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HOUSING DEADLINE IS NOV. 3: Register Now for the 54th Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention, November 28-30 in Washington, D.C.
"Innovation and Change in Electromagnetic Warfare"

Don't Delay! Register and secure your housing by November 3 to take advantage of discounted hotel rates.
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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:

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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.

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CONVENTION COURSES – Take Advantage of Courses in D.C.

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.


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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CALL FOR PAPERS: EW Singapore 2018, January 30-31
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 manoeuvre 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 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 including innovation and breakthrough technologies.

Call for Papers
The AOC call for papers is open for English language papers for the second AOC Singapore conference from international leaders, subject matter experts and leading thinkers from the government, military, academia and industry. 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 minimise these threats.
  • Defensive and offensive capabilities
  • Technological and engineering developments including autonomous or semi-autonomous weapons; swarm technology, cognitive systems including EW; additive manufacturing; directed energy and laser weapons, and countermeasures.
  • 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 understand, 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

If you are submitting a paper please provide a succinct title of the proposed paper, a brief 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.

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SOUTH AFRICAN CHAPTER: Informative Lineup for EW Conference
EW conference for November. The Electronic Warfare South Africa 2017 International Conference and Exhibition is due to delve deeply into the art and science of electronic warfare next month, with a varied lineup of speakers examining everything from the effectiveness of chaff to artificial intelligence in electronic warfare. The EW SA 2017 conference will feature 28 presentations from military, the government, academia, industry and research and development institutions; 13 exhibitions from industry; nine academic presentations by masters' students, four international speakers, three pre-conference workshops, and a flight simulator. (Defence Web)
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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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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.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Mattis Tells Congress off Over NDAA Cyber Provisions, CMO Post Expansion
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is spitting a little venom at Congress over some of the provisions in the 2018 defense authorization bill as Senate and House begin to reconcile their differences over the bill in conference this week. Mattis put his foot down on the creation of a Space Corps, changes to the Defense Department health system and reporting requirements dealing with offensive cyber measures in an Oct. 17 letter sent to Congress. "Left unaddressed these items impact my priorities of restoring military readiness while building a more lethal force, strengthening alliances and bringing business reforms to the Defense Department," Mattis stated in the letter. (Federal News Radio)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Electronic Warfare Tech That Would Change Military Operations
US Air Force officials are working with microwave experts to conduct experiments with high power electromagnetic (HPEM) technology. The work offers the potential to enhance missile defense and electronic warfare capabilities. "This will innovate the technology for future warfare," said Erin Pettyjohn, Deputy Division Chief of the High Power Electromagnetics Division of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate. "We’re pursuing development, application and design of high power microwave systems for non-lethal, non-kinetic weapons," said Pettyjohn. (iHls)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy Adds Millimeter Wave Radar to AGM-88B Anti-Radiation Missile
The U.S. Navy is working with Orbital ATK to convert AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles into 25 AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) All-Up-Rounds as part of an effort to destroy relocatable air defenses. Additional features of the AARGM include weapon-impact-assessment transmit, millimeter wave radar terminal seeker, global positioning system/Inertial Navigation System guidance, net-centric connectivity, and digital, anti-radiation homing sensor. (Defense Systems)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy to Enhance Electronic Warfare Receivers on Board the EA-18G Aircraft
The U.S. Navy is working with Northrop Grumman to enhance the airborne electronic attack system for the AN/ALQ-218(V) 2 receiver on the EA-18G aircraft so that forces can more quickly detect enemy signals. These updates to are designed to provide Navy warfighters with the latest generation of airborne electronic attack capabilities. While in the field, these aircraft can be operated from the ground or the air. They are used primarily to jam, or suppress, radars and communications to protect from, and disable, hostile signals or electronic attacks. (Defense Systems)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Marine Corps Bids Farewell to the EA-6B Prowler
The Prowler is a fully integrated electronic warfare system combining long-range, all-weather capabilities with advanced electronic countermeasures. A forward equipment bay and pod-shaped fairing on the vertical fin house the additional avionics equipment. It has been the primary electronic warfare aircraft for the U.S Navy and U.S. Marine Corps since 1975. After the 1998 retirement of the United States Air Force EF-111 "Raven," the Prowler became the only dedicated electronic warfare plane available for missions until the fielding of the Navy’s EA-18G Growler. (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: DARPA Recruits Trio of Tech Giants for Mobile Force Protection Initiative
One of the central challenges of being an engineer is coming up with designs that will endure variable conditions. This challenge will be pushed to a new level as DARPA seeks out new ways to defend high-value targets from the growing threat of unmanned aircraft toward military convoys in their Mobile Force Protection (MFP) program. Three main companies have been issued contracts to come up with technological solutions to these issues that are "scaling, modular and affordable" with an emphasis on minimizing collateral damage. (Engineering.com)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: OCX May Take First Big Step Out of Purdah
If all goes well, Raytheon‘s crucial next-generation ground control system for GPS, OCX, will pass its first major hurdle next month as it scrambles out from under the opprobrium of being labeled the worst acquisition program in the Air Force. OCX is designed to double the accuracy of the Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) signal, provide unimpeachable cybersecurity against both external and internal attack, and be able to communicate with all of America’s satellites. (Breaking Defense)
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