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IN TWO WEEKS: Register Now for the 7th Annual Cyber/Electronic Warfare Convergence Conference, June 7-9, Charleston, SC
Department of Navy has approved this conference as of 5/17/16

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 discuss 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!


MajGen James Livingston, USMC (Ret.)
Congreessional Medal of Honor Recipient     

COL Bryant Glando, USA
Chief, Regional Inter Agency Division,

Captain Scott Heller
Commanding Officer,
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic
Col Brandan Harris, USAF
Deputy Director, Mission Integration Directrorate,
National Reconnaissance Office

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NEXT AOC VRITUAL SERIES WEBINAR: Taking the Fear Out of Solid State Spatial Combining Technology, June 9

June 9 | 1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

Join Qorvo’s Rick Montgomery for an in-depth examination of solid state power RF and how the technology is proving to be a highly reliable, efficient, high bandwidth alternative to traveling wave tube amplifiers. Whether it be through techniques using GaAS or GaN MMIC amplifiers, solid state PAs are being used in airborne electronic warfare platforms to provide longer service life as well as clear size, weight, power and cost advantages. Rick will provide insight into how SSPAs are making an impact on airborne programs.

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NEXT ONLINE COURSE BEGINS AUGUST 1: Get the Competitive Insights You Need – Without the Typical Travel Costs

August 1-24
Introduction to RF and Microwave Front Ends - Live WebCourse
Instructor: Warren du Plessis
Classification: Unclassified
Twice Weekly | 1300-1600 EDT (17:00-20:00 UTC)


AOC VIRTUAL SERIES WEBINAR: RF Device and System Integration for EW, June 23

June 23 | 1400-1500 EDT (1800-1900 GMT)

EW and SIGINT systems are in the midst of a major transition to smaller size, weight and power form factors. There are dual demands driving this evolution. First, the increased demand for channel count within a given system has resulted in smaller space and power allocated to each channel. Second, there is an emerging market for small form factor, low channel count systems such as handheld units, remote sensors and small airborne applications. This webinar will cover several paths that are currently available to increase RF device and system integration in EW platforms.

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) Systems Engineering and Acquisition Conference, September 20-22

Our adversaries are using ubiquitous and cheap technology to further develop cyber warfare as well as advance and proliferate electromagnetic spectrum capabilities. EMW is an operational approach to seizing the initiative across the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). The goal is to combine EMW capabilities in the sea, air and land domains to generate enhanced combat effects. EMW, in essence, means leveraging the cyberspace domain and the full electromagnetic spectrum for both offensive and defensive effects.

EMW is not a program, or system, or even a refined concept of operations. It is an emerging operational art, one we must master to fully understand the battlespace. We must then use that awareness to better employ our own forces while altering the enemy’s perception of the battlespace and minimizing his freedom to maneuver within it.

Well-developed program strategies optimize the time and cost required to satisfy approved capability needs. The Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) Process allocates resources within the DoD to perform this optimization. It is important for program managers, engineers and business planners to be aware of the process, the tools used and the complexities in performing defense acquisition and systems development in the emerging EMS environment in order to provide value to managing and performing program funding and mission success.

We encourage you to participate in this conference and receive several perspectives on EMW, its convergence with Cyber Warfare, as well as obtaining insight into defense acquisition and DoD systems engineering. We need these perspectives to not only survive in a challenging fiscal environment, but also to help EW missions contribute more to our critical overall national defense mission.


The Honorable Rob Wittman
US House of Representatives (VA-1)

The conference committee is soliciting original unclassified papers from US and international leaders, operators, subject matter experts and thinkers from the military, academia and industry. You are invited to submit an abstract of presentation for the following topics:

Focus Question 1: How can combined EMW capabilities in the sea, air and land domains generate enhanced combat effects?
Focus Question 2: How is Cyber warfare converging on EW and EMW? What are emerging tools, processes and systems that reflect this convergence?
Focus Question 3: How does model-based engineering provide value in the systems engineering environment and what are innovative modeling solutions which should be considered for application?

Abstracts for presentations must be at the unclassified level and in text format. Please forward abstracts to Ms. Shelley Frost at frost@crows.org by June 17, 2016. Abstracts are limited to one page of text or 400 words. To facilitate the selection processes, please ensure your submitted abstract file is labeled with your last name and short title. For example: "Smith_EW is the Future.doc." Conference presentations may be classified Secret US Only or unclassified (please indicate which classification you are submitting for since we’ll have unclassified and one classified session); however, abstracts must be unclassified. Notification of acceptance and presentation submission instructions will be by July 8, 2016

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: CEMA 2016 - Achieving Overmatch through the Convergence of Cyber, Signal, Electronic Warfare, Intelligence, and Space Capabilities, October 18-20

This upcoming October will mark 15 years of persistent conflict where the Army has enjoyed a distinct technological advantage in its fight against terrorism and in the conduct of counter-insurgency operations. Today, we are on the brink of a new era of great power competition conflict. With a resurgent Russia and an escalating China, a civil war in Syria with international implications and Iran and North Korea steadily flexing their military presence, there are forces to be reckoned with. All are employing advanced electronic warfare and cyber capabilities at a rapid rate. Given these recent developments from prospective near-peer adversaries, the Army cannot afford to "wait until the wolf is at the door" and must prioritize maintaining overmatch; easier said than done. Limited resources dictate an innovative approach to the problem. The answer lies in the effective enterprise capability convergence of cyber, signal, electronic warfare, intelligence, information operations and space capabilities to ensure cyberspace dominance while simultaneously denying the same advantage to adversaries. The idea of capability convergence as a combat multiplier is the basis for this year’s conference theme.

The CEMA 2016 conference committee is soliciting original papers from the United States and Five Eyes Nations, Government, Academia, Industry, Operators and Subject Matter Experts to discuss current and emerging trends in Electronic Warfare, Cyber, Signals Intelligence and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations. Conference presentations may be classified TS/SCI US Only, Secret Releasable FVEYS or Unclassified//FOUO (please indicate which classification you are submitting for as we will have multiple sessions at various classification levels); however, abstracts must be unclassified. All who attend will gain a better understanding with respect to current and future threats, emerging requirements, technological advances, policy, and potential opportunities for collaboration.

You are invited to submit an abstract of presentation that align with the following topics:

1. Cyberspace Effects Cell – User Perspectives (17/29 series, and 25E only)
2. Emerging Threats, Capability Gaps, Requirements and Doctrine
3. Cyber/Signal/EW/Intelligence Convergence
4. CEMA Programs and Acquisition Initiatives
5. Maintaining EW/Cyber Overmatch and the Army "Big Eight"
6. CEMA Science &Technology Trends
7. Intelligence Support to EW & Cyberspace Operations
8. Cyber Electromagnetic Operations (CEMO) in Support of Targeting
9. Experimentation, Exercises and Training to Inform Cyber Electromagnetic Operations (CEMO)
10. Joint, International and Industry Perspectives and Opportunities

Abstracts for presentations must be at the unclassified level and in text format. Please forward abstracts Ms. Shelley Frost at frost@crows.org by 8 July 2016. Abstracts are limited to one page of text or 400 words. To facilitate the selection processes please ensure your submitted abstract file is labeled with your last name and short title. For example: "Smith_Cyber Effects Cell.doc." Notification of acceptance and presentation submission instructions will be by 29 July 2016. Presentations will be required in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 or earlier format. In order to meet required foreign disclosure procedures, final presentations are required to be submitted with appropriate foreign disclosure paperwork by 2 September 2016 to ensure adequate processing. Foreign disclosure processes will be listed here when finalized.

(note: dates are proposed for initial planning purposes only and subject to change based on the finalization of the foreign disclosure processes currently in staffing. Actual dates are expected to fall on or within 7 – 10 days of listed dates)
Abstracts Due: 8 July 2016
Notification of Acceptance: 22 July 2016
Final Presentations with Foreign Disclosure paperwork: 2 September 2016

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AOC JAPAN CHAPTER: 5th EW Research Group Conference
The AOC Japan Chapter Hosted the 5th EW Research Group Conference on April 22 in Kikai-Shinko-Kaikan, Tokyo. It has been co-sponsored by the IEICE (The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers) Japan, Technical Committee on Space, Aeronautical and Navigational Electronics (SANE).
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CHECK OUT THE AOC JOB VACANCIES PAGE: Positions Posted Now, Employers Can Post Positions for Free
The AOC has launched a new webpage where members and sponsors can post job vacancies. Follow the guide located HERE to provide information on posting a job listing. Submitted listings will remain live for 30 days. The AOC will not format or edit submitted postings, and will not respond to any questions from candidates concerning postings. We are hoping that members and sponsors will take advantage of this free AOC service. Complete the guide linked above and submit to Tim Hutchison at hutchison@crows.org.

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AOC ENDORSED: Senate Defense Authorization Advances Senator Kirk’s EW Capabilities Enhancement Act
Last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee reported its version of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), S. 2493. Included in the bill was text from S. 2486, the EW Capabilities Enhancement Act, introduced by Senator Mark Kirk (IL) in February of this year. The AOC endorsed the bill and applauds the support for it from the Committee.
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AOC President's Letter in Support of Sen. Kirk's Bill
On behalf of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), I write to express our deepest appreciation for your leadership on Electronic Warfare (EW) in the U.S. Congress and our strong support for your legislation, S. 2486, the Electronic Warfare Capabilities Enhancement Act. The bill represents a tremendous opportunity for military and defense industry leaders and our community – the scientists, engineers, managers, operators, educators and military personnel – to advance innovative EW systems and capabilities that are a prerequisite for successful military operations in the twenty-first century.
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Kirk’s Electronic Warfare Legislation Included in Must-Pass Defense Bill
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today applauded the Senate Armed Services Committee’s inclusion of his bill S. 2486, the Electronic Warfare and Enhancement Act, in must-pass defense legislation, the National Defense Authorization Act. S. 2486 will enable the Department of Defense (DoD) to cut through acquisition red tape and provide more funding flexibility to develop electronic warfare technology. S. 2486 was introduced earlier this year with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The B-52 'Arsenal Plane': America's Super Bomber Is Set for a Massive Upgrade
The Pentagon’s emerging "Arsenal Plane" or "flying bomb truck" is likely to be a modified, high-tech adaptation of the iconic B-52 bomber designed to fire air-to-air weapons, release swarms of mini-drones and provide additional fire-power to 5th generation stealth fighters such as the F-35 and F-22, Pentagon officials and analysts said. (The National Interest)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Fighter Jets Will Control Drones
The Air Force Chief Scientist said F-35 pilots will be able to control a small group of drones flying nearby from the aircraft cockpit in the air, performing sensing, reconnaissance and targeting functions. At the moment, the flight path, sensor payload and weapons disposal of airborne drones such as Air Force Predators and Reapers are coordinated from ground control stations. (Scout)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy Looking to Shore up Weapons-Systems Cybersecurity
"We are incredibly susceptible – everyone is – to manipulation of the electromagnetic spectrum. Cyber and cybersecurity and our operations within the current spectrum are at risk continually," Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, program executive officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons at the Naval Air Systems Command, said at the recent Sea-Air-Space Exposition. "We’ve got to find a way to move beyond that." (Defense Systems)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: What’s the Best Way to Wargame Cyberwarfare?
Faced with a variety of new threats, from hypersonic ship-killing missiles to anti-satellite weapons and terrorist attacks, top Pentagon leaders are pushing for more analytical wargaming to devise strategies to counter such threats. But in an era where information can be an instrument of war, the question of how to effectively wargame cyber attacks is a critical issue for military planners. (GovTechWorks)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Communications-Electronics Center
Nine months of planning a new way for the U.S. Army to assess cyber and electromagnetic activities, or CEMA, in a tactical environment culminated in a two-week long event at the end of April where engineers challenged soldiers in their brigade command post staff interactions to find better ways for the Army to operate in a modern threat environment. (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Outdoors: Using Electronic Warfare in Fishing
Many of today’s fishing boats look more like a shuttle craft in Star Wars. Multiple sonar/GPS units with extra-wide screens surround the console and front fishing deck. Is it possible to fish or watch video of the lake bottom? With all of the high-tech units, it’s as if anglers have declared electronic warfare on the fish. It’s not just bass anglers that mount the latest technological sonar units on their boats. Crappie, striper and catfish anglers also employ the benefits of GPS/sonar combo units for fishing and navigation. In most cases, many anglers would be lost without their electronic units. (The Anniston Star)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Saab Rolls out Latest-Generation Gripen E Fighter
Saab has unveiled its next-generation multi-role fighter. The Gripen E prototype 39-8 "Smart Fighter" is the latest product of the Swedish/Brazilian fighter program and is aimed at markets not cleared to purchase the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. According to Saab, the single-seater E is a major advance over previous Gripens with greater range and endurance, as well as more advanced weaponry and electronic warfare capability. (Gizmag)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Reshaping Operational and Training Approaches: Airpower Led Combat Innovation
We have argued throughout the discussion of fifth generation aircraft that the transition was about the re-norming of airpower. It was about reshaping airpower as airpower leads a broader transformation of U.S. and allied combat forces to prevail in 21t century environments and to meet 21st century challenges. In dealing with a number air forces, it is clear that the process of change is not only underway but accelerating. (Second Line of Defense)
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