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FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAM AVAILABLE for Next Week's 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 full conference programme 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

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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DEADLINE TODAY, MAY 20: Register Now for the Sixth Annual Electronic Warfare/Cyber Convergence Conference
June 2-4, 2015 | SPAWAR, Charleston, S.C.

The deadline to submit your visit request and base access form is TODAY, May 20 (no exceptions will be made).
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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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DON'T MISS NEXT WEEK'S AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: 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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PRESENTATIONS DUE TODAY: Last Chance, Call for Papers for the 52nd Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention

"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 also will 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 August 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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NEW AOC VIRTUAL SERIES WEBINAR: MIMO Radars – Whatever You Can Do, We Can Do, June 25

June 25, 2015  |  1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)
It has been shown that ground Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) radars can provide orders of magnitude better resolution and accuracy (10x, 100x or 1000x better) than conventional radars. This presentation shows how to use conventional radars to do this as well. The MIMO array uses a thin linear array on transmit and collocated full linear array on receive. It is called a thin/full array. We show how the same MIMO thin/full array can be used as a conventional array to provide same resolution and accuracy as the MIMO array, have no grating lobes, and use exactly the same time and energy for search. So the MIMO and conventional are exactly equivalent performance wise. However the signal processing load for the MIMO radar system can typically be much larger than for its conventional equivalents.

This presentation is given in tutorial form. We give physical insight into MIMO and its conventional equivalents. We explain both. No math used.

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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 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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Tuesday, July 14 | 1 p.m. EDT
Counterfeit Electronic Parts has emerged as significant product integrity risk to DOD weapon systems. Industry and U.S. government studies conducted over the past decade shows that electronic part counterfeiting continues to expand. In 2012, U.S. 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 U.S. 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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CHAPTER NEWS: Report From Dixie Crow EW/IO Technical Symposium XL, "Celebrating 40 Symposiums"
A Murder of Crows consumed the Robins AFB Museum of Aviation Complex from 22-26 March 2015 for the 40th Annual Dixie Crow EW/IO Technical Symposium – Theme "The Power of EW & ISR for Sustained Air Supremacy."

This year’s 40th symposium exceeded our expectations!!! The Dixie Crow Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) is very blessed to have organized and conducted a successful technical conference bringing classified presentations back in the mix while incorporating for the 2nd year an event (The Crows N.E.S.T.) focused toward STEM with our "Leaders of Tomorrow" in today's still somewhat conference challenged environment. We would like to extend a big "Thank You" to the Symposium Committee, our many volunteers, our speakers, our sponsors, our exhibitors, our registrants and our numerous other participants to include our Crows N.E.S.T. participants and community leaders for attending and contributing to the success of our symposium.
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The AOC India Chapter has announced the Fourth International Conference on Electronic Warfare (EWCI 2016), the latest event in the benchmark of EWCI Conference Series in the advanced field of EW. The Conference is being organised by the Award Winning The Conference is supported by Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDO), India. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore is the patronising sponsor of the event. The Conference addresses the technical and commercial needs of Operational Users, Planners, Developers, Procurers, Testers and Trainers of the latest EW Technologies and Systems. A large scale Indoor Exhibition will accompany the Conference, displaying the latest EW products from International EW Organisations. There will be an intense one-day Pre-Conference Tutorials preceding the Conference. The Conference is envisaged as the important platform for EW Professionals who would share the Research and Development output in the field of EW at the global level. Hence, the theme of the Conference is chosen as "EW: Partner for Self-Reliance."
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CHAPTER NEWS: Old Crows Meet at Aardvark Roost
The names of the organizations may sound peculiar, but their members are technically talented and the results of their endeavours are a vital component of modern warfare. The Aardvark Roost, the South African Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), is an organisation for individuals with a common interest in Electronic Warfare (EW) and the electromagnetic spectrum. (Defence Web)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: SASC Markup Whacks LRS Bomber; Adds 12 Super Hornets, 6 F-35Bs
The Navy won and the Air Force lost in the markup of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sens. John McCain and Jack Reed presided over the SASC markup of the defense policy bill, cutting $860 million from three Air Force programs — including the two of the service’s top three priorities — and moving the money to pay for things the Air Force doesn’t want: the $355 million restoration of the A-10, which the Air Force wants to retire; buying 24 more General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper drones for $480 million; and moving another $75 million to add back the Compass Call aircraft the Air Force wanted to retire. (Breaking Defense)
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The Army, in line with the military’s intensified focus on cyber operations, is converting its Network Battle Lab to the Cyber Battle Lab, a change that is more than in name-only. The Network Battle Lab generally concentrates on network tests in support of mission command. The Cyber Battle Lab, expected to hit initial operating capability in October, will support every area of cyber electromagnetic activities, a fairly new term known as CEMA, which includes cyberspace operations, electronic warfare and spectrum management, according to a draft solicitation by the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Gordon, GA. (Defense Systems)
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INDUSTY NEWS: Shift Left: A New Path for Test and Eval
Over the course of his Army career, Col. Ray Compton served and led in signals and system engineering capacities in Somalia, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Always remaining closely tied to the technologies arming soldiers on the ground, Compton has championed effective tools in the theater and the fight. Today, that support is executed from Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he's the commander of the Army Electronic Proving Ground. As technology evolves at breakneck speed, Compton's goal is to enhance the test and evaluation process for communications, command and control, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and for electronic warfare capabilities. A new way of evaluating high technology is a key part of effectively networking soldiers around the world. (C4ISR & Networks)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Putin Controls All Ukraine’s Airwaves, Phones and Computers
Hackers have consistently used low-level cyberwarfare tactics to advance Russian goals in Ukraine. A dedicated group of hackers successfully infected the email systems of the Ukrainian military, counterintelligence, border patrol and local police. The hackers use a spear-phishing attack in which malware is hidden in an attachment that appears to be an official Ukrainian government email. (Newsweek)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Saab Targets Fresh Export Deals for Gripen
Next year, a Gripen fighter will emerge from the assembly line at Saab’s Linköping site in the south of Sweden, following more than 200 others before it. But in contrast to its forebears, this aircraft will embody a raft of new features, which the company believes will ensure the type’s continued production towards – and perhaps even into – the 2030s. (Flightglobal)
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