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AOC RECRUITMENT DRIVE ENDS FRIDAY: Last Chance for Member-Get-A-Member Contest!
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.
Click here to see other possible prizes.

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! 



REGISTER NOW FOR THE NEXT AOC Virtual Series – Accelerating High Performance Algorithm Designs on FPGA-Based Software Defined Radio (SDR), November 5

November 5, 2015  |  1400-1500 EST (1900-2000 GMT)

With the technology evolution of Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and affordable RF electronics, the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) has become more accessible than ever before. Software defined radios (SDR) have proven to be powerful and agile solutions for a variety of Electronic Attack (EA), Electronic Protect (EP), and Electronic Support (ES) applications such as threat detection, creation of interference, and even decoding signals. A key driver to the widespread adoption of SDR lies with the advancement of software tools for algorithm development and hardware interfacing. In this session we discuss both opportunities and  challenges in high performance system design and explore a variety of design flows that can accelerate the design process enabling rapid iteration and deployment on agile SDR platforms.

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DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION ENDS NOVEMBER 9: Register Now for the 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 registration discounts until November 9!

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Housing Information

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.

Want a complimentary registration to the 52nd Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention? You can get it! One of the reasons the AOC has been able to run such great events is that we receive such fantastic support from volunteers in the Electromagnetic Warfare community. The 52nd Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention is one of our largest undertakings ever, and volunteers are eligible to have their registration fees waved. There are lots of ways you can volunteer, for more information on how and the requirements for complimentary registration, check our volunteer opportunities here!

  • 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
  • Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command
  • Mr. Robert Stein, Senior Fellow, US Defense Science Board (DSB)d
  • 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


There's only one booth left. 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

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 Pamela Wallace, wallace@crows.org.

STEM sponsorship opportunities

Convention Host


DON'T MISS AOC Professional Development Courses at the 52nd Annual International Symposium and Convention

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

NEXT WEEK! Aardvark Roost Biennial Conference: African Electronic Warfare on the Rise
The AOC Aardvark Roost is holding its biennial EW International Conference and Exhibition on November 3-4, 2015 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa. The event is supported and sponsored by Armscor, CSIR, Saab and GEW Technologies.

The keynote address will be given by Lt. Gen. Derick MGwebi SD, SM, MMM, Chief – Joint Operations, South African National Defence Force, South Africa.  Presenters from South Africa, Uganda, Malaysia, Australia, Switzerland, USA and India are set to provide stimulating and lively topics from EW strategies, diverse EW operations, IEDs and emerging technologies.

The Aardvark Roost conference and exhibition is held in association with its logistics partner, Tangent Link Ltd and further information on attending, exhibiting or sponsoring the event can be found at www.aardvarkaoc.co.za  and www.tangentlink.com.

The Fourth EW International Conference India (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.

A large scale indoor exhibition will accompany the conference, displaying the latest EW products from international EW organisations. There will be an intense one-day pre-conference tutorials preceding the conference. The conference is envisaged as the important platform for EW professionals who would share the research and development output in the field of EW at the global level. Also keeping in view of the government of India's "Make in India" policy, the participants of the conference will be exposed to the state-of-the-art developments in self reliance in the field of EW in India and, hence, the theme of the conference is chosen as "EW: Partner for Self-Reliance."

Conference Details

INDUSTRY NEWS: Russia’s Winning the Electronic War
It comes at different times, and in different forms. But as they have charted the war in southeast Ukraine over the past year, drones flown by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe have run into the same problem: Russian troops on the ground are jamming them into virtual blindness. It’s just one part of a sophisticated Russian electronic warfare (EW) effort in Ukraine that has proved a sobering experience for the U.S. Army. (Foreign Policy)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The U.S. Military's $1,000,000,000,000 Question: Is Stealth Worth It?
Is the added cost of buying and operating a stealth fighter worth it? The answers will vary depending on who you ask – and it depends on if one believes stealth is a baseline requirement to survive over a future battlefield or not. The U.S. Air Force has publicly embraced stealth as the end all and be all, while the U.S. Navy has taken a more skeptical approach. (The National Interest)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: CREW Course Prepares ‘Dagger’ Soldiers for Counter-IED Fight
During the month of September, more than 50 soldiers from different units and military occupational specialties throughout the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, enhanced their capabilities to combat radio controlled explosive devices at the post’s Tactical Support Center. The Counter Radio-Controlled IED Electronic Warfare Specialist Certification, or CREW, training course prepares students to fight the war against radio controlled improvised explosive devices. (DVIDs)
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Just as adversaries change over time, so do combat environments. The struggle for the military is adjusting to these changes, be it from the state-on-state Cold War, to the counterterrorism missions against asymmetric enemies, to the upcoming challenges involving cyber operations, electronic warfare and anti-access/area denial. One way the Air Force’s Air Combat Command is looking toward the next battlefield is through "fusion warfare." (Defense Systems)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Russia’s Syria Strategy Poses Challenge to NATO in Mediterranean
Russia’s military intervention in Syria is serving as a broader announcement of Moscow’s renewed determination to hold sway in the Middle East. But beyond the immediate outcome of the civil war there, NATO military chiefs are now viewing it as a wider strategic play by Vladimir Putin’s Russia to challenge the west closer to home. According to a senior NATO civilian official, the Mediterranean "is a contested space again." (Financial Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Faces Growing Battle in Satcom Threats
As the military shifts away many of its troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, theaters at this point well-stocked with communications infrastructure, it faces a changing type of threat that could leave troops disconnected from command and control. Emerging threats to satellite communications mean the military must fortify their satellite hardware, but also reinforce backup options for when satcom goes down. That includes redundancies spread across the globe, Army leaders said at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting. (C4ISR & Networks)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Retired Brig. Gen. Frank Kelley Named First-Ever Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems
Retired Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Frank Kelley, who commanded Marine Corps Systems Command from 2010 to 2014, will serve as the first-ever deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for unmanned systems. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Kelley’s selection today at Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI) annual Unmanned Systems Defense event. (USNI News)
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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is pressing forward with a drive many in the intelligence community have long resisted: trying to make the world of intelligence-gathering more open. Speaking at a conference Tuesday, Clapper also admitted that he was among those with the impulse to resist greater transparency – at least until recently. (Politico)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Combat Shield Ensures Strike Eagles Ready for Tomorrow’s War
The 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hosted members of the 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron from Eglin Air Force Base, FL, during Combat Shield, October 19-23. Combat Shield is an annual program aimed to provide operational combat Air Force units in Air Combat Command, a system-specific capability assessment for their aircraft’s radar warning receivers, electronic attack pods and integrated EW systems. (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Canadian F-35 Exit Could Signal Wider Air Force Review
Canada’s change of government this week, after a decade of conservative rule, could see Ottawa swiftly exit the multinational F-35 programme and instead pursue a fighter competition, which defence analysts suggest could favour the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet or F-15SE, or Dassault's Rafale. (Flightglobal)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: America's Lethal F-16 Fighting Falcon: Heading for Retirement or Reboot?
For decades the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon – more popularly know as the "Viper" – has dominated the fighter market around the globe. But while the F-16 is still one of the best fourth-generation fighters money can buy, the production line is starting to slow as sales dry up. Ironically, the F-16 is not losing market share to foreign competitors, rather the venerable jet is being supplanted by Lockheed’s own F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as the stealthy fifth-generation jet gears up for full-rate production. (The National Interest)
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