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DON'T MISS TOMORROW'S WEBINAR: 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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NEXT WEEK: 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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NEXT WEEK: Register Now for 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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CALL FOR POSTERS: AOC International Symposium and Convention

The AOC Poster Session will provide an excellent forum for authors, educators, students and young engineers to present their work in an informal and interactive setting. Posters are ideal for presenting speculative, late-breaking results, or for giving an introduction to interesting, innovative work. Posters are intended to provide authors and participants with the ability to connect with each other and to engage in discussions about the work.

The poster session provides information about the applications, architecture, implementation, performance and security of electronic warfare and information operations. Posters that present work-in-progress and draw important conclusions from practical experience are especially encouraged to submit.

E-mail the following information to Shelley Frost at frost@crows.org:
• Title of proposed paper
• Name of presenter and organization represented
• One or two short paragraphs describing the scope of the paper

Early November, each selected poster presenter will be mailed a Poster Session Guide from AOC National Headquarters. It will contain detailed information on your poster session.

For more information, contact Shelley Frost at frost@crows.org

Submission Deadline is October 21, 2016.

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NEW SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED: Don't Miss the 5th Annual AOC Pacific Conference,  November 8-9 in 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.

Attend and consider sponsoring this renowned, ground-breaking and strategically important Symposium. Read the report from the 4th Annual Pacific Conference from JED.


GEN Robert B. Brown
Commanding General
U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC)

MGEN John B. Morrison, Jr.
Commanding General
U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence

Dr. William G. Conley, SES
Deputy Director, Electronic Warfare,
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense
(Acquisition, Technology and Logistics)

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

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JUST ANNOUNCED: AOC Electronic Warfare Singapore, January 17-18

We live in a time of increasing uncertainty on many fronts.  Threats, challenges and opportunities are rising.  Technology is accelerating. The world is undoubtedly changing and in unforeseen ways.  In terms of future warfare, national forces are being re-shaped and re-equipped to face an operational maneuver space that will be complex and connected, but constrained.  It may well be chaotic unless the right, informed choices are made now. The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most vital areas in the world and the focus of much change, but also of uncertainty.  In terms of EW and electromagnetic operations, how can we make sense of all of these things?

AOC EW Singapore will consider the future of EW and EM Operations in the changing light of current and emerging threats, including Hybrid Warfare and Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) where potential opponents are out-performing the West. It will consider the possible responses, how thinking and attitudes must change, and examine the new capabilities that will be required across all lines of development, by all services, in all countries in the free world. The Conference will consist of plenary sessions focusing on operations, defence capability development, and industry inventiveness. AOC EW Singapore 2017 will bring together the communities of EW, SIGINT, C4ISR, Cyber EM Activities (CEMA) and more. Speakers will include leaders and operators from the military, government, academia, S&T and international R&D communities and, crucially industry.  This is an unclassified English language Asia-Pacific focused EW networking, exhibition, workshop and conference and is not to be missed.

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VOTE NOW: AOC Elections Continue Through September 30
The 2016 AOC International Elections run through September 30 this year. 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. Vote on-line now!

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AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Register for the Next Free Webinar, Digital Video Transmission: Threats Hiding in Plain Sight, September 29

Thursday, October 13, 2016  |14:00-15:00 EST (18:00 until 19:00 UTC)

The transmission of video related content encompasses many layers. There are many methods to be considered for fingerprinting digital video. From the physical layer to the application layer there are many places for information to be hidden or altered. Adversaries could use video distribution systems with the intent to disrupt, harm, injure, or kill. They could provide inaccurate information to influence inaccurate decision making or camouflage messages within systems to disseminate hostile information.

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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! 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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NEW COURSES ANNOUNCED: Live or On-Demand, AOC Courses Provide the Competitive Edge You Need

DON'T MISS: AOC Convention Courses

Electronic Countermeasures - Theory and Design
December 2-3
Washington, DC
Instructor: Kyle Davidson

EW Against New Generation Threats - UPDATE COURSE
December 2-3
Washington, DC
Instructor: Dave Adamy

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, Kyle Davidson's ELINT - Principles and Practice and Warren du Plessis’ Introduction to RF & Microwave Front Ends.


OCTOBER AOC WEBINAR: Connecting the Dots: A Review of EW and EMSO-Related Accomplishments in the 114th Congress, October 13

Thursday, October 13, 2016  |14:00-15:00 EST (18:00 until 19:00 UTC)

Electronic Warfare (EW) and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) received significant attention on Capitol Hill during 2016. More so than in years past, the AOC had the opportunity follow, inform, and influence key legislative and policy initiatives that together show a dramatic change in how our leaders think about the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). This webinar takes a look at the status and accomplishments of several initiatives including the EW Capabilities Enhancement Act, Acquisition Reform, the MOBILE NOW Act, and the FY 2017 Defense Budget. We will also discuss what to expect over the next few months as Congress adjourns and a new Congress and Administration arrive in January 2017.

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NEXT WEEK: Asymmetric Threat Symposium IX, sponsored by the Association of Old Crows, CACI and Secure Freedom (Center for Security Policy)

Guests are invited to assemble with the common purpose of developing new thinking on achieving an overarching national strategy that will effectively counter the threats to national security.

When and Where
Thursday, September 22, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Gannett Conference Center
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102

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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: Gen. John Hyten Nominated as Next STRATCOM Commander
President Barack Obama has nominated Gen. John Hyten, current commander of the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, as the next commander of the U.S. Strategic Command. If appointed, Hyten will support Stratcom with its global missions in strategic deterrence, space operations, joint electronic warfare, global strike and missile defense, the Defense Department said Friday. He would succeed Adm. Cecil Haney, current commander of Stratcom based at Offutt Air Force Base. (Executive Gov)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: US Army Is Making Some Sweeping Changes to Its Electronic Warfare Technology
The U.S. Army’s acquisition community is rapidly modernizing its suite of Electronic Warfare (EW) technologies in order to keep pace with rapidly emerging battlefield threats, develop an organic EW capability within Brigade Combat Teams and deploy new systems with improved offensive and defensive capability, service officials said. (The National Interest)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Budget Hell: Kendall Prays For 3-Month CR, Fears 6
The Pentagon’s top buyer is praying that Congress will only be three months late enacting a 2017 budget, instead of six. Frank Kendall’s frank comments made clear that on-time is off the table. Kendall’s got cause for concern. Just yesterday, the Senate failed for the third time to pass a defense funding bill. "The election coming up is obviously drawing a lot of attention," Kendall said this morning at the annual Common Defense (ComDef) conference. "We have to get past that, and then I hope we can resolve whatever differences there are (between House and Senate). It may have to go into the next administration." (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Lightning Strikes at Largest F-35A Deployment
The 33rd Fighter Wing, based at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., wrapped up the largest F-35 deployment to date at this year’s Exercise Northern Lightning Aug. 31 at Volk Field, Wisc. Northern Lightning is a tactical-level, joint training exercise which serves as a combat rehearsal for both legacy and modern aerial and ground assets in a contested, degraded environment. The 33rd FW deployed more than 150 personnel and 14 F-35As for two weeks to train to a realistic threat level and develop how to deploy and sustain a squadron of F-35s. (Aerotech News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Military Buildups Mirrored on the Russian, NATO Front
The cycle, it seems, repeats itself every few months. Spooked by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s steady modernization of his military forces, Western military personnel and security experts routinely sound the alarm on Kremlin procurements. Particularly following Moscow’s adventures in eastern Ukraine, two questions persist: What might Russia do with its increasingly capable hardware, and how will NATO members respond? (Defense News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: PACOM Visits Cold War Gallery for MPA Aircraft Dedication
United States Pacific Command Commander Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., USN, joined Naval Historical Foundation Chairman Admiral William J. Fallon, USN (Ret.), and a small group of distinguished guests this past Tuesday for a dedication of a Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) display case, including a P-8A Poseidon model, at the National Museum of the United States Navy’s (NMUSN) Cold War Gallery. Others in attendance included Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Bill Moran and Captain Fred Smith, USN (Ret.) of the Boeing Company, whose gracious donations paid for the display case that housed the five models currently on display. (Navy History)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Goes On Attack With Electronic Warfare, Upgrades Technology, Deploys New Systems
The U.S. Army’s acquisition community is rapidly modernizing its suite of Electronic Warfare (EW) technologies in order to keep pace with rapidly emerging battlefield threats, develop an organic EW capability within Brigade Combat Teams and deploy new systems with improved offensive and defensive capability, service officials said. This multi-faceted effort spans a wide range of activities, including ongoing upgrades to existing fixed-site, vehicle-mounted and Soldier-worn EW technologies for dismounted units, rapid development and fielding of next-generation systems designed to address near-term battlefield threats. (Scout)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Becoming an F-22 Multi-Tasking Combat Aviator
The key to understanding fifth generation combat aviation is sensor fusion and the man-machine working relationship built into the cockpit. The F-22 started the process; the F-35 continues it. At the heart of the new capability is moving from being a sequential multi-mission pilot directing the combat capabilities of the aircraft, to becoming a multi-tasking decision maker where the machines are processing data and providing information as the task changes. (Second Line of Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Pentagon Eyes AI on the Battlefield
AI and machine learning are all the rage across a range of technology and industrial sectors. Now, the U.S. military is gauging the prospects for leveraging machine learning and other tools in autonomous weapons via emerging human-machine interfaces. In describing the latest version of the Pentagon’s "offset strategy," senior U.S. defense officials have in recent months highlighted the military’s desire to leverage AI to develop autonomous weapons. That, Robert Work, deputy U.S. defense secretary, noted in a recent address, "is going to lead to a new era of human-machine collaboration and combat teaming. (Datanami)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: US Army Stand-To: Navigation Warfare
Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) allows the Army to take deliberate defensive and offensive actions to assure U.S. forces position, navigation and timing information (PNT) through coordinated employment of space, cyberspace and electronic warfare operations. The Army is highly dependent on the use of GPS-delivered PNT data. NAVWAR prevents the use of GPS by hostile forces while ensuring unimpeded use for U.S. forces and allies. (US Army)
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Russia perceives itself as surrounded by enemies, and that the strategic depth that has been its principal security must be restored. In this sense, no territory is more significant than Ukraine. Russian leadership also worries about the erosion of a zone around Russia’s borders where politically dangerous ideas can be stifled before they undermine the regime’s hold on power. Russia’s leadership believes it can stem this erosion and achieve its objectives by combining organized military violence with economic, political, and diplomatic activity, a combination called new generation warfare (NGW). (Heritage.org)
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