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Thursday, July 28 | 14:00-15:00 EDT
A new world of materials is emerging called "metamaterials" where physical properties are altered to achieve results that don't naturally occur in nature. Metamaterials are materials that use resonance properties to "cheat" nature and cause effects to occur that may benefit antenna radiation and possibly support "cloaking" devices. "Metamaterials" simply means materials that are beyond normal material properties. Their unique properties are created when resonance conditions are created. Often this is accomplished by creating cavities along the material surface that resonate at the design frequency. Switchable metamaterials can be used to dramatically reduce radar cross section or to modulate beam patterns for surface mounted antennas.

This lecture on metamaterials will cover the basic physics of these materials and will demonstrate several practical applications.

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NEXT LIVE ONLINE WEB COURSE BEGINS MONDAY: Get the Competitive Insights You Need – Without the Typical Travel Costs, With Both Live and On-Demand Courses

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)

The Association of Old Crows is excited to increase the convenience of your learning opportunities through our brand new on-demand professional development library! The AOC is making some of our most popular courses available anytime and anywhere you're connected to the internet! On-demand course offerings currently include Dave Adamy's Fundamentals and Advanced Principles of EW and Kyle Davidson's ELINT - Principles and Practice.


REGISTER NOW: AOC 53rd International Symposium and Convention, November 29-December 1 in Washington, D.C.

This year’s 53rd Annual International Symposium and Convention is AOC’s premier event to enhance your personal and professional network, while engaging in discussions regarding Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations with military leaders, policy makers and electronic warfare practitioners from an international perspective. Technical papers will be presented to disseminate research findings and increase awareness of emerging technologies or concepts in the areas of electronic support, electronic attack, electronic protection, spectrum awareness and spectrum deconfliction.

Speakers representing the combatant commanders and our international community will address their regional perspectives on Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations providing an overview of their operational environments and addressing capabilities and challenges regarding EMSO policy, doctrine, procurement, training and joint or coalition operations. International regions that will be represented include Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Connect with thousands of colleagues and over 1,600 military and industry leaders and experts from all career levels, sectors, and EMSO focused businesses for three days of practical insight and networking with our U.S. and International members.

This is THE event dedicated to the professionals shaping the future of the electromagnetic operational domain. It will be the best professional investment that you can make all year!  Register today and book your hotel room at the same time.  
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REGISTER NOW: Electronic Warfare Asia, September 20-21 in Kuala Lumpur

EW Asia returns to Kuala Lumpur to debate the ever-evolving challenges of this complex subject. Bringing together senior delegations from regional and international militaries, defence intelligence communities and scientific and research agencies EW Asia will showcase focused discussions and ‘thought leader’ presentations.

Southeast Asian countries need to be alert to the challenges involved in maintaining surveillance and intelligence superiority across the information domain space, thus ensuring the national security of their borders. Recent experiences of electronic warfare (EW) actions applied by Russia in Ukraine and Syria have demonstrated how crucial this domain is, particularly as such up-to-date and effective EW operations have not been experienced internationally for many years.

China’s investment and gathering momentum in the expansion of its own military cyber and electronic warfare technologies presents serious challenges for Asian security services who believed that, until recently, they retained EM spectrum superiority.

An improved understanding of the complexity of these challenges being faced needs to be followed by the development of skill sets for defensive and, if necessary, offensive countermeasures.

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AOC 2016 ELECTIONS TAKE PLACE THIS SEPTEMBER: Learn About the Candidates Now in This Year's Election Guide
The 2016 AOC International Elections will run September 1-30 this year, but the election guide is available now for you to begin learning about the candidates for whom you will cast your vote. This year members will elect two At Large board members, and one board member each from International Region I and International Region II. Online voting will be available September 1, or look for your paper ballot in the June edition of JED.

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: 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.
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The Honorable Rob Wittman
US House of Representatives (VA-1)

Dr. John D Burrow
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation

RDML Lorin Selby, USN
Commander, USN Naval Surface Warfare Center

Mr. Jay R. Kistler, Jr
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering), Dir EW & CM Office

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

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REGISTER NOW! 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.


MG Bruce Crawford, USA
Commanding General CECOM & APG
MG Kirk F. Vollmecke
Program Executive Officer, PEO IEW&S

Mr. Kevin M. Coggins, SES

Direct Reporting Program Manager,
Positioning, Navigation & Timing

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 5th Annual AOC Pacific Conference,  November 8-9, Honolulu

Challenges and Opportunities for IO/EW/Cyber in A2/AD Environments

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together government, military, industry, academia, small business and other stakeholders for discussions on the operational challenges facing the practitioners of these IRCs, and to explore possible technological and tactics/procedural solutions. To stimulate wider interest and inquiry into these issues, the symposium and related activities and events will be open to registration by government, industry and academia representatives without regard to their AOC membership status (both AOC members and non-members may register) except that access of foreign and any other persons may be restricted as necessary in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

AOC is soliciting original unclassified English language papers for the 5th Pacific conference from international leaders, military personnel, subject matter experts and leading thinkers from the government, military, academia and industry. Potential Speakers are invited to note the conference sessions topics and specific areas of interest:
  • National perspectives on the IO, EMS and cyber aspects of overcoming A2/AD or countering Hybrid Warfare.
  • Historical perspectives of the application of IO to overcome anti-access strategies and to reach target audiences in denied environments
  • Analysis of current and potential threats to the U.S. and her Pacific Allies employing the integrated application of IRCs (IO) as a component of peacetime Hybrid Warfare
  • Analysis of adversary and potential adversary offensive cyber strategies for peacetime, crisis and conflict
  • Technological and engineering developments for enhanced Command and Control of the Information Environment
  • Technology solutions for monitoring the Information Environment for operations and assessment
Please contact the Symposium Chair, Arthur Tulak, COL USA, Ret, at arthur.n.tulak.ctr@pacom.mil if you are interested in speaking or want more information and provide the title of the proposed paper, a brief synopsis and information on the speaker. Company or product briefs will not be accepted. The deadline for submitting is close of business Wednesday, 31 August 2016, but earlier is better.


BG Richard K. Sele
Deputy Commanding General, U.S.
Army Civil Affairs and Psychological
Operations Command (invited)

Call for Presentations and Conference Details


REGISTER NOW FOR AUGUST'S AOC WEBINAR: Introduction to Anechoic Chambers, August 11

Thursday, August 11  | 14:00-15:00 EDT (18:00-19:00 UTC)

This presentation provides an overview of the RF/microwave absorbers and their use in the optimized designs of anechoic chambers. A brief theoretical background and measurement methods are introduced on the absorbers and chamber designs. Measurement techniques on the absorbers and chambers are discussed, including the free-space VSWR method. The free-space VSWR is the most widely-used method for measuring the performance of an anechoic chamber. Its test procedure and theory are introduced. Further discussions are provided on various chamber design considerations and the use of absorbers to enhance the performances of an anechoic chamber.

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SEPTEMBER AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Sampling Theory & its Effects on System Performance, September 15

Thursday, September 15, 2016 18:00 until 19:00 UTC

The universe is fundamentally analogue, but almost all modern technologies are based on digital systems on some level. In fact, many aspects of why digital systems work the way they do can be traced back to the conversion between analogue and digital signals – a process known as sampling. An understanding of sampling theory is thus crucial to understanding how modern systems work.

However, sampling is traditionally explained by resorting to complex mathematics, which tends to obscure the relatively simple underlying concepts. This presentation will draw back the mathematical veil obscuring these fundamental concepts by using simple arguments and graphics to explain how and why sampling works the way it does. As part of this process, issues such as aliasing, the Shannon-Nyquist criterion, bandpass sampling, I-Q sampling, interleaved samplers and others will be explored. It is thus hoped that attendees will gain greater insight into many aspects of sampling and how these issues affect the operation of modern systems.

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NEW AOC MEMBER BENEFIT: Take Advantage of New Hotel Discounts

They say membership has its privileges – and it's the truth! As a member of the AOC you can access the JED online and receive a hard copy each month, as well as benefits in the AOC Store, and now there's a brand new special benefit just for AOC members!

A new partner – HotelStorm

The AOC is excited to announce a new partnership with HotelStorm to bring exclusive hotel discounts to our members. Simply search the website for your favorite destinations – whether personal or professional – and you'll find savings of 10-55% over other online travel agencies. Contact Glorianne O'Neilin, oneilin@crows.org, for login details.
AOC HotelStorm Site

And don't miss the AOC's other benefits from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the Military Benefit Association, LegalShield, Aflac and more.
Member Benefits Page

AOC PATRIOTS ROOST: Workshop – Accelerating the On-ramps for the Cyber Workforce, August 17
AOC Patriot Roost, AFCEA Lexington-Concord chapter, MITRE and Elevate Technology will facilitate the Workshop on August 17, 2016 at Waxy O’Connors. We have an acute shortage of skilled personnel in government and defense-related industry for current and future cyber challenges. Current on-ramps fail to educate, recruit and prepare the future workforce of cyber tech savvy professionals. The Workshop is an unparalleled opportunity to hear innovators radically address new integrated processes to motivate and prepare our non-uniformed workforce through three separate lenses: government, industry and academia.
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SAVE THE DATE: Maple Leaf Chapter First Annual Gala, September 28
We are pleased to invite you to attend the Association of Old Crows, Maple Leaf Chapter, First Annual Gala. This event will be a rare opportunity to meet Mr. John Knowles, Chief Editor of the Journal of Electronic Defense (JED) and keynote speaker. This gala sponsored by D-TA Systems Inc. will be held at the prestigious Royal Ottawa Golf Club. Please register quickly as spaces are limited!

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CELEBRATING EXEMPLARY SERVICE: Congratulations to the AOC 2016 Award Winners

The AOC will recognize the premier leaders in EW, IO and EMS Operations fields throughout our 53rd Annual Symposium and Convention. Please join us in celebrating these award winners for their exemplary service to our community. The Gold Medal Award is the highest award given by the AOC for outstanding advances and contributions in all fields of EW and IO. The Gold Medal Award will be presented during the Opening Session on Tuesday, November 29th. The Hal Gershanoff Silver Medal Award is presented to an AOC member to recognize outstanding service in furthering the goals of the Association or its Chapter Organization(s). It is the highest award given to a member for service to the AOC. The Hal Gershanoff Silver Medal, the Colonel Anton D. Brees Lifetime Service Awards and the Joseph W. Kearney Award will be presented at the Annual Banquet on Wednesday, November 30th. All other Individual awards will be presented at separate venues.

Full List of Award Winners

NEW JOBS ON 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: High-End Fight Integration: Navy Brings Electronic Warfare to Red Flag
The Electronic Attack Squadron 139 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, is taking electronic warfare to the skies during Red Flag 16-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. For the VAQ-139 Cougars, their mission statement "provide electronic warfare in support of air and ground forces around the world," lets them demonstrate their strength while integrating with their sister services in one of the Air Force’s premier exercises. (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Growlers Soar with B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
Navy EA-18G Growlers have joined B-1 Lancers during the past several weeks in the skies around Ellsworth Air Force Base for electronic attack training. This marked the first time the Navy’s Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129), stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, traveled to Ellsworth AFB to conduct training in its local airspace. The training was conducted in June and is also taking place from July 11-22. Navy pilots and electronic warfare officers utilized the unique components of the Powder River Training Complex airspace to help accomplish its role as the fleet replenishment squadron for the EA-18G. (AF.mil)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Updates and Renames Cyber Electromagnetic Activity Regulation
Among several recent developments bringing Army cyber and electromagnetic activities closer together, the service updated and renamed one of its regulations related to supporting the integrated multi-mission nature of cyber electromagnetic activities through software-based systems. Army Regulation 525-15, titled "Software Reprogramming for Cyber Electromagnetic Activities," provides a raft of changes such as expanding the scope of software reprogramming to support CEMA, adds responsibilities for headquarter commands and direct reporting units to support electronic warfare reprogramming mission requirements and establishes CEMA software reprogramming integrations and interoperability implementation strategy, the Army said. (C4ISRNet)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Have Jet, Will Travel: Training F-35s Vs. 1950s Fighters
The Air Force has too few pilots. The Navy has too few planes. Textron has a solution: outsource to us. No, the defense contractor isn’t proposing privatized air wars. It’s suggesting that military training make greater use of privately owned aircraft as the "enemy" in mock dogfights. The leader in this field, at least in the U.S., is the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), recently acquired by Textron after 20 years in business. (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: A-10, Then A-11 And A-12? Air Force Ponders CAS Future
The Air Force is considering not one, but two replacements for the aging A-10 Warthog close air support plane. But analysts wonder why, given that the service is already building a new bomber (the B-21), a new tanker (the KC-46), a new fighter (the F-35A), they would want to build two Close Air Support aircraft in an era when trillion dollar deficits are once again on the horizon? (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Cyber to Team with Signal, Electronic Warfare, Military Intelligence
The Army is the only service that didn't create a separate military occupational specialty for offensive and defensive cyber, said Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty. "We think we made the right call because both inform the other," he said. "Most defenders come from the signal side, most offensive come from the military intelligence side." As the transition is made to the new Cyber Branch, that integration will become apparent, he added. Fogarty, commander, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, Georgia, spoke July 14 at the "Network Readiness in a Complex World" panel hosted by the Association of the United States Army. (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Experts: DNC Hack Shows Inadequate U.S. Security Against Russian Cyber Attacks
Specialists who have studied Russia’s cyber warfare capabilities said the Kremlin is responsible for the hacking and eventual release of 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee, adding that there is no sure way to stop these kinds of attacks from recurring. Experts who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon cautioned that it is difficult to prove the connection between the hackers and the Russian government with a legal degree of certainty, but they said the evidence indicated Russian involvement. (Washington Free Beacon)
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The RF gallium nitride (GaN) device market is heating up amid the need for more performance with better power densities in a range of systems, such as infrastructure equipment, missile defense and radar. On one front, for example, RF GaN is beginning to displace a silicon-based technology for the power amplifier sockets in today’s wireless base stations. GaN is making inroads in base stations, mainly because it’s a wide-bandgap technology, meaning that it is faster and provides higher breakdown voltages than silicon and other III-V devices. (Semiconductor Engineering)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Services Look for Eyewear to Protect Against Lasers
The military has put a lot of emphasis lately on developing laser weapons, both to counter tech-based asymmetrical threats and as a way to save money over using conventional weapons. The services also are now looking for ways to protect troops’ eyes from the effects of lasers. The Air Force has awarded a $30 million contract to Teledyne Scientific & Imaging for the company’s Aircrew Laser Eye Protection (ALEP) spectacles, essentially glasses that protect against hazards and the potential threats from laser devices, whether in combat or in training. (Defense Systems)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: L-3 Ready to Sell Spydr II Surveillance Aircraft
L-3 Communications is ready to offer its all-new Spydr II to international buyers, with the Beechcraft King Air 350ER-derived surveillance aircraft having made its debut appearance at the Farnborough air show. Capable of performing a wide range of tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) duties, Spydr II leverages L-3’s experience with the US Air Force’s Project Liberty, which rapidly fielded a fleet of more than 70 King Air-based MC-12Ws. (Flightglobal)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: BAE Systems Describes EW Capabilities
The electronic warfare (EW) business of BAE Systems is the world leader in this "least understood discipline,"according to vice president and general manager Jerry Wohletz. In a rare media briefing at the recent Farnborough airshow, he noted that the Nashua, N.H.-based business has produced more than 12,000 tactical systems in its 60-year history. Wohletz said that the company’s EW systems are flying on more than 80 platforms. They include infrared countermeasures systems (IRCMs). (AIN Online)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: India To Upgrade Sukhoi Fleet With Russia's Help
India has stepped up negotiations with Russia to upgrade its 194 Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole aircraft with the near fifth-generation level at a cost of more than $8 billion. The upgraded version would be renamed Super Sukhoi. "A Russian team was in New Delhi earlier this month to discuss [the] upgrade plan with India, which will be finalized in the next four to six months," said a senior Ministry of Defence (MoD) official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. (Defense News)
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