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The AOC 54th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention is NEXT WEEK in Washington, D.C.
"Innovation and Change in Electromagnetic Warfare"

Did you know it’s completely free to walk the exhibition show floor at the AOC convention? YEP! FREE. NO DINERO. ZERO MOOLAH. ZIP. ZILCH. NADA.

When you’re registering, simply select "Exhibit Hall Only," and you’re in!  However, since you’ll already be onsite, you might as well take in the fantastic symposium agenda by registering for the full event.  

Why should you attend?  The electromagnetic environment is changing at an increasing pace, and the importance of EW system adaptability, flexibility and innovation has also increased. The single most important gathering for the Electromagnetic Warfare community is the 54th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention.  Global industry, military, government leaders will all be in attendance at this year’s event in Washington D.C. CLICK HERE to check out all the fantastic speakers, sessions, and events that will be attached to this year’s symposium and convention.  

Here’s something you can really be thankful for: Registration is still open! Make your reservation now!

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IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TRIP – Take Advantage of Courses On-Site at Convention 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.


EARLY BIRD RATE ENDS FRIDAY: Great Speakers and Agenda Set for 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.

Early Registration Discounts end Nov. 24. Register Today!
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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: 47th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium, March 13-15, Pt. Mugu, CA

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 47th 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 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 challenges presenters to explore enabling collaborative electronic warfare through innovation and invention. We will accept presentations and/or demonstrations from all United States services, Department of Defense, industry, and academia that identify technical paths, options, and potential opportunities for EW collaboration. Specifically, abstracts should address one or more of the symposium sessions:

1. Planning/Directing/Assessing Collaborative EW. Collaborative EW is driving mission planning to a new reality. To achieve efficient coordination with and tasking of distributed and cognitive networked EW systems, mission planning needs to be capable of working with multiple disparate systems before, during, and after a mission. The challenges of enabling dynamic resource allocation by EW operators working with unmanned and cognitive systems at the tactical to operational levels need to be addressed.

2. Testing and Demonstration of Cognitive and Collaborative Systems.
Improvements in the testing, modeling, and demonstration of collaborative EW systems against modern/next gen threats is essential to gaining and maintaining advantage in EW. Advancements in the Live Virtual Constructive infrastructure as well as collaboration with the gaming and other related commercial industries are examples of areas to be explored.

3. Autonomy vs. Control of Cognitive EW Systems. The optimal employment of cognitive and autonomous EW systems is a challenge for the designers and developers as well as the operators. The level of interaction required/desired between the operators and the cognitive EW systems in their span of control are functions of many factors including trust, reliability, speed, and awareness of changes by the cognitive systems.

Abstracts for presentations must be unclassified and no more than one page of text or 400 words. Please forward abstracts to Christine Armstrong at armstrong@crows.org no later than January 26. 2018. All sessions will be classified SECRET NOFORN.

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AARDVARK ROOST: SAAF Needs to Stay Abreast of Growing EW Threats in Spite of Limited Budget
The electronic warfare (EW) threat is real and growing and the South African Air Force (SAAF) needs to develop and grow local capabilities in response, despite budget constraints, according to a SAAF official. Lt Colonel Quinton Dickson, speaking at the AOC’s Aardvark Roost Electronic Warfare Conference on 7 November, said EW is a force multiplier and a critical aspect of airpower, and for the SAAF is a crucial aspect in the conduct of intelligence for operations. Effort needs to be maintained to preserve and grow South Africa’s EW capability. (Defence Web)
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SAUDI ARABIA CHAPTER: Electronic Warfare & Radar KSA 2017
Join the AOC Saudi Chapter and Tangent Link for EW & Radar KSA 2017, December 11-13 in Riyadh. Since 2004 we have connected our clients through ‘thought leadership events and Managed services. We have a passion to succeed in all the markets we serve. We pride ourselves in facilitating personal introductions to key decision makers, CEOs and influencers. This allows our clients to directly engage with and present a sound business case to a targeted audience looking to engage in business revenue.
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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.
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Gaming to Victory: Synthetic Training for Future Combat
It looked like a video game. From the comfort of a living room couch, with TV dinners in hand, families watched as precision-guided munitions rained down with seemingly perfect accuracy on Iraqi military and civilian targets. It was Jan. 17, 1991 — the start of Operation Desert Storm — and the combination of camera equipped high-tech weaponry and night vision equipment provided viewers an action-packed front-row view into the coalition’s air war. What had seemed like science fiction was now a reality. The Persian Gulf War is considered by some to be the first information war — the war that demonstrated the lethality of U.S. Department of Defense’s information communication technology investments during the Cold War. (War on the Rocks)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Dunford: U.S. Military Advantage Over Russia, China Eroding
The U.S. military advantage against near-peer competitors is eroding, and America must invest in capabilities to ensure deterrence, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts earlier this week. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford -- an alumnus of the school -- said Russia and China have examined U.S. operations since the Gulf War and invested in capabilities and doctrines to counter America's conventional overmatch. (US Department of Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Flying the Scorpion
Regardless the virtues of the platform, Textron Defense Aviation LLC’s approach to build an aircraft tailored to military operations where no stated requirement exists is rare and risky. However, it is not risk taken in a vacuum, but rather an example of entrepreneurship that was inspired by the thought leadership of the USAF and military aviators. Aside the absence of an official requirement, reviews of articles penned and speeches made by leaders of the USAF reveal the basis for design of the Scorpion and the Textron model. USAF leadership defines an Air Force that; utilizes Fusion Warfare; the Combat Cloud; Open Architecture; Non-proprietary system contracts; the Information Battlespace; addresses the pilot shortage; operates much more cost effectively with a high/low platform mix that generates airframe and fuel savings (see Logistical Fratricide); and empowers Decision Superiority. (Second Line of Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Army's PNT Programs Transition to PEO IEW&S
The Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S) expanded its operational portfolio with the transition of Program Manager Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PM PNT) and its subordinate organizations. Following approval from Steffanie Easter, former Assistant Secretary of the of the Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), PM PNT came under operational and administrative control of PEO IEW&S on 28 September. "We are thrilled to welcome PM PNT back to the PEO IEW&S Team," said Maj. Gen. Kirk Vollmecke. "Their equipment and knowledge are both essential to Soldiers around the globe, expanding our capabilities to deliver now." (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Deputy Secretary Goes to the 'Gemba' to Examine Readiness
Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan returned today from his first trip outside the Beltway as the Pentagon's second-in-charge, armed with information to share with military leaders and Congress on improving readiness. The focus of the visits Nov. 14 and yesterday in Washington state to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was to hear directly from service members about the successes and challenges they face in readiness, Shanahan explained to reporters traveling with him. (US Department of Defense)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: AFTC Commander Lauds Community Heroes
Speaking to an audience of about 300 veterans and family, plus military supporters and active service military, Col. Angela W. Suplisson shared a few thoughts on her concept of what constitutes a hero. Suplisson is vice commander of the Air Force Test Center, headquartered at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. She reports to the Test Center’s commanding two-star general, Maj. Gen. David A. Harris, and provides key executive direction in running a $31 billion enterprise of more than 18,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, according to an official Air Force biography. (Aerotech)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Brazilian Armed Forces Summit Aligns Electronic Warfare Knowledge
Nearly 100 service members and civilians participated in the eighth Electronic Warfare Defense Summit (EGED, per its Portuguese acronym) September 13th–14th, 2017. The event was held at the Department of Science and Technology of the Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym) in Brasilia. One of Brazil’s three armed forces organizes each edition of the annual event. In 2017, EB led the activities through its Electronic Warfare Instruction Center (CIGE, per its Portuguese acronym). The unit belongs to the Army Electronic Warfare Communications Command and trains service members in this field. "Service members from the three branches always participate in EGED. They meet to discuss and present the main electronic warfare projects that are being developed in the defense field," EB Colonel Luis Carlos Sousa, commandant of CIGE, explained. (Dialogo Americas)
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