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LAST CHANCE FOR TOMORROW'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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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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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: 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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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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