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AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Don't Miss the Next Free AOC Webinar, "Understanding Phased Arrays, From AESA to PESA to MIMO and ULSA"
Thursday, June 26, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

This webinar explores how antenna arrays work and what differentiates them from "normal" antennas. Learn the differences between an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) or Passive Electronically Steered Array (PESA) phased-array. Gain valuable expertise about emerging antenna-array technologies in their various guises and how they are changing the world we live in.

While the unique properties of antenna arrays have been exploited in operational systems for some time, it is only with the widespread deployment of phased arrays that something approaching the full potential of antenna arrays has been attained. The unique properties of antenna arrays and how they enhance the performance of systems which utilize them will be considered with the emphasis on phased arrays. While antenna arrays do have a number of significant benefits, they also have a number of disadvantages – or at least unique challenges – which will also be considered in an attempt to provide a balanced view of this technology. A brief summary of some fully digital concepts, such as MIMO, also will be provided to illustrate how antenna-array technology might develop moving forward. Examples of operational systems will be discussed to show how antenna-array technologies have led to unique operational capabilities.

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REGISTER NOW: 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. Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (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.

Well-developed program strategies optimize the time and cost required to satisfy approved capability needs. The Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) Process allocates resources within the DOD to perform this optimization. It is important for program managers, engineers, and business planners to be aware of the process, the tools used, and the complexities in performing defense acquisition and systems development in the emerging EMS environment in order to provide value to managing and performing program funding and mission success.

Classification: Unclassified

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ADVANCED EW COURSE NEXT WEEK: Register Now for Great AOC Courses This Summer!

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

July 15-16
Survey of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Design, Operations, Capabilities, and EW Potential
Instructor: Dr. Pat Ford
AOC Headquarters, Alexandria, VA


AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: AOC Advocacy Training, Part 2
July 9, 2014 | 2 p.m-2:45 p.m. EDT (1800-1845 GMT)

This webinar builds on the themes from the May 14, 2014 advocacy training. It will take the topics and methods discussed into more detail for those who would like to aggressively focus on EW advocacy in their home districts and on Capitol Hill. The May 14 training session is a recommended (not required) prerequisite.

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October 6-9, 2014 | Washington, D.C.

The Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention is the leading trade event of the global Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence market. Across the globe, governments spend more than $7 billion per year on EW and SIGINT equipment and services. How do companies (from systems manufacturers to subsystem and component suppliers) reach their customers in this unique market? They exhibit at the AOC Convention.

Booth space is filling quickly. Don't miss out!

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Modern Threats: Surface-to-Air Missile Systems Conference
September 3-5, 2014 | MSIC Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL

Provide the latest findings from ongoing, all-source analysis of high interest threat air defense systems to include:
    - Threat System Capabilities and Vulnerabilities
    - Status of New Development Programs
    - Current and Projected Proliferation

Attendance at this conference is appropriate for those involved in the design, development, testing, evaluation and employment of electronic warfare systems, techniques and tactics for protection of U.S. and allied aircraft.

All attendees must be registered and cleared U.S. SECRET in order to attend the first two days.
All attendees must be registered and cleared for U.S. TS/SCI in order to participate on the third day.

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NEW DATES ANNOUNCED: 6th Annual EW Capability Gaps & Enabling Technologies Operational & Technical Information Exchange
November 18-21, 2014  |  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.

All sessions will be held at the Crane Lakeview Event Center at the U.S. SECRET and U.S. TS/SCI levels.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 3rd Annual Information Operations in the Pacific Conference
October 21-23, 2014 | Honolulu, HI

The purpose of this symposium is to examine humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations in the Pacific Region and the role of multinational information operations. The symposium will provide a venue for increased awareness of Asia-Pacific issues and an opportunity for networking, a multinational exchange of ideas and partnership building within the region.

Classification: Unclassified

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REMINDER: AOC Elections Begin July 1

Fellow Crows,

During the past six years, the global economy has been challenged in ways not seen since the Great Depression. These challenges have manifested in the form of tremendous fiscal constraint and uncertainty that has rippled through our defense services and industries alike. Your AOC has worked hard to keep its leadership role intact and to advance advocacy for Electromagnetic Warfare in the face of these challenges. We have done that job better with each passing day, but there remains room for improvement. 

How we move forward and where we place our emphasis is up to you. It is the Board of Directors’ responsibility to shape our message and actions, but it us your responsibility to shape the Board of Directors.  

Our elections will run from July 1 through August 22 this year. Step up and be heard. Vote for the candidates you feel can help us continue on an upward vector. If you are concerned you may not have electronic access, reach out to the AOC headquarters, and we can help facilitate a paper ballot.

Here is the list of candidates you will be voting for:  

Dave Hime
Douglas "Chopper" Lamb

Southern Region Director
Lisa Fruge-Cirili
Dave Walman

Northeast Region Director
Antonino Amoroso

Mountain-Western Region Director
Samuel Roberts
Stan L.  VanderWerf

At-Large Directors
Tom "TCL" Curby-Lucier
Edward Fisher
Col. Craig Harm, USAF (Ret.)
Brian Hinkley
Amanda Kammier
Dave Krauthiemer
Geoff Leighton
Steve Tourangeau, USAF (Ret.)

We will provide you their pictures, perspectives and concerns in the July issue of JED to help you help us continue moving the AOC forward.

The AOC needs you. The AOC needs you to vote. The AOC needs you to remind your fellow Crows to vote.

Spread the word.

Report From the 5th Annual EW/Cyber Convergence Conference
The Palmetto Roost Chapter of the AOC hosted its 5th Annual CLASSIFIED Electronic Warfare/Cyber Convergence Conference June 3-5 in the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic's Cooper River Landing Conference Center. Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret.), welcomed the 150 military members, government employees and contractors in attendance.
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ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? Get Rewarded for Recruiting Friends and Colleagues Into the AOC!

For each new member you recruit, not only are you expanding the size of your local chapter and furthering the mission of the AOC, but you are introducing someone to a subscription to JED, giving them a professional organization to advocate and defend their career path, as well as opportunities to increase their professional network, learn more about EW, IO and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, and to experience many of the other benefits of being a Crow.
By obtaining a special $25 membership application (with your chapter name already on it!), you're ready for the competition!

The Chapter Membership Recruitment Contest ends June 30.
The top two recruiting chapters have the opportunity to win: 
1st Place wins a tablet
2nd Place wins a camera
Top individual recruiters have the opportunity to win:
AOC LEGACY 50th Anniversary Book
AOC Men's Dress Shirt from JoS A. Banks
AOC Women's Cardigan from Lands' End (your choice of color) 

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THIS AUGUST: AOC AUSTRALIA 2014 – Convergence and Synergies 
August 18-19, 2014 | Adelaide, South Australia

The Australian Chapter of the Association of Old Crows will hold its biennial Electronic Warfare, Information Operations and Cyber Convention on August 18-19, 2014. As Allied Forces shift focus from a decade-long counter-insurgency operation to emerging complex conflicts in the midst of resource constraints, please join us as we examine Electronic Warfare’s ever-increasing significance in the 21st century battlefield.

Conference Themes
The Evolving EM Threat Environment and Corresponding EW Technology Advances
Increased Coalition Operations and Dependence Upon Third-Country Partnerships
The Move from Federated EW Systems to Integrated, Network-Centric Solutions
Strategies for Increased Efficiencies and Effectiveness in EW Solutions
Changing Relationships and New Players (Cyber/IO/Comms/ISR/EA)
Emerging Cyber NCW and Software-Defined Radio Security and Protection Issues
Procurement Strategies to Meet Technology Refresh Rates
New Manned and Unmanned Maritime Patrol Capability

II Brazilian Navy EW Conference
August 19-21 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Brazilian Navy will organize the II CGEM (II Braz Navy EW Conference) from August 19-21, 2014, at their premises in Mocangue Island, in the middle of Guanabara Bay, just beside the bridge and half way from Rio and the neighbor city of Niteroi. 

The conference theme this year will be COMINT in ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Tactical Acquisition and Reconnaissance) activities. The event is free of charge. Last year’s conference was supported by some of the world’s top-level companies. There is still possibility to book your participation and make contacts with the Brazilian Navy that is implementing several important programs concerning EW such as the SisGAAz (Sea Surveillance Systems for the Brazilian EEZ) and the new Corvettes and with local enterprises that can be used in joint ventures that are required by Brazilian MOD determination. 

Moreover, the election of the new president of the Wild Parrots Chapter may be held during that conference.

Any further information can be obtained with Cmrd. Mario Roberto de Souza Lima or with Lt. Eclenice at these emails:


2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Association of Old Crows!

Commemorate this momentous year with a copy of our new publication detailing the association's five decades of growth and success!
AOC Legacy: 
The First 50 Years
This full-color, hardbound commemorative publication provides a compelling history of the organization and the vital role the EW/IO industry has played in the defense of the nations and the world. 
It begins with the first intentional use of radio jamming in 1902, and continues on discussing the evolution of EW and its use in military operations, the birth and growth of the AOC, and concludes with where the AOC is going in the next 50 years. 
With stunning photography, 13 first-person narratives, and profiles of key participants, this 158 paged handsome coffee-table book weaves the story of the AOC and the industry into a seamless narrative. 
Click HERE to buy one for yourself, or a fellow Crow, for the special price of $50!
Purchase 10 or more and receive a 20% discount!

A US House panel on Tuesday approved $570 billion in Pentagon spending for 2015, but became the first committee to support retiring the A-10 fleet. After several hours of debating and voting on amendments, the House Appropriations Committee easily approved a $491 billion defense appropriations bill and a separate $79.4 billion overseas contingency operations (OCO), or war funding, section. (Defense News)
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Lt. Col. William A. Schutz assumed command of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron 1 from Lt. Col. Joshua S. K. Gordon during a ceremony here, June 5. VMAQT-1’s mission is to train pilots and aircrews to operate the EA-6B Prowler. In addition, the squadron conducts airborne electronic warfare in support of the Fleet Marine Force operations. (DVIDS)
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A French stealth frigate is reportedly conducting electronic surveillance of Russian coastal infrastructure in the Black Sea. The deepening political turmoil in Ukraine has prompted NATO to maintain warships in the region around the clock. (RT)
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Since it was founded in 1958, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has evolved as one of history’s most formidable engines of defense – and commercial – innovation. It had a hand in developing microelectronics, stealth, precision weapons, cloud computing, communications, the Internet, biometrics and far more that ensured the U.S. military remained ahead of allies and enemies alike. And once commercialized, these technologies have revolutionized the world. (Defense News)
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Ottawa expects to make a decision soon on whether to stage an open competition to replace its Boeing CF-18 fighters, or to instead advance with previous plans to acquire up to 65 Lockheed Martin F-35s. Expressing concern that the nation's government could lean towards the first of these options, a pro-F-35 "Canadian JSF Industry Group" published an open letter ahead of the CANSEC defense and security show, which took place in Ottawa from 28-29 May. (Flightglobal)
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