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TODAY, 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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JUST THREE WEEKS AWAY: Register Now for the 15th Annual AOC Electronic Warfare Europe,
"Future EW – Innovation, Information & Interoperability"
May 26-28, 2015 | Stockholm, Sweden
EW Europe 2015 is again bringing 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.

EW Europe's conference programme for Day One and Day Two is 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
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.

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

Plus many more!
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NEXT MONTH: 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!


Don’t miss the hands-on tour of the F-35B (STOVL) Lightning II.

Courtesy of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501.

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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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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 are open to Five Eye nations.

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

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

September 15-18
Fundamental Principles Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Dave Adamy
Classification: Unclassified
Alexandria, VA

October 20-23
Essentials for 21st Century Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Robert Samuel
Classification: Unclassified
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REGISTER FOR THE FREE AOC WEBINAR: Evolving to the Next Generation of Multifunctional Electronic Warfare, May 28

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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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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The Association of Old Crows (AOC) enthusiastically applauds the U.S. DOD’s renewed emphasis on realizing control of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) in the midst of conflict. With the announcement of the Third Offset Strategy by Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel in November 2014, and the March 2015 announcement from Deputy Secretary of Defense, Bob Work codifying the Pentagon’s new Electronic Warfare (EW) Executive Committee, the U.S. DOD has signaled its intentions to fully pursue non-kinetic strategies as one of the keys to military power projection in the coming decades. These non-kinetic solutions could entail a combination of electronic attack (a critical component of EW), cyber-attack, high-power electromagnetic (HPEM) weapons and high-energy lasers, to name a few.
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FROM THE PT MUGU SYMPOSIUM: Electronic Warfare Symposium Welcomes First International Partners
The Weapons Division and the Association of Old Crows welcomed the first foreign guests, members from the Australian Air Force, to the 44th Electronic Warfare (EW) Symposium March 31 through April 2 at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu. "I look forward to our international partnership," said Rear Adm. Mike Moran, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) commander. " (The Lighthouse)
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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: Sensors Key to Preserving Battlefield Edge
Science and technology programs involving sensors and other capabilities are on the rise. The reason for that support is that sensors are relatively inexpensive when compared to the big weapons systems they protect, plus, they provide protection for soldiers. (Armed With Science)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Marine Corps Cyber Task Force Stood Up, Will Report to Commandant This Summer
The Marine Corps Cyber Task Force stood up last week to create courses of action to address manpower, organizational, acquisition and other problems for cyberspace operations, the director of the Marines’ cyber and electronic warfare integration division told USNI News. (USNI News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: VMAQ-4 Bids Farewell to Mueller, Welcomes Johnson
Lt. Col. Paul K. Johnson assumed command of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 here, taking the helm from Lt. Col. David A. Mueller during a change of command ceremony April 30. "Leading the Marines of this squadron has been the most rewarding part of my Marine Corps career," said Mueller. "We have accomplished numerous achievements and deployments over the years, which could not have been as successful without the men and women of this squadron." (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The U.S. Army Grapples with Bold New UAS plan
It is 2018, and an enemy of the U.S. Army seems to be having a lucky day. Yes, an unarmed unmanned air vehicle flying overhead has spotted this particular target, but the army has already retired its fleet of armed scout helicopters and the Boeing AH-64E Apache is still parked at the base with only is auxiliary power unit running. But there is a solution. (Flightglobal)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Lawmaker Says Air Force Delaying Electronic Warfare Missile
A Florida lawmaker's bid to push the Air Force to develop new electronic weapons failed on Tuesday when the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said the effort was technically flawed. Rep. Richard Nugent, R-Florida, said the Air Force "has been dragging its feet" on preparing the weapon for deployment and instead redirecting $10 million the service received in 2015. (Military.com)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: 'Futurist' Predicts Far East Challenges for Expeditionary Army
Cyber, electronic warfare and anti-satellite operations are just a few of the threats facing the United States in the Pacific, said a "futurist," who spoke recently at the Pentagon. Addressing a standing-room-only audience of largely logistics Soldiers and civilians from Army G-4, Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr., president of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, spoke on the sustainment and logistics challenges facing the future force, April 23. (Army.mil)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Why the Iranian Purchase of the S-300 Should Worry the Gulf States
Saudi Arabia’s decision to intervene militarily in Yemen against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels has raised regional tensions to a boiling point. In a cold war between Iran and Saudi Arabia that is growing increasingly hot, the move by Russian President Vladimir Putin to lift the ban on the sale of S-300 missiles to Iran has come at just the wrong moment. S-300PMU-1, known as SA-20 in NATO parlance, is a long-range and highly capable surface-to-air missile (SAM) system which can target both high-performance military aircraft, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles. (RUSI)
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