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AOC ELECTIONS START TODAY: Vote for the Board of Directors through July 31

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.

Deadline to vote: July 31, 2015 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
How to vote:
-       Visit the ballot login page at www.electionsonline.com/vote.
-       If you do not know your username and password, submit your email address to have it emailed to you immediately.
-       Once you have your username and password, login and vote.

Thank you for your participation!

Online Election Guide
Election Guide in PDF Format

Sam Roberts
N&E Chairman



DON'T MISS NEXT THURSDAY'S FREE 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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AOC Expands Outreach Efforts

The AOC is pleased to announce that an "Outreach Consultant" position advertised in the JED has been filled by Mr. Philip DuPree. Mr. DuPree brings a rich EW background and expertise from his career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy and industry positions. His start date is October 1, 2015. In the newly created position, Mr. DuPree’s primary responsibility will be to coordinate and collaborate the AOC’s strategy with U.S. stakeholders (military, government, industry, academia and possible other entities). He also will support the AOC’s advocacy program.


REGISTER NOW: 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
U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Dr. Peter Craig
Program Manager for EW
Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Mr. Bryan Clark
Senior Fellow
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)

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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AOC CONVENTION: Show Floor is 90% 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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REGISTER NOW: 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.

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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, D.C.


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

Conference Details

The AOC Japan Chapter Hosted the 4th EW Research Group Conference on April 24 in Kikai-Shinko-Kaikan, Tokyo. It has been co-sponsored by the IEICE (The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers) Japan, Technical Committee on Space, Aeronautical and Navigational Electronics (SANE).

The EW Research Group of the AOC Japan Chapter is established to promote the exchange of new ideas and information, and the dissemination of the new research and knowledge in the fields of Electronic Warfare throughout the Japanese industry, academia and government. This aim is accomplished through technology conferences enabling Japanese and friendly nations' researchers to discuss the EW issues.

At the conference, AOC Japan Chapter President Mr. S. Kazama, AOC Lifetime Service Award recipient, welcomed the 70 attendants from Japanese industries, academia and government.

The keynote speech was on the Communication Electronic Warfare Technology, Basic and Practice. It was followed by the technical session presentations. At the conference, the newly published Japanese version (Tokyo Denki Univ. Press) of "EW103" (originally by David Adamy, Artech House) was presented and sold by the publisher booth.  


 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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Dear Crows,

I am a volunteer researcher at the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, WA (http://www.flyingheritage.com). Our museum has an unrestored F-105G that was built originally as an F-105F.  I'm doing the history of this aircraft in anticipation of the restoration work commencing.

It was converted in February 1968 into a Combat Martin aircraft for use in jamming communications between North Vietnamese air controllers and MiG pilots. This variation had a Hallicrafter’s QRC-128 (AN/ALQ-59) jammer installed in the backseat area. The 388 Tactical Fighter Wing history from the period indicates that the aircraft was tested in March 1968, but no missions were ever flown.

I believe Alfred Price mentions the Combat Martin in his EW history, though I've not been able to consult the actual work. I'm hoping some one in your membership is knowledgeable about this aspect of EW history.

If anyone can be of assistance, please contact:

Todd Shaphren

INDUSTRY NEWS: Visiting 2nd Marine Air Wing: The Role of Electronic Warfare and VMAQ-3
During our visit to 2nd MAW on May 18, 2015, we had a chance to talk with two members of VMAQ-3, an electronic warfare squadron flying EA-6B Prowler jets. It is part of Marine Aircraft Group 14 under the 2nd MAW. We interviewed two members of the squadron who recently joined the EW world. With the first Prowler pilots being trained this summer at Beaufort for the F-35B, a transition is already underway. The Prowler is due to be retired in 2019 and will be replaced by a wide-ranging focus on EW throughout the MAGTF. (Second Line of Defense)
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PROWLER RETIREMENT: EA-6B Prowler Makes its Final Flight for Navy
After 45 years of service, the Navy EA-6B Prowler has made its final flight. The aircraft was retired last week with a three-day commemoration at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington. The farewell ceremony, attended by more than 1,000 people, featured retired Capt. Fred Wilmot, a former Prowler test pilot who delivered the first of the aircraft to Whidbey Island in January 1971. He was also a passenger on the last Prowler to fly at Whidbey Island. (Stars and Stripes)
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PROWLER RETIREMENT: In Pictures: USN Prowler Embarks on Final Flight
The U.S. Navy’s last Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft flew its final flight from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington on 27 June, concluding 44 years in service with the force. The carrier-based aircraft took part in a ceremonial final take-off and flyaway from its previous home base, leading the way for the Boeing EA-18G Growler to take over as its replacement. (Flightglobal)
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The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman Corporation, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971. On Saturday, June 27, the longest serving carrier-based aircraft in history passed that electronic attack baton to its successor, the EA-18G Growler, with a ceremonial final take-off and flyaway from its longtime home base. It was the culmination of a two-day event honoring the legendary aircraft. (PR Newswire)
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The past meets the future when a distinctive looking aircraft with the nose and electronics of an F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter and the body of a 1960s passenger jet participates in one of the U.S. military’s largest electronic warfare exercises. A modified BAC 1-11 serves as a flying test platform for the F-35’s AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array radar (AESA) and its AN/AAQ-37 distributed aperture system (DAS) which provides F-35 pilots with 360-degree spherical situational awareness and target tracking capabilities. (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. and Polish Air Forces Conduct Electronic Warfare Exercise
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the Polish Air Force have jointly participated in Ramstein Guard, an electronic warfare NATO exercise in which Poland was the lead nation. As part of this exercise, which was conducted at Lask Air Base in Poland, the U.S. deployed 14 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 480th and 157th Fighter Squadrons and around 250 service members to employ land and air capabilities. (Airforce-Technology)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Grooming ‘White-Hat Hackers’
When it comes time to write the what-I-did-this-summer essay, 16-year-old Jacob Underwood of Ramona might raise a few eyebrows. He learned how to hack into a computer system like a pro, handle malware and data mine for hidden information. It’s the kind of stuff that nearly brought down Sony Pictures Entertainment, led to the theft of personal information from millions of JPMorgan Chase accounts, and jeopardized 80 million members of the Anthem Blue Cross health care giant. (San Diego Union Tribune)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Israel Navy to Upgrade Combat Surface Fleet
The Israel Navy is upgrading its entire combat surface fleet with new German-built, Israeli-equipped Sa'ar-6 corvettes and the integration of new radars and electronic warfare (EW) systems in existing Sa'ar-5 and Sa'ar 4.5 ships. Procurement and retrofit of the new radars, developed by Elta Systems, and the combined active and passive EW suite by Elbit Systems Elisra will start next year. (Defense News)
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Keysight Technologies
BAE Systems
Mercury Systems
Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation
W. L. Gore & Associates
Wide Band Systems, Inc.

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