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SIGN UP FOR TOMORROW'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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VOTE IN THE AOC ELECTIONS: Online Board of Directors Elections Now Through July 31

Elections for the AOC Board of Directors has started. VOTE NOW!

As an AOC member, you have have an opportunity to determine the future of the organization.
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If you need any assistance with this information, simply send an email to oneilin@crows. so we can provide that information to you.

Deadline to is July 31, 2015 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. So don't delay.

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CONGRATULATIONS to the 2015 AOC Award Winners

AOC will recognize the premier leaders in EW, IO and EMS Operations fields throughout our 52nd Annual Symposium and Convention. Please join us in celebrating these award winners for their exemplary service to our community.

The Gold Medal Award is the highest award given by the AOC for outstanding advances and contributions in all fields of EW and IO. The Gold Medal Award will be presented during the Opening Session on Tuesday, December 1. The Hal Gershanoff Silver Medal Award is presented to an AOC member to recognize outstanding service in furthering the goals of the Association or its Chapter Organization(s). It is the highest award given to a member for service to the AOC. The Hal Gershanoff Silver Medal and the Colonel Anton D. Brees Lifetime Service Awards and the Joseph W. Kearney Award will be presented at the Annual Banquet on Wednesday, December 2. All other Individual awards will be presented throughout the week in the exhibit hall.

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REGISTER NOW FOR THE NEXT AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: IQ Signal Recording: Getting Answers from Big IQ Data, August 6

August 6, 2015  |  1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

Modern EW and commercial RF emitters are designed at baseband using in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) waveforms. Such waveforms are used by analysts, spectrum managers and test engineers to evaluate modern weapon systems prior to deployment. However, in an increasingly congested and contested EMS, real-world waveforms often arrive at their intended receivers distorted from their transmitting source due to external or self-generated interference. To make matters worse, such interfering and non-compliant waveforms are often unpredictable: We do not know when they will occur, where they will appear or how long they will last. In order to fully understand the true nature of these signals, many seconds, minutes or even days of IQ record time may be required to guarantee that 100 percent of the event is captured. Once captured, engineers must wade through mountains of IQ data to validate compliance or understand specific waveform forensics. Signal processing tools must be applied to process these large blocks of recorded spectrum to understand how temporal and often transient interference impacts a victim receiver. Recording 100 percent of the IQ events of interest gives the designer and spectrum manager forensic evidence of what actually happened in the electromagnetic domain. And, because these recordings contain 100 percent of the IQ signal content, and not just a visual history, the interfering signals provide engineers undeniable proof of the event characteristics. These recordings also can be re-used as IQ signal sources in margin and stress testing new designs.

This briefing will cover some of the big IQ data challenges and solutions facing the spectrum warrior as they work to validate weapon systems and characterize modern threats. It will also look at the implications of emerging threats and how IQ signal recording solutions must evolve to help the warfighter.

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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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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.


REGISTER NOW: 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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 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: Jamming up Marne Focus
Communication is key. The ability to communicate a message verbally, physically, or electronically, is vital. We, as a society and as individuals, communicate every day, and the majority of it is done electronically. We send texts, we speak on the phone, and we send emails that travel globally. The Army is no different. But what happens when communications are disrupted? (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: First-Time Fix: C-5C LAIRCM Mod Benefits Warfighters, NASA
For the first time at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, a C-5C model is currently undergoing modifications to outfit a Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system. LAIRCM is a defensive system for large transport as well as rotary-wing aircraft that combines a missile warning system and infrared laser jammer countermeasure system to protect the aircraft from an enemy's infrared-guided threat missiles. (Robins AFB)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Directed Energy Weapons: Will They Ever Be Ready?
If Nikola Tesla had been deployed with the USS Ponce this past year, he would have been proud. A directed energy weapon – similar, in some ways, to his own 1934 invention "Teleforce" – was proved to be operationally effective on board a Navy ship for the first time. The trials of the Navy’s laser weapon system (LaWS) were hailed as a success. (National Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: New Russian Directed-Energy Weapon Could Complicate U.S. Military Strategic Planning
The Russian defense industry reportedly has developed a directed-energy weapon that can destroy or disable sophisticated electronic guidance and navigation systems in manned and unmanned aircraft and precision-guided missiles. This electronic warfare (EW) weapon, which is yet unnamed, also reportedly can take out GPS navigation signals, radio communications equipment, and even orbiting satellites. (Military & Aerospace Electronics)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Heartbleed and Beyond: Marine Corps ‘Cyber Range’ Trains to Fight Off Hackers
A virtual training range developed for the Marine Corps to prepare troops for cyber operations has been adapted to do everything from prepare for offensive actions to secure networks defensively against hacking threats like the Heartbleed security bug, Marine officials said. The network was established by defense contractor ManTech within the last year at a cost of about $9.1 million. (The Washington Post)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: In Oceana Visit, Adm. Greenert Hopeful for Super Hornet Upgrades
The last time the Chief of Naval Operations visited Oceana Naval Air Station, the base was eerily quiet, with grass grown so high because of sequestration budget cuts that the facility "looked like a hayfield." On Tuesday, Adm. Jonathan Greenert arrived under a cacophony of F/A-18 Super Hornets training in the skies. (Military.com)
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After closing its acquisition of Exelis, Harris Corp. is restructuring itself in order to increase operational efficiency. The company has created four market segments that align with Harris’ strategic growth platforms. (Washington Technology)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Eurofighter Needs Upgrades to Exploit 15-Year Gap to F-35 Jet
The Eurofighter GmbH warplane will remain a key element of western defenses beyond 2030 only if governments commit to costly capability upgrades, according to a report sponsored by the pan-national manufacturer. (Bloomberg)
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