect incoming missiles and launch chaff and/or flare countermeasures. Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG, Booth No. 1206) recently signed an agreement with Switzerland-based Ruag Schweiz to provide integration and qualification services for Ruag’s Integrated Self-Protection System (ISSYS) Plug-on-Device (POD) for use in the civil aviation market. (AIN Online)
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A passive, long-range sensor that searches for hard-to-detect targets has been tested for the first time on a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet. Testing of the infrared search and track system was conducted on the Boeing-made aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base in California as part of a planned upgrade to the Navy jets. (UPI)
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With Boeing adjusting from its blistering loss to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 for the sale of 60 fighters to Seoul, the company has yet to officially sentence the so-called Silent Eagle moniker to death. But, maybe it is time? "The pieces are there ... whether we will continue to call it that moniker," Chris Raymond, vice president of business development and strategy for Boeing Defense, Space and Security, told Aviation Week. "That [name] was unique to that offering." (Aviation Week)
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SAIC has won a $33 million task order to provide engineering, technical and program management support services to the Quality and Systems Engineering Assurance division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division. (Washington Technology)
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The U.S. Air Force Space Command has awarded BAE Systems a three-year contract extension to continue maintaining its space radars used for missile warning and space surveillance operations. The company provides a range of services, including around-the-clock operations and maintenance, to manage and sustain these critical assets. The award is a continuation of work that BAE Systems has been performing for the program since 2007, and raises the cumulative value of the contract to approximately $540 million. (Wall Street Journal)
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