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IN TWO WEEKS: 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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JUST THREE WEEKS AWAY: 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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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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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 occur by July 8, 2015. Presentations will be required in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 or earlier format. 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

September 28-30
Introduction to Electronic Intelligence (ELINT)
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Ford
Classification: Unclassified
Alexandria, VA

October 20-23
Essentials for 21st Century Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Robert Samuel
Classification: Unclassified
Alexandria, VA


JUNE AOC VIRTUAL SERIES WEBINAR: Signal Analysis in Congested Environments

June 11 | 1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)
There has been an explosive increase in the activity of the radio spectrum causing an ever-increasing density of the signal scenarios. Due to the increase in the number of signals, a manual approach is no longer effective or practical. The need for automatic simultaneous processing of many signals at every stage of the signal analysis workflow is necessary, from detection through classification through report generation. The result is a need for enhanced complex signal analysis capabilities.

Advancements in digital signal processing have enabled the development of faster and more accurate detection/pre-classification methodologies. Automatic rule-based workflows combine the results from specialized signal detectors including high-speed spectral shape detection (frequency domain analysis) with the robust results gained by signal classifiers (time-domain analysis). The early separation of signals of interest from signals of non-interest in the processing-chain increases the efficiency of the signal processing process especially in contested and congested signal scenarios.

Advances in digital signal processing have also enabled signal processing of numerous DDCs (digital down-converters) on segments of IQ data streaming from one wide-band source. This provides the ability to process many signals captured with one receiver as opposed to architectures that necessitate one hand-off receiver per signal processing channel. Pros and cons of each approach will be discussed.

This webinar will review a modern approach to the workflow involved with finding signals in a dense environment.

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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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Electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) access is a prerequisite for modern military operations. The Department of Defense’s (DoD) growing requirements to gather, analyze, and share information rapidly; to control an increasing number of automated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets; to command geographically dispersed and mobile forces to gain access into denied areas; and to "train as we fight" requires that DoD maintain sufficient spectrum access.
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The Association of Old Crows (AOC) enthusiastically applauds the US 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 US 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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Tuesday, July 14 | 1 p.m. EDT
Counterfeit Electronic Parts has emerged as significant product integrity risk to DoD weapon systems. Industry and US government studies conducted over the past decade shows that electronic part counterfeiting continues to expand. In 2012, US public law required DoD to establish policies to address the counterfeit electronic parts threat. In 2014, DoD established new regulations requiring contractors to establish and implement a Counterfeit Electronic Part Detection and Avoidance System.

This informational meeting will include the following:
  • Counterfeit Electronic Parts Overview - Industry and US Government Response to a Growing Product Integrity Risk
  • Challenges in Compliance to DFARS 252.246–7007, Contractor Counterfeit Electronic Part Detection and Avoidance System
  • Ruminations, Myths and Unreliable Facts (lessons learned)

Our presenter will be Henry Livingston, an Engineering Fellow and Technical Director at BAE Systems Electronic Systems.

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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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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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INDUSTRY NEWS: Despite Setbacks, Marines' 1st F-35 Squadron RIght on Track, Service Says
Despite setbacks, the Marine Corps’ variant of the Joint Strike Fighter is still on track to reach initial operational capability by July, Marines said this week. To declare initial operational capability, or IOC, the Corps’ first F-35 squadron must show that the stealthy jets can perform several specific types of operational missions and that the squadron can maintain the aircraft at home and at sea. (Stars and Striples)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy Rolls out New Five-Year Cyber Strategy
The Navy marked the five-year anniversary of its Fleet Cyber Command Wednesday by rolling out a new cyber strategy to carry it through the next five. The plan is organized around five big-picture priorities, each of them accompanied by tasks the service says it needs to complete within the next 18 months. (Federal News Radio)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Tomorrow’s Small Wars Won’t Just Be Land Wars
Imagine a crisis in a coastal country where terrorists and insurgents turn the littorals to their advantage. Are the United States and its allies ready for naval forces to play a key role in counterinsurgency? Events in Yemen suggests this situation is already upon us. (Defense One)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Surge in Jet Purchases Reshuffles Market
In the span of just a few weeks, a flurry of orders has reset the global fighter market. First came the Feb. 13 announcement that Egypt would become the first foreign customer for the Dassault Rafale. Then on April 10, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed an order for 36 Rafales for his nation. A week later, the United Arab Emirates said it was restarting talks with Dassault about the Rafale, and by the end of April, Qatar has declared its intention to buy the French fighter. (Defense News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: On the 'Prowl': Old EA-6B Navy Jet Will be Preserved as Monument
The old EA-6B Prowler taxied slowly down the main runway at the Monroe County Airport on Tuesday afternoon beneath two arcing plumes of water shooting out from firetrucks stationed on each side. Then a rainbow appeared. Naval Flight Officer Matthew Wickersham had just landed the aircraft for the final time. It had served since 1991 in combat, and in training missions at Whidbey Island in Washington state. The EA-6B received an official military water salute at the end of its last flight. (Washington Times Herald)
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INUDSTRY NEWS: Researchers Create Virtual Humans
New research aims to get robots and humans to speak the same language to improve communication in fast-moving and unpredictable situations. Scientists from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, and the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, or ICT, are exploring the potential of developing a flexible multi-modal human-robot dialogue that includes natural language, along with text, images and video processing. Army.mil)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Italian Ship Production Deal Signed
Italian state shipyard Fincantieri and Italian defense group Finmeccanica have signed a long-awaited contract to start work on a flotilla of new ships for the Italian Navy. In a €3.5 billion (US $3.9 billion) deal, the two firms signed up to build six multipurpose offshore patrol ships, known by their Italian acronym PPA, and one logistic support ship. The deal, which was handled through European armaments office OCCAR, envisages four more options for PPA vessels. (Defense News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Russia Boosts Military Might Despite Sanctions
The fighting in eastern Ukraine has demonstrated that military reform is already bearing fruit. NATO commanders point to the Russians' improved use of electronic warfare, unmanned drones and better logistical support. Russia has taken what was left of the Soviet Army and finally turned it into a fighting force designed for 21st-Century conflict." (BBC News)
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