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DON'T MISS TOMORROW'S WEBINAR: A Systems Approach to Information Warfare, October 5

Thursday, October 05, 2017  |14:00-15:00 EDT

The free flow of information within and between nation states is essential to business, international relations and social cohesion, as much as information is essential to a military force’s ability to fight. Communications today leans heavily on the internet, or via communications using various parts of the electromagnetic spectrum through terrestrial and satellite communications networks. We live in a highly connected world, but it doesn’t take much to tip us over into instability or even chaos. Information warfare combines electronic warfare, cyberwarfare and psychological operations into a single fighting stance with the aim of paralyzing decision making, and this stance will be central to all warfare in the future; we also know it as ‘hybrid warfare’.

This webinar will explore, using a systems approach, the anatomy of information warfare and its possible impact on military operations and the cohesion of government organizations in times of conflict. Participants in the webinar will have a clearer understanding of how to recognize the ‘tell-tale’ signs of an information attack in order to mitigate damage.

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AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Electromagnetic Warfare in the 115th Congress, October 19
Thursday, October 19 | 14:00-15:00 EST

As the new fiscal year approaches, Congress passed a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running into December. However, the CR raises as many questions as it answers and there is very little consensus on the way ahead. There are many competing interests on the budget and policy initiative fronts, a closing window for accomplishments, and little in the way of regular order. Yet, it would be unwise to ignore developments on Capitol Hill or simply let chips fall where they may. Electronic Warfare (EW) – related programs, activities, and policies are receiving significant attention on Capitol Hill this year and decisions Congress makes in the coming months may significantly impact the way ahead for the EW mission area and our community. This webinar looks at the status of the FY 18 defense authorization and appropriations bills and other related legislative initiatives to provide context for current state of affairs and discuss what to expect over the next few months as Congress approaches the end of the 2017 session.

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REGISTER NOW: 6th Annual AOC Pacific Conference, October 17-19 in Honolulu

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

USPACOM Approval Memo

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.


Gen Robert B. Brown (invited)
Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC)    

MG Patricia Frost, USA

Director of Cyber, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G-3/5/7

BGen Brian W. Cavanaugh, USMC (invited)
Deputy Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific    

Dr. George Ka’iliwai III, SES
Director Resources & Assessment, USPACOM J8

Mr. Jay Kistler, SES
Director, Electronic Warfare & Countermeasures Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering)

Col. William McClane, USMC

Commander, Marine Corps IO Center

Mr. Frank Pietryka
Director, Electronic Warfare Systems,
Raytheon SAS

Ms. Lisa Fruge-Cirilli

AOC President

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REGISTER NOW: 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 conference has been approved by the Department of the Army.

Click here for a copy of the approval memo.

Agenda Now Available: Click here to view

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.


Lieutenant General Rhett A. Hernandez, (Ret)
Former commander of the United States Army Cyber Command

Mr. Michael Wynne
Former 21st United States Secretary of the Air Force

MG Stephen Fogarty
US Cyber Command

MG John B. Morrison
Commanding Officer, US Cyber Center of Excellence

MG Randy Taylor
Commanding General, CECOM & APG

Dr. William Conley, SES
Deputy Director, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD AT&L/A/) Tactical Warfare Systems

Dr. Paul G. Zablocky, SES

Division Director, Complex Hybrid Warfare Sciences Division, Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Science and Technology Department, Office of Naval Research

Mr. Gary C. Wang  
Army Chief Informational Officer/G-6

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AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Innovations in Machine Learning and their benefit to Electronic Warfare, November 2
Thursday, November 2 | 14:00-15:00 EST

In recent years, there has been a huge acceleration in Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) development. This has taken it from a concept little-appreciated outside of engineering and science circles, to something that we hear about on a daily basis. From driverless cars to intelligent home assistants, these technologies are anticipated to dramatically impact the way we live our lives. But how can we apply machine learning to the field of Electronic Warfare and what benefits will this bring?

This webinar will explore two key problems for operatives analyzing the RF spectrum: signal classification and detection of anomalous signals. Recent innovations mean that machine learning can be used to solve these problems more effectively and efficiently, freeing up operatives for more critical tasks.

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REGISTER NOW: 54th Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention, November 28-30 in Washington, D.C.
"Innovation and Change in Electromagnetic Warfare"

The electromagnetic environment is changing at an increasing pace, and thus the importance of electronic warfare (EW) system adaptability, flexibility, and innovation has also increased. Not only are innovative technologies greatly needed, but the Industry and EW Community itself needs to change organizationally to embrace innovative ideas, technologies, and tactics – and at a significantly faster pace. Innovation is more than just technology refresh, it is also culture refresh.

The 54th Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention will focus specifically on these ideas and provide Industry, Government, and Militaries a world-class forum to address how we should change and innovate as an EW community. The Symposium will highlight some of the most advanced and innovative technologies on the horizon and discuss how organizational change can be embraced to be more agile and engender more calculated risk taking. Talks will focus on what challenges are currently in the way and some stories of how change is currently being implemented.

Upgrades to our systems, as well as our acquisition cultures, is vital to maintain (and in some cases, regain) our electromagnetic warfare superiority.

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REGISTER NOW FOR FALL COURSES – Convention Courses Now Available!

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

AOC Convention Course: Hands-on Introduction to Radar and EW Course
December 1-2
Washington, D.C.
Instructor: Dr. Warren du Plessis

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.

EMBASSY OF CANADA: RSVP by October 13 for EW Industry Day
On October 20, 2017 the Embassy of Canada will host a "Electronic Warfare Industry Day" Symposium which will highlight Canadian companies with niche EW technology. The event will kick off in the morning with a keynote from Brigadier General Robert Mazzolin, USCYBERCOM and will conclude with a networking luncheon in the afternoon. This initiative is supported by the Canadian Association of Old Crows, Maple Leaf Chapter and its headquarter the Association of Old Crows in Washington DC. The event is FREE, but by invitation ONLY.

Please provide Ms. Corina Greig (corina.greig@international.gc.ca) with your details (name/company/organization/address/phone/email) to receive an invitation. Space is limited, so please act soon. Deadline is October 13!!

PLAN NOW TO ATTEND: The Fifth EW International Conference India (EWCI 2018): EWCI 2018
The Fifth International Conference on Electronic Warfare is the latest event in the internationally acclaimed EWCI Conference Series in India, in the field of Electronic Warfare and related areas. The Conference is being organized by the much Awarded India Chapter of Association of Old Crows (AOC), Bangalore. The Conference has the active support of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Government of India, Ministry of Defence and the Defence Public Sector Unit (DPSU), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore. The Conference is envisaged to be of great use for Modern Armed Forces, Military Planners, Developers, Procurers, Testers, Trainers and Vendors of the latest EW Technologies and Systems. Past Conferences in the Series attracted large delegations from Indian Armed Services, DRDO, Defence PSUs, National and International EW Professionals. A large scale Indoor Exhibition will accompany the Conference, displaying the latest EW Products from International EW Organizations. There will be an intense one-day Pre-Conference Tutorials preceding the Conference. The Conference is visualized to be an important platform for EW Professionals who would share the Research and Development output in the field of EW at the global level. Hence the theme of the Conference is chosen as "EW: SHARE FOR SUCCESS."
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Hyten: U.S. Strategic Command is Reorganizing for 21st Century Warfighting
Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten told the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference recently that he recognized there was an organizational mismatch on Nov. 3, the day he took command. He signed out the implementation order in June, and the new air component went live yesterday. "Even though we're listed as a functional combatant command in the Unified Command Plan," Hyten told the audience, "Stratcom is the ultimate warfighting command. It is our nation's ultimate power. And it is a warfighting command from beginning to end." (US Department of Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Initiates New Network Modernization Plan to Enhance Cyber Capabilities
As the Army introduces concepts such as the multi-domain battle (MDB) into joint operations, it also examines how its current network requires modification in order to support warfighters from multiple services in varying areas of operations and with numerous network and cyber challenges. America's adversaries are using technological advances to even the playing field with the Army and its joint and coalition partners. To face this current threat, the Army is capitalizing on innovative technologies that integrate communications at every echelon in order to fight wars in multiple domains. (Army.mil)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Intensifies Testing of High Powered Electromagnetic Weapons
The Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is turning to radio frequency and microwave experts at companies such as Raytheon and Booz Allen Hamilton to conduct experiments with high power electromagnetic (HPEM) technology for such applications as disrupting computers, aircraft, or electric grids. HPEM EW has attracted the attention of the U.S. Air Force’s Directed Energy Directorate’s High Powered Electromagnetic Division because it offers the potential to enhance missile defense and electronic warfare capabilities. (Defense Systems)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Cyber Command Is Growing Up. Now For the Real Issue.
Cyber Command no longer acts like a five-year old, but is ready to grow up. It is the latest step in a 20-year journey. The Trump Administration has recently ordered the elevation of U.S. Cyber Command. Elevation is best understood as just the latest step (and maybe not the last) in a long series of organizational changes. In 1997, the Department of Defense response to cyber attacks was run out of the Joint Staff. The J-39 ran a Joint Staff Information Operations Response Cell, which was useful for the Eligible Receiver exercise of 1997 and Solar Sunrise intrusion of February 1998. (The Cipher Brief)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Looks to Integrate Aircraft Technology Faster
The Army’s program executive office for aviation has stood up a new team that will work to get science and technology efforts developed more quickly by encouraging earlier and increased collaboration with industry, according to the office’s leader. The "future operations team" will focus on "identifying new technologies that the S&T community is working on and quickly transitioning them into capabilities for the warfighter," said Brig. Gen. Thomas Todd during an event at the Association of the United States Army in Arlington, Virginia. It could allow the service to synchronize its efforts with industry to develop capabilities that improve the reach, protection and lethality of its aerial platforms, he said. (National Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Forget the F-22 or F-35: America's 6th Generation Fighter Could Be Revolutionary
The Pentagon's 6th Generation Fighter may be stealthy and will likely have next-generation computers, electronic warfare technology, speed, weapons and sensors. Fighter jets in 20-years may likely contain the next-generation of stealth technology, electronic warfare, sophisticated computer processing and algorithms, increased autonomy, hypersonic weapons and so-called "smart-skins" where sensors are built into the side of the aircraft itself. (National Interest)
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