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54th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention a Great Success!
The 54th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention has come and gone and the AOC couldn't be prouder. This year's convention and symposium had almost a 30% increase in attendees and a 10% increase in exhibitors resulting in dynamic sessions, an exceptional show floor and camaraderie among Crows. AOC looks forward to collectively making our community stronger and aims to grow and serve as your premier marketplace for business and professional development. Stay tuned for more information on the 55th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention soon!

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REGISTER NOW: 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.

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AOC VIRTUAL SERIES: Space EW, January 11

Thursday, January 11 | 14:00-15:00 EST (19:00-20:00 UTC)

Space is an Electronic Warfare domain, just like land, sea and air. We significantly dependent on satellite assets and those assets are vulnerable to enemy kinetic or electronic attack.

In ground, sea and air based EW, the closer we get to targets, the better we can intercept or jam them. Satellite borne systems are by their nature far away—creating challenges that require careful consideration.

In this Webinar, we will discuss the nature of EW in space. First we will talk about the nature of Earth satellite orbits and their parameters. Satellites do not go where we want them to go in the short term; they go where they want to go. However, we can predict where they will be at any given time.

We will start by discussing satellite orbits, then (gently) discuss spherical trigonometry. Then we will cover some formulas for:
• The range between a satellite and an Earth surface threat
• Look angles from a satellite
• Doppler shift between Earth stations and satellites
• Satellite to Earth station and Earth surface threat link budgets
• How long a low Earth satellite can see a spot on the Earth’s surface
• How much of the Earth’s surface a satellite can see

Finally, we will briefly discuss two practical problems: Intercept and jamming of a threat on the Surface of the Earth from a satellite.

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS DUE JAN. 26: 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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SPRING COURSES: Register Now for Spring Virtual Courses

Electronic Warfare in the New Threat Environment (EW 104)
February 5-28
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Dave Adamy

Battlespace Spectrum Management (BSM)
May 7 & 9
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Dave Ruddock

Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW)
May 14-23
Online Webcourse
Instructor: Troy Phillips

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: Going from Microwaves to MM-Waves: What's the Same, What's Different, February 8

Thursday, February 8 | 14:00-15:00 EST (19:00-20:00 UTC)

With the rapid development of mm-wave (30 - 300 GHz) communications standards, and the availability of off-the-shelf components to enable these developments, the future EW and SIGINT practitioner will be called on to develop high quality receivers to match. Although Maxwell's equations may hold from DC to daylight, the same cannot be said for the design tools and techniques; similarly, there are some significant differences (and important similarities!) when moving system design from the microwave (3 - 30 GHz) to the mm-wave spectrum.

This talk presents a broad overview of these similarities and dissimilarities, starting with atmospheric propagation characteristics and an overview of the current systems operating in the band. The talk will then look in detail at components, materials, and packaging technology, as well as pointing out some issues in design and simulation. Finally, the presentation concludes with some notes on guided media and interconnects, as well as a discussion of equipment and measurement techniques.

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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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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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AOC CONVENTION NEWS: Spectrum (EW) Should Be A Warfighting Domain: Rep. Bacon
After two decades of decline, American electronic warfare is recovering, but not fast enough, says general-turned-congressman Rep. Don Bacon. What the military needs to do, Bacon said is to elevate the electromagnetic spectrum to an official domain of warfare — alongside land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace — and appoint general officers as EW advocates in all four services and to the joint staff. "As a young EWO (Electronic Warfare Officer), there was no doubt we had the best electronic warfare capabilities in the world," Bacon said. After the Soviet Union fell, however, "we let it atrophy for a decade-and-a-half." (Breaking Defense)
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AOC CONVENTION NEWS: Air Force Launches Major Electronic Warfare Study: VCSAF
After two decades of relative inattention, the Air Force is sharpening its commitment to Electronic Warfare because, in the words of its Vice Chief of Staff, "he that dominates the spectrum wins." That includes the launch of a formal Enterprise Capability Collaboration Team (ECCT) to study the subject, Gen. Stephen Wilson said. But, the brainy vice-chief told the Association of Old Crows annual conference, one big decision has not yet been made. (Breaking Defense)
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AOC CONVENTION NEWS: Building Out Cyber Defense: Leveraging the Rebuild of Infrastructure
It is clear that information system security and appropriate defenses is a very significant issue. However, shaping an effective way ahead, which both gets the job done and shapes rethinking which can lead to further progress is more difficult that simply buying a software patch. It is putting all things "cyber" in proper context. Cyber is simply a digital dimension of storing and moving information. It was President Trump’s campaign pledge to focus on helping rebuild America’s infrastructure that presents a perfect opportunity to leverage the rebuilding of domestic infrastructure in the United States. This effort needs as its predicate, cyber defense. (Second Line of Defense)
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AOC CONVENTION NEWS: US Wargame Highlights Role of Commercial Space Imagery in Military Conflicts
Rising military powers like Russia and China have built an elaborate network of sensors to monitor regions of the world that are of strategic importance to the United States. A mix of military and commercial surveillance and targeting technologies is helping both Russia and China extend the reach of their long-range weapons, undermining U.S. access and influence in regions such as Eastern Europe and the South China Sea. That was the takeaway from a year-long wargame funded by the Defense Department and Pentagon contractors. (Space.com)
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AOC CONVENTION NEWS: Navy Information Operations Command Whidbey Island Receives AOC Outstanding Unit Award
The Association of Old Crows (AOC) selected Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Whidbey Island as the Navy’s shore recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Unit Award. The annual AOC Awards recognize individuals and units for their outstanding performance in furthering the aims of the Association of Old Crows in support of the United States or Allied Electronic Warfare (EW), Information Operations (IO), and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO).

"The Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Richardson, has stated that ‘the margins of victory are razor thin – but decisive.’ With this in mind, we leverage the talent and diversity of our Sailors, encourage them share and build off of each other’s ideas, and support their innovative solutions" said Cmdr. Tim McGeehan, commanding officer, NIOC Whidbey Island. (DVIDs)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Analysis: New & Upgraded JSTARS Preps for New Enemies
The JSTARS mission is of such significance that the Air Force is now evaluating multiple industry proposals to recapitalize the mission with a new, high-tech, next-generation JSTARS plane to serve for decades into the future. However, while Air Force officials tell Warrior the service plans to continue its pursuit of a new JSTARS platform, service weapons developers now say the Air Force is contemplating the prospect of developing different systems, platforms or technologies better equipped to perform the JSTARS mission in high-threat environments. The circumstance has left many to wonder about just what kind of path forward the Air Force will ultimately pursue when it comes to its longer-term aerial battlefield surveillance mission. (Scout Warrior)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy Tests Nomad, an Expendable Electronic Warfare Drone
Engineers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory successfully completed testing of their Nomad drone from a Navy ship, demonstrating its improved launch and control capabilities. The Navy also launched several Nomads in quick succession, conducted formation flying, and recovered all the drones sequentially onboard ship. Nomad, which stands for Netted Offboard Miniature Active Decoy, is a low-cost rotary-wing vehicle with upper and lower rotors that unfold when it leaves the launch tube. It measures 3 ft long and has a rotor diameter of 6 ft. (Machine Design)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy, Air Force Build New LRASM Weapon Sensor Targeting Tech
BAE Systems has begun production of an advanced targeting sensor for the emerging Long Range Anti-Ship Missile engineered to track and destroy moving targets from great distances semi-autonomously, developers said. Beginning as a Lockheed Martin, DARPA and Office of Naval Research effort, the LRASM program is developing a high-tech air and surface launched weapon for the Navy and Air Force. While many of the particulars of the new sensor for the weapon are not available for security reasons, BAE Systems developers do explain the technology in a general way. (Scout Warrior)
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INDUSTRY NEWS: The U.S. Army Still Loves Its Long-Range Rockets
The U.S. Army plans to shoot off prototypes of a new long-range land rocket designed to destroy targets as far away as 500 kilometers, nearly three times the range of existing weapons. The anticipated "shoot-off," to include weapon prototypes from both Raytheon and Lockheed, is slated to take place in roughly the 2020 timeframe, Army developers said. (War is Boring)
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