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DON'T MISS TOMORROW'S WEBINAR: Register Now for Enhancing Network Security, Thursday, 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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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 February 2, 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 February 6, 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 February 23, 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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REGISTER FOR NEXT AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: GPS Interference: Origins, Effects and Mitigations, January 15
January 15, 2015 | 1400-1500 EST (1900-2000 GMT)

GPS has been described as the stealth utility. Diverse elements of our military capability and national infrastructure are critically reliant on precise location and time, usually derived from GPS. Yet, GPS signal reception is potentially vulnerable to interference and spoofing. This webinar provides a high level perspective on the effects of jamming and spoofing on GPS receivers and describes some interference mitigation approaches.

After a quick review of GPS signals and how receivers determine position, the focus is on the effects of select interference types on specific GPS signals, both military and civil. Jamming effectiveness as a function of range is examined and the effect of ground mobile propagation in limiting effective jammer range is described. Military mitigations such as adaptive arrays and inertial measurement unit (IMU) aiding are discussed as well as their limitations. The prospects for integrating rapidly evolving civil "smartphone" approaches into a military context are then explored.

Finally, because GPS is a dual use civil/military system, training military users for operation in a challenged RF environment is highly problematic since actually jamming GPS is often not an option. Discussion will include some approaches to realistically simulate jamming effects under field conditions.

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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 also will 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.


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.

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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!

CHAPTER NEWS: Wing Commander David Kitching Passes
Wing Commander David Kitching, RAF (Ret.), died recently at Mais House, the Royal British Legion care home in Bexhill-on-Sea, where he had recently moved following a stroke last year. The thoughts and prayers of the UK Board and Chapter members are with David, his partner Kathy Hastings and David's family. David was a renowned Royal Air Force EW expert and a major influence in the UK Chapter for many years. In his later years, he organized and chaired hugely successful international EW conferences in Europe setting the benchmark for such events.
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First Dixie Crow Chapter President passes away at 86 on December 2. David Warren Hawk was instrumental chartering The Dixie Crow Chapter of The Association of Old Crows in 1968 serving as the Chapter’s first President from 1968-1969 while working Electronic Warfare (EW) on the Wild Weasel.

The Dixie Crows are proud to honor Dave’s service and memory to the AOC and the Dixie Crow Chapter by making a $150.00 donation to the Dixie Crow Education Foundation in his name.
Click here to read Mr. Hawk's full obituary.

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

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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The Navy’s Next Generation Jammer – a key tool in the service’s electronic warfare plans – is reportedly showing its value, although budget pressures will delay its expected deployment by a year. Development on the jammer got underway in full force early this year and it performed well during a test in October, but reduced funding will push its initial operating capability back from 2020 to 2021, according to the 2014 Position Report from the Chief of Naval Operations. (Defense Systems)
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In a speech at the Reagan Presidential Library on November 15, outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel introduced the Defense Innovation Initiative or DII, a set of projects some have dubbed the "Third Offset Strategy." Hagel challenged his department and the greater defense community to devise technologies and concepts that will ensure that U.S. military forces retain, as Hagel described, "the ability to project power rapidly across oceans and continents by surging aircraft, ships, troops and supplies. If this capability is eroded or lost, we will see a world far more dangerous and unstable, far more threatening to America and our citizens here at home than we have seen since World War II." (The National Interest)
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Where do ground forces fit in the Pentagon’s new offset strategy? The answer may be an intriguing mix of old-fashioned armored forces, mobile missile launchers, and lasers on trucks. While Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s remarks formally launching "offset" were frustratingly vague, we’ve heard plenty from other officials and outside thinkers about how the Pentagon must pursue breakthrough technologies to keep ahead of rapidly advancing adversaries in the air, sea, space, and cyberspace. Generally absent from the discussion: land forces. (Breaking Defense)
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The U.S. Navy (USN) has awarded Milestone C acquisition approval for an infrared search-and-track (IRST) system for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced on December 2. Having completed its first flight aboard a Super Hornet in February, the podded AN/ASG-34 IRST will now begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) for six units needed to take the programme forward to initial operating capability (IOC). (Jane's)
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The Armed Forces face a critical shortage of specialist servicemen, including intelligence officers, gunners and submariners, a report reveals. The RAF, Navy and Army are missing more than 1,700 skilled service personnel in 43 different jobs that defence officials admit is having a "measurable and detrimental impact on operations". (The Telegraph)
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On October 1, the Marine Corps deployed its newest crisis response force, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, to the Middle East. "SPMAGTF-CR-CC was created to provide the commander of U.S. Central Command with a forward-deployed, shore-based, scalable and self-contained Marine Air-Ground-Logistics Team able to rapidly respond to crisis and contingency and conduct steady-state Theater Security Cooperation," said Col. Jason Q. Bohm, commanding officer, SPMAGTF-CR-CC. (DVIDs)
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The under secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology has announced that Better Buying Power 3.0 builds on previous iterations of the efficiency initiative with a focus on technology and innovation. Acknowledging a budget drop to $65 billion in research and development, Frank Kendall said BBP 3.0 directs achieving dominant capabilities through technical excellence and innovation in a culture of cost-consciousness, professionalism and technical excellence. (DOD)
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