Archive/Subscribe | Printer Friendly Version | Send to a Friend | crows.org | ewsigint.net | www.jedonline.com February 23, 2017

NEW FOR JUNE: Register Now for EW 104 Live Online Webcourse

Electronic Countermeasures — Theory and Design
May 1-May 17
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Kyle Davidson

Communications EW
May 22-June 9
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Dave Adamy

NEW: Electronic Warfare in the New Threat Environment (EW 104)
June 12-28
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Dave Adamy

The Association of Old Crows is excited to increase the convenience of your learning opportunities through our 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.


LAST CHANCE! Nominations Due March 1 for 2017 AOC International Elections

The AOC is accepting nominations for the 2017 elections to the Board of Directors and for president-elect of the Association. You all are in a great position to help shape and decide the future of the Association of Old Crows! Nominations will be accepted now through March 1st, 2017. Elections begin on September 1st, 2017, and will end on September 30th, 2017.

In addition to selecting our next president (vice president in 2018 followed by their two-year presidential term), this year's elections include two at large director positions, each for a three-year term. Also, three regional directors will be elected for their three (3)-year terms as well — one each from the Mountain-Western Region, the Northeastern Region and the Southern Region. These five new directors and the president-elect will be installed at the 2017 Symposium & Convention in Washington DC.

Click HERE to access the Nomination Form. Nomination information must be received at AOC HQ by close-of-business March 1st.

Please direct all questions to the N&E committee:

Dave Hime – davehat1407@gmail.com
Glorianne O'Neilin – oneilin@crows.org


PRESENTATIONS DUE MARCH 10: 9th Annual EW Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Operational & Technical Information Exchange, May 9-11, Crane, IN

EW warfighting requirements continue to evolve in their complexity and capability to meet Air, Ground, Surface, Space, and Cyberspace requirements. The 8th Annual Electronic Warfare Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Operational & Technical Information Exchange will provide a forum for EW professionals from the military, government, industry and academic fields, to discuss issues related to the requirements of EW programs, platforms and operations. This capstone event will focus on the identified gaps and technologies the services require to ensure EW maintains freedom of maneuver through the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) in support of achieving commanders’ objectives. Speakers and presenters will look back at the previous few years and identify progress made to ensure the success of the warfighter in tomorrow’s battlespace.

EW warfighting requirements continue to evolve in their complexity and capability to meet Air, Ground, Surface, Space, and Cyberspace requirements. The 9th Annual Electronic Warfare Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Operational & Technical Information Exchange will provide a forum for EW professionals from the military, government, industry and academic fields, to discuss issues related to the requirements of EW programs, platforms and operations. This capstone event will focus on the identified gaps and technologies the services require to ensure EW maintains freedom of maneuver through the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) in support of achieving commanders’ objectives. Speakers and presenters will look back at the previous few years and identify progress made to ensure the success of the warfighter in tomorrow’s battlespace.

This call for papers challenges presenters to explore innovative and leap-ahead enabling technologies and methodologies to meet currently identified EW Capability Gaps. Presentations or demonstrations from all United States Services, DoD, Industry and Academia are requested to identify technical paths, options and potential opportunities for filling current and future EW Capability Gaps. Submitted abstracts are specifically requested to address one or more of the symposium sessions. Amplifying information on the three sessions is referenced below.

Abstracts for presentations are required in unclassified textual format. Please forward abstracts to Ms. Shelley Frost at frost@crows.org. The submission deadline is 10 March 2017.

More Information


CALL FOR PAPERS: 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.

The AOC is soliciting original unclassified papers for the London conference from international leaders, military personnel, subject matter experts and leading thinkers from the government, military, academia and industry. Please submit your paper below if you are interested in speaking. Please provide a succinct title of the proposed paper, a brief (100 word) synopsis (bullet form is acceptable) and information on the speaker. Company or product briefs will not be accepted.  Submission of a proposed paper does not guarantee acceptance as spaces are limited. The Call for Papers will close on 17 March 2017– please submit as early as possible. You will be notified if your submission is successful, as soon as possible.  Potential speakers are invited to note the conference sessions topics and specific areas of interest:

-Keynote addresses, operational updates and support activities.
-National perspectives.
-The impact of potential adversarial Hybrid Warfare and Anti Access/ Area Denial capabilities, and how to prevent or mediate these threats
  •     Defensive and offensive capabilities.
  •     Technological and engineering developments including autonomous or semi-autonomous weapons; swarm technology, detection and countermeasures; directed energy and laser weapons, and countermeasures.
  •     Future warfare – capability, integration and interoperability.
  •     Critical EM lines of development such as training, test and evaluation, modelling and simulation, concepts, EW operational support (including parametric database evolution), etc.
  •     EW and EM operations, SIGINT, ISR, spectrum management, and network enabled capability.
  •     The information domain/environment, information operations, cyber warfare, Cyber EM activities (CEMA)/operations, social media, etc, and how these are likely to develop and influence free-world room to operate and manoeuvre.
  •     Briefs on major national programmes and capability development in the maritime, air/space, information/ cyber and land domains, such as the F35 program.
  •     Mining Big Data, Information Operations and EW – the implications and opportunities.
  •     The Global role of academia in supporting the future of national capability in the EM and Information domains.
The language of the Conference is English. Abstracts with an overtly commercial content will not be accepted.

Call for Papers page

Register Now

NEW AOC OPPORTUNITY: Director of Advocacy and Outreach
The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is seeking candidates to fill a newly created Director of Advocacy and Outreach position. This is a full-time staff position reporting to the Executive Director in the Alexandria, Virginia headquarters office.

The AOC is a fifty-year old 501(c)(6) professional society for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare, Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities, Information Operations, and other information related capabilities. The association provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields. See www.crows.org for more information.
Learn More...


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: AOC Spectrum Visualization Challenge

The AOC and Raytheon are partnering to sponsor a Spectrum Visualization Challenge (SVC) -- a pilot scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students pursuing STEM-related fields of study. The SVC challenge is to visually represent and explain electronic warfare (EW), which takes place within the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS). If you are interested in entering or would like to learn more about the competition, please click here.


DRAFT AGENDA AND SPEAKERS RELEASED: International & Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Electronic Warfare Symposium and Workshop, May 15-19 in Atlanta

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 U.S. Government, U.S. Defense Industry, Academia and International partners to share information and provide updates on FMS and DCS program policy, processes and improvements.

Mr. John A. Weida, SES
Director Policy, Programs & Strategy, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs (SAF/IA)

Col Earl W. Stolz II (invited)

Colonel Jong Lee, USA (invited)
PMO-ASE, Redstone Arsenal, AL

CAPT Laura Schuessler (invited)
PMA-272, NAS Patuxent River, MD

Lt Gen Bob Elder (Ret.)
Symposium Chair

Ms. Lisa Fruge-Cirilli
AOC President

Full Details


REGISTER NOW: 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.

View the Conference Page for the Draft Agenda



Rear Admiral Christian "Boris" Becker
Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Intelligence and Program Executive Officer for Space Systems

More Details



An Introduction to Conventional Cryptology
Thursday, March 2, 14:00-15:00 EST | 19:00-20:00 UTC
We start with a short introduction that presents some of the basic tasks and principles of cryptography and of cryptanalysis. For this, we introduce confidentiality, identification/authenticity, integrity and non-refutability in communication processes and information systems. We discuss how a cryptosystem can be formalized and how we can investigate its security. The most important principles like one-way functions, keys, Kerkhoffs principle, information vs. computational security, attack models and the role of brute-force attacks are discussed. By giving important examples we then continue with a (short) overview of today’s essential symmetric (AES/Rijndael) and asymmetric cryptography methods (Diffie-Hellman, RSA, ECC).

Register Now

Cryptology in the "Quantum Era"
Thursday, March 16, 14:00-15:00 EST | 18:00-19:00 UTC
In the second talk we explain the principles of quantum computers (qubit, superposition,...) and why it is believed that they are a huge game changer in computational science in general and in cryptography in particular (Shor’s algorithm, quantum FFT, super-polynomial speed-up). We also mention that at the other side of the game, "quantum cryptography" (quantum key distribution (QKD)) may potentially help for unprecedented security. Finally, the presentation concludes with  a summary and a short outlook on post-quantum cryptography candidates (McEliece, lattice-based, code-based, etc.).

Register Now

SPREAD THE WORD: 2017 AOC Scholarships Available
Thanks to the generosity of the Raytheon Corporation, the National AOC Education Foundation received some generous resources in the past year.  Two college students (junior or senior) shall receive a $12,500 scholarship each.  There are several criteria these students must meet to be eligible for a scholarship.  Please consult the following link for an application, which contains the eligibility criteria:  http://www.crows.org/aef/scholarship-a-grants.html.

We need to get the word out about these two scholarships.  Please spread the word at chapter meetings, chapter social gatherings, or chapter emails.  As a member of AOC, you yourself can hand out copies of the application, email it to your colleagues, or encourage fellow members to do the same.  If your chapter has an association with local colleges through a current scholarship program, please work with your scholarship committee to see that the proper representative at those schools is contacted, and provided with an electronic copy of the application.  

Something to keep in mind is these students should be majoring in a technical field.  Ultimately, AOC wishes to see more people serving in government/industry supporting National Defense, so we need these professionals to possess strong degrees in engineering and science.  Specific categories include: in Electronic Warfare (EW), Information Operations (IO), Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) and Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA).  When passing along the particulars of this great opportunity, please be sure to emphasize this eligibility requirement

All applications are due by March 31, 2017, and are to be sent directly from the applying student to scholarship@crows.org.

Please act quickly to get the word out to as many people as you can.  AOC is counting on you to help find the right students to meet its future goals in sustaining electronic warfare. 

SUPPORT THE AOC: 2017 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

Current Event Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities:


AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Cognitive EW - Latest Buzzword or Way of the Future?

Thursday, April 6, 2017 |14:00-15:00 EST

The concept of cognitive EW has recently emerged as a possible means to ensure the future success of EW systems in increasingly complex and dynamic environments. But as with any new concept - especially in the military domain where secrecy is paramount - details about what cognitive EW really is and what it actually does are extremely limited. Under the circumstances, the appropriate response seems to be: Is cognitive EW really something useful or is it just the latest buzzword?

This webinar will attempt to provide a clearer overview of what cognitive EW is and is not. Possible goals for cognitive EW will be highlighted along with the potential benefits which may be accrued. Perhaps more importantly, some of the challenges to and potential limitations of cognitive EW will also be covered in an attempt to provide a balanced view of the concept. The relevant issues will be illustrated using an EW mission-planning tool currently under development as an example.

Register Now

Gold Sponsor

IN MEMORIAM: AOC Mourns the Passing of Dr. Alfred Price
One of our earliest members who joined the AOC in 1977, Dr Alfred Price, passed away 29 January after a long and brave battle with Parkinson’s. UK Chapter Secretary Roger Hannaford recalls "Sqn Ldr Dr Alfred Price served as an Air Electronics Officer (AEO) in the RAF.  After training on one of the first AEO courses, which were designed to provide the extra skills and knowledge for the new electric and electronic systems entering service, he flew mainly on Vulcan and EW Canberra aircraft amassing more than 4,000 flying hours. As an instructor on the Vulcan Conversion Unit, he played a key role in developing RAF EW. His first and very influential, book, now regarded as a standard work of reference, was Instruments of Darkness, which was based on the official Secret history of radio countermeasures in WWII. 

He left the RAF in 1974 to become a full-time writer on aviation subjects and the subsequent 40-plus books and numerous magazine articles were the result of detailed original research, including interviewing key figures involved in the UK, US and Germany. Among his many important contributions to the genre was his three-volume History of US Electronic Warfare, specially commissioned by the Association of Old Crows, and a series of half-page EW historical events to support advertisements in the Old Crows magazine. Alf, as he was called in the service, becoming Alfred when he began writing and was known as Freddie by his family in later life, held a PhD in history from Loughborough University and was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. 

Read Obituary from Legacy.com

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.

Conference Page

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 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.

Job Vacancies Page

INDUSTRY NEWS: Visiting the Prowler: USMC Electronic Warfare Capabilities in Transition
he unmistakable Grumman EA-6B Prowler comes into view on the horizon and streaks low across the hills of southern Virginia. "Dog 31" of the VMAQ-3 Moon Dogs is on a routine low level training mission. The flight ensures pilot and electronic countermeasures officers (ECMOs) realize the minimum designated 15 hours of monthly flight time to maintain proficiency. Additional time is spent training in simulators to address specific threat environments. (Second Line of Defense)
Learn More...

INDUSTRY NEWS: F-35s Land in Japan, Launch New Aviation Era
The world’s first supersonic short-take-off, vertical-landing aircraft just landed in the Pacific this month, launching the Marine Corps into a new era of expeditionary aviation. Brig. Gen. John M. Jansen, the deputy commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force, expects the new F-35B Lightning II to provide new dimensions of range, speed, stealth and lethality to commanders throughout III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Marines.mil)
Learn More...

INDUSTRY NEWS: Marine Pilots Commemorate Prowler 40th Anniversary Flight
Marines with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing commemorated the 40th anniversary of the EA-6B Prowler’s arrival to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and its continuing legacy on base Friday afternoon. Members of the Marine Corp Aviation Association and Havelock city representatives participated with active duty and retired Marines in the ceremony by commending past and current Marines and Sailors who have served in the VMAQ community and alongside the EA-6B Prowler. (Havelock News)
Learn More...

INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Upgrade to F-15 Designed to Help Fighter Stay in Front of Chinese J-10
The Air Force is reving up electronic warfare upgrades for its F-15 fighter as a way to better protect against enemy fire and electronic attacks, service officials said. Boeing has secured a $478 million deal to continue work on a new technology called with a system called the Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System, or EPAWSS. "This allows the aircraft to identify a threat and actively prosecute that threat through avoidance, deception or jamming techniques," Mike Gibbons, Vice President of the Boeing F-15 program, told Scout Warrior in an interview a few months ago. (Scout Warrior)
Learn More...

INDUSTRY NEWS: Wargames This Year To Inform Future Surface Combatant Requirements
The Navy is already conducting wargames in preparation for the Future Surface Combatant family of systems acquisition process to begin later this year, several officials involved said last week. The Future Surface Combatant – originally meant to look at how to replace cruisers, destroyers and ultimately the Littoral Combat Ship – now includes a large, small and unmanned surface combatant that will go through the acquisition process with each other and an "integrated combat system" to tie them together. Capt. Chris Sweeney, deputy director of surface warfare for Aegis and Ballistic Missile Defense (OPNAV N96), told USNI News that "we’re not sure yet" whether the three ships would have a common hull design, and rigorous analysis and wargaming would ultimately dictate the requirements for the three – or more – surface ships. (USNI News)
Learn More...

INDUSTRY NEWS: Combat Shield Validates Swamp Fox Readiness
The annual inspection conducted by the Combat Shield evaluation team assigned to the 16 and 36 Electronic Warfare Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is geared toward ensuring the accuracy of our electronic warfare systems that would counteract the surface-to-air missile systems of other countries during times of war. "Combat Shield’s mission is to mitigate future electronic warfare risk by evaluating today’s practices and current fleet healthiness," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Aaron Rusling, the mission director assigned to the 16 Electronic Warfare Squadron. (DVIDs)
Learn More...

INDUSTRY NEWS: StratCom-led Exercise Readies U.S., Allies in Face of Threats
At a time when the world is increasingly jittery about nuclear conflict, U.S. Strategic Command spent much of the past two weeks in an exercise preparing for one. From Feb. 7 to Feb. 16 StratCom was the maestro conducting Global Lightning 17, an annual command-and-control exercise that also involved several other major U.S. military commands, U.S. government agencies and major international allies. During the exercise, StratCom and its military partners simulate a conflict with a foreign power, though the details remain secret. (Omaha World-Herald)
Learn More...

INDUSTRY NEWS: SAAB Takes Off for Hyderabad
What could have been the pride of Bengaluru six years ago in the field of airborne electronic warfare system, is now flourishing in Hyderabad in the neighbouring state of Telangana, much to Bengaluru’s and Karnataka’s loss. At a time when the information technology city, claiming to be the aerospace capital of India, is increasingly looked upon by the leading global aviation companies for development of future supersonic fighter gets, a major research and development joint venture (JV) between Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL) and Swedish aircraft major SAAB for manufacturing airborne electronic warfare systems has silently been taken out of Bengaluru to Hyderabad. (Bangalore Mirror)
Learn More...

Mercury Systems
Naylor Association Solutions
D-TA Systems Inc.
Naylor Association Solutions
Navy League of the United States

We would appreciate your comments or suggestions. Your email will be kept private and confidential.