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DONT' MISS TOMORROW'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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The 2016 AOC Board of Directors election results are now in, and the AOC congratulates our elected directors:

Muddy Watters  Greg Patschke
  Sue Robertson         Jeff Walsh


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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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 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

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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.



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. 

Sponsorship Catalog

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.

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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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The novel "Ghost Fleet" – which has grabbed the attention of senior Pentagon officials – describes a fictional high-tech war between the United States and China. Set around the year 2030, the book by military technologist Peter W. Singer and Robert Cole depicts U.S. forces bombarded by enemy robots, guided missiles, air defense systems, electronic warfare and cyber capabilities. While science fiction, the story includes technologies and operational concepts that are a real-world concern for defense officials. (National Defense Magazine)
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The novel "Ghost Fleet" – which has grabbed the attention of senior Pentagon officials – describes a fictional high-tech war between the United States and China. Set around the year 2030, the book by military technologist Peter W. Singer and Robert Cole depicts U.S. forces bombarded by enemy robots, guided missiles, air defense systems, electronic warfare and cyber capabilities. While science fiction, the story includes technologies and operational concepts that are a real-world concern for defense officials. (National Defense Magazine)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Greek Parliament Ratifies NATO Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff Memorandum
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INDUSTRY NEWS: US Army Aims to Undo EW Decline
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Zaps ISIS Drone with Electronic Weapon
The U.S. Air Force recently zapped an Islamic State drone with an electronic weapon, the service’s top civilian said. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James on Monday said the service targeted a small, weaponized drone operated by militants "a week or two ago" because it was responsible for killing four non-U.S. citizens in the Middle East. "The Air Force over there in theater was informed there was one such unmanned aerial system in the vicinity and fairly quickly we were able to bring it down, we brought it down through electronic measures," James said at an event hosted by the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C. (DefenseTech.org)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Electronic Threats From Above
Adversarial capabilities writ large have significantly improved vis-à-vis the United States (hence the necessity of the Defense Department’s so-called third offset strategy). One of these areas causing concern is that of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). Operations in EMS have become significantly more complex as adversaries have begun to develop advanced jamming capabilities utilizing software-defined technologies significantly more advanced and reprogrammable than Cold War-era analog systems. (C4ISRNet)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Scrambles to Defeat Islamic State's Flying Bomb Drones
The U.S. military needs to quickly develop affordable methods to counter small unmanned drones used by Islamic State terrorists to move explosives into an area, the Air Force’s top civilian urged Monday. As military operations in Iraq and Syria continue, U.S. forces are encountering an "emerging threat" of unmanned aerial systems, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said at a Center for a New American Security event. Over the past several weeks, there have been multiple instances of Islamic State operators in Iraq and Syria buying cheap, off-the-shelf UAS and equipping them with explosives – basically using them as flying bombs, with sometimes fatal results. (Defense News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The Next War? Trench Warfare With Smart Bombs
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Research Lab Focusing on Human Performance Technologies
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The U.S. Army's New Strategy: Think Like the Enemy
The idea is to fix vulnerabilities early in the developmental process before weapons are deployed by anticipating how enemies might attack. Army acquisition leaders and weapons developers are increasing their thinking about how future enemies might attack – and looking for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in their platforms and technologies earlier in the developmental process, senior service leaders told Scout Warrior. (The National Interest)
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