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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED: 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 Pt. 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.

Keynote Speakers

VADM David Dunaway, USN (invited)
Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

RADM Donald Gaddis, USN (invited)
Program Executive Officer, Tactical Aircraft Programs [PEO(T)] Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

RADM John R. Haley, USN (invited)
Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic

RADM Mathias W. Winter, USN (invited)
Chief of Naval Research Director of Innovation Technology Requirements, Test & Evaluation (N84)

BGEN Kevin J. Killea, USMC
Director of Futures Directorate, Commanding General, USMCs Warfighting Laboratory and Vice Chief of Naval Research

RDML Scott A. Stearney, USN
Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command

ADM Samuel J Locklear, USN
Commander, US Pacific Command

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INVEST IN YOURSELF THIS YEAR: Expanded Live Online Webcourses Bring Education to You!

March 4LIVE Online!
Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Ford
Classification: Unclassified
Live Online Webcourse

April 14-17
EW 104: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Ford
Classification: US SECRET
Linthicum, MD

April 30 LIVE Online!
Coping with Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) Radar
Instructor: Dr. Richard Wiley
Classification: Unclassified
Live Online Webcourse

May 12-15
Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Mr. Robert Samuel
Classification: Unclassified
Alexandria, VA


NEW FEBRUARY WEBINAR SERIES: Don't Miss Two New AOC Virtual Series on LTE, February 12 and 19!

LTE – Ready for Critical Communication?

February 12, 2015 | 1400-1500 EST (1900-2000 GMT)
The worldwide success of UMTS Long Term Evolution (LTE) as THE wireless communication standard for mobile broadband data and High Definition (HD) voice delivery, including video, in today’s commercial communication networks has led to a commitment by governmental authorities to select LTE as underlying technology also for the next generation public safety network. In the United States, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has reserved paired spectrum of two times 10 MHz bandwidth in the 700 MHz for a nationwide public safety network, which should be deployed, maintained and serviced by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Recently, South Korea has also announced plans to deploy a nationwide network for critical communication based on LTE. However, LTE as a technology, and in its current version, is not quite ready to support all the requirements of the public safety community. Features like device-to-device communication (D2D) or group communication are not yet part of the standard. In fact, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the standardization body behind LTE, is still working on these enhancements. They are intended to become part of the next release of relevant technical specification, known as 3GPP Release 12 to be finalized by end of 2014. Further enhancements like Mission Critical Push To Talk (MCPTT) will be part of the following release 13. Adding these features and its Self Organizing Network (SON) capabilities makes LTE also an interesting candidate to be used as underlying technology for next generation tactical communication to be used at the "battlefield of the future." In this presentation, the current status of standardization will be presented and resulting technical challenges will be identified.
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Vulnerabilities of LTE

February 19, 2015 | 1400-1500 EST (1900-2000 GMT)
Long Term Evolution (LTE) is one of the choices for next generation broadband wireless networks. LTE is expected to be the most dominant fourth-generation technology. This commercial technology is also under consideration for defense applications where security, reliability and interoperability issues need to be addressed. This webinar offers a glimpse of vulnerabilities and challenges of LTE. A brief overview of LTE is given. Air interface challenges such as jamming and interference vulnerabilities are described, as well as interoperability with pulsed signals (radars). Extension of LTE to various applications such as planes and satellites will be discussed and associated technology development challenges are summarized. By the conclusion of this webinar, you will be able to describe LTE capabilities, air interface challenges and technology development challenges of LTE in defense applications.
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AOC BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Nominations Due by March 2

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.


AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Test and Measurement Receiver Architectures for use in SIGINT, EW and Radar Applications, March 12

March 12, 2015 | 1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

Receivers found in Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), Electronic Warfare (EW), and Radar applications possess certain characteristics such as bandwidth, dynamic range, sensitivity, and cost that are optimized for their particular use case. In addition, test and measurement signal analyzers use these applications as a means of both characterizing microwave components and verifying complete systems. Due to the general purpose nature of test and measurement equipment, the necessary flexibility can also lead to confusion in how best to configure the instrument for a particular measurement situation. In this presentation signal analyzers based on both super-heterodyne and direct conversion architectures are analyzed with emphasis on showing how to minimize analyzer generated spurious responses. Knowing the source of distortion enables the user to optimize the signal analyzer performance for any measurement scenario.



JUST ANNOUNCED: AOC EW Latin America 2015, April 16 in Rio!

"Evolving Electronic Warfare in Latin America"

The AOC is planning to hold its inaugural AOC Latin America symposium during LAAD, Brazil, currently planned for April 16, 2015, in conjunction with our logistics partner and LAAD organizer, Clarion Events. The conference language will be predominantly Portuguese.

EW Latin America 2015 will be attended by a wide range of leading military, government, academic and industrial leaders and thinkers from across the region and beyond. The inaugural symposium audience will include senior serving military leaders and operators, security personnel, government officials, leading academics and world class industry leaders, and will discuss the increasingly important field, in Latin America, of Electronic Warfare and associated Electromagnetic Operations (EMO), including signals intelligence, information operations, air platform protection, land EW operations, innovative maritime EW solutions, EW-capable UAVs, operational experience and advanced technology. Focus areas include:
•    Keynote speakers
•    Regional issues and factors
•    EW capability and the maritime, land, air/space, electromagnetic and cyberspace operational environments; platform protection and situational awareness
•    Operational experience and lessons
•    Information operations, cyber and network enabled capability
•    EW operational support and modelling and simulation
•    EW Developments from Industry
•    EW concepts and critical lines of capability development  
•    Related EM capabilities including C4ISR, SIGINT and Spectrum Management
In common with our other global events, an EW, EMO, SIGINT and associated C4ISR dedicated exhibition is being arranged by Clarion Events within the AOC Pavilion.

Symposium planning is being led the AOC Director Global Operations, Wing Commander John Clifford, OBE, RAF (Ret.), who can be contacted at clifford@crows.org.

Stay tuned to www.crows.org for more information.


CALL FOR PAPERS: 15th Annual AOC Electronic Warfare Europe,
"Future EW – Innovation, Information & Interoperability"
May 26-28, 2015 | Stockholm, Sweden
As nations refocus on contingency operations after over a decade of counterinsurgency, 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 counterinsurgency 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, 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!
Conference Details

The AOC is soliciting original unclassified English language papers for the Stockholm 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 close of business Friday, February 27, 2015 but earlier is better.
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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.

Conference Page

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.


NEXT WEEK: 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.


REGISTER NOW: 40th Annual Dixie Crow Symposium, March 22-26
The Dixie Crow Chapter of the Association of Old Crows is proud to announce their 40th Annual Dixie Crow EW/IO Symposium to be held in Warner Robins at the Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB, Georgia. Our theme, "The Power of EW & ISR for Sustained Air Supremacy," emphasizes the important work carried out by the men and women on Robins AFB; military and civilian along with our local contractors. The defense complex supports worldwide those that develop and maintain Electronic Warfare (EW) and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems deployed by our Warfighters on a daily basis to defend our freedom and preserve liberty around the world.

Event Registration: Dixiecrow2015.infinity-international.com

We are happy to have the following committed speakers to date:
Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, USAF (Ret.) – Banquet Speaker
Maj. Gen. Ken Israel, USAF (Ret.), AOC President – Guest Speaker
Maj. Gen. Bob "Cowboy" Dulaney, USAF (Ret.) – F-35 Community Relations, LM
Col. John "Hap" Arnold, USAF (Ret.) – DARPA    
Lt. Col. Chad "Cheat" Fager, Deputy Commander, 53rd EWG
Lt. Col. Gene "Joker" McFalls, 53rd EWG/F-35 – Banquet Emcee

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INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. Fleet Cyber Command Celebrating 5 Years of Operations
U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) is marking its fifth year of operations at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, from January 29 to February 28, during a month-long celebration of both its heritage and innovative future. Since its establishment on January 29, 2010, FCC/C10F has carried on the legacy of the former Naval Security Group and Navy Network Warfare Command in unifying warfighting capabilities – cryptologic/signals intelligence, information operations, electronic warfare, network operations and space capabilities – and converging them with the cyber domain. (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Ukraine Army Improving, But Army Can Still Help
Ukrainian troops are improving rapidly, but there are some key areas that will need U.S. Army assistance in the weeks to come, said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, head of U.S. Army Europe. That will include training the Ukrainians to better avoid and respond to artillery fire, conduct electronic warfare and care for combat casualties. (ArmyTimes)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: NATO Strives for Peaceful Resolve in Ukraine
A peaceful political solution, not a military one, would be the most desirable way to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine and bring normality to the region, said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, or USAREUR. Hodges spoke at a Pentagon media roundtable via video teleconference from Wiesbaden, Germany, January 29. He was very clear as to who is fomenting trouble in the region. (Army.mil)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Kendall: U.S. Needs to Get Faster at Developing Revolutionary Weapon Systems
The Pentagon’s top acquisition official told Congress the U.S. defense complex is good at incremental evolutions in technology but has slipped in bringing about revolutionary systems to the battlefield. "What we’re good at is bringing on the next generation," Frank Kendall, the Department of Defense under secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L) told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. (USNI News)
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In-house government work performed at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) improved an electronic warfare pod that provides the Marine Corps uninterrupted control within the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as the ability to disrupt enemy threats and command-and-control whenever and wherever a combat commander chooses, all at a reduced cost and schedule. (The Lighthouse)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Game On: Virtual Trainer Takes Serious Approach to Electronic Warfare
Missiles are launched at a Navy ship, and sailors must decide in a matter of seconds how to keep from getting hit. Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix prepares Sailors for exactly this scenario, and was named "Best Government-Developed Serious Game" in the Serious Games Showcase and Challenge at the simulation and training industry's premier event last month: the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, FL. (Phys.org)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Red Flag 2015 Kicks Off at Nellis AFB
Red Flag is a realistic combat exercise involving U.S. and allied air forces conducting training operations on the 15,000-square-mile Nevada Test and Training Range. (Second Line of Defense)
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Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall unveiled part of his strategy for procuring a next-generation fighter for the Air Force and Navy in congressional testimony last week. The core of the strategy, Kendall told members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), is called the Aerospace Innovation Initiative. (Defense News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Here’s What It’s Like To Fly A Close Air Support Mission Against Islamic State Militants
While the Pentagon has been very adamant with claims that none of the 4,000 American troops in Iraq are involved in "combat," American jets have been flying attack sorties against Islamic State (IS) militants. But what exactly goes into getting bombs on the bad guys? Here’s what a day in the life of an aircraft carrier-based crew is like. (We Are the Mighty)
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