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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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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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START 2015 OFF WITH EDUCATION: New Courses in January and February

January 14 – LIVE Online!
Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Ford
Classification: Unclassified
Live Online Webcourse

February 10-13
EW 104: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Ford
Classification: US SECRET
Linthicum, MD


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.

Mark your calendars now for this premier AOC Global event!
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SAVE THE DATE: 6th Annual Electronic Warfare/Cyber Convergence Conference
June 2-4, 2015 | SPAWAR, Charleston, SC

Plan now to attend this annual event. More details to follow in  the new year.

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Also, Save the Date for the 7th Annual EW Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Operational & Technical Information Exchange, August 11-13 in Crane, IN. Look for updates in the coming months on the Conference Page.


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!


SEEKING CANDIDATES: New AOC Outreach Consultant
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


REGISTER NOW: Third National EW Workshop India, February 11-13, 2015 in Bangalore
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.


The U.S. Navy’s portion of the massive government spending bill apparently headed for approval settles several questions that had loomed since the fiscal 2015 request was first introduced last winter. Key provisions with outstanding issues that now have been answered are as follows. (Defense News)
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Coalition airstrikes and the fighter-attack aircraft that conduct these targeted bombings continue to define Operation Inherent Resolve, but many missions rely on the support provided by EA-6B Prowlers from Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4. "The Prowler was purchased by the Marine Corps and we’ve operated as the airborne electronic capability of the [Marine Air-Ground Task Force]," said Lt. Col. David A. Mueller, commanding officer, VMAQ 4. (DVIDs)
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Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall presented the coveted 2014 Eugene G. Fubini Award to longtime Defense Science Board member Robert Stein in a Pentagon ceremony last week. Since 1996, the Fubini Award has recognized an individual from the private sector who made highly significant advisory contributions to the Defense Department over a sustained period of time, Pentagon officials said. (Defense.gov)
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The F-35 is entering service at an interesting time – a time when digital warfare is simultaneously seeing significant evolution. The U.S. and Allied fleet of F-35s will also add an "electronic warfare" component to the fight, an "E" for electronic. It is not necessary to designate the F-35 as the F/A/E-35 – although that might be more accurate. (Second Line of Defense)
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BAE Systems has been selected to work on the second phase of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) adaptive radar countermeasures (ARC) program. Under the ARC Phase II, the company will deliver a prototype system featuring software algorithms that can detect and counter emerging radar threats. This will provide a major capability enhancement without the requirement for costly hardware upgrades. (Air Force-Technology)
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It’s been over three years since the Pentagon formally declared cyberspace a domain of warfare, but the typical image of a cyber warrior usually involves an operator sitting in front of a monitor in a network command center. The Marines, however, recently demonstrated cyber war on the battlefield, with a mix of technologies that includes Google Glass-like augmented reality glasses and other systems to conduct cyber and electronic warfare in parallel with physical military operations. (Defense Systems)
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As the military continues to trim down following the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan, the one growth area is in cyber defense. All of the military services’ cyber divisions, along with the overarching U.S. Cyber Command, plan to steadily increase their number of cyber warriors over the next two years, to help protect networks and combat the growing threats from other countries. (Defense Systems)
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"We have, in my view, exquisite capabilities to kill people," said Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland. "We need exquisite capabilities to manipulate them." Psychological subtlety and the US military don’t always go hand-in-hand. Worldwide, we’ve become better known for drone strikes and Special Operations raids to kill High Value Targets. But that wasn’t enough for the last 13 years of war, according to a RAND study led by well-known special warfare expert Linda Robinson and sponsored by U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), which Gen. Cleveland heads. (Breaking Defense)
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The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) has improved the functionality of AN/ALQ-231 Intrepid Tiger II precision electronic warfare communications jammer pod for the US Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU), as part of efforts to bolster their warfare potential. (Naval-Technology)
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The drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, together with re-assessment of global strategic threats facing the United States conducted by President Obama’s administration, resulted in, among other things, the ‘Pivot to the Pacific.’ This has been described by the Congressional Research Service as a rebalancing of forces focused on that region "to ensure that international law and norms be respected, that commerce and freedom of navigation are not impeded, that emerging powers build trust with their neighbors, and that disagreements are resolved peacefully without threats or coercion." In other words, it’s a counter move to China’s increasingly robust territorial claims, particularly in the South and East China Seas. (Aviation Today)
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The Indian Navy is working towards a new fleet of aircraft and helicopters for maritime surveillance, electronic warfare and anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, its top commander has said. According to the naval chief, Admiral R.K. Dhowan, it was imperative to expand its "maritime surveillance footprint to meet operational requirements" with 12 Boeing P-8I long range maritime reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft, nine yet to be identified medium range maritime reconnaissance (MRMR) aircraft and 12 Dornier-228 short range maritime reconnaissance (SRMR) aircraft. (ENI)
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