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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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DEADLINES THIS WEEK: Housing Deadline is November 7 and Registration Prices Increase November 8, so Register Now for the AOC 53rd International Symposium and Convention

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.

Registration Rates Increase November 8!

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Secure your hotel today: Deadline is November 7
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Call For Volunteers 2016: Donate Your Time at the Annual Symposium

AOC is seeking qualified volunteers to assist with the successful execution of the Annual Symposium. Donate your time and qualify for a full registration to this year's event.
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NEXT WEEK: 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.

Complimentary (no-cost) registration is now closed except for Allied personnel, Speakers, and Chapter Volunteers.
Paid registrations are still being accepted.


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 2nd Annual STEM Outreach Program: November 30-December 1, DC Convention Center
The AOC will host a STEM Program in conjunction with the 53rd Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention. This program will focus on students interested in potential STEM careers. This program will feature engaging and informative presentations by an exclusive group of professionals who aim to empower and inspire students about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students will learn about the basic concepts Radio Frequency (RF) Spectrum (e.g. waveforms, amplitude, frequency, transmitters, receivers, antennas and more), the physics of radio and RADAR transmissions and the concepts behind Cyber vulnerabilities and Cyber security through a series of interactive booths featuring technologies, equipment and platforms utilized today and planned for the future. Plans for our STEM program include hands-on interactive robot and unmanned air vehicle displays and aircraft simulators.

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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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REGISTER TODAY: Don't Miss 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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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

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: Pentagon Can’t Afford To Field 3rd Offset Tech Under BCA: Frank Kendall
Can the Pentagon afford its Third Offset Strategy? From anti-ship missiles to artificial intelligence, the military is experimenting with a host of high-tech systems to counter increasingly sophisticated Russian and Chinese forces. That effort is essential, said the Defense Department’s procurement chief, but there’s one problem: If we want to go beyond experiments and actually buy any of these systems in numbers large enough to matter on the battlefield, it’ll cost a lot more money — money the military doesn’t actually have. That punts some hard decisions to the next president, whoever he or she may be. (Breaking Defense)
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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: US Air Force Envisions "Ender’s Game" Scenario for Swarming UAVs
The U.S. Air Force wants to go beyond the traditional ground control station controlling a single aircraft and manage swarms of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) with the wave of a hand. Col Brandon Baker envisions a future where swarms of UAVs operate independent of a ground station, he told an audience at the annual Association for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Systems International unmanned defense systems conference held outside Washington this week. (Flightglobal)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Future Marine Mega-Drone May Carry Same Weapons as F-35
The Marine Corps is in the hunt for a mega-drone that can take off and land vertically and deploy aboard ship — all while carrying a serious amount of firepower. The service is asking a lot as it develops its MUX platform, short for Marine air-ground task force unmanned expeditionary capabilities, with plans to reach initial operational capability by 2026. The Corps’ deputy commandant for aviation, Lt. Gen. Jon "Dog" Davis, said Wednesday at the Unmanned Systems Defense conference in Arlington, Virginia, that this future platform — a Group 5, the largest class of military drone — will be equipped to fight from sea as well as land. (DoD Buzz)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Russia Thinks The Cold War Is Back, But Americans Aren’t Paying Attention
Imagine Russian school children practicing putting on gas masks and transporting dummies onto stretchers. TV stations show Russian emergency workers in hazmat suits working on bomb shelters. Huge numbers of the population rehearse what to do in case of a nuclear attack. It sounds like a scene from The Americans or a video from Soviet-era Russia. But it’s not. This is what’s been going on in Russia in the past few weeks. (The Federalist)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Sweden and US Should Increase Technological Cooperation: Report
As Russia continues to act aggressively in the Baltic Sea, the United States and Sweden need to focus on ways to improve military collaboration, a new analysis says. The report, authored by Magnus Nordenman, director of the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Security Initiative, also concludes that the U.S. needs to play a part in triangulating technological and strategic development among allies in the region, drawing on the bilateral relationships it shares with nations such as Sweden and Finland in order to increase regional security. (Defense News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Kendall Keeps 7 Of 9 New Programs; First Test Of NDAA Reforms
This year saw the first test of a major shift in acquisition law, pushed by Sen. John McCain, to place more power in the hands of the four armed services. When the bill was still being debated, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official, Frank Kendall, warned that McCain’s move to boost the power of the service chiefs to manage Pentagon weapons programs was coming at the "worst time" and could lead to increased costs and busted schedules. Kendall, taking full advantage of the law’s waivers and conditions, kept Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) for seven programs — three new Army and Air Force, one Navy program — out of nine new starts. (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Weighs New Lightweight Wide Area Motion Imagery Sensor
U.S. military services are exploring a new lightweight aerostat-mounted Wide Area Motion Imagery sensor engineered to provide ground commanders with a real-time, 360-degree video feed of relevant threat areas. The Kestrel KS-200 is a lightweight version of the original 170-pound Kestrel system, which has been deployed on aerostats with U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2011. (Defense Systems)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The F-35's Latest Trick Might Change Warfare As We Know It
F-35 pilots will eventually be able to control a small group of drones flying nearby from the air, performing sensing, reconnaissance and targeting functions, according to Air Force Chief Scientist Greg Zacharias. Currently the flight path, sensor payload and weapons disposal of airborne drones such as Predators and Reapers are coordinated from ground control stations. In the future, however, drones may be fully operated from the cockpit of advanced fighter jets such as the Joint Strike Fighter or F-22, Zacharias said several months ago in an interview. (The National Interest)
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F-35 pilots will eventually be able to control a small group of drones flying nearby from the air, performing sensing, reconnaissance and targeting functions, according to Air Force Chief Scientist Greg Zacharias. Currently the flight path, sensor payload and weapons disposal of airborne drones such as Predators and Reapers are coordinated from ground control stations. In the future, however, drones may be fully operated from the cockpit of advanced fighter jets such as the Joint Strike Fighter or F-22, Zacharias said several months ago in an interview. (The National Interest)
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