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REGISTER TODAY: 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. Despite doubling the exhibition space this year, there are, at most, five exhibition spaces available now, but there is still time if you are interested in this Global AOC EW opportunity. 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.



Keynote Address – Capability Development in the Swedish Airforce
Brigadier General Gabor Nagy, Swedish Air Force, Commander Air Component Command, Sweden

Opening Address – Overview of Sweden’s EW Capability Development
Johan Falk, Head of EW Systems Department, Sensor and EW Systems Division, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Sweden

Keynote Address – The Baltic Region from a Swedish Perspective
Rear Admiral Anders Grensted, Deputy Director Joint Operations, Sweden

Understanding Operational Challenges: The Future Littoral & Land Environments and EW Support
Major General David Hook, CBE RM (Ret.), EW Business Development Executive, L3 TRL Technology, UK

Exercise Listening Lion 2014 – The world’s most sophisticated EW/SIGINT Exercise
Captain Christopher A. Passerella, USMC, Charlie Company Commander, II MEF, 2nd Radio Battalion, U.S.
Colour Sergeant Chris McGonnell, RM, 30 Cd0, Y Sqn RM, UK

NATO Joint ISR Trial UNIFIED VISION 2014 & EW Context, Outcomes & EW Focus
Wg. Cdr. Rob Munday, RAF (Ret.) UV14 Assessment Director, UK
Alasdair Gilchrist, MBE Head of UK Delegation NATO EW Advisory Committee & Working Group

Electronic Warfare Market Outlook and Technology Trends
Asif Anwar, Director Strategy Analytics, UK

Keynote Address – Modern EW Transforming the Nature of War/Innovation, Information & Interoperability as Critical Investments for Superiority
Maj. Gen. Ken Israel, USAF (Ret.), International AOC President, U.S.

Closing Address – Understanding Operational Challenges: The Future Littoral & Land Environments and EW Support
Major General David Hook, CBE RM (Ret.), EW Business Development Executive, L3 TRL Technology, UK

Plus many more!
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NOMINATIONS DUE FRIDAY: Don't Miss Your Chance – Nominate Someone for AOC Annual Awards

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 presented at the Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention.

Ensure colleagues and friends receive the recognition they deserve by nominating worthy accomplishments. Nominations are due THIS FRIDAY, May 1. So don't delay!

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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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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Register Now for Great Upcoming Courses Near D.C.!

June 23-26, 2015
Advanced Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Dave Adamy
Classification: Unclassified
Alexandria, VA


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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NEW AOC VIRTUAL SERIES WEBINAR: Evolving to the Next Generation of Multifunctional Electronic Warfare

May 28 | 1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

With today’s increasingly sophisticated threats in the global defense battlefield and the proliferation of Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD), technology must rise to meet the challenge of complex missions – particularly for those operating across the electromagnetic spectrum. These missions call for ‘smart’ systems that address multiple threats, meaning that they need to be adaptive, multifunctional and operate on any platform (whether in the air, at sea, on the ground or unmanned) – all under reduced size, weight and power. Dated systems built with one specific purpose and function (e.g., one individual system for electronic attack; a different system for electronic protect, etc.) require ongoing upgrades and multiple parts, which can limit mission effectiveness and slow down critical mission turnaround time.

This webinar presentation will focus on the evolution of the EW environment and the need to leverage next generation capabilities that will increase situational awareness for warfighters operating on any platform and within any domain, protecting them against adversaries navigating across the spectrum.

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NEW SPEAKER ADDED: Register Now for the Sixth Annual Electronic Warfare/Cyber Convergence Conference
June 2-4, 2015 | SPAWAR, Charleston, S.C.

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
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary,
Cyber Policy, Office of Policy,
Department of Homeland Security

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

Brig Gen Peter J. Lambert, USAF
Vice Commander 25th Air Force,
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas

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June 11 | 1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

Nowadays, due to the explosive increase in activity within the radio spectrum and the ever-increasing density of the signal scenarios, searching for unknown signals is the equivalent of looking for a needle in a haystack.

An ideal signal monitoring solution must comb through this "haystack" to find specific signals, effectively and reliably.

As a result, automated techniques for signal detection (for example spectral shape detection), baseband classification, demodulation and processing are becoming the key elements in the design of automatic signal monitoring solutions.

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SAVE THE DATE: Seventh Annual EW Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Operational & Technical Information Exchange, Aug. 11-13
The overall goal of the event is to provide a forum for EW professionals from the military, government, industry and academic fields to discuss issues related to the requirements of EW programs, platforms and operations. This capstone event will focus on the identified gaps and technologies the services require to ensure EW maintains freedom of maneuver through the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) in support of achieving commanders' objectives. Speakers and presenters will look back at the previous few years and identify progress made to ensure the success of the warfighter in tomorrow's battlespace.

DAY 1: Exploring the service's gaps, including the mutually supportive capabilities of EW across all maneuver spaces (domains). This informative session of presentation and open discussion will provide senior leaders and attendees insight to Spectrum programs and operations that are key areas to the entire battlespace operations. SECRET US ONLY

DAY 2: Review of the service's gaps with respect to the many disciplines of EW and Non-Kinetic Warfare, including but not limited to RF, EO, and IR. This informative session of presentation and open discussion will provide senior leaders and attendees insight to Spectrum programs and operations that are key areas to the entire battlespace operations. SECRET US ONLY

DAY 3: Detailed Intelligence Community updates on where our adversaries' threat systems are today and where they are going in the future. TS/SCI ONLY

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Cyber Electromagnetic Activity 2015, Oct. 6-8, Aberdeen Proving Ground

The International AOC and APG Susquehanna Chapter of the AOC, under a co-sponsorship agreement with Army Team C4ISR APG, will hold the Inaugural CEMA 2015 Conference at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Sessions will be held at the unclassified and classified levels up to SECRET releasable to Five Eyes.

**Caveat: Approval paperwork to conduct the conference is in process with a final decision by the Department of the Army expected no later than August 2015. All indications are that this conference is in compliance with all required directives and meets the standards required so we expect, but cannot guarantee this conference will be approved.**

The theme for the inaugural CEMA 2015 event is "Synchronizing Cyber Electromagnetic Activities to Win in a Complex World." The newly published Army Operating Concept (AOC) emphasizes the importance of ready land forces and their significance to the joint and coalition fight, and recognizes the need for continued innovation to "Win in a Complex World." Cyberspace operations, in conjunction with electronic warfare and electromagnetic spectrum operations are identified in the AOC as one of the seven core Army competency areas critical to shaping the operational environment and winning decisively. Equally new to the Army is the concept of Cyber Electromagnetic Activities, or CEMA, which is outlined in the first doctrinal field manual of its kind that integrates and synchronizes cyberspace operations, electronic warfare (EW), and spectrum management operations (SMO). The CEMA 2015 event will allow for an exchange of ideas, concepts and information, and provide a venue to address these new and emerging concepts and a framework to discuss ongoing and future research and development to set the conditions for innovation and success.

Attending the CEMA 2015 event will also provide the Army and DoD Electronic Warfare and Cyber communities of interest an opportunity to meet with and discuss the current and emerging Electronic and Cyber Warfare requirements with Coalition partners, industry technicians, engineers, and scientists and other Government agencies and learn from their successes.

The newly published Army Operating Concept (AOC) emphasizes the importance of ready land forces and their significance to the joint and coalition fight, and recognizes the need for continued innovation to "Win in a Complex World." Cyberspace operations, in conjunction with electronic warfare and electromagnetic spectrum operations are identified in the Army Operating Concept as one of the seven core competency areas critical to shaping the operational environment and winning decisively. Equally new to the Army is the concept of Cyber Electromagnetic Activities, or CEMA, which is outlined in the first doctrinal field manual of its kind that integrates and synchronizes cyberspace operations, electronic warfare (EW), and spectrum management operations (SMO). The CEMA 2015 event will provide the DoD and Services an opportunity to meet with leadership from the United States and Five Eyes nations, government, academia, and industry to discuss current and emerging trends in Electronic Warfare, Cyber, and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations with respect to threats, emerging requirements, technological advances, and potential opportunities for collaboration.

Presentations or demonstrations from all Services, Five Eyes Partners, DoD, Warfighters, Industry, and Academia are requested that explore the concept of enabling or integrated EW-Cyber-EMSO capabilities and the necessary innovation required to set the conditions for innovation and success. Submitted abstracts are specifically requested to address one or more of the symposium sessions: 1) EWO and Spectrum Manager Warfighter Perspectives; 2) Trends in Electromagnetic Spectrum Capabilities; 3) Agile Acquisition; 4) Threats, Capability Gaps, and Requirements; 5) Cyber/EW "Convergence"; 6) Technology Trends, Testing, Experimentation and Exercises; 7) Joint and Industry Perspectives; 8) International Efforts and Opportunities; and 9) Tactical Cyber Operations and Concepts. Amplifying information on these supporting topics and draft agenda are referenced above.

Abstracts for presentations are required in unclassified textual format. Please forward abstracts Shelley Frost at frost@crows.org. The deadline is June 22, 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: "Ryan_session3_AgileAcquisition.doc." Symposium presentations may be unclassified or classified, however, abstracts should be unclassified. Notification of acceptance and presentation submission instructions will be by July 8, 2015. Presentations will be required in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 or earlier format. In order to meet required foreign disclosure procedures, final presentations are required to be submitted with appropriate foreign disclosure paperwork by Aug. 24, 2015, to ensure adequate processing. Foreign disclosure processes will be listed on the conference website (www.crows.org) when finalized.

: (note: dates are proposed for initial planning purposes only and subject to change based on the finalization of the foreign disclosure processes currently in staffing. Actual dates are expected to fall on or within 7-10 days of listed dates)

Abstracts Due: June 22
Notification of Acceptance: July 8
Final Presentations with Foreign Disclosure paperwork: August 24
Security Clearance: September 14

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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 and 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! This event is FREE for Current/Active U.S. and International Government Civilians and Military.
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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: Here's Why Raytheon's Jammer Program is Worth Way More than its $10 Billion Price Tag
The total value of the program is estimated to be $10 billion over the next few decades. But if you ask both Raytheon Co.'s CEO and think-tank analysts, the Next Generation Jammer is worth a whole lot more than that. It's been nearly two years since the company won the $279.4 million contract for the technology development phase of the program, which will result in an advanced system for jamming enemy signals from the Navy's EA-18G Growler aircraft. The NGJ program is on schedule and cost, said CEO Thomas Kennedy, with initial operating capability expected in 2021. (Washington Business Journals)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: At the Pentagon, Carter Looks to a Bygone Era as a Way to the Future
Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, an admirable mix of theoretical physicist and medieval historian, is trying to reconstruct the collaboration between the academic world, industry and government that existed in World War II and the Cold War, but appears to have died out in recent years. (The Washington Post)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Defense Chief's Stanford Speech Decoded: More Funding for Silicon Valley
When Defense Secretary Ashton Carter asked Silicon Valley for help in a heavily publicized speech at Stanford University, he didn't say what he'd offer in return. He didn't have to. Allusions to patriotism were made, of course, and nods to everyone's desire to make the world a better place. Left undiscussed was the billions of dollars the Defense Department and other agencies are ready to shower on the technology industry as the federal government amps up spending on cybersecurity and electronic warfare. (The Los Angeles Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Face of Defense: Aircraft Maintainer Saves Air Force $5 Million
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dennis Hertlein is an avionics, electro-environmental and propulsions systems expert. But he's not your average specialist flight expediter – his expertise has saved the Air Force $5 million. Hertlein, assigned to the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, worked with teams to complete modifications and upgrades to Nellis Air Force Base's F-16 fleet locally, rather than having to send them to a depot. The idea decreases costs and increases aircraft availability. (Defense.gov)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: How Technology has Changed Intelligence Collection
With the world becoming a more volatile place and certain high-threat environments becoming too dangerous to send personnel, the lack of human intelligence has placed a greater stress on signals intelligence to provide military commanders with greater knowledge of dangerous actors and potential threats. Technology has allowed the military to rely less on human intelligence, or HUMINT, which puts the lives of spies and operators on the ground at risk, and procure aerial systems that provide myriad levels of intelligence. (Defense Systems)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: House Panel Moves to Block A-10 Retirement
The House announced moves this week to protect the A-10 Thunderbolt from a proposed retirement. The aircraft program is fully funded in a version of the annual defense budget unveiled by the House Armed Services Committee. An Arizona congresswoman said she also plans to float an amendment that would bar the Air Force from eliminating the aircraft, also known as the Warthog, when the committee votes on the massive defense bill. (Stars and Stripes)
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