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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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REGISTER TODAY: Electronic Warfare Europe 2014 – Evolution of EW and Electromagnetic Operations, May 13-15 in Edinburgh

For 14 years, AOC Electronic Warfare Europe has been the largest and most renowned European EW conference and exhibition discussing the latest in EW and related capabilities across land, maritime and aerospace. Held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), this venue offers more space available in response to increased demand following the hugely successful 2013 event in Cologne where 45 nations were represented. 

The EW program is full! Confirmed speakers include:

  • Chairman, Air Marshal Philip Sturley, CB, MBE, RAF (Ret.)
  • Lt. Col. Wayne Shaw III, USAF (Ret.), AOC President
  • Lt. Gen. Bob Elder, Eng.D., USAF (Ret.), AOC Past President
  • Brig. Gen. M.I. Zaidi, Ph.D., Research Fellow, University of Durham, Pakistan
  • Professor Steve Roberts, Visiting Professor, Cranfield University, UK
  • Capt. Timothy M. Hill, USN, OUSD (AT&L), JSF, U.S.
  • Cdr. Andy Rolph, RN, SO1, Joint Forces Command, C4ISR, SIGINT RN, UK
  • Lt. Col. Chris Middleton, Commanding Officer, 30 CDO IX GP RM, UK
  • Lt. Col. Mark Purves,Commanding Officer, 14 Signals Regiment (EW), UK
  • Wing Cdr. Garry Crosby, RAF (Ret.), Former CO 51 Sqn, UK
  • Michael E. Ryan, Deputy PM, EW, SFAE-OEW-EW, U.S.
  • Kent Namikas, Joint EW Center, U.S.
  • Many others – NOW AVAILABLE: Main Conference Programme

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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.


IT'S NOT TOO LATE! Submit Your Clearance and Register On-Site for the 43rd Annual Collaborative EW Conference, 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. This year’s symposium is boasting record attendance, so submit your clearance today to take part of this great event!

Click HERE to see the Agenda.


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

Visit our website for more information.

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).


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: Robert Samuel
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA

June 17-20
Advanced EW
Instructor: Dave Adamy
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA


UPCOMING AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Army EW Division on: Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA)
Thursday, April 17 | 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. EDT (1800-1845 GMT)

Recently the U.S. Army announced that the Cyber Center of Excellence will be stood up at Fort Gordon, GA. The Cyber CoE will be responsible for the Army's Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA). Join Army Col. Jim Ekvall, Chief Electronic Warfare Division, for an interactive 45-60 minute presentation that will dive deep into the relationship between electronic warfare and cyberspace operations. Just this February, the Army released a field manual for CEMA FM 3-38, to explain the separate, yet related sections of CEMA, which comprise of Electronic Warfare, Cyberspace Operations and Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations.

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REGISTER NOW: 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

Our adversaries are using ubiquitous and cheap technology to further develop cyber warfare, as well as advance and proliferate electromagnetic spectrum capabilities. EMW is an operational approach to seizing the initiative across the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). The goal is to combine EMW capabilities in the sea, air and land domains to generate enhanced combat effects. EMW, in essence, means leveraging the cyberspace domain and the full electromagnetic spectrum for both offensive and defensive effects. EMW is not a program, or system, or even a refined concept of operations. It is an emerging operational art, one we must master to fully understand the battlespace. We must then use that awareness to better employ our own forces while altering the enemy’s perception of the battlespace and minimizing his freedom to maneuver within it.

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AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Barrage vs. False Target vs. Precision Jamming Techniques
Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. EDT (1800-1845 GMT)

This webinar covers the evolution of jamming techniques from brute force barrage jamming, to more sophisticated False Target techniques, to the Digital RF Memory (DRFM)-based precision jamming techniques used in today’s modern EW jamming systems. The evolution of these classes of EW techniques is typically in direct response to advancements and improvements in threat radar technologies. This presentation will not only describe the characteristics and capabilities of these technique classes but will describe the radar capabilities and features that drove this evolution. The webinar will be presented at a tutorial level covering basic concepts and general characteristics of the subject jamming techniques through the use of simplified diagrams and illustrations.

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Due to operational changes and demands on our speakers, we must postpone this event until a later date.

POSTPONED: 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.

Advancements in the Chinese air force, along with a proliferation of technologies that could be converted into electronic weapons, have analysts and official warning that the U.S. may not be keeping pace. In November 2011, the Government Accountability Office issued a scathing review of the Pentagon's management of electronic warfare (EW), charging that it had ill-defined coordination practices. The following February, then-Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Deputy Director Kaigham Gabriel testified to Congress that the U.S. had lost preeminence over the electromagnetic spectrum since "about 1997." (Aviation Week)
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Air Force drone pilots briefed hundreds of Houston County children Wednesday on the capabilities and uses of the Predator and Reaper unmanned aircraft. The students were guided through the Museum of Aviation's Century of Flight hangar, which hosted dozens of informational booths from military divisions, colleges and defense industry companies. The purpose of the day's event, called Novel Experiments with Science and Technology, or N.E.S.T., was to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (The Telegraph)
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The Defense Department plans to spend roughly 5 percent – or $500 million – of its requested $11.5 billion 2015 science and technology budget to develop advanced electronic warfare systems, the Pentagon's research and engineering chief told lawmakers. (Nextgov)
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After several years of appearing to dislike the F-35C, or at least appearing lukewarm to buying it, the Navy today finally revealed why it wants to buy more F-18Gs from Boeing. Basically, it all boils down to the fact that the F-18G, known as the Growler, emits a broader set of electronic warfare frequencies than does the F-35, Rear Adm. Michael Manazir, told reporters after today's House Armed Services air and land force subcommittee hearing. The two planes flying together are a much more effective strike package, according to Navy analysis, than either one flying on its own. The F-18G "supplements and complements" the F-35, he said. In fact, Manazir said the new planes were not needed for strictly naval missions but for joint forces, including fighting alongside our allies. ( Breaking Defense)
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At a time when technological development is flourishing in countries such as China and North Korea, the United States is at risk of falling behind due to budgetary constraints, the acting assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering said here today. ... More than any other area of technology, Shaffer said, the loss of U.S. dominance in electronic warfare makes him unhappy. (Armed with Science)
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The Pentagon worries that a dwindling supply of electromagnetic spectrum will cripple its high-tech weapon systems and global communications. The concern is shared by vendors that supply information technologies to the Defense Department. This is a problem that calls for government-industry collaboration, says a Defense Department fedbizopps solicitation. The Pentagon wants fresh ideas on how to better manage the electromagnetic spectrum at a time when it is coming under pressure to relinquish valuable wireless frequencies in order to boost the capacity of commercial wireless carriers and extend Internet access to rural areas of the United States. (National Defense Magazine)
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The quest for what early aviators called "command of the air" is a defining feature of the military enterprise. Major military powers spend much more on combat aircraft than they do on warships or armored vehicles. And with good reason: If friendly forces can't utilize the air space above enemy forces and nations for military advantage, then they probably can't win the war on the ground or at sea. (Forbes)
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As part of the Defense Department's science and technology community, the role of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is to change what's possible, the DARPA director said yesterday. DARPA makes pivotal early investments that allow the department to "take big steps forward in our national security capabilities," Arati Prabhakar told members of the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities. (Department of Defense)
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While the money for the Army is getting short, demand for soldiers continues to grow, Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, told the House Armed Services Committee this morning. Any decisions about Army force structure, strategy or budget must be done with full knowledge of the "world as it exists, not as one we wish it to be," he said. (Department of Defense)
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When a missile is launched against an enemy target, it would be nice to have a lot of good information about that target. But when "decision-makers push the fire button, they may have very little data, and sometimes not timely enough data," said Col. Rob Rasch Jr., project manager, Integrated Air and Missile Defense Project Office, or IAMD, at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. (Army News Service)
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