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INDUSTRY NEWS: Pentagon Launches Electronic Warfare Study: Growler Line At Stake
The Pentagon has launched a wide-ranging study of electronic warfare, looking across the services at major platforms such as the EA-18G Growler and the F-35’s three versions. "We are doing right now in the Department of Defense a study that looks at all electronic attack[:] what is the situation in electromagnetic warfare across the spectrum in our maneuver," Adm. Jonathan Greenert told the House Appropriations defense subcommittee last week. (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Intelligence Chief Describes ‘Pervasive Uncertainty’ of Worldwide Threats
"Unpredictable instability" is the new normal, the director of National Intelligence told the Senate Armed Services Committee here yesterday. James R. Clapper testified on worldwide threats facing the United States and gave his best advice on what he considers to be the dangers Americans need to be aware of. He said 2014 had the highest rate of political instability since 1992, when the Soviet Union collapsed. Last year also saw the most deaths as a result of state-sponsored mass killing and the highest number of refugees and internally displaced persons since World War II. (Defense.gov)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Training Changes Afoot for B-52 Crews
A program instituted by Air Force Global Strike Command’s Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson is being felt in the bomber community as the service rewrites the training manual for B-52 crews. Introduction of a new Initial Qualification Training syllabus, four months in the making, began in late February with the arrival of some 20 new fliers ready to undergo six or more months of training at Barksdale Air Force Base. Then they will be fielded out to the 2nd, 5th or 307th Bomb Wings, which operate the 50-plus year-old airplanes. (Shreveport Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: What the Future of Government Surveillance Looks Like
Before the Internet, when surveillance consisted largely of government-on-government espionage, agencies like the NSA would target specific communications circuits: that Soviet undersea cable between Petropavlovsk and Vladivostok, a military communications satellite, a microwave network. This was for the most part passive, requiring large antenna farms in nearby countries. (Defense One)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Pentagon Shops in Silicon Valley for Game Changers
A small group of high-ranking Pentagon officials made a quiet visit to Silicon Valley in December to solicit national security ideas from start-up firms with little or no history of working with the military. The visit was made as part of an effort to find new ways to maintain a military advantage in an increasingly uncertain world. (The New York Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Think Fast: Game Trains Sailors in Missile Response
The Office of Naval Research has developed one its most serious games: a simulation that tests sailors’ ability to dodge an incoming missile at moment’s notice. Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix, which recently won Best Government-Developed Serious Game at the Serious Games Showcase and Challenge, exposes Navy planners and tacticians to different missiles and teaches them how to avoid getting hit. (GCN)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The Case for the Warthog
While in Iraq the U.S. Air Force is sending A-10 Warthogs on successful sortie after successful sortie against the Islamic State, back here at home, Air Force brass are renewing their efforts to scrap the legendary plane. In fact, the Air Force, thwarted in last year’s efforts to scrap the A-10, is deliberately underutilizing it in the campaign against the Islamic State. The military waited until three months into the bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria to deploy the A-10 and has deployed only a small percentage of the available planes. (National Review)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Boeing Holds Out for More Super Hornet Sales
Boeing remains bullish about the prospects for more sales of its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet overseas, as the end of production in late 2016 starts to loom. Chris Raymond, vice-president, business development and strategy for Boeing Defense, Space & Security, says the type is still being pitched to several countries, with potential interest in Malaysia, Europe, the Middle East and possibly also the USA. (Flightglobal)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Washington Department of Natural Resources Says 'Not Interested' in Participating with Navy EW Training
The state Department of Natural Resources says it isn't interested in allowing its land to be used for the Navy's proposed electronic warfare training. "DNR land has been publicly discussed as a location for the Navy's proposed electromagnetic warfare training on the Olympic Peninsula," said Peter Goldmark, state commissioner of public lands, in a brief, one-page letter to Rear Adm. Jeffrey Ruth, commander of Navy Region Northwest, that was delivered electronically Friday. (Peninsula Daily)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Space Intel Gives France Policy Independence
France draws on its own system of military intelligence satellites to deliver geospatial intel, a resource seen as key to political independence and used for sharing valuable data with the armed forces and allies, a defense official said. That geospatial or geointel capability is intended to support an "autonomous appreciation" of conflicts such as Ukraine by the French Defense Ministry, the chiefs of staff and political leaders, the official said, who spoke on condition of anonymity. (Defense News)
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REGISTER FOR NEXT WEEK'S WEBINAR: Test and Measurement Receiver Architectures for Use in SIGINT, EW and Radar Applications, March 12

March 12, 2015 | 1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

Receivers found in Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), Electronic Warfare (EW), and Radar applications possess certain characteristics such as bandwidth, dynamic range, sensitivity, and cost that are optimized for their particular use case. In addition, test and measurement signal analyzers use these applications as a means of both characterizing microwave components and verifying complete systems. Due to the general purpose nature of test and measurement equipment, the necessary flexibility can also lead to confusion in how best to configure the instrument for a particular measurement situation. In this presentation, signal analyzers based on both super-heterodyne and direct conversion architectures are analyzed with emphasis on showing how to minimize analyzer generated spurious responses. Knowing the source of distortion enables the user to optimize the signal analyzer performance for any measurement scenario.




REGISTER NOW: Next AOC Virtual Series Webinar – Opening the U.S. DoD for EW Businesses, March 26
Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

Are you trying to break into EW programs with the U.S. DoD? If you are new to the DoD EW industry, or have only focused on one service in the past, Stan VanderWerf, USAF (Ret.) will provide a brief on how to access the EW market for all services. We will also discuss several of the entry points for service and joint research, development and testing. Collectively, there are several organizations to interact with for market entry and understanding them will help you build an effective business growth strategy.


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NEW SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED! Register Now for the 44th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium, March 31-April 3, 2015, Pt. Mugu, CA

As EW warfighting requirements continue to evolve in their complexity and interdependency, it is clear that future EW systems must work collaboratively with other air, ground, surface space and cyberspace systems. The 44th Annual Pt. Mugu Electronic Warfare Symposium will facilitate the exchange of enabling concepts and provide a venue to disseminate current research in the fields of Collaborative Electronic Warfare. Prominent leaders, contributors and representatives from the United States and Australian military, government, academia and industry will come together to address current Electronic Warfare gaps and emerging technologies in Collaborative Electronic Warfare required to address these gaps.

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Keynote Speakers

AVM Chris Deeble AM CSC (Australia) (confirmed)          
Program Manager for the Joint Strike Fighter Program

VADM David Dunaway, USN (invited)
Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

RADM Donald Gaddis, USN (invited)
Program Executive Officer, Tactical Aircraft Programs [PEO(T)] Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

RDML Scott A. Stearney, USN (invited)
Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command

RADM Mathias Winter (confirmed)
Chief of Naval Research/Director, Innovation Technology Requirements, and Test & Evaluation (N84)

Ms. Margie Palmieri (confirmed)
Director, Integrated Fires OPNAV

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PLAN NOW TO ATTEND: AOC EW Latin America 2015, April 16 in Rio!

"Evolving Electronic Warfare in Latin America"

The AOC is planning to hold its inaugural AOC Latin America symposium during LAAD, Brazil, currently planned for April 16, 2015, in conjunction with our logistics partner and LAAD organizer, Clarion Events. The conference language will be predominantly Portuguese.

EW Latin America 2015 will be attended by a wide range of leading military, government, academic and industrial leaders and thinkers from across the region and beyond. The inaugural symposium audience will include senior serving military leaders and operators, security personnel, government officials, leading academics and world class industry leaders, and will discuss the increasingly important field, in Latin America, of Electronic Warfare and associated Electromagnetic Operations (EMO), including signals intelligence, information operations, air platform protection, land EW operations, innovative maritime EW solutions, EW-capable UAVs, operational experience and advanced technology. Focus areas include:
•    Keynote speakers
•    Regional issues and factors
•    EW capability and the maritime, land, air/space, electromagnetic and cyberspace operational environments; platform protection and situational awareness
•    Operational experience and lessons
•    Information operations, cyber and network enabled capability
•    EW operational support and modelling and simulation
•    EW Developments from Industry
•    EW concepts and critical lines of capability development  
•    Related EM capabilities including C4ISR, SIGINT and Spectrum Management
In common with our other global events, an EW, EMO, SIGINT and associated C4ISR dedicated exhibition is being arranged by Clarion Events within the AOC Pavilion.

Symposium planning is being led the AOC Director Global Operations, Wing Commander John Clifford, OBE, RAF (Ret.), who can be contacted at clifford@crows.org.

Stay tuned to www.crows.org for more information.


REGISTER NOW: 15th Annual AOC Electronic Warfare Europe,
"Future EW – Innovation, Information & Interoperability"
May 26-28, 2015 | Stockholm, Sweden
As nations refocus on contingency operations after more than a decade of counterinsurgency, there are many challenges and opportunities for governments, the military, academia, science and technology, and industry. Events in 2014 have reminded us of the deadly nature of RF-guided weaponry and that the counterinsurgency threat has not gone away, but intensified. Air attacks on IS terrorists in Syria and Iraq are inevitably enabled by the usual panoply of Electromagnetic (EM) operations: SIGINT, C4ISR, precise navigation and timing, targeting, communications, spectrum management and the whole gamut of EW. EM-enabled cyber operations are part of defeating terrorists, as well as state actors across the spectrum of warfare, starting with influence and counter-propaganda and most likely going much further.

National forces are being re-shaped and re-equipped to face the future, which will be contested, congested, complex, connected, constrained and potentially chaotic unless the right informed choices are made now. AOC EW Stockholm 2015 will look at future EW from three connected perspectives – innovation by industry, government agencies and academia, the importance of information (including cyber) and interoperability both of capabilities like EW, SIGINT and ISR and between services and partners in joint, combined and coalition operations.

Mark your calendars now for this premier AOC Global event!
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NEW DETAILS: 6th Annual Electronic Warfare/Cyber Convergence Conference
June 2-4, 2015 | SPAWAR, Charleston, SC

Electronic Warfare and Cyberspace technical capabilities are becoming more technically similar. However, the communities that practice these disciplines remain largely separated and vary widely across the military services in terms of their equipment, unit organization and operating methodologies. This conference provides the EW and Cyberspace communities an opportunity to collaborate and discus capabilities, TTPs and research in EW and Cyberspace operations to enable more rapid deployment of new and improved capabilities. The EW/Cyberspace Convergence Conference identifies ways to develop advanced technologies and systems to address the changing battlefield dynamics of the digital age and bring EW and Cyberspace together for the warfighter!

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EDUCATION YOU NEED: Plan Now for Great Courses in the D.C. Area

April 14-17
EW 104: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Ford
Classification: US SECRET
Linthicum, MD

May 12-15
Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Mr. Robert Samuel
Classification: Unclassified
Alexandria, VA

June 23-26
Advanced Electronic Warfare
Instructor: Mr. Dave Adamy
Classification: Unclassified
Alexandria, VA


AOC MISSION: New International President Pin
The AOC’s mission is to advance international policy, plans, programs, and professional development related to EMS operations and associated capabilities in all operational domains. The AOC Board of Directors have adopted a special "AOC International President" pin as just one of the many efforts to promote AOC as an international advocate. On January 27, 2015, this AOC International President pin was given from Past AOC President Robert Elder, Jr., to the current AOC President, Kenneth R. Israel.


REGISTER TODAY: 40th Annual Dixie Crow Symposium, March 22-26
The Dixie Crow Chapter of the Association of Old Crows is proud to announce their 40th Annual Dixie Crow EW/IO Symposium to be held in Warner Robins at the Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB, GA. Our theme, "The Power of EW & ISR for Sustained Air Supremacy," emphasizes the important work carried out by the men and women on Robins AFB, military and civilian along with our local contractors. The defense complex supports worldwide those who develop and maintain Electronic Warfare (EW) and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems deployed by our warfighters on a daily basis to defend our freedom and preserve liberty around the world.

Event Registration: Dixiecrow2015.infinity-international.com

We are happy to have the following committed speakers to date:
Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, USAF (Ret.) – Banquet Speaker
Maj. Gen. Ken Israel, USAF (Ret.), AOC President – Guest Speaker
Maj. Gen. Bob "Cowboy" Dulaney, USAF (Ret.) – F-35 Community Relations, LM
Col. John "Hap" Arnold, USAF (Ret.) – DARPA    
Lt. Col. Chad "Cheat" Fager, Deputy Commander, 53rd EWG
Lt. Col. Gene "Joker" McFalls, 53rd EWG/F-35 – Banquet Emcee


Clearance is required for access to the 40th Annual Dixie Crow Symposium technical sessions.

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Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation
IMT - Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
IMS 2015

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