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The 2016 AOC Board of Directors election results are now in and the results are provided for all interested members. Click below to read the elections update from AOC President David A. Hime.

Elections Announcement


REGISTER NOW: 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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AOC ADVOCACY UPDATE: AOC Focuses on FY 2017 NDAA as Congress Prepares for Lame Duck Session
With Congress in recess until a post-election lame duck session, AOC Advocacy is turning its attention to the impending FY 2017 NDAA Conference Report and preparing for a very busy start to the new 115th Congress in January. Ken Miller, AOC Advocacy Consultant, has been engaging Members of Congress and staff, including exchanges with professional staff on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees (HASC and SASC), regarding important EW and Directed Energy (DE) provisions in both House and Senate versions of the NDAA. While there was hope that Congress could agree upon a Conference Report in September 2016, no agreement was reached and the new outlook is for a final agreement late in the lame duck session before the holidays. AOC will update members as soon as information becomes publicly available.



NEXT WEEK - 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.

Pre-registration is now closed. If you have passed your visit request, you may register on-site at the Meyer Auditorium, Building 6000, APG.


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

Mr. Douglas K. Wiltsie (invited)
Director, Army Rapid Capabilities Office     

Mr. Michael E. Ryan
Deputy Project Manager
PM Electronic Warfare & Cyber

Mr. Henry Muller
CERDEC Director

Mr. Dave Hime
AOC President

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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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POSTERS DUE NEXT WEEK for the AOC 53rd Annual 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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REGISTER FOR NEXT WEEK'S WEBINAR: Designing Effective Electronic Countermeasures, October 27

Thursday, October 27, 2016 14:00-15:00 EST (18:00-19:00 UTC)

Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) and Electronic Attacks (EA) are often understood only in the abstract sense, with most EW professionals having little comprehension of the process required to design an effective attack against a given threat. The goal of this webinar is to illuminate that process, showing how threats are analyzed, ECM techniques designed, and their parameters optimized against tracking radars. This presentation will focus on range, frequency, and angle techniques as they apply to Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) jammers. Once the technique design process is understood, the combination of various ECM will be explored to create more effective attacks.

This and other material dealing with the theory and design of ECM will be covered by Kyle Davidson during a course he will be delivering on the Friday and Saturday following the 53rd Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention in Washington, DC.

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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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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.


NEW AOC VIRTUAL SERIES WEBINAR: Cybersecurity - Supply Chain Considerations, November 10

As the cyber threat evolves and the incidence of attacks increases, maintaining preparedness and situational awareness is vitally important. Customized malware, DDoS attacks and the vulnerabilities of mobile and enterprise networks all present real challenges.

Complex IT networks, web-based applications, cloud computing and the use of social media as a communications tool have considerably increased the risk of becoming a victim of cyberattacks, advanced persistent threats and phishing attempts.

This webinar will discuss the aspects of instrument security based on the DoD NISPOM/DSS ISFO requirements including sanitization and declassification procedures. Malware protection for different instrument platforms and updates for the operating systems in line with customer’s IT policies are explained.

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MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND: 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.

The AOC is soliciting original unclassified English language papers for the Singapore conference from international leaders, military personnel, subject matter experts and leading thinkers from the government, military, academia and industry. 

Full Call for Papers Details

Conference Details

How do you reach more customers in the Electromagnetic Warfare community? The AOC! To maximize your impact in 2017, begin securing your sponsorship positions today. When you strategically plan out your year with the AOC, you can realize significant savings. Check out our updated sponsorship catalog below!
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CHAPTER NEWS: Capitol Club hosts talk on Trusted Execution Security for EW Systems
On Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, the Capitol club hosted a fascinating presentation by Ray DeMeo, the CO-founder and COO of Virsec, a Silicon Valley company that specializes in protecting mission-critical EW systems from attacks at the binary level and the application level.

His presentation began with a discussion of the vulnerabilities of web applications. As web applications become more and more prevalent in how we conduct our business, hackers are targeting them as the ‘low hanging fruit’ for exploits. More than half of all exploits are using this vector.
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2017 AOC Sponsorships
How do you reach more customers in the Electromagnetic Warfare community? The AOC! To maximize your impact in 2017, begin securing your sponsorship positions today. When you strategically plan out your year with the AOC, you can realize significant savings.
Check out our updated sponsorship catalog below. 

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VISIT THE AOC JOB VACANCIES PAGE: 2017 Congressional Innovation Fellowship
TechCongress is building 21st century government with technology talent through our Congressional Innovation Fellowship.  We are bridging the divide between Congress and the technology sector by placing tech savvy individuals like you to work with Members of Congress and Congressional Committees in order to build capacity in Congress, train cross-sector leaders — who can understand the challenges of government and in the technology community — and keep Congress up to date about the latest challenges and opportunities relating to technology.

View Full Job Opportunity

Employers can post on the Job Vacancies page for free. 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: Why America's 6th-Generation Fighter (What Comes After the F-35) Could Be a Game Changer
Fighter jets in 20 years may likely contain the next-generation of stealth technology, electronic warfare advanced, sophisticated computer processing and algorithms, increased autonomy, hypersonic weapons and so-called "smart-skins" where sensors are built into the side of the aircraft itself. Some of these characteristics may have been on display earlier this year when Northrop Grumman's SuperBowl AD revealed a flashy first look at its rendering of a new 6th-generation fighter jet. (The National Interest)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Why America's 6th-Generation Fighter (What Comes After the F-35) Could Be a Game Changer
Fighter jets in 20-years may likely contain the next-generation of stealth technology, electronic warfare advanced, sophisticated computer processing and algorithms, increased autonomy, hypersonic weapons and so-called "smart-skins" where sensors are built into the side of the aircraft itself. Some of these characteristics may have been on display earlier this year when Northrop Grumman's SuperBowl AD revealed a flashy first look at its rendering of a new 6th-generation fighter jet. Northrop is one of a number of major defense industry manufacturers who will bid for a contract to build the new plane - when the time is right. (The National Interest)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy, Air Force Are Exploring Concepts for a Next-Generation 6th Generation Fighter to Come After the F-35
The Pentagon's 6th Generation Fighter may be stealthy and will likely have next-generation computers, electronic warfare technology, speed, weapons and sensors Fighter jets in 20 years may likely contain the next-generation of stealth technoology, electronic warfare, sophisticated computer processing and algorithms, increased autonomy, hypersonic weapons and so-called "smart-skins" where sensors are built into the side of the aircraft itself. (Scout Warrior)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: New Commander Takes Lead at Army Cyber Command
Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone took command Friday of U.S. Army Cyber Command and Second Army at a time when the Army’s newest command is at the forefront of the nation’s effort to prevent a "cyber Pearl Harbor." "Army Cyber is racing the clock literally every day to stay ahead of adversaries in cyberspace," said the Army’s top officer, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, at the change-of-command ceremony here on Friday. (Army Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The CIA is Preparing for a Major Cyberattack Against Russia
NBC News reports that the CIA is developing scenarios for an electronic attack on Russian leadership. According to sources including current government officials, the intent is to "embarrass" top Russian officials through "clandestine" and widespread hacking. Vice President Joe Biden seemed to be pointing to just such a possibility during an appearance on Meet the Press airing today, when asked by Chuck Todd why America hasn’t responded to Russian attempts to interfere with the Presidential election. (Forutne)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: How Will the US Military Prepare for Future Conflicts?
As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump light up cable news and engage in debates, national security and military experts for the presidential candidates are thinking about the conflicts to come. A growing list of challenges, from the dangerous and shifting threat of the Islamic State group to Cold War-era politics reanimating tensions with Russia and China, along with a re-escalation in Afghanistan, could, in part, frame the rest of the election, and the American public will expect action on a host of national security priorities shortly after the oath of office is taken. (Stars and Stripes)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Meet Your Army: 'Gadget guy' Helps Shape Cyber Branch
While attending high school in Binghamton, New York, Sgt. Maj. Jesse Potter began building his own computers for gaming. "I'm a gadget kind of guy," Potter said. That inclination has helped him shape the Army's Cyber Branch and career field. He was the Army's first Electronic Warfare proponent sergeant major and one of the first senior NCOs in the Cyber Branch. "Most of my cyber experience is self-taught," he said. (Army.mil)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Chief Scientist: Future Drones Stealthier, More Autonomous
"The ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) side will get a lot smarter. With the next generation, you will see UAVs that are faster, more maneuverable and maybe stealthy. You will see them accompanying fighters with extra weapons, EW (electronic warfare), countermeasures and even lasers on board," Air Force Chief Scientist Greg Zacharias said in an interview. Some of these anticipated developments were forecasted in a 2014 Air Force report called RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) Vector designed to anticipate and prepare for future drone developments over the coming 25 years. (Defense Systems)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Families and Friends Welcome VMAQ-4 Marines from Deployment
Friends and family members welcomed home Marines with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 10 and 15. On Oct. 10, More than 20 air crew members with the unit returned after a six-month deployment with United States Central Command to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. On Oct. 15, the final group of approximately 120 Marines returned from the deployment as well. (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: US, UK Do ‘Groundbreaking’ Drone Exercise Off Scotland
The multinational Unmanned Warrior exercise off the coast of Scotland is doing "really groundbreaking" work on naval drones, said one participating U.S. scientist. There’ve been "a number of world firsts" in networking unmanned vehicles of different types and from different nations into a single unit, Marcus Tepaske, science advisor for the Office of Naval Research, said. At last count, the U.S., UK, and other allies had networked 10 different unmanned vehicles – aerial drones, robot boats, and autonomous mini-subs of various sizes – but they keep adding more, Tepaske told reporters in a trans-Atlantic conference call. (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Global Hawk Tests U-2 High Rez Camera; Flight Costs Drop
The battle for ISR primacy continues between the venerable U-2 and the unmanned Global Hawk, but the Northrop Grumman drone took another step forward Oct. 6 in its quest to do what its manned competition does, and more. The aircraft flew with an Optical Bar Camera broad-area synoptic sensor, a tool that has been a key reason for Lockheed Martin‘s U-2’s use by combatant commanders. (Breaking Defense)
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