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DON'T MISS NEXT WEEK'S 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 WEEK: Don't Miss the 7th Annual Cyber/Electronic Warfare Convergence Conference, June 7-9, Charleston, SC
Department of Navy has approved this Conference

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.)

Congressional 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 Directorate,
National Reconnaissance Office

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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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PRESENTATIONS DUE JUNE 17: 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)

Mr. Bryan Clark
Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)

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: Due by June 30 for the AOC 53rd International Symposium and Convention, November 29-December 1 in Washington, D.C.

The AOC Annual Symposium Committee is soliciting original unclassified English language technical papers for the 53nd International Symposium and Convention from U.S. and International leaders, operators, subject matter experts and thinkers from the military, academia and industry. Technical briefings will be organized into three lanes of operations: Electronic Support, Electronic Attack, and Electronic Protection. You are invited to submit an abstract of presentation in one of these sessions. Examples of some of the areas of interest are listed below.

Electronic Support
Electronic Attack
Electronic Protect
• ES multi-country data fusion
• Directed Energy
• Cyber Threat
• Artificial Intelligence
• System Hardening
• Receivers
• Reactive/Adaptive Loadsets
• Battlefield SA
• Geolocation
• UAS concepts
• Laser
• Signal Identification
• System of System concepts
• Data Flow Architectures • Waveforms • Interference Mitigation
• Transmitters • Passive Detect
• Cognitive Radios • Amplifiers • Multispectral Detect
• Addressing future waveforms • EA and Cyber Multifunction capabilities • Cyber
• ES in support of Cyber

Submission Deadline is June 30, 2016

Submission Information: E-mail the following information to the AOC Convention Abstracts Review Committee at frost@crows.org.

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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)


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 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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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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INDUSTRY NEWS: The Military Will Need the Marines' Electronic Warfare Squadrons Beyond 2019
The Marine Corps' decision to decommission four electronic warfare squadrons over the next three years is short-sighted and ill-advised — especially when considering the continued threats to our country and the operational challenges facing the F-35 program. As with the Air Force's A-10 "Warthog" program, funding issues have played a major role in the Marine Corps’ decision to phase out its EA-6B Prowlers. The tactical jamming and electronic attack capabilities the Prowler brings to the battlefield are still relevant, and will be well into the next decade. (Marine Corps Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Change How Air Force Buys Compass Call, JSTARS
The 21st century is defined by connectivity, from our iPhones to the networks that power our economy. The U.S. military is not immune to this. Either it seizes opportunities presented by the information age, or risks precipitating problems if it retreats into anachronistic paradigms. Well into the late 20th century, combat power was largely measured by the number of airplanes, ships, tanks and satellites a nation could muster. While industrial means of military power remain important today, future success or failure will be governed by the way information is harnessed to project power at the right time, in the right place, with the optimal set of military forces. (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Social Media, Electronic Warfare Tools Among SOCOM's Technology Gaps
Special Operations Command is looking for a few good ideas to help it fight the Islamic State and other adversaries, a top acquisition official said on May 25. It has niche requirements for tools that will help it defend against drone and electronic warfare attacks, and to navigate the world of social media, said Tony Davis, the command’s science and technology director. While special operators may be best known for their commando skills, psychological operations, known today as military information support operations, is also part of its purview. And much of that takes place on the Internet. (National Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Readies New Cyber Directorate
The Army is setting up a new directorate in its G-3/5/7 office to oversee cybersecurity and electronic warfare, a move that officials say signals a renewed seriousness in the service toward those disciplines. Army leadership expects the directorate to have initial operating capability next month and full operational capability later in the summer. (FCW)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Triton Joins Poseidon in Forging a 21st Century Maritime Combat Capability
The USN is approaching the P-8/Triton combat partnership as a way to address the integration of manned and unmanned systems, or what are now commonly called "remotes." The Navy looked at the USAF experience and intentionally decided to not build a Triton "remote" operational combat team that would be stove-piped away from their P-8 Squadrons. The team at Navy Jax is building a common Maritime Domain Awareness and Maritime Combat Culture and treats the platforms as partner applications of the evolving combat theory. The partnership is both technology synergistic and also aircrew moving between the Triton and P-8. (Second Line of Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Can the U.S. Combat its Enemies in the Digital Age?
The Cold War was the longest and most heavily invested conflict in the last century, fomenting intense military build-up along with unprecedented paranoia. So much so that many have derided the U.S. military-industrial complex's posture as still geared toward that singular communist-era threat. Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, many in the intelligence community struggled to adapt to the new geopolitical landscape. (The Hill)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: New Army Secretary: Budget Instability Threatens Soldier Readiness
With less than two weeks on the job, Army Secretary Eric Fanning is already focused on providing soldiers and their families with more predictability amid increasing demands on the force and ongoing budget constraints. Fanning, who was sworn in May 18 as the Army’s 22nd Army secretary after a bumpy eight-month confirmation process, is no stranger to the military or the Pentagon. In addition to key leadership positions in the Air Force and Navy, Fanning has served as the Army’s acting under secretary and later as the acting secretary and got a first-hand look at the Army and its soldiers. (Army Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: An Infantry Squad for the 21st Century
Since the firearm’s creation, firepower has aggregated at increasingly lower echelons in armies with each century, allowing smaller number of soldiers to dominate larger amounts of terrain and inflict greater amounts of damage on enemies. Today, a pair of soldiers handling a 20th-century machine gun can exceed rates of fire achievable only by an entire regiment of 19th-century riflemen. Advances in robotics, miniaturization of technology, and most importantly, exploration of human-machine combat teaming concepts will continue this trend and render the infantry squad of the 21st century the deadliest yet. (War on the Rocks)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: UK Eyes Joint Multi-role, Talks With U.S.
The United Kingdom is following the U.S. Joint Multirole Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) project with "great interest" and might either get involved at some point or buy future aircraft the effort spawns, says a top British Defence Ministry rotorcraft engineer. "It’s a perfectly feasible outcome," Bryan Finlay, the senior engineer at the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, said Wednesday at the American Helicopter Society International’s annual forum. (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S., German Army Aviators Train for Electronic Battles
Russian prowess in electronic warfare in Ukraine has prompted U.S. Army officials some concern about the Army’s ability to fight more complex battles. The response includes preparing to counter modern electronic warfare and reconnaissance and surveillance equipment. In a training exercise that took place May 17-20, American and German aviators including some those who are part of NATO’s Very High Readiness Task Force, assessed their current tactics and techniques. (Subscription required) (Aviation Week)
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