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LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AWAY: 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 (CEMA), which is outlined in the first doctrinal field manual of its kind that integrates and synchronizes cyberspace operations, electronic warfare and spectrum management operations. 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 discuss the current and emerging electronic and cyber warfare requirements and meet with coalition partners, industry technicians, engineers, scientists and other government agencies and learn from their successes.

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Don't miss the chance to have a table top exhibit at the Inaugural CEMA conference. Prices start at just $750.
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September 3, 2015 | 1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

Software-defined radio (SDR) is a concept that 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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MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND: 4th Annual AOC Pacific Symposium in Honolulu, October 20-22
This year's unclassified event, in association with USPACOM, will cover the role of Information Operations, Electronic Warfare (EW), Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), EM Spectrum Operations (EMSO), and other Information Related Capabilities (IRCs) and AOC mission areas, with specific operational and conceptual focus on the emergent threats and challenges posed by Hybrid Warfare*. As in previous Pacific events, the symposium will include global partners and Allies from around the Pacific region who will present their unique perspectives. The symposium continues October 22 with a classified working group at the SECRET REL FVEY at HQs U.S. Pacific Command on Camp H.M. Smith. The agenda and instructions for attendance for the classified working group will be coordinated through official military channels with PACOM J39.

Click here to view the Current Agenda

*Download an excellent paper on Hybrid Warfare by Col. Arthur Tulak USA (Ret.) here.

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together government, military, industry, academia, small business and other stakeholders for discussions on the operational challenges facing the practitioners of these IRCs, and to explore possible technological and tactics/procedural solutions. To stimulate wider interest and inquiry into these issues, the symposium and related activities and events will be open to registration by government, industry and academia representatives without regard to their AOC membership status (both AOC Members and non-members may register) except that access of foreign and any other persons may be restricted as necessary in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

  • Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific (Invited)
  • Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander USCYBERCOM, U.S. (Invited)
  • Lt. Gen. Robert Elder, USAF (Ret.), Past AOC President (confirmed)
  • Maj. Gen. Max Tsung-Chi Yu, Political Warfare Division, Taiwan Ministry of Defense, ROC (confirmed)
  • Dr. Paul Zablocky, Director, I&IW Directorate, CERDEC, U.S. (confirmed)

The AOC will run a separate, collocated table-top exhibition for key industry leaders and SME, to enable them to demonstrate their capabilities across the range of information-related capabilities, including EW, SIGINT, Cyber, Spectrum and IO to the large senior leadership and operator audience from PACOM, the Services and around the Pacific Region.

Space is limited, so if your company would like an opportunity to meet the PACOM leadership and key global Pacific decision-makers and operators and to demonstrate your capabilities, please contact the appropriate contact below who will explain the sponsorship options and benefits:

Rest of World – Alex Soar, alex.soar@clarionevents.com, 44-20-7384-7780
U.S. Companies – Tom Mapes, tom.mapes@clarionevents.com, 1-203-491-2400

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REGISTER NOW: 52nd Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention
December 1-3 | Marriott Marquis and D.C. Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Registration and Housing are now open for the AOC International Symposium and Convention. Take advantage of early bird discounts until September 21!

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Electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) dominance in the future will require that we synchronize EW and cyber to achieve spectrum dominance. The U.S. 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.

  • Gen. John Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base
  • Air Commodore Madelein Spit, Royal Netherlands Air Force, Chief NATO Air Force Armaments Group 
  • Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.), former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Lt. Gen. David Deptula (Ret.), former USAF/A-2
  • Adm. Michael Rogers (Invited), Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency; and Chief, Central Security
  • Dr. Paul G. Kaminski, CEO of Technovation Inc., former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Technology, former Chairman of DSB, AOC 2000 Gold Medal awardee and former AOC Senior Advisory Board
  • Dr. Mark Maybury, CTO, MITRE and former AF Chief Scientist
  • Dr. William Roper, Director, Strategic Capabilities Office at the Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Dr. Thomas Kennedy, Chairman and CEO, Raytheon Company
  • Dr. Jackie Craig, Australia MOD, DSTO, Chief EW and Cyber Division
  • Rear Admiral Sean S. Buck, Chief of Staff, J5, The Joint Staff
  • Ms. Michele Weslander Quaid, Chief, Innovation Evangelist, Google, Inc.
Symposium Agenda


Exhibit space is almost sold out! Secure your spot today. Contact Stew Taylor at taylor@crows.org.

Exhibit Hall Show Hours
Tuesday, December 1: 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (with reception)
Wednesday, December 2: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (with lunch and reception)
Thursday, December 3: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (with lunch)

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In recent years, STEM Education has become an imperative and worthy initiative in the U.S. The AOC is joining this cause, starting with its inaugural STEM program. The high school and college students attending this event are at a pivotal point in their education, allowing us the opportunity to capture their interests in STEM subjects and potentially inspire them to continue into careers in these essential fields.

Help us inspire these STEM students – the future innovators, inventors and leaders of this nation – to become Spectrum Warriors and Young Crows.

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REGISTER NOW: AOC Virtual Series Webinar, Coexistence of LTE & Radars

September 17, 2015  |  1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)
In the U.S., cellular networks, radar and other wireless systems are designed to obey a fixed spectrum assignment regulated by the FCC. These assignments are now being challenged, in that some bands are under-utilized while others are highly over-utilized. This ineffectiveness in spectrum allocation is exacerbated by the dramatically increasing need for bandwidth in our RF infrastructure. In addition, state-of-the-art mobile radio standards claim more and more bandwidth. For example, the worldwide allocation of LTE bands increased from 11 to 48 bands since 2011. Issues like these have supported the evolution of intelligent systems like cognitive radio.

This presentation will discuss the coexistence between S-Band radars and the commercial LTE mobiles operating in E-UTRA Band 7 from where considerations to the future LTE technology by the DOD in close proximity to radars can be drawn. Coexistence issues examined by looking at measurement data gathered at a major international airport will be presented. Key performance indicators, such as data throughput or Block Error Rate of the mobile LTE device and the probability of detection of security-relevant radars, have been measured and evaluated with the goal how to recognize and address the problems they cause.

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REGISTER NOW and Take Advantage of AOC Fall Professional Development Courses

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


NEW AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Approaches for Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT), October 15
October 15, 2015  |  1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)
Diverse elements of our military capability and national infrastructure are critically reliant on GPS as a near "sole means" source for precise location and time. Yet, GPS signal reception is potentially vulnerable to interference, and, it does not work well in many environments; for example indoors where people spend most of their time. Resilient "anywhere, anytime" position and timing will entail using a system of systems, not just a particular system.

The discussion starts with a quick review of how pervasive GPS has become and then describes some of the unmet needs and vulnerabilities. This webinar then surveys some of the alternate approaches currently being fielded and under development with an eye towards their strengths, weaknesses, and synergisms in differing environments and applications. In the course of the webinar, other timing and location systems surveyed will include: other SATNAV systems such as Glonass, Galileo and Beidou; eLoran/VLF; Locata’s position and time system; WiFi positioning; select LTE/4G capabilities; Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR); the P1588 precision clock synchronization protocol; and Chip Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC) developments. The importance of maintaining situational awareness for establishing environmental context is examined. Different system/sensor combinations shine in different environments but only if correctly matched to the environment.

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REGISTER NOW: Marine Corps Spectrum Maneuver Warfare, October 28-29, 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 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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Take advantage of the opportunity to sponsor this inaugural event and be highlighted to thousands, including DoD officials, military, government offices, academia leaders, research and development organizations and industry partners.
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AOC CONGRATULATES the 2015 Chapter of the Year Winners  

Large Category
Three Way tie for Chapter of the Year – Capitol Club, Dixie Crow Chapter, and the UK Chapter  
Kittyhawk Chapter – Distinguished Chapter  

Medium Category
Patriots' Roost – Chapter of the Year    
Palmetto Roost – Distinguished Chapter
APG Susquehanna Roost Chapter – Distinguished Chapter
Billy Mitchell – Distinguished Chapter  
Maple Leaf Chapter – Outstanding Chapter
India Chapter – Excellent Chapter

Small Category

Pikes Peak Roost Chapter – Chapter of the Year
Aardvarks Roost Chapter – Distinguished Chapter
Whidbey Roost Chapter – Outstanding Chapter

2015 Region Chapter Growth Award:
Congratulations to the following chapters for having the largest membership increase in their region.  

Northeast Region – Maple Leaf Chapter
Mid-Atlantic Region – Dahlgren Roost Chapter
Southern Region – Peachtree Roost
Central Region – Gateway Roost Chapter
Pacific Region – Santa Barbara Chapter
International Region 1 – India Chapter – Overall Chapter Growth Winner
International Region II – Australian Chapter

October 20, 2015 (UNCLASSIFIED Session) & October 21, 2015 (CLASSIFIED Session)
MITRE S Building, Bedford, MA
"Cyber Challenges: Threat, Technologies and Systems"
This session will focus on cyber challenges facing the U.S., operations other than war and its Allies by increasing the synergy across local, state and federal government agencies, industry and academia. Technology applications, system options and best practices from various organizations will be examined. The session will explore techniques for "whole of government" and complementary relationships that optimize a cross-flow of technologies and systems to enhance operational capabilities. Speakers will include representatives from the JCS, HQ USAF, DARPA, AFRL, AFLCMC, USCG, FBI and other DOD and non-DOD agencies. Registration will be available starting August 1, 2015 at www.patriotsroostaoc.org.

Questions? Contact Russ Graves or Nino Amoroso.

The Mile High AOC Chapter (Denver area) is going to be holding a chapter revitalization and election event. Please contact David Anglea, acting chapter president, at angleadavid@aol.com if you are interested in attending or serving as a chapter officer. Please include your contact information.

The Fourth International Conference on Electronic Warfare (EWCI) is the latest event in the benchmark of the EWCI Conference Series in the advanced field of EW. The conference is being organized by the award-winning India Chapter of Association of Old Crows, Bangalore. The conference is supported by Defence Research and Development Organisation, India. Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore is the patronizing 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 organizations. There will be intense, one-day, pre-conference tutorials preceding the conference.

Conference Details

The conference receives a huge response in terms of technical papers internationally, covering all aspects of exploiting electromagnetic spectrum for electronic warfare and information operations. Technical papers are solicited in these areas, including the following topics:
  • Advances in EW systems, architectures, techniques and technologies
  • EW systems modelling and simulation
  • EW and EO threat simulators, testing and evaluation
  • Advances in ECM/ECCM techniques, expendable repeater and IR jammers
  • Electro-optic based EW systems – missile approach warning systems and laser warning systems
  • Network centric and information warfare
  • EW antennas, active electronically scanned arrays and shared apertures
  • Radar finger printing, LPI emitters techniques for interception and countermeasures, emitter location algorithms
  • Communication DF receivers, digital receivers, EW signal processors, satellite-based EW challenges
  • SIGINT, RWR, ESM, multi-sensor warner, directed energy weapons 
  • Microwave and millimeter wave technology for EW
  • Lightweight EW systems for UAV, aerostat and other platforms
  • Program management of complex EW systems
  • EW interference to TV/radio/mobile transmissions and their maintenance
  • EW ops and spectrum management in joint services operation scenario and challenges
  • Operation flight programs and airborne EW software and their verification and validation
  • IED detection, anti-terrorism operations and low-intensity warfare

More Information

INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. Wargame Pits Army Missile Defenses Against Russian Jamming
U.S. missile defenses can hit a bullet with a bullet, shooting supersonic weapons right out of the sky – when they can see them. But as the Russians are showing in their invasion of Ukraine, radar can be jammed. That’s why the U.S. Army conducted an unprecedented wargame this spring to test its new air and missile defense network against advanced electronic warfare techniques. (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Special Report: DOD Focus on Asia-Pacific Rebalance
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S global leadership. (DOD)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker Outlines Navy’s Plans for Future Carrier-Based F-35C, MH-60R, Super Hornets
Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander of Naval Air Forces, has said the service branch expects its air carrier-based F-35C fighter jets to be operational in 2018 and plans to increase its number of onboard carriers in the next five years, DOD Buzz reported last week. "The most important thing that the F-35C brings is the ability to fuse information, collect the signals and things that are out in the environment and fuse it all together and deliver that picture to the rest of the carrier strike group," Shoemaker told a Center for Strategic and International Studies event. (ExecutiveGov)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: America's Future Aircraft Carriers Will Pack Tons of Firepower
Despite the proliferation of precision-guided ballistic and cruise missiles, aircraft carriers are far from obsolete.

That was the message Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker, commander of Naval Air Forces, sought to deliver this week. Writing in a commentary piece on DOD Buzz, Shoemaker argued that: "Today, more than ever, U.S. national interests require the speed, endurance, flexibility and autonomous nature of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear powered aircraft carrier, which deploys, operates and is prepared to fight as part of a Carrier Strike Group (CSG)." (The National Interest)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. F-22 Raptor Stealth Jets Provide Kinetic Situational Awareness Over Syria
Although they were not conceived to play this kind of role, F-22 Raptors have emerged as some of the U.S.-led Coalition’s most reliable combat assets in supporting coalition planes during air strikes in Syria and Iraq. At the beginning of July, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor jets had flown only 204 sorties out of 44,000 launched by the U.S.-lead coalition against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. (The Aviationist)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: F-35B Declared Combat Ready, but More Development Remains
The last day of July was momentous for the Marine Corps as it declared that a squadron of F-35B joint strike fighters was ready for combat. It was the first of the joint strike fighter models to reach initial operating capability. "The U.S. Marine Corps decision to make the F-35B ready for combat is a significant event for the F-35 program. The weapons system is now in the warfighters’ hands and can be called upon to do its mission," Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 program manager, said in a July 31 statement. (National Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Wants New Electronics Cooling Techniques for Fighter Aircraft
U.S. Air Force electronics thermal management experts are asking industry for new ideas on how to cool the electronics on future fighter aircraft, which could be at least 10 times more demanding than they are today. Officials of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, issued a broad agency announcement Friday (BAA-AFRL-RQKP-2015-0002) for the Hybrid-Cycle Power and Thermal Management System (PTMS) project. (Intelligent Aerospace)
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X-Com Systems
Wide Band Systems, Inc.
Empower RF Systems, Inc.

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