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FREE WEBINAR TOMORROW: "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 that 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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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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CAST YOUR VOTE: AOC Elections Open July 1, Close August 22
Learn about the AOC presidential, at-large director, and regional director candidates in the July JED and in this year’s election guide. There is also a AOC Board-approved constitution change that requires approval from the general membership. our vote helps determine the course of the AOC. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
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NEW HOTLINE: AOC Introduces Audit & Inspection Committee Hotline
If you know of fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement in the Association of Old Crows' (AOC) programs and operations, report it to the Audit & Inspection Committee via the AOC Hotline. This includes alleged/suspected wrongdoing by AOC employees, Board of Directors, Chapters, contractors, grantees and others involved in the AOC's programs and operations. The Audit & Inspection Committee is committed to addressing your concerns.

AOC HOTLINE: (571) 249-4658


NEXT AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Unlocking the Mysteries of Radar
Tuesday, July 22, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. EDT (2000-2100 GMT)

RAdio Detection And Ranging (RADAR) has become such a ubiquitous part of today’s society, both commercially and in defense, that the acronym "RADAR" has largely been replaced with the word "radar." In spite of its pervasive use, many people don’t understand the basics of this critical technology.

This interactive journey, from the humble electron all the way up to the self-driving car, explores sound and light, size, wavelength and frequency. Attendees will get an overview of the history and evolution of radar. From the origins of radar prior to WWII, through Pulse Doppler radars, Continuous Wave radars, Monopulse radars, and to modern Active Electronically Scanned Arrays (AESA), the attendee will understand the fundamentals of how radars work.

The 30-minute presentation will be followed by a 10-15 minute Q&A period where you can bring your questions to the presenter. This webinar, aimed at everyone from layperson to expert, carefully builds in easily understood concepts, combining them in a way that reveals radar as one of technology's greatest achievements.

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EDUCATION YOU NEED: Don't Miss July's Live Online Course

July 29
LIVE ONLINE WEBCAST: Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Instructor: Dr. Pat Ford
Online Webcast

October 4
PRI Analysis and Deinterleaving Course
Instructor: Dr. Richard Wiley
Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

October 5
Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) Radar and What to Do About It
Instructor: Dr. Richard Wiley
Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

October 5-6
Survey of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Design, Operations, Capabilities, and EW Potential
Instructor: Dr. Pat Ford
Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

October 5-6 & 10-11
Electronic Warfare Overview & Update – 2-Part Course
Instructor: Dave Adamy
Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

October 10-11
Survey of Electromagnetic Battle Management (EMBM) Concepts
Instructor: Robert Samuels
Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

November 18-21
ELINT and Modern Signals Course
Instructor: Dr. Richard Wiley
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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REGISTER NOW: 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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REGISTER NOW: 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.

USARPAC is committed to supporting the conference.

Additional guidance is provided to assist in travel justification via Memorandum from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics, Mr. Frank Kendall on participation in technical and industry conferences. Click here to download.


The AOC is soliciting original unclassified English language papers for the Hawaii conference from international leaders, military personnel, subject matter experts and leading thinkers from the military, academia, and industry. Please contact the conference director, John Clifford (clifford@crows.org) if you are interested in speaking or want more information and provide the title of the proposed paper, a brief synopsis and information on the speaker. Company or product briefs will not be accepted. The deadline for submitting is Friday, August 15, 2014, but the earlier the better.

Classification: Unclassified

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: 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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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:

The U.S. Air Force Weapons School recently unleashed the next stage of its newly revamped graduate program. The 5-month program includes a revised integration phase, significant changes to each Weapons Instructor Course syllabus and changes to the Core I and II academic blocks brought on as a result of budget cuts. (Air Force Link)
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Royal Marines are currently hosting the largest ever joint Electronic Warfare exercise to date in Europe. The month long exercise on Dartmoor sees UK, US, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian military, known as the 5-Eyes, taking part in a joint training environment. (Plymouth Herald)
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The military's search for anti-drone technology has generally concerned jamming technologies or other forms of electronic warfare. The Office of Naval Research is planning to try a more direct approach: shooting them out of the air with vehicle-mounted lasers. (Defense Systems)
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Two RAAF C-130J Hercules aircraft have been deployed to participate in Exercise Red Flag Alaska 14-2. Since June 12, a contingent of 68 RAAF personnel has been working from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, alongside other participants from U.S. and Japan. (Australian Defence Magazine)
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A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies over a simulated Afghan village teeming with role players dressed as locals. Soldiers on foot and in Humvees travel back and forth on a dusty road from the village to a forward operating base (FOB), while role-playing insurgents plan to ambush a passing convoy. (DVIDs)
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Saab's new self-protection system for fixed-wing aircraft – the ESTL – flew on board the Gripen multi-role fighter for the first time earlier this month, the company has revealed. The maiden flight of the ESTL system was carried out using a Swedish air force Gripen C "in early June," with Saab expecting the additional capability to help draw interest from potential international customers. (Flightglobal)
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A wideband electronic warfare system that automatically classifies signals and provides immediate direction findings was launched on Monday. Chemring Technology Solutions of Britain calls the product PREFIX. It is designed for use with its RESOLVE manpack system for troops. (UPI)
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IMT - Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
Wide Band Systems, Inc.
X-Com Systems

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