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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 the 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 needed.

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2015 AOC ELECTIONS: Board of Directors Elections Open July 1

Based on a Board of Directors decision in early 2014, only two At Large Director positions are up for election during the July 1-31, 2015 election period. However, due to an unfortunate error in the voting instructions published in the June 2015 JED, it was inadvertently printed that three At Large Directors from the six candidates could be selected on your ballot instead of the proper number of two.

The online elections software will treat the At Large voting section of the ballot correctly by limiting your selections to two. However,  the June JED included paper copies, which could be used for voting. When and if the AOC HQ receives these paper ballots by mail, those voters will be contacted and given the opportunity to select their top two candidates for At Large. The June 2015 JED online version now contains the correct information on voting, and that ballot can be printed and used. We have also used other means to get the word out about this situation. 

All other election process information, instructions and candidates in the printed issue are correct for the election, which opens July 1 and will continue through July 31, 2015. 

Thank you for your understanding. We urge you to vote. If you have any further questions on this matter, you should contact Glorianne O'Neilin, AOC Director of Membership, at (703) 549-1600 or oneilin@crows.org.

Corrected June JED online Election Guide
Election Guide in PDF Format

Sam Roberts
N&E Chairman


AOC CONVENTION: Show Floor is 88% Sold! Reserve Your Booth Today!
The Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention is the leading trade event of the global Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence market. Across the globe, governments spend more than $7 billion per year on EW and SIGINT equipment and services. How do companies (from systems manufacturers to subsystem and component suppliers) reach their customers in this unique market? They exhibit at the AOC Convention.

For more than 50 years, the AOC Symposium has served as the meeting place for the military customers who buy EW and SIGINT systems and the companies who develop and manufacture them. It is, without a doubt, the most important annual trade event in the global EW and SIGINT market.

The 2014 AOC Convention in Washington, D.C., drew more than 1,300 participants from 29 countries. For most of the 95-plus organizations that exhibited at the Symposium, this was a highly successful event, especially since many of the Symposium attendees who visited the exhibition floor controlled or influenced acquisition decisions within their organizations.

Space is filling up quickly, so secure yours today. Contact Stew Taylor, Exhibits Manager, taylor@crows.org or (540) 891-9956.

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NEW JULY WEBINAR: SAR and GMTI – Two Great Radar Modes That Go Great Together

July 9, 2015  |  1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

Modern air-to-ground radar operation is dominated by two modes: ground-moving target indication (GMTI) and synthetic aperture radar (SAR). GMTI is focused on detection and geolocation of vehicles and personnel moving on the ground, while SAR produces fine-resolution imagery of stationary objects. These modes, while similar on the surface, have historically been realized with very different and dedicated hardware and software. More recently, however, multi-function radar systems have enabled a blending of these heretofore distinct modalities.

This tutorial will begin with a quick review of air-to-ground radar operation, quickly moving into a comparison and contrasting of the SAR and GMTI modes. Next, a detailed description of the implementation and processing behind these modes will be presented. Finally, several examples of combined modes – applications sharing attributes of both SAR and GMTI – will be examined.

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ABSTRACTS DUE MONDAY: Cyber Electromagnetic Activity 2015, October 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; provide a venue to address these new and emerging concepts; and serve as 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, 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 the draft agenda are referenced above.

Abstracts for presentations are required in unclassified textual format. Please forward abstracts to 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 are 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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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED: Seventh Annual EW Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Operational & Technical Information Exchange
August 11-13 | Crane, IN
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 to 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.


Admiral Philip S. Davidson (Invited)
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces

Rear Admiral Mathias W. Winter
Chief of Naval Research/Director,
Innovation Technology Requirements,
and Test & Evaluation (N84)

The Honoroable Jackie Walorski
U.S. House of Representatives (IN-02)

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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ADVANCE YOUR CAREER: Register Now for Fall AOC Professional Development!

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

November 3-6
Advanced Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Dave Adamy
Classification: Unclassified
Alexandria, VA

December 3-5
EW Against a New Generation of Threats

Instructor: Dave Adamy
Classification: Unclassified
Washington, DC


SAVE THE DATE: Marine Corps Spectrum Maneuver Warfare, October 28-29 at MCAS Cherry Point
For the last 65 years, the Marine Corps has been a leader and innovator in the field of airborne electronic warfare as technology has advanced and new threats have emerged. Today, as  our adversaries become more reliant on the RF spectrum for their specialized sensing and networking their platforms, sensors, control systems and weapons, and as unmanned aerial systems take on larger roles across the battlefield, the Marine Corps continues to adapt its warriors, systems and capabilities to prosecute spectrum maneuver warfare using airborne systems to exploit the spectrum vulnerabilities of our adversaries, interdict their operations that rely on RF sensors, controls and connectivity, and target and destroy their spectrum-linked fighting systems and capabilities. This Marine Corps Spectrum Maneuver Warfare Symposium will address the Marine Corps challenges, current capabilities and future plans as they continue to evolve their airborne capabilities to fight in the spectrum domain.


Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis

Deputy Commandant for Aviation

B. Gen. Dan O'Donohue
Commanding General of Marine
Corps Forces Cyberspace

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EW EUROPE: Report from the AOC's Trip to Stockholm

The AOC EW Europe 2015 conference and exhibition in Stockholm (May 27-28) was a great success and the biggest EW event outside the US. Attendance comprised 760 delegates, speakers, exhibitors and visitors from 42 nations. Forty excellent presentations, partly in plenary and partly twin-tracked kept the delegates busy, and the chairs too. Preliminary results from the conference on-site survey indicated a 100 percent level of satisfaction with the conference and exhibition.  Furthermore, many thought the event was good, with many stating it was excellent. There were a number of useful testimonials as well, including several effectively stating that this was the best EW conference they had ever attended, setting the bar high for the future and a tribute to the speakers, chairs, industry and our logistics partner, Clarion Events. The Exhibition Hall opened on Wednesday evening after the Plath-sponsored Intelligence Workshop (May 26) and stayed open throughout the conference so that the 47 companies present enjoyed terrific foot traffic right up to the close.

SAAB sponsored a dinner at the extraordinary and remarkable Vasa Museum that was most enjoyable. UK Chapter members Chris Howe, MBE, Dr. Bob Andrews, MBE, Dr. Sue Robertson, Ian Fish and Richie Canale assisted with the event, running the AOC stand and chairing technical sessions, and many chapter members were present as speakers, delegates and/or exhibitors. Members from Sweden (Viking Roost), Germany (Red Baron Roost) and the India Chapter also assisted throughout and collectively recruited 31 new members.

PALMETTO ROOST NEWS: 6th Annual Electronic Warfare/Cyber Convergence Conference
Last week, I was privileged to discuss the existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat at the 6th Annual Electronic Warfare/Cyber Convergence Conference hosted by the Palmetto Roost Chapter of the Association of Old Crows, held in Charleston, South Carolina. Click here for the agenda, which gives an indication of the cross-section of interests, all discussed in classified sessions. (High Frontier)
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 July 14 | 1300 EDT

Counterfeit Electronic Parts has emerged as a significant product integrity risk to DOD weapon systems. Industry and U.S. government studies conducted over the past decade shows that electronic parts 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 Parts 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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INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. Senate Panel Approves Extra JSF, Super Hornet, Reaper Buys
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a spending bill that buys more Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets, Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and General Atomics MQ-9 Reapers than requested by the government, even as Republicans and Democrats disagree on how to get around mandatory spending caps known as sequestration. The bill passed with a voted of 27-3 on June 11, moving it to the full Senate for a final vote. (Flightglobal)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The Paris Air Show and Military Aviation’s Future
The Paris Air Show is dominated by the commercial sector, which in terms of market and money is clearly more important than the defense aerospace market. But the simple size of that civilian market is not the most critical consideration. As the aerospace world meets in Paris in 2015, national survival is becoming a more pressing concern so the military market remains crucial. (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Rep. McSally Tries to Save EC-130H Compass Calls
Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., has introduced a measure in an appropriations bill that would prevent the Air Force from retiring any EC-130H Compass Call aircraft next year. The EC-130H's role is to jam enemy communications and radar to make it harder for them to shoot down U.S. aircraft. The Air Force's proposed budget for next fiscal year would retire seven of the service's 15 Compass Calls. (Air Force Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: F-35 – Beyond Stealth
The arrival of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will introduce new dimensions in aerial warfare, given the unique attributes of the new 5th Generation (5GEN) fighter. While low-observable techniques are always the most obvious and outspoken about the new fighter, the F-35 has much more to offer than stealth, Lockheed Martin experts say. The combination of unique sensors, sensor fusion, man-machine interface and the integration of the F-35 as part of a broader fleet of aircraft comprising a totality of air power, are the convincing arguments driving air forces worldwide to opt for the new fighter. While the F-35 is the most expensive fighter jet ever built, developers say that, just like the smartphone is no longer just a phone, the F-35 represents the model for future combat aircraft for the next 30-40 years. (Defense Update)
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The "Cougars" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 returned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island June 4 after a nearly 10-month deployment in support of U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. VAQ-139 arrived home after participating in exercise Valiant Shield, Operation Inherent Resolve and contingency operations while deployed in support of the war on terrorism. (BYM Marine & Maritime News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Game Changers for Submarine Warfare: Undersea Sensor Networks, 70 Day UUVs and 200 Mile Range Torpedos
Undersea research and development has been a distinct U.S. military advantage since the end of WWII, but commercial and scientific interest in offshore resources is prompting a rapid expansion and diffusion of undersea study and expertise. American undersea forces will likely become more vulnerable to inadvertent detection by civilian and foreign entities, while rival military and non-state forces could more easily access and incorporate new technologies in their undersea sensors, unmanned vehicles and weapons. (Next Big Future)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy: EMALS, AAG Will Give Designers More Options for Future Carrier Aircraft
The new class of Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) aircraft carriers, with its software-driven Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) and Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), will put so much less stress on aircraft that Navy engineers will be able to think about future aircraft design in a whole new way, the Navy’s director of air warfare told reporters Monday. (USNI)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Boeing Bullish on Near-term Future for F/A-18, F-15 Upgrades
With a little help from the U.S. Congress and the potential for international orders, Boeing is bullish about prospects for its international fighters. A year ago, the fate of the F/A-18 production line in St. Louis was uncertain. Pentagon orders were trailing off, and the Navy again did not formally request money for the platform for fiscal 2016. (Aviation Week)
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