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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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VOTE IN THE AOC ELECTIONS: Online Board of Directors Elections Now Through July 31

Elections for the AOC Board of Directors have begun. VOTE NOW!

As an AOC member, you have an opportunity to determine the future of the organization.
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Deadline to is July 31, 2015 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. So don't delay. 

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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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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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SIGN UP FOR THE NEXT AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Software-Defined Radio (SDR) Webinar, September 3

September 3, 2015  |  1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

Software-defined radio (SDR) is a concept which has recently generated significant interest with a number of highly-successful crowd-funding projects recently being completed. But despite this interest, SDR systems do not yet appear to have gained as much traction in the marketplace as their promise seems to suggest they should.

So what is SDR? How does it work? Why does it matter – or not matter? Why does SDR have so much to do with hardware when the word "software" appears in the name? And most importantly, what does it mean for EW and cyber professionals, if anything? This presentation will attempt to answer these questions.

The concepts underlying SDR will be presented and compared to EW systems. Some representative hardware and software SDR platforms will be briefly discussed as a means of demonstrating how these concepts are realized in practice. One of the main applications of SDR systems is currently education, and suggestions of how SDR systems can improve the training of EW professionals will be presented. Lastly, the concept of "Disposable EW" will be used to show how SDR systems can act as an enabler for new EW concepts.

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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

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 2-3
Navigation Warfare and Dynamic Spectrum Technologies

Instructor: Robert Samuel
Classification: Unclassified
Washington, D.C.

December 3-5
EW Against a New Generation of Threats

Instructor: Dave Adamy
Classification: Unclassified
Washington, D.C.

February 9-11
Introduction to Electronic Intelligence (ELINT)
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Ford
Classification: Unclassified
Alexandria, VA


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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As FY 2016 defense budget process is well underway in Congress, the Association of Old Crows (AOC) applauds the growing level of support in Congress for priority Electronic Warfare (EW) programs. The House passed H.R. 1735, its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, on May 15 by a vote of 269-151. That same day the Senate Armed Services Committee reported the Senate version, S. 1376, which was offered as a Senate amendment to H.R. 1735 and passed on June 18, by a vote of 71-25. The House and Senate conferees are currently in the process of merging the differing bills into a conference report. (AOC)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Report: NATO Worried About Comms Gaps, Russia’s Jamming Power
Recent U.S.-NATO military exercises have revealed difficulties in maintaining secure communications among western allies as they focus greater attention on Russian forces and electronic warfare capabilities in eastern Ukraine. Covering a joint training exercise this week in Lithuania, the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. Army commanders are increasingly concerned about Russian EW systems and jamming capabilities posing a threat to allied communications. (Defense Systems)
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Weapons Division Point Mugu’s Dr. Balaji Iyer is stepping aside as program director for the Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR) master’s program in electronic warfare for branch head Dr. Dino Mensa. Iyer made the announcement on May 29 and expressed his confidence in Mensa’s leadership. "EWECP (Electronic Warfare Engineering Certification Program) leadership chose Dr. Mensa because he understands how important this program is to NAVAIR," said Iyer. (The Lighthouse)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: 2nd Marine Air Wing’s 74th Birthday: Remembering By Building 21st Century Capabilities
The 2nd Marine Air Wing based at Cherry Point, North Carolina, is celebrating its 74th birthday. It started by joining the war in the Pacific and supporting Marines throughout the war. The wing has supported Marines in virtually every operation the U.S. has engaged in since then. (Second Line of Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Experiments Now Underway That Integrate Cyber and Land Operations
The Army is conducting a series of experiments to find the best ways to integrate cyber operations into more traditional land operations, including in the formations closest to the ground. "The Army chief of staff challenged us last year, saying how do we integrate cyberspace operations into unified land operations? Because it really is about cyber not being a thing unto itself – it needs to be fully integrated," said Ronald Pontius, deputy to the commanding general at Army Cyber Command. (C4ISR & Networks)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Italy Renews Lease on SIGINT Aircraft
As terrorist attacks and full-scale warfare escalate in North Africa, Italy has renewed its lease of a Lockheed Martin signals intelligence aircraft while a Pentagon-chartered King Air aircraft has begun surveillance flights over the region from Italy. Italy first leased the Gulfstream III SIGINT aircraft from Lockheed Martin in 2012 as its G222 SIGINT aircraft was retired following final service in the NATO air campaign over Libya in 2011. (Defense News)
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