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REGISTER NOW: 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.

Speakers include:
Professor David Stupples, Professor of Electronic & Radio Systems, Director EW Systems Research, City University London, UK
Daniela Pistoia, Corporate Chief Scientist, Elettronica SpA, Italy
Colonel Stephen Miller USAF (Ret.), Senior Research Engineer, Strategic Program Development Lead, GTRI, US
Rear Admiral Simon Williams, Chairman, Clarion Events, UK
Dr Sue Robertson
, AOC International Region 1 Director, UK

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CALL FOR PAPERS: 46th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium, April 25-27, Pt. Mugu, CA

"Collaborative Electronic Warfare: Enabling Collaborative EW Through Innovation and Invention"

As EW warfighting requirements continue to evolve in their complexity and interdependency, it is clear that future EW systems must work collaboratively with other Air, Ground, Surface Space and Cyberspace systems. The 46th Annual Point Mugu Electronic Warfare Symposium will facilitate the exchange of enabling concepts and provide a venue to disseminate current research in the fields of Collaborative Electronic Warfare. Prominent leaders, contributors and representatives from the United States and Australian military, government, academia, and industry will come together to address current Electronic Warfare gaps and emerging technologies in Collaborative Electronic Warfare required to address these gaps.

This call for presentations or demonstrations challenges presenters to explore the way forward in enabling collaborative EW through innovation and invention. Presentations or demonstrations from all United States and Australian Services, DoD, Industry, and Academia are requested that identify technical paths, options, and potential opportunities for EW collaboration. Submitted abstracts are specifically requested to address one or more of the symposium sessions: threat trends, collaborative EW science and technology perspectives, cognitive and adaptive EW technologies, coordinated/distributed networked enabled systems, and warfighter perspectives. Amplifying information on these supporting topics and draft agenda are referenced below. Abstracts for presentations are required in unclassified textual format. Please forward abstracts to Ms. Shelley Frost at frost@crows.org. The deadline is January 12, 2017. We request that abstracts be limited to one page of text or 400 words. All sessions will be classified SECRET releasable Australia.

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REGISTER NOW: AOC EW Europe - Advancing EW and Electromagnetic Operations Together, June 6-8

AOC EW Europe will be held in perhaps the world’s most iconic city – London. It 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 and 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 include plenary sessions and twin-tracks focusing respectively on operations, capability and defence lines of development, and industry developments and inventiveness. AOC EW Europe 2017 will bring together the communities involved in EW, SIGINT, C4ISR, Cyber EM Activities (CEMA) and more. Speakers will include leaders and operators from the military, government, academia, S&T and R&D communities and, crucially industry. This is an unclassified truly-global EW networking, exhibition, workshop and conference and not to be missed.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: International & Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Electronic Warfare Symposium, May 15-19

U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) of sensitive military technologies, like Electronic Warfare, can be difficult to understand and navigate for International Partners and U.S. Defense Industry. U.S. Export laws, such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), requirements for Export Licenses, and in some cases Congressional approval can be confusing and complicate the sale of EW systems and associated technical support. This conference provides an educational opportunity and forum for US Government, U.S. Defense Industry, Academia. and International partners to share information and provide updates on FMS and DCS program policy, processes, and improvements.

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AOC CHAPTER NEWS: Army Colonel at AOC Event: Let’s Partner
The Capitol Club chapter of the Association of Old Crows hosted its annual holiday lunch last week at the Army-Navy Country Club. AOC was founded in 1965 as a way for electronic warfare and information operations professionals to connect and exchange ideas across government, industry and academia. Today, the organization has thousands of members in 65 chapters across the globe.

The Capitol Club is the organization’s largest chapter, and at its event, Chapter President Jim Taber presented Raytheon vice president and WashingtonExec member, Jeff Snyder, with the EW Professional of the Year Award. As cybersecurity and EW grow closer and closer together, Taber said, Snyder’s perspective as a cyber professional have been invaluable.
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DIXIE CROW SYMPOSIUM 42: Join us in Warner Robins March 19-23

Our Symposium Committee, Dixie Crow Chapter President, and Chapter Directors cordially invite you to join us for all the exciting events at the Dixie Crow 42nd EW/IO Technical Symposium, March 19-23 in Warner Robins, GA. The Dixie Crow EW/IO Technical Symposium is pending approval by SAF/AA. AFLCMC/WNY is co-hosting the Symposium’s AF Technical Program and Short Courses with the Dixie Crow Chapter of the AOC.

Stay tuned for more information.

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Secure Your 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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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: Versatile F-4 Phantoms Making 'Final Flight' for U.S. Military
The last of thousands of F-4 Phantom jets that have been a workhorse for the U.S. military over five decades are being put to pasture to serve as ground targets for strikes by newer aircraft. But first some well-earned honors. The Air Force will hold a "final flight" retirement ceremony Wednesday at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where the last F-4s are still flying for the U.S. military. The ceremony will celebrate the airplane's rich military history as the jet was a mainstay during the Vietnam War and used for decades for reconnaissance missions and anti-missile electronic jamming. (Military Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy Super Hornets, Growlers to Return to Sky Following Weekend Stand Down
The Navy’s Super Hornet and Growler squadrons, which were grounded over the weekend after a Growler pilot and an electronic warfare officer were injured Friday at a base in Washington state, were allowed to resume flying Monday. An E/A-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 132 experienced "an on-deck emergency" at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station involving the aircraft’s canopy, according to the Navy. Both officers remained hospitalized Monday, according to Lt. Leslie Hubbell, a spokeswoman for San Diego-based Naval Air Forces. (The Virginian-Pilot)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: What is the Difference Between Adaptive and Cognitive Electronic Warfare?
Ask any lawyer and they’ll say semantics matter. The same can be said in the military. For example, what is the difference between adaptive and cognitive electronic warfare? Does it even matter? According to the Air Force Science Advisory Board, it does matter. These two terms are used almost interchangeably, said the board’s chair, Werner Dahm, at the Pentagon this week in a briefing on the 2016 studies the board examines. (C4ISRNet)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: USAF Lifts Veil on Compass Call Operations Against the Islamic State
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is employing its Lockheed Martin-BAE Systems EC-130H Compass Call special mission Hercules aircraft in the Middle East to "disorientate" the Islamic State by "inducing massive confusion and friction" into their operations. The disclosure, which was made by the USAF on its website 14 December, provided a rare insight into the normally highly secretive world of the EC-130H force and its work on electronic warfare. (Subscription) (IHS Jane's 360)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office Focused on Russia Threats
The U.S. Army is working to protect Global Positioning System signals and develop the ability to operate even when GPS is compromised. Leading the charge is the Army’s new Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), which is focused on combating potential threats to computer networks from Russian cyberattacks and electronic warfare, especially against GPS signals. (Bloomberg Government)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: How Can Cyber Contribute to Multi-Domain Battle?
The military is beginning to organize around a principle of multi-domain battle — the notion that effects, planning and operations will converge seamlessly among the five domains of warfare: land, sea, air, space and cyber. Rather than thinking about war from a domain-centric perspective, future battles will be fought with a combination of effects. The one thread that connects all domains is cyber. (C4ISRNet)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Crane At 75: Still Protecting Our Freedom
On Oct. 12, 2000, two suicide bombers with ties to al-Queda carried out an attack on the USS Cole in the Yemeni port-city of Aden. The attack killed 17 sailors and injured 39. Within 18 months, the United States had developed an integrated radar and sighting system with the capability to defend against such acts. The technology was patented and successfully deployed across the Navy’s platform of guided missile destroyers like the USS Cole. The project was considered a major success and directly helped support Naval missions across the world. (Dubois County Herald)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Resident Australians Adapt to American Way of Life
For now, Whidbey is home for members of the Royal Australian Air Force. To make the long-term guests feel at home on the island, "Welcome Aussies" signs are popping up in the windows of Oak Harbor businesses. A total of 75 Australians are living in the area, according to Grant Fifield, wing commander and commanding officer for the RAAF Number 6 Squadron. Of that number, 26 are permanent duty personnel and the rest their family members. (Whidbey News-Times)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Cyber Research, Development Adapts As Tactical Network Grows
In less than a decade, Army connectivity of enterprise and tactical systems and devices has increased exponentially, thus necessitating the Army's research, development and engineering community to protect connected networks and devices so soldiers can complete their missions. The U.S. Army Materiel Command's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, provides the Army with expertise in cyber and electromagnetic activities, or CEMA. This expertise in defensive and offensive cyber operations and the Department of Defense Information Network, or DODIN, enables state-of-the-art cyber defense and cyber resilience for tactical networks down to the tactical edge by ensuring the trustworthiness of networks and systems. (ECN Magazine)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Saudi-Ukrainian Partnership Produces Electronic Warfare Aircraft
A cooperation agreement between Saudi Arabia and Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov will be translated on Tuesday with the launching of an electronic warfare and surveillance aircraft, which is based on the An-132 light multi-mission transport aircraft. According to the designers, the new electronic warfare (EW) aircraft can counter airborne warning and control system planes, air defense systems and manned and unmanned aircraft. (Asharq al-Awsat)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy orders AN/ALE-55 Electronic Warfare (EW) Towed Decoys to Protect Combat Jets from Missiles
Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Nashua, N.H., will build 253 AN/ALE-55 fiber optic towed decoys (FOTDs) to protect combat jets from missile attacks under terms of a $19.7 million U.S. Navy order announced Wednesday. Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are asking BAE Systems to build Lot VII of the airborne countermeasure, which is designed to protect the Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-based jet fighter-bomber from radar-guided missiles. (Military & Aerospace Electronics)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Russian Military Units get Cutting-Edge Electronic Warfare Systems
Russia’s Western Military District has received about 10 state-of-the-art electronic warfare systems, including the Krasukha-4 broadband multifunctional jamming stations, Igor Migunov, the District’s press service chief, told journalists on Monday. "About 10 brand-new electronic warfare systems have put into service with the military units of the Western Military District as part of the 2016 state defense order. They include several Krasukha-4 mobile VHF/UHF jammers," Migunov went on to say. (via TASS, Russian State-Sponsored News Agency)
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