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REGISTER NOW: AOC Electronic Warfare Brazil, April 16 in Rio de Janeiro

"Evolving Electronic Warfare in Latin America"

The AOC will hold its inaugural AOC Latin America symposium during LAAD, Brazil on April 16, in conjunction with our logistics partner and LAAD organizer, Clarion Events. The conference language will be Portuguese and English.

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.

To register this conference, the participant must insert the CORRECT registration code: EWBRAZIL
Due to room capacity, space is limited to the first 50 registrants. Register Now!

Keynote Speakers & Topics Include:
•    Chairman Antonio Dias de Macedo Filho, Brasilian Navy (Ret.), Executive Vice President, AOC Wild Parrots Roost Chapter
•    Cdr. Carla Martins, President, Wild Parrots Roost
•    Roberto Gallo, General Coordinator, COMCIBER/ABIMDE

•    Evolution of Electronic Warfare in the Navy of Brazil
Captain Leonardo da Silva Mello, Director, Navy Electronic Warfare Centre

•    Gripen NG: Technology in Defense of Brazilian Airspace
Brigadier José Augusto Crepaldi Affonso, President Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Programme – COPAC

•    The Evolution of Electronic Warfare in the Brazilian Air Force
Lieutenant-Colonel Luciano Barbosa Magalhães, Head of Electronic Warfare General Command of Air Operations – COMGAR

•    Electronic Warfare Laboratory – Research Applied to National Sovereignty
Lieutenant-Colonel Lester, Electronic Warfare Laboratory Technological Institute of Aeronautics – ITA
Industry Speakers from SAAB, Sweden, Virtualabs, Italy and Elbit/Elisra Systems, Israel, will complement the exciting program:
•    Effective Naval Electronic Defense
Filippo Neri, CEO, Virtualabs, Italy

•    Integrated Border Management

•    Combinatoric Analysis of Separation Mechanisms in EW Systems
Reuel Manela, Head System Engineer, Advanced EW Systems, Elisra, Israel

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EDUCATION YOU NEED: Plan Now for Great Upcoming Courses Close to You!

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

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

June 23-26
Advanced Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Mr. Dave Adamy
Classification: Unclassified
Alexandria, VA


REGISTER NOW: 15th Annual AOC Electronic Warfare Europe,
"Future EW – Innovation, Information & Interoperability"
May 26-28, 2015 | Stockholm, Sweden
Make the most out of your attendance at EW Europe. There are very few stands left, so contact the sales team today. Don't miss out on a stand and make use of our range of sponsorship opportunities to promote your brand and messaging.

EW Europe 2015 will once again bring together all the communities needed to underpin successful transformation of EW and all related EM capabilities, including SIGINT, C4ISR, spectrum management and cyber. It attracts leaders and operators from the military, government, academia, S&T and R&D, and industry. Book your stand space today to secure your place.

EW Europe's conference programme for Day One and Day Two is now available on the EW Europe website. The main conference will be preceded by the PLATH Intelligence Workshop on May 26. Participate in information sharing through the comprehensive conference on May 27-28 produced by the AOC.

Speaker Highlights
  • Keynote Address – Maj. Gen. Ken Israel, USAF (Ret.) AOC President, U.S.
  • Keynote Address The Baltic Region from a Swedish Perspective Deputy Director Joint Operations, Sweden
  • Overview of Sweden's EW Capability Development Head of EW Systems Department, Sensor and EW Systems Division, FOI, Sweden
  • NATO Air Platform Protection Programme A/Department Manager, Sensors & Countermeasures, dstl Porton Down, UK
  • Enabling Technologies for Radar Warning & Electronic Countermeasures Applications Jonas Grönberg, Product Manager Gripen, EW Division. SAAB Electronic Defense Systems, Sweden
  • Cyber EW Capability and the Boost of the EMS Daniela Pistoia, Company Chief Scientist, Head of Product Innovation & Advanced EW Solutions, Elettronica S.p.A., Italy
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum Challenges & Opportunities Laurie Moe Buckhout, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), Senior Advisor to Office of the Secretary of Defense, Chief Information Officer, United States
  • Keynote Address – Capability Development in the Swedish Airforce – Commander Air Component Command, Sweden 
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Conference Details



April 23, 2015 | 1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

Advocacy is the art of advancing a cause, idea or policy through generating and distributing knowledge and facilitating networking and trade. Successful advocacy requires both commitment of people and investment of resources. It can be daunting to think about making a difference, but it is really quite simple if you follow a few best practices. Join us for the first advocacy webinar of 2015. You'll learn best practices and tips for applying advocacy principles for both individual and organizational advocacy. We will also discuss AOC's advocacy roadmap for 2015 and provide an update on activities and legislation before Congress.

The webinar will cover the following topics:
  • Defining advocacy and its value to the public policy proces
  • Advocacy versus lobbying: What separates the two concepts, and why is advocacy quickly becoming the preferred method to engage Congress?
  • Advocacy tools, tactics, and best practices for individuals and organizations (plus helpful free resources at your fingertips)
  • AOC Advocacy for 2015: What we've done and what we plan to accomplish in the coming months.
Participants of the webinar will also be able to continue the discussion and to receive guidance from the AOC following the webinar to help you get started and stay involved.

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2015 Awards: Nominations for This Year's AOC Awards are Due May 1

Recognize individuals and units for their outstanding performance in furthering the aims of the Association of Old Crows in support of the United States or Allied Electronic Warfare (EW), Information Operations (IO), Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO). Every year, the AOC presents competitive prestigious awards to each recipient at the Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention. Non-competitive awards provide the means for our Chapters and the AOC Board of Directors to recognize individual achievements and contributions any time of the year. These awards are not be presented at the Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention.

Ensure colleagues and friends receive the recognition they deserve by this year's nominating worthy accomplishments. Nominations are due May 1.

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PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE MAY WEBINAR: Demystifying Monopulse Radars, May 7
1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

Modern tracking radars are almost always classified as monopulse radars. But what does the term "monopulse" really mean, and how do monopulse systems work? Do other options exist, and, if so, why are they not as widely used? And most importantly: What does this all mean in the real world?

This webinar will attempt to answer these and other questions by considering monopulse and other comparable techniques. The historical development of these techniques will be summarized to show how this process led almost inevitably to the development of monopulse radar. A simplified version of the theory behind monopulse will be provided to show how the measured returns are related to an angular error. A basic discussion of some of the approaches used to implement monopulse radar will be provided including considerations such as the difference between amplitude- and phase-comparison monopulse. Throughout this presentation, the focus will be on why each of these considerations is relevant to real-world systems.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED: 6th Annual Electronic Warfare/Cyber Convergence Conference
June 2-4, 2015 | SPAWAR, Charleston, SC

Electronic warfare and cyberspace technical capabilities are becoming more technically similar. However, the communities that practice these disciplines remain largely separated and vary widely across the military services in terms of their equipment, unit organization and operating methodologies. This conference provides the EW and cyberspace communities an opportunity to collaborate and discus capabilities, TTPs and research in EW and cyberspace operations to enable more rapid deployment of new and improved capabilities. The EW/Cyberspace Convergence Conference identifies ways to develop advanced technologies and systems to address the changing battlefield dynamics of the digital age and bring EW and cyberspace together for the warfighter!

Keynote Speakers

Rosemary Wenchel (invited)
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary,
Cyber Policy, Office of Policy,
Department of Homeland Security

COL Bryant Glando (invited)
Deputy Directory Army Cyber Proponent,
U.S. Army Cyber Command

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Papers for the 52nd Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention Due May 20

"Synchronizing EW and Cyber to Achieve Spectrum Dominance"
December 1-3, 2015

Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) Dominance in the future will require that we "Synchronize EW and Cyber to Achieve Spectrum Dominance." The Department of Defense along with its industry partners face an uncertain global security environment driven by adversaries who recognize that the EMS has become vital to the success of their campaigns. Adversaries are aggressively fielding electronic warfare systems and cyber systems/technologies that significantly erode DoD's ability to use and control the EMS while conducting military operations.

During this year's symposium, we have 12 sessions set up to examine various aspects of the evolving EW and Cyber strategic relationship and how they impact the EMS. We will start with reviewing how EW/Cyber enable our military capabilities and permit us to dominate in Spectrum Maneuver Warfare Scenarios. We also will examine the underlying EW/Cyber technology base and its implications for future warfighting capabilities. We will take a deep dive into key EW/Cyber S&T initiatives and review how these investment strategies are supported on the Hill. Rapid transition of key EW/Cyber technologies are vital, and they must be shared and organized with our joint and coalition partners. Cyber also plays a key role in the security and resilience of our Homeland Critical Infrastructure. Finally resourcing and exploiting EW/Cyber capabilities are vital for ensuring the tremendous investments we have in our software intensive C4ISR systems are protected. Thank you for your attendance and we hope you enjoy this year's Symposium.

The AOC Convention Committee is soliciting original unclassified English language technical briefings for the 52nd International Symposium and Convention from U.S. and international leaders, operators, subject matter experts and thinkers from the military, academia and industry. You are invited to submit an abstract of presentation in one of these sessions:
• 21st Century EW and Cyber Technologies and Innovation Enablers
• Arming Robotic Systems: Integrating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Robotic Land Vehicles and Undersea Unmanned Vehicles with Advanced Electronic Attack and Electronic Protect Capabilities
• Adaptive Strategies for EW/Cyber Resiliency: Diversity and Redundancy, Integrity Assurance, Separation and Isolation, Detection and Monitoring, Non Persistence, Distributed and Moving Target Offense and Defense
• Space EW Countermeasures: Initiatives and Opportunities
• Protecting the Homeland Infrastructure from Threats: Nuclear Power Plants, Transportation Networks, Electrical Utilities, and Government Organizations
• Tradeoff Analysis Between Standoff and Standing Jamming Systems Against Modern Threats
• Cognitive Adaptive EW Research and Development
Submission Deadline is May 20, 2015.

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OBITUARY: Dr. John L. Grisby Passes
It is with great sadness that AOC announces the passing of Dr. John L. Grigsby, Wild Weasel #231, who died March 12. For the many of us who had known and worked with him, Dr. Grigsby was affectionately known as "Dr. John." He was not only an accomplished R.F. engineer and manager, but he was also a leader in our community of electronic warfare professionals, The International Association of Old Crows. Dr. John was active as a Regional Director for the AOC in 1983, was recognized by its Pioneer Award in 1984 and received its Life Achievement Award in 1995.
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The Kittyhawk Chapter, Association of Old Crows invites you to attend Kittyhawk Week 2015. The feature event is the Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM). The TIM is scheduled for June 2-3, 2015, and will be held at the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC), located in close proximity to Wright-Patterson AFB in Beavercreek, Ohio. ATIC maintains a first-class educational facility designed to support multiple classification levels. The TIM will be at the SECRET level, U.S. only. This will be a valuable opportunity for all stakeholders to learn from others in the community and help shape Air Force electronic warfare (EW) research programs best meeting the needs of combatant commanders.

Maintaining spectrum dominance, the fundamental realm of EW in future conflicts requires flexibility to rapidly adapt to a continually changing threat. Whether it is at the sensor level or in mission operations, success may depend on having the right concept of operations or new disruptive technology. Spectrum dominance requires the integrated contributions of many elements across the EW enterprise. Open architecture concepts offer the potential to integrate advanced technology and adapt system capability rapidly at a lower cost.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: MAGTF EW Team Honored With BBP 2.0 Spotlight Award
The Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Electronic Warfare (EW) IPT demonstrated superior program management and accomplishment in the successful execution of Better Buying Power (BBP) initiatives to deploy state-of-the-art airborne electronic attack (AEA) capability to MAGTF commanders in direct support of combat operations. Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) highlighted critical deficiencies of existing MAGTF EW capabilities in a series of Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statements (JUONS), and stated the overarching requirement to produce an airborne EW capability that is relevant versus today’s evolving target set and that is adaptable to tomorrow’s predicted target set.
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Join the Peachtree Roost and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) for the International & Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Electronic Warfare (EW) Symposium & Workshop, June 8-12, 2015 at the GTRI Conference Center, Building 250 14th St., Atlanta, GA 30318. The theme for this event is "Navigating the International EW Market." AOC members receive a $50 discount!
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36TH EWS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Register by April 17 for April 24 Tourney in Fort Walton Beach
The 36th EWS UAC Annual Spring Classic Golf Tournament will take place April 24 at the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club, Pines Course. The four person scramble event has an 8 a.m. shotgun start and is $50 per player or $200 per team. The event raises funds to support the 36th EWS at Eglin AFB, FL.
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy’s $2.7B Unfunded List to Congress Topped By Electronic Warfare Upgrades, Destroyer Modernization and Aircraft Buys
Upgrading the electronic warfare capabilities on ships and aircraft, modernizing destroyers and adding almost $2 billion in new aircraft topped the Navy’s list of wants in its unfunded priorities wish list to Congress. In a concise letter to Congress, the Navy ‘s Fiscal Year 2016 unfunded priorities list (UPL) asked for $200 million in airborne and surface electronic warfare modernization, $60 million in destroyer modernization and $2.2 billion in new aircraft, according to the Pentagon’s submission to Congress obtained by USNI News. (USNI News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Electronic Warfare a Growing Part of Aviation Training
The end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Corps' efforts to prepare for a fight against a tech-savvy enemy has prompted Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 to put a greater emphasis on electronic warfare. (Marine Corps Times)
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Even as they work to get different versions of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter operational, the Air Force and the Navy are working together on a search for the next generation of capabilities that could provide air dominance 20 years or more in the future. But it may not be a fighter aircraft as that currently is envisioned, the Air Force’s top officer said April 2. (SEAPOWER Magazine)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Marine Corps Develops Futuristic UAV Capabilities
Marines are facing new threats on the battlefield in the form small unmanned aerial vehicles, and the Corps is working on ways to not only combat the them, but remain on the offense. The declining cost of airpower is putting new weapons in the hands of insurgents. Experts say it's a frightening prospect with groups like Hezbollah recently launching their first UAV-borne attacks against al-Qaida-backed al-Nusra fighters in Syria. (Marine Corps Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Schaefer Takes Command of 412th Test Wing
Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer relinquished command of the 412th Test Wing to Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer March 31. Before coming to Edwards, Schaefer served as special assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff for Joint Strike Fighter Integration. He first entered the Air Force in 1990 as a distinguished graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. (Edwards Air Force Base)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: German Air Force Still Desires HALE UAV for SIGINT Role
The German air force has touted the benefits that a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle would have over a converted business jet to fill the signal intelligence capability gap that it was left with in 2010. It retired its Breguet Atlantics that carried out this role to pave the way for the introduction of the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk-derived Euro Hawk UAV, although this was subsequently cancelled because of the escalating costs that arose in order to integrate the aircraft into national airspace. (Flightglobal)
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