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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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IN THREE WEEKS: 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.

Conference is approved by the Department of the Army
Click here to download the memo.

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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MG Stephen Fogarty, USA
Commanding General, Cyber
Center of Excellence

MG Bruce Crawford, USA
Commanding General CECOM & APG

Mr. Jay Kistler
ASD (RDE) Electronic Warfare

MG John Wharton, USA
Commanding General, U.S. Army Research, Development
and Engineering Command (RDECOM)

Mr. Mike McConnell
Former Director National Security Agency and Director of National Intelligence

Mr. Stephen Kreider, SES


Maj. Gen. Kenneth Israel, USAF (Ret.)
AOC President

Mr. Mike Ryan
Conference Chairman

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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REGISTER NOW: 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.

You can see the caliber of the Global thought leaders who are speaking at the AOC/USPACOM Symposium, by reading this very informative article that includes extensive material from two of our speakers, LTC Oatman and COL Church:
Not Your Old Timer's Electronic Warfare

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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October 1, 2015  |  1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

In 2006, the US National Military Strategy for Cyberspace Operations (NMS-CO) added cyberspace as a domain "characterized by the use of electronics and the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) to store, modify, and exchange data via networked systems and associated infrastructures." With the increasing international concern over cybersecurity, the US Department of Defense later redefined cyberspace as "a global domain within the information environment consisting of the interdependent network of information technology infrastructures, including the Internet, telecommunications networks, computer systems, and embedded processors and controllers." The original DOD definition of cyberspace recognized the need for a medium to transport data (and information) between electronic systems; the current definition emphasizes information systems specifically. Just as the sea is the medium for movement of people or cargo in the maritime domain, electromagnetic spectrum serves as the medium for the movement of data and information in all domains. This makes it even more important for the EW community to understand the importance of Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (JEMSO) to cyberspace operations and other information-related capabilities, particularly in the context of military operations conducted in contested environments.

This AOC presentation offers practitioners in all warfighting domains a fundamental way to think about Electronic Warfare (EW) in an age of increasing operational dependency on the EMS and information. For the EW community, it offers fundamental principles to guide a coordinated, coherent approach to our profession, including our relationships with the cyberspace and information operations communities.

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NEW KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: 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

MGen H. Stacy Clardy (invited)
Deputy Director for Force Management,
Application and Support, J8

BGen Loretta Reynolds (invited)
Principal Director OUSD Policy
South/Southeast Asia

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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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SUPPORT STEM WITH A STATIC DISPLAY at the 52nd Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention
December 1-3 | Marriott Marquis and D.C. Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

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. We are seeking cool static displays the students can see and touch. If you can provide a display, please contact Bridget Whyde, whyde@crows.org.

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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, faces 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
  • Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command
  • 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
  • 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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OCTOBER 15 AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Approaches for Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT)
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 toward 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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DON'T MISS FALL AOC Fall Professional Development Courses and Courses at the 52nd Annual International Symposium and Convention

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

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 is available at www.patriotsroostaoc.org.

Questions? Contact Russ Graves or Nino Amoroso.

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.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Leaders Warn Russia Closing Gap With U.S.
Russia is modernizing its air force, deploying advanced air defenses and training its pilots specifically to thwart U.S. operations in Europe. The Russian air force has become "more professional" and has better equipment than it did a decade ago, said Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander. "The advantage that we have from the air, I can honestly say, is shrinking," Gorenc said September 14 at a news conference at the Air Force Association’s annual symposium. (National Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Wireless Hacking In Flight: Air Force Demos Cyber EC-130
Matthew Broderick in his basement, playing Wargames over a landline, is still the pop culture archetype of a hacker. But as wireless networks became the norm, new-age cyber warfare and traditional electronic warfare are starting to merge. Hackers can move out of the basement to the sky. In a series of experiments, the US Air Force has successfully modified its EC-130 Compass Call aircraft, built to jam enemy transmissions, to attack enemy networks instead. (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: 41st EECS Scorpions Defend the Force with Compass Call
On the combat frontier in Afghanistan, the ability to disrupt or exploit enemy command and control communication is vital to protecting the lives of U.S. and coalition tactical air, surface and special operations forces. A big part of that mission is entrusted to the Airmen of the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron who fly the EC-130H Compass Call, which executes airborne electronic warfare to limit adversary coordination to attack friendly forces in the Combined Joint Operation Area-Afghanistan. (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Work Calls for Third Offset Strategy to Bolster Future of Warfighting
In a changing global security environment, the United States is pursuing a third offset strategy to bolster a weakened conventional deterrence, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said today in London. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute – the U.K.’s professional forum for national and international defense and security – the deputy said in prepared remarks that the first and second offset strategies supported DOD well for 25 years, but the "margin of technological superiority," particularly for guided munitions, is eroding. (DOD)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: 'Human-Machine Collaboration' Could Be Key to New Offset Strategy
In the midst of Britain's Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR), US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work let a European audience in on the thinking behind the US response to the rise of powerful potential adversaries armed with increasingly sophisticated weapons using conventional and nonconventional strategic approaches. "The third offset strategy will be based on increased human-machine collaboration and combat-teaming," Work declared. Work's comments were taken from a late draft provided by the Pentagon. (Defense News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: 7 Things to Know About DRDO's First Woman Director General
J. Manjula was appointed as the first woman director general of the Defence Research and Development Organization's Electronics and Communication Systems cluster on Wednesday. The DGs of seven clusters form the DRDO's second rung who report to the organization's director-general. She has assumed charge from distinguished scientist and Director General Dr. K.D. Nayak, who was holding additional charge as director general electronic and communication systems. (The Economic Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: 'Always Ready' Brigade Fields Enhanced Equipment
Soldiers with the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade received an increase in their intelligence capabilities September 1 when they fielded the improved Prophet System and Modular Integration Kit mounted on mine-resistant, ambush-protected-All, or MRAP-All, terrain vehicles, or M-ATVs. The systems provide a clearer picture of the battlefield, enabling commanders to make better-informed decisions on-the-go. The Prophet family of systems consists of mobile and/or fixed-site signals collection, direction finding, processing and reporting assets. (Army.mil)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Testing New Industry Incentive Strategy to Expedite Acquisition Process
The Air Force is implementing a new strategy that it hopes will incentivize industry to deliver weapons systems faster, the secretary of the Air Force said Sept. 14. "Our ultimate goal in acquisitions should be to deliver capability to the warfighter more rapidly, but unfortunately today it takes too long to develop and field our systems," said Deborah Lee James during a keynote address at the Air Force Association’s 2015 Air and Space Conference. (National Defense)
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The use of unmanned aerial vehicles has been a favored tool of the Obama administration in counterterrorism operations across the globe. There are clear benefits to these advanced platforms – near constant surveillance of a target and ability to strike while conducting surveillance operations, all while operators sit safely thousands of miles away. However, there are also clear deficiencies – among them, that their slow speeds make them distinctly susceptible to anti-aircraft capabilities. That might not have been a problem against terrorist groups in the Middle East, but it would be if the adversary is a nation state. (Defense Systems)
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