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DON'T MISS THE NEXT FREE AOC WEBINAR: Register Now for Enhancing Network Security, December 11
Thursday, December 11 | 1400-1500 EST (1900-2000 GMT)

Wireless Access Points (WAP) remain one of the top 10 network security threats. Research has focused on developing a physical (PHY) layer aware Radio Frequency (RF) air monitoring system with multi-factor authentication to provide a first line of defense for network security – stopping attackers before they can gain access to critical infrastructure networks through vulnerable WAPs. This webinar will present early results on the identification of OFDM-based 802.11a WiFi devices using RF Distinct Native Attribute (RF-DNA) fingerprints produced by the Fractional Fourier Transform (FRFT). These fingerprints are input to a "Learning from Signals" (LFS) classifier, which uses hybrid Differential Evolution/Conjugate Gradient (DECG) optimization to determine the optimal features for a low-rank model to be used for authentication. Results are presented for devices under the most challenging conditions of intra-manufacturer classification, i.e., same-manufacturer, same-model, differing only in serial number. The results of Fractional Fourier Domain (FRFD) RF-DNA fingerprints demonstrate significant improvement over results based on Time Domain (TD), Spectral Domain (SD) and even Wavelet Domain (WD) fingerprints.

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SUPPORT THE AOC, BUILD YOUR BUSINESS: Secure Your 2015 Sponsorship Today

There are many exciting business development opportunities that exist within the AOC Calendar for 2015. The sponsorship catalog presents opportunities for you to gain maximum exposure within the Electromagnetic Warfare community. Sponsorship at AOC webinars, conferences and the Annual Symposium allows your company to be seen as a support for the warfighter and increases your visibility in this highly targeted marketplace. Sponsorship of the AOC also helps bring valuable advocacy messages to the U.S. Capitol Hill, and it supports delivering those same efforts through the local chapters to EW centers of gravity around the world.

Please take a moment to look through the updated AOC sponsorship catalog, and let us know which opportunities you would like to take advantage of for 2015. If you have any questions or need a sponsorship package customized for you, please don’t hesitate to contact the AOC staff at www.crows.org.

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Thank you in advance for your critical support of the AOC Community!


CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 44th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium, March 31-April 3, 2015, Pt. Mugu, CA

As EW warfighting requirements continue to evolve in their complexity and interdependency, it is clear that future EW systems must work collaboratively with other Air, Ground, Surface Space and Cyberspace systems. The 44th Annual Point 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. Prominent leaders, contributors and representatives from the United States and Australian 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.

This call for presentations or demonstrations challenges presenters to explore the way forward in enabling collaborative EW through innovation and invention. Presentations or demonstrations from all United States and Australian Services, DoD, Industry, and Academia are requested that identify technical paths, options, and potential opportunities for EW collaboration. Submitted abstracts are specifically requested to address one or more of the symposium sessions: threat trends, collaborative EW science and technology perspectives, cognitive and adaptive EW technologies, coordinated/distributed networked-enabled systems, and warfighter perspectives. Amplifying information on these supporting topics and draft agenda are referenced below.

Abstracts for presentations are required in unclassified textual format. Please forward abstracts to Ms. Shelley Frost at frost@crows.org. The deadline is 02 Feb 2015. We request that abstracts be limited to one page of text or 400 words.

To facilitate the selection processes please ensure your submitted abstract file is labeled with your last name, session number and short title. For example: "Herrera_session1_Welcome and Intro.doc." Symposium presentations may be unclassified or classified; however abstracts should be unclassified. Notification of acceptance and presentation submission instructions will be by 06 Feb 2015. Presentations will be required in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or earlier format. In order to meet required foreign disclosure procedures, final presentations are required to be submitted with appropriate foreign disclosure paperwork by 23 Feb 2015 to ensure adequate processing. Foreign disclosure processes will be listed on the conference web site www.crows.org when finalized.
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SAVE THE DATE: 15th Annual AOC Electronic Warfare Europe,
"Future EW – Innovation, Information & Interoperability"
May 26-28, 2015 | Stockholm, Sweden
As nations re-focus on contingency operations after over a decade of counter-insurgency, there are many challenges and opportunities for governments, the military, academia, science and technology and industry. Events in 2014 have reminded us of the deadly nature of RF-guided weaponry and that the counter-insurgency threat has not gone away, but intensified. Air attacks on IS terrorists in Syria and Iraq are inevitably enabled by the usual panoply of Electromagnetic (EM) operations: SIGINT, C4ISR, precise navigation and timing, targeting, communications, spectrum management and the whole gamut of EW. EM-enabled cyber operations are part of defeating terrorists as well as state actors across the spectrum of warfare, starting with influence and counter-propaganda and most likely going much further.

National forces are being re-shaped and re-equipped to face the future, which will be contested, congested, complex, connected and constrained and potentially chaotic unless the right informed choices are made now. AOC EW Stockholm 2015 will look at future EW from three connected perspectives – innovation by industry, government agencies and academia, the importance of information (including cyber) and interoperability both of capabilities like EW, SIGINT and ISR and between services and partners in joint, combined and coalition operations.

Mark your calendars now for this premier AOC Global event!
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AOC BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2015 Elections

Nominations for the 2015 AOC Board of Directors election are now being accepted.

The election will begin on July 1, 2015 and will end on July 31, 2015.

The 2015 election slate will include the annually elected position of President-Elect, which as defined in the Bylaws, will result in that successful person serving consecutive terms beginning at Convention in 2015 – first as Vice President, followed by the Presidential term a year later beginning 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 around the world and meeting with leaders in the Electronic Warfare, Cyber, Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) and Information Operations (IO) communities. This is a significant but rewarding commitment.

The 2015 election slate will also include two (2) At Large Director positions. At Large Directors serve a three (3)-year term.  In addition, three (3) Regional Directors will be elected for three (3)-year terms from the Mid-Atlantic, Central and Pacific Regions.

A 2015 AOC Nomination Form is attached. Nomination packets must be received at AOC headquarters by close-of-business on Monday, March 2, 2015. If you wish to nominate more than one person, please duplicate the form. Nomination forms are also available on the AOC website at www.crows.org or by contacting the AOC’s Director of Membership, Ms. Glorianne O’Neilin, at oneilin@crows.org.

The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is seeking candidates to fill a newly created outreach consultant position. This is a 1099 position reporting to the Executive Director and planned for approximately 80 hours per month. See the full position description here: http://www.crows.org/images/AOC_Outreach_Consultant.pdf

IO SYMPOSIUM A BIG SUCCESS: Report from the 3rd Annual PACOM Symposium
The Diamondhead Roost was pleased to participate once again in the annual Pacific IO Symposium hosted by the AOC. Senior Diamondhead Roost members filled critical roles in planning support to U.S. Pacific Command and AOC National, with planning beginning as soon as the 2013 Symposium had concluded.

This was the third iteration of an increasingly successful symposium that continues to attract quality speakers and Ally partner participation. The symposium theme was "The Role of Information Operations in HA/DR." This was the first known IO Symposium to examine the unique requirements of effective IO in HA/DR operating environments.
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The AOC India Chapter has announced its third National EW Workshop India (EWWI 2015) next February at the National Science Seminar Complex (NSSC) at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. EWWI 2015 is the third event in the EWWI series of National-Level Workshops, the only national-level event in India in the field of Electronic Warfare, the niche and crucial part of Modern Warfare. The Workshop is being organized by the organizers of the prestigious EWCI series of International EW Conferences in India, the Association of Old Crows (AOC) India Chapter, Bangalore, India. The three-day workshop is designed to impart in-depth professional knowledge covering highly advanced and emerging topics in the field of EW.
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U.S.-led forces conducted 55 airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria over the weekend, according to Central Command officials. In Syria, U.S. aircraft carried out 17 strikes near the border town of Kobani, Central Command said in a statement Monday. The Kurdish town, situated just miles from Turkey, has been in danger of falling to militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for months, raising questions about the Obama administration’s strategy. (The Hill)
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On November 12, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. satellite weather network had suffered an electronic attack, forcing cyber-security teams to "seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and scores of other crucial uses." The attack resulted in an "unscheduled maintenance" of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s data feed for weather forecasts. (Newsweek)
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This year has been a good year for modernization of the fleet, according the chief of naval operations (CNO), and 2015 looks to be another. Looking back on 2014, ADM Jonathan Greenert, in the "CNO’s Position Report: 2014" document released Nov. 21, noted that the fleet took delivery of USS America, lead ship of new class of amphibious assault ships that will deploy in 2017; USS North Dakota, lead ship of the Block III versions of the Virginia-class attack submarine; the Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Coronado; two Spearhead-class joint high-speed vessels; and the mobile-landing platform USNS John Glenn. (Seapower Magazine)
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As the sound of two Pratt and Whitney jet engines echoed through the San Jacinto Mountain Range, one of the last four Navy EA-6B ‘Prowler’ fixed-wing aircraft still in service, made its triumphant final fly-by over the Palm Springs Air Museum, Nov. 21, 2014."It was truly an honor to see such a great aircraft make its final voyage," said Air Force veteran Don Broadhurst, ramp boss, Palm Springs Air Museum. (Warbirds News)
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The U.S. Navy has assessed a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) system for integration on its future littoral combat ships (LCS). Designated as AN/SLQ-32C(V)6, the evolutionary development block upgrade programme for the SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare (EW) System is currently in its early development phase. (Naval-Technology)
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The IDF’s offensive Electronic Warfare Battalion is in a "race against time" against Israel’s enemies, a senior officer told The Jerusalem Post. The race is between the battalion, which is tasked with disrupting command and control and communications capabilities, and the terrorist organizations and enemy states that are upgrading their equipment continuously. (Jersusalem Post)
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As Sony Pictures looks for a possible North Korea link to a cyberattack, there's a nagging question. Does the poor country even have advanced technology capabilities to infiltrate a large corporation? The answer is yes. The isolated, communist nation has been pursuing cyber-strategies as far back as the 1980s. North Korea more recently has targeted a bank, university and media websites, according to prosecutors. (CNBC)
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Tom Arseneault, chief operating officer at BAE Systems‘ U.S. subsidiary and a 14-year BAE veteran, will take on the additional role of president of the subsidiary’s electronic systems sector on Jan. 1, 2015. BAE said Monday that Arseneault will continue to hold the chief operating officer role for the subsidiary – BAE Systems Inc. – and succeed current Electronic Systems President Dan Gobel, who will retire from BAE on Dec. 31, 2014. (GovConWire)
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Exelis has appointed Peter Martin to lead its electronic attack and release systems business on Long Island, New York. In his new position, Martin will apply more than 35 years of expertise in defense, aerospace and the U.S. Air Force to grow the company’s position in key markets. (MarketWatch)
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Each year, North American Aerospace Defense Command launches a website that allows little children to track Santa. Other media outlets may think, "Wow, what a cute story," but we at FlightLines/Air Force Times want to go deeper and ask the hard-hitting questions you’ve come to expect from the best Air Force news blog on the web. (Air Force Times)
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