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NEW COURSE BEGINS JULY 31 – Register Now for Understanding the Land EW Environment!

Understanding the Land Electronic Warfare Environment
July 31-August 9
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Richard Canale

Battlespace Spectrum Management (BSM)
August 14 and 16
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Dave Ruddock

Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW)
August 21-30
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Troy Phillips

Smart Antennas
September 6-27
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Dr. Frank B. Gross

Electronic Countermeasures — Theory and Design
October 16-November 1
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Kyle Davidson

AOC Convention Course: Introduction to EW Modeling and Simulation
December 1-4
Washington, D.C.
Instructor: Dave Adamy

AOC Convention Course: Electronic Warfare Systems Engineering
December 1-4
Washington, D.C.
Instructor: Kyle Davidson

Electronic Warfare in the New Threat Environment (EW 104)
February 5-28
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.


AOC ADVOCACY: FY 2018 Defense Budget Update

The House and Senate defense committees are moving forward on their respective versions of the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) is marking up its version in full committee  today (Wednesday, June 28) while the Senate Armed Services Committee is considering its bill behind a closed meeting this week. The NDAA will reach the House floor during the week of July 10. 

Additionally, on June 25, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense released a draft of its FY 18 Defense Appropriations Act, which calls for $584.2 billion for discretionary defense spending and an additional $73.9 billion in war funding, which is not subject to the budget caps. The AOC expects some key provisions and investments in EW-related matters and programs in each bill and we will share them with you in the coming days and weeks.

For questions or more information on the defense budget, please contact Ken Miller, AOC Director of Advocacy and Outreach, at kmiller@crows.org.


CAREER OPPORTUNITY: General Engineer, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Apply by July 6

This position is part of the Under Secretary of Defense for AT and L, located in Arlington, VA (Pentagon).

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Tactical Warfare Systems (DASD(TWS)), is responsible to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition for the oversight of acquisition programs in assigned mission areas. Responsibilities include technical review and oversight of all DoD development and acquisition programs in the mission areas of Tactical and Strategic Aircraft, Tactical Land Systems, Naval Systems, Munitions, and Electronic Warfare. The directorate leads Overarching Integrated Product Teams (OIPTs) and is responsible for developing recommendations to the Defenses Acquisition Board (DAB) on major weapon system acquisition.

The primary responsibilities of the USD(AT&L) include:
  • Supervising Department of Defense acquisition
  • Establishing policies for acquisition (including procurement of goods and services, research and development, developmental testing, and contract administration) for all elements of the Department of Defense
  • Establishing policies for logistics, maintenance, and sustainment support for all elements of the Department of Defense

In addition to performing the above functions, the USD(AT&L) has oversight responsibility for: military installations and their environment; operational energy plans and programs; major weapon systems; missile defense programs; space and intelligence programs; and nuclear and chemical and biological defense programs, including Nunn-Lugar programs and the nuclear forces.

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PRESENTATIONS DUE JULY 14: 3rd Annual Cyber Electromagnetic Activity (CEMA) Conference, October 16-19

October 16-19, 2017 | Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
"The Multi-Domain Battle: A Combined Arms Approach to Enabling Maneuver through CEMA Operations"

This year's focus will be on the emerging Joint Army/USMC Multi-Domain Battle concept and the implications with respect to CEMA. The MDB entails a combined arms approach for ground combat operations against a sophisticated peer enemy threat in the 2025-2040 timeframe. Building on current service and joint doctrine, the MDB requires flexible and resilient ground formations that project combat power into the land, air, maritime, space, and cyberspace domains. It is a continued evolution of the combined arms methodology to include not only those capabilities of the physical domains, but places even greater emphasis on space, cyberspace, and other contested areas such as the EMS, the information environment, and the cognitive dimension of warfare. As for the role of CEMA in the MDB, it's about creating and exploiting exploit temporary windows of advantage in and presenting adversaries with multiple dilemmas in the spectrum across time/space with an intensity and duration of our choosing. Acknowledging that the world is very different now with more capable near-peer adversaries who are able to contest all physical domains as well as cyberspace, we need to recognize that and challenge the CEMA community of interest for novel, adaptive and innovative capability solutions in EW, Cyber, SIGINT and other related technology areas. This is just the nature of the current environment.

The CEMA 2017 conference committee is soliciting original papers from the United States and Five Eyes Nations, Government, Academia, Industry, Operators, and Subject Matter Experts to discuss current and emerging trends in Electronic Warfare, Cyber, Signals Intelligence, and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations. Conference presentations may be classified TS/SCI US Only, Secret Releasable FVEYS or Unclassified//FOUO (please indicate which classification you are submitting for as we will have multiple sessions at various classification levels); however, abstracts must be unclassified.

All who attend will gain a better understanding with respect to current and future threats, emerging requirements, technological advances, policy, and potential opportunities for collaboration. You are invited to submit an abstract of presentation that align with the following topics:

1. Cyberspace Effects Cell – User Perspectives (17/29 series, and 25E only)
2. Emerging Threats, Capability Gaps, and Requirements
3. CEMA Contribution to the Multi-Domain Battle Concept
4. CEMA Programs and Acquisition Initiatives
5. Rapid Capabilities in Support of Urgent Needs
6. Warfighting Perspective
7. CEMA Science & Technology Trends
8. Experimentation, Exercises and Training
9. Joint, International and Industry Perspectives and Opportunities
10. Advanced Technology & Special Interest (TS/SCI)

Please forward abstracts Ms. Christine Armstrong at armstrong@crows.org by 14 July 2017. Abstracts are limited to one page of text or 400 words.

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 2nd Annual Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Systems Engineering and Acquisition Conference, September 26-28

Our adversaries are using ubiquitous and cheap technology to further develop cyber warfare as well as advance and proliferate electromagnetic spectrum capabilities. Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) is the Navy's warfighting approach to gain a decisive military advantage in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) to enable freedom of action across all Navy mission areas. Success demands a holistic system of systems focus looking not only at the systems themselves but also the "interstitial" space which is the dimension of the systems. EMW will require coordination and simultaneous integration across all domains (land, sea, subsurface, air, space, and cyber). EMW, in essence, means leveraging the cyberspace domain and the full electromagnetic spectrum for both offensive and defensive effects.

EMW is not a program, or system, or even a refined concept of operations. It is an emerging operational approach, one we must master to fully understand the battlespace. We must then use that awareness to better employ our own forces while altering the enemy's perception of the battlespace and minimizing his freedom to maneuver within it.

Mastering EMW will have commercial, financial and political impacts. It is important for program managers, engineers, and business planners to be aware of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process, the tools used, and the complexities in performing defense acquisition and systems development in the emerging EMS environment in order to provide value to managing and performing program funding and mission success.


The Honorable Rob Wittman
US House of Representatives

The conference committee is soliciting original presentations (both classified and unclassified) from US leaders, operators, subject matter experts and thinkers from the military, academia, and industry. You are invited to submit an unclassified abstract of presentation for the following topics:

Focus Question 1: How can combined EMW capabilities in the sea, air, and land domains generate enhanced combat effects?
Focus Question 2: How can a system of systems focus enhance EMW capabilities?
Focus Question 3: How will coordination and simultaneous integration across all domains (land, sea, subsurface, air, space, and cyber) improve EMW capabilities?
Focus Question 4: What tools, processes, innovations, techniques, and best practices can be used to support program managers and business planners in today’s unique and complex acquisition environment?

Abstracts for presentations must be unclassified, Distro C and in text format. Please forward abstracts to Ms. Christine Armstrong at armstrong@crows.org by July 17, 2017. Abstracts are limited to one page of text or 400 words.

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SAVE THE DATE: 6th Annual AOC Pacific Conference, October 17-19 in Honolulu

Non-Kinetic Fires (EW & IO) in the Multi-Domain Battle

The theme for the 2017 AOC Pacific Conference, "Non-Kinetic Fires (EW & IO) in the Multi-Domain Battle," will drive discussions that build upon those from the last two AOC Pacific Conferences, that examined the role of IO in countering/defeating Anti-Access and Area Denial (A2/AD) strategies (2016), IO in Hybrid Warfare (2015).

America’s current and potential adversaries in the Pacific regard EW and cyber as critical components of both peacetime hybrid warfare and A2/AD. An example of offensive cyber used as part of hybrid warfare is seen in the recent "Wanna Cry" computer attack, launched by North Korea’s 6,700-strong "hacking Army" which is based worldwide. The importance of effective electronic protect computer network defense was reinforced by MG Patricia Frost, who stated simply "Without the network, there is no Multi-Domain Battle." Our adversaries will make this difficult, as they seek to overmatch our EP and CND capabilities. It is a real concern among defense experts that adversaries and threat actors are employing automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in both offensive and defensive cyber capabilities at rates that exceeding that of the U.S.

Information Operations are applicable to MDB and the A2/AD challenge in peacetime competition, as well as during conflict in an A2/AD environment. The Phase 0 challenge for the IO Staff remains that of countering and defeating adversary IO that accompanies their theater shaping activities designed to change the battlefield geometry to facilitate a stronger adversary A2/AD theater posture. Successfully overcoming A2/AD strategies in war will require an effective IO supporting effort, coordinated by IO staffs who will need to plan for an orderly and prompt transition from crisis to conflict. In both of these frames, there are a great many questions to be answered about how to do this effectively Jointly, and with Allies and Partners.

The 2017 AOC Pacific Conference will once again provide a professional venue for both unclassified and classified discussions to find those answers.

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CHAPTER NEWS: Emerald Coast Awards Scholarship

The Emerald Coast Association of Old Crows is proud to announce that it awarded Miss Cameron Wakeland of Crestview High School (FL) the 2017 scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Cameron was one of 12 Crestview High seniors who scored more than 30 on her ACT test. 

The scholarship was partially funded by a gift from Raytheon to the Emerald Coast Education Fund. This year, we have also supported the Okaloosa County Science Fair and the Okaloosa STEMM Academy.

Photo: Mr. John Rafferty (Emerald Coast AOC) presenting Miss Cameron Wakeland with the certificate. Photo courtesy Ms. Blahuta.

OBITUARY: Windy City Chapter Board Member Wendy Landwehr
Wendy Schauer Landwehr was born on August 11, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois to William and Marilyn (nee Freese) Schauer. She died Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at her home. Mrs. Landwehr received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Illinois University and worked as a manager for several Marshall Field locations for four years. She received her Master’s in Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and worked as an engineer and project manager for Northrop Grumman for 31 years before retiring in July 2016.
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IN TWO WEEKS: Pikes Peak Roost Hosts EW Olympics and Symposium, July 13-14
The Association of Old Crows (AOC) - Pikes Peak Roost Chapter will host the 2017 Electronic Warfare Olympics & Symposium on July 13th & 14th, 2017 in Colorado Springs, CO.

The 2017 Electronic Warfare Olympics & Symposium will improve the capability, and marketability, of spectrum warriors by building the local EW/IO community, and bringing awareness to the capabilities in the region. The event will consist of speakers, government and industry exhibits, and Electronic Warfare Olympics. The Olympics will be a series of team-based technical challenges of varying distance and difficulty with respect to modern digital warfare. Topics will be focused on Electronic Warfare, but will also involve Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Space.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: DOD Releases Electronic Warfare Strategy to Stakeholders
While cyber's star has been on the rise in national security circles, the Pentagon's electronic warfare capabilities have languished. That must change, said one senior official. Bill Conley, the deputy director of the Pentagon's year-and-a-half-old Office of Electronic Warfare, said that for the last 25 years, the U.S. has failed to keep up as adversaries have made great strides in electronic warfare capabilities. And that is why the Defense Department developed a new electronic warfare strategy, he told the audience at an Air Force Association discussion. (FCW)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Electronic Warfare ‘Growing’; Joint Airborne EW Study Underway
After two decades of neglect, electronic warfare is — slowly — on the mend, the Pentagon’s Deputy Director for EW said yesterday. That includes a growing budget, a new (classified) strategy from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, increased interest from the leaders of all four armed services, and, most immediately, an ongoing joint study of future jamming aircraft. "Give me about a month, maybe two," and he’ll have a lot more clarity on what’s called the Analysis of Alternatives for Joint Airborne Electronic Attack, William Conley told the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute. (Breaking Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Would Russia Attack & Invade the Baltics? Could US F-35s and Special Ops Forces Stop a Russian Invasion?
A Previous Rand Wargame found that Russian forces could quickly overwhelm Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia; could the F-35 and US Special Operations Forces change this equation? Could NATO, drones, F-35s and US Special Operations Forces deter further Russian aggression and potentially stop an invasion of the Baltics? That clearly seems to be part of the calculus motivating current SOF deployments and previous F-35 training operations in Eastern Europe, US officials said. (Scout Warrior)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Australia’s Electronic Warfare Capabilities ‘Tremendous’
As Future Submarine Program (FSP) industry days have swept the country this year, combat system integrator (CSI) Lockheed Martin Australia has seen the best of the best and what Australia’s defence industry has to offer. The company’s FSP director Mike Oliver spoke with Defence Connect about what areas have stood out and how the industry has progressed over the years. Oliver has been travelling to Australia for the last eight years and has seen the industry undergo changes and progress, and while a few years ago he would have been shocked at the capabilities on offer today, now it is what to be expected of an area growing and maturing at an unprecedented rate. (Defence Connect)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Weapons Developers Assess How Future Enemies Will Attack Forward Operating Bases
Army weapons developers tested Forward Operating Base protection technology. 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. (Scout Warrior)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: House Armed Services Committee Interested In Unmanned Aviation, Shipyard Readiness, Pacific Operations
The House Armed Services Committee’s annual defense bill expresses lawmakers’ national security priorities through not only spending decisions but also through hundreds of pages of policies, "sense of Congress" statements and requests for more information. The Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act being considered this week highlights this year’s emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region, on boosting offensive and defensive aviation capabilities to a next-generation level, and ensuring the Navy is ready to maintain and operate the fleet while preparing for tomorrow’s potential battles. (USNI News)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The Future Is Looking Bright for the U.S. Navy’s Super Hornet
With the U.S. Navy struggling to make up a shortfall in its strike fighter inventory, the future looks bright for Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler. The Navy plans to order at least 80 additional Super Hornets over the next five years including 14 jets in the fiscal year 18 budget request—and there could be more to come. Moreover, as it is becoming increasingly apparent that the F/A-18E/F will be serving in the fleet until at least 2040, the Navy has requested funding for an advanced Block III version of the venerable Super Hornet in the 2018 budget. Many of those modifications are also likely to be used onboard the EA-18G Growler variant too. (War is Boring)
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