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NEXT WEEK: AOC Virtual Series Live Webcast, SIGINT Unlocked
Tuesday, 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 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).


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.

NEW: Extend Your Experience with an On-site AOC Course
Distributed EW & Managing the EMS

May 12-13
Lynn Berg
Course Details
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The AOC launched its first online professional development course with "Electromagnetic Battle Management (EMBM) Concepts" on February 26, 2014. This 3-hour live web course, instructed by Mr. Lynn Berg, reviewed doctrinal concepts and current processes in EW and Spectrum Management that lay the foundation for future EW/EM Battle Management architectures.
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NEXT AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: DRFM for Dummies, Free Webinar, Thursday, April 3

Thursday, April 3 | 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. EDT (1800-1845 GMT)

If you’re moderately aware of what a DRFM is, you’re clearly no dummy. If you’d like to learn more about the basics of this technology, this is the webinar for you.

This webinar will cover the basics of Digital Radio Frequency Memory devices (DRFMs) used in modern Electronic Warfare (EW) jamming systems. It will describe how a DRFM works, how they are integrated into EW jamming systems, why they are needed to counter advanced threat radar, and some of the effects a DRFM-based EW jammer imposes on threat radar systems. The webinar will be presented at a tutorial level covering basic concepts and general characteristics of DRFMs through the use of simplified diagrams and illustrations.

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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.

Last month, the Congressional Electronic Warfare Working Group (EWWG), in cooperation with the AOC, convened an EW industry round table to discuss thoughts and recommendations on key issues facing our defense industry. The EWWG welcomed senior executives from BAE Systems, Boeing, Exelis, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon. The Working Group was represented by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02). Senior legislative staff from Reps. James Langevin (RI-02), Todd Young (IN-09), Richard Hanna (NY-22), and Daniel Maffei (NY-24) were also in attendance.
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Register for Great AOC Courses This Spring!

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

May 6-7
Survey of Electromagnetic Battle Management (EMBM) Concepts
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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JUST ANNOUNCED: 5th Annual Electronic Warfare/Cyber Convergence Conference, June 3-5 in Charleston, SC

As wired and wireless digital communications continue to converge, EW and Cyber technical capabilities are becoming more technically similar. However, the communities that practice these disciplines remain largely separated by their operating authorities (Title 10 v. Title 50) and vary widely across the military services in terms of their organization and operating methodologies. This initiative seeks to combine EW capabilities with cyber warfare tactics and enable more rapid deployment of new and improved capabilities. Technologies that utilize the EMS are traditionally categorized as EW, are increasingly overlapping with technologies, such as exploiting vulnerabilities, which have previously been classified as cyber. We aim to identify ways to develop advanced technologies and systems to address the changing battlefield dynamics of the digital age.


Robert Giesler
Special Advisor, Irregular Warfare at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Rosemary Wenchel
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategy & Policy/Cybersecurity Coordination at U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Col. Robert A. Morris, USAF (Ret.)
Former Chief of Staff, AFCYBER

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Systems Engineering and Acquisition Conference | July 15-17, 2014 | Dahlgren, VA

Stay tuned to crows.org for updates as they emerge.

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 U.S. Navy plans to add 22 Boeing electronic attack jets to a list of "unfunded" priorities requested by Congress, but the document must still be vetted by senior Pentagon officials, who have underscored their commitment to Lockheed Martin Corp's next-generation F-35 fighter jet, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. (Reuters)
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The carrier is out. The carrier is in. The carrier is in, but only if money goes up. More planes are back in – well, sort of, but we’ll have to see. The new buying plan for littoral combat ships is – not yet decided on. The plan for laying up and modernizing half the fleet’s cruisers is almost ready but – not quite yet. New rules for counting the battle force are – not quite there, either. (Defense News)
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Field Aviation, a Field Aerospace company, has successfully completed its first test flight of Boeing’s Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) demonstrator. The demonstrator is a Boeing owned Challenger 604 and is the prototype platform upon which Boeing will develop its MSA program based on the Bombardier Challenger 605. (Ottawa Citizen)
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President Barack Obama’s proposed defense budget for fiscal year 2015 would enable the Pentagon to execute the new national security strategy envisioned by the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and begin restoring combat readiness degraded by the onset of sequestration, senior defense officials said March 4. (Seapower Magazine)
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Elbit Systems of America, LLC, announced that it has won a $145 million Firm Fixed Price contract by the United States Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to supply its Peregrine™ border security system for the CBP's Integrated Fixed Tower project. The initial phase, which covers a portion of the total contract amount, will deploy the Peregrine system in the Nogales, Arizona area. (Aerospace and Defense News)
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The Defense Department’s latest budget request is a collaborative proposal that has adjusted to new strategic realities and fiscal constraints for the future, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said here today. (Department of Defense)
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According to the IDF doctrine, the EW (Electronic Warfare) elements are a part of the fire delivery plan, and the elements of this layout operate close to the combat units," explains Col. Avi, head of the EW layout administration who also serves as the IDF EW officer attached to the General Staff during wartime. Unlike kinetic weapon systems, EW attacks are carried out in the electromagnetic spectrum and their objective is to disrupt/jam the communication and data networks of the enemy during combat operations. (Israel Defense)
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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that its Integral Systems Europe (Kratos ISE) business group has been awarded a contract by An Phat Technology Trading Joint Stock Company (An Phat JSC- www.anphat.biz.vn) to upgrade the Vinasat-1 Network Operations Center (NOC) in Vietnam to support the Vinasat-2 satellite. (Globe Newswire)
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L-3 Communications has acquired Virginia-headquartered Data Tactics Corporation, enhancing its national security capabilities portfolio. The acquisition of Data Tactics, a provider of Big Data analytics and cloud computing solution services to the U.S. Department of Defense, is effective immediately, L-3 said. (UPI)
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Anritsu Company
Agilent Technologies Inc.
Beacon Technology Partners
Naylor, LLC
IMT - Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
IMS 2014

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