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TIME IS RUNNING OUT: Register Now for the 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.

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*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

Conference Details
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JUST TWO WEEKS 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.

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.

Full Conference Details


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.
Space is limited, so sign up now!


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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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.

STEM sponsorship opportunities

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
  • 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)

Exhibit Details

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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

RECRUITMENT DRIVE: Member-Get-A-Member Contest Until October 30!
Help us strengthen our membership and spread the word on the importance of EW, IO and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations. Encourage your friends and coworkers to join this Membership Recruitment Drive starting now through October 30! Win these great prizes:


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Individuals that recruit 5, 10, 15 or even 25 members are also eligible for other AOC Prizes.
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All applications must include:
•    The recruiter's name
•    Payment information
And must submitted no later than October 30!

Sign up for just $25! Use discount code "25DISC" when signing up online or use this form.
Be sure to note the recruiters name on the application!

CHAPTER NEWS: AOC Wild Parrots Roost Chapter Provides ELINT Course for the Brazilian Navy
Between September 2 and 3, 2015, The Wild Parrots Roost Chapter sponsored by the enterprise Alfadelta-Rio provided a 12-hour ELINT course for the Brazilian Navy EW Center (CGEM) at the Island of Mocangue near to Rio de Janeiro. The course was lectured by Cap. (Ret) Antonio Dias, PhD in Antennas and Radar by UCL/London, to about 30 students among officers, specialists and civilian professionals. The course addressed topics such as the differences between ELINT and ESM, EW receivers and pulse deinterleaving for classification and identification of emitters. During that occasion, forms to join the AOC were given to all participants. An AOC 50 year’s book was also gifted by the Wild Parrots Chapter to CGEM.The Wild Parrots Roost Chapter is the only active AOC chapter in South America.

ELINT Course at CGEM (Brazilian Navy EW Center)
"The course was very well evaluated by CGEM and that it was very useful for the improvement of their knowledge in the subject, in special of radar pulse deinterleaving." Lt-Cmdr André Paim Gonçalves from CGEM.

Cap (Ret A. Dias) together with Cap Silva Mello, Director of CGEM, along with some of the students after the last class at the Entrance of CGEM.


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.

List of 2015 Award Winners

2015 Chapter of the Year Winners:   

Three-way tie for Chapter of the Year – Capitol Club, Dixie Crow Chapter, and the UK Chapter  
Kittyhawk Chapter – Distinguished Chapter  

Patriots Roost Chapter – Chapter of the Year    
Palmetto Roost Chapter – Distinguished Chapter
APG Susquehanna Roost Chapter – Distinguished Chapter
Garden State Chapter – Distinguished Chapter
Billy Mitchell Chapter– Distinguished Chapter  
Maple Leaf Chapter – Outstanding Chapter India Chapter – Excellent Chapter

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

2015 Region Chapter Growth Award: Congratulation’s 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
Mountain-Western Region – No Winner
Pacific Region – Santa Barbara Chapter
International Region 1 – India Chapter – Overall Chapter Growth Winner
International Region II – Australian Chapter


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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 2016) is the latest event in the benchmark of EWCI Conference Series in the advanced field of EW. The Conference is being organised by the Award Winning India Chapter of Association of Old Crows (AOC), Bangalore. The Conference is supported by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore is the patronising 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.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Fighters Will Carry Laser Cannons, Cyber Weapons by 2020
Sometime very soon, combat aircraft may be zapping threats out of the sky with laser weapons. "I believe we'll have a directed energy pod we can put on a fighter plane very soon," Air Force General Hawk Carlisle said at this week’s Air Force Association Air & Space conference in a presentation on what he called Fifth-Generation Warfare. "That day is a lot closer than I think a lot of people think it is." Some low-power laser weapons were on display in mock-up on the exposition floor of the conference, including a system from General Atomics that could be mounted on unmanned aircraft such as the Predator and Reaper drones flown by the Air Force. (Ars Technica)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Combat Command Latest DOD Component to Warn Against Shutdown
The leader of Air Combat Command says he is on the "ragged edge" of being able to consistently deliver air power and surveillance to meet global needs. Gen. Herbert Carlisle said his pilots are burnt out from the amount of deployments and lack of personnel capacity now that the Air Force is the smallest it has been since its creation in 1947. Carlisle’s comments during a September 18 speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) come at a time when the Defense Department is facing a potential $40 billion cut in the fiscal 2016 budget, if Congress cannot come to a budget deal by the end of the month. (Federal News Radio)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The RAAF’s Air Combat Group in Transition
In this interview, the discussion continues with Group Captain Robert Denney, Chief of Staff, for the Air Combat Group. In an interview conducted at Williamtown Air base on August 12, 2015, Denney discussed the challenges of current operations and working the transition whereby Super Hornets have come into operation, and the ACG is preparing for Growlers next year, and F-35s thereafter. Group Captain Denney has an F-111 background, and then was involved in the Super Hornet transition, became a Super Hornet squadron commander (6th Squadron), was involved in the CAOC during Operation Okra in the last part of 2014, and now has assumed his current position at Williamtown.
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Aviators Recall Thrilling 1st Airstrikes Against ISIS
It had already been an eventful deployment. The carrier George H.W. Bush had cruised alongside a Russian carrier in the Mediterranean in early 2014 as they forcibly annexed neighboring Crimea, then shot down a civilian airliner over Ukraine, all before the Americans' first port call. Then it was on to the northern Persian Gulf, to provide security for Afghanistan's April presidential election. But things really ramped up one day in June, when members of the air wing returned to the carrier and realized something was different. (Navy Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: While the U.S. Army Sharpens its Cyber Defenses, the Navy Faces the ‘Real’ Deal Right Now
Army leaders deployed in foreign territory have a lot of data at their fingertips to help avoid surprise attacks, such as digital maps of minefield locations. But the man in charge of shielding those information flows has questions about the tools and training that will be needed as cyber threats mutate. Right now, trial and error is providing the answers. (Defense One)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. Set To Unveil Next-Generation Bomber Soon: Report
The U.S. Air Force is set to announce the winner of a multi-billion dollar contract for the design and construction of a new series of long-distance bombers set to replace its current Cold-War era fleet. The Long Range Strike Bomber (LRSB) program winner will be announced in the next few weeks, and the contract is set to be awarded to either Northrop Grumman Corporation or a consortium from Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corporation, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Friday, citing sources. (International Business Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Boeing Proposes New Life, Lethality for F-15C Fighter
Boeing is proposing an "F-15 2040C" series of upgrades that would extend the life of the fourth-generation F-15C air superiority fighter to complement the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor. The 2040 version would double to 16 the number of air-to-air missiles the fighter carries, extend its range and improve its lethality and survivability with upgraded electronics. (AIN Online)
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