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Less than 10 weeks to go to one of the largest EW events of the year with 46 presentations from global experts and leaders, covering the entire AOC Mission Area

Over the past few years mature, offensive EW activity in Europe has demonstrated that in the electromagnetic domain, warfare is no longer theoretical. The AOC’s 24th European event will consider the future of EW and EM Operations in the changing light of current and emerging threats, including Hybrid Warfare, Information Operations/Warfare, the multi-domain battle (MDB), Cyber and Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) where some potential opponents are excelling. 

The event is free-to-attend for military and government representatives, while industry delegates can secure discounted access until the early bird deadline on Friday 15 March

In addition to delivering a thought-provoking conference with contributions from world-leading sector experts, the event will feature an extended exhibition of more than 80 organisations. Each will be showcasing their latest technologies and solutions advancing the Electronic Warfare / Electromagnetic Operations sector.

Register for the conference today!

A complete agenda for the event can be found here!


Three Weeks Out - Register Now!

The National AOC and Mugu Crows Chapter of the AOC, under a co-sponsorship agreement with 
NAWCWD, will hold the 48th Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium at Naval Base Ventura County Pt. Mugu Station Theater, CA. Day One will be classified US Secret Only. Day Two and Day Three sessions will be classified SECRET releasable to Australia.

Clearances and Base Access are due Friday, March 15.

Keynote and High Ranking Speakers

Rear Admiral Steve Parode -- Director, Warfare Integration Directorate, N2/N6F, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations 
Air Commodore Terry Van Haren, DSM, RAAF
Captain Jeff Chism -- Commanding Officer, Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC)
Dr. William Conley -- Director Electronic Warfare, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition and Sustainment

View the Draft Agenda for the event here!


In many scenarios, radar operators require the ability to not only detect and track, but also classify targets. This webinar will discuss a variety of techniques for using high resolution measurements in range, Doppler, cross-range, and polarization to characterize and classify a radar target. Target recognition will be explored in a variety of contexts for naval, air, and land-based applications. Once the tools for characterizing a radar target are understood, the recognition process will be explored using traditional databases and methodologies. Fortunately, new techniques exist using machine learning that can drastically simplify the classification process, while increasing its accuracy. The logical problem for the Electronic Warfare (EW) community interested in radar target recognition is attempting to deceive these radars. This will require more complex jammer architectures, along with tools to estimate such effects as jet engine modulation on waveforms for use in Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) jammers.


New Technology & Methodology for Mission Assurance in EW/CYBER

Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare technical capabilities are becoming more technically similar. However, the communities which practice these disciplines remain largely separated and vary widely across the military Services in terms of their equipment, unit organization and operating methodologies. This conference provides the EW and Cyberspace communities an opportunity to collaborate and discuss capabilities, TTPs and research in EW and Cyberspace operations to enable more rapid deployment of new and improved capabilities. The Cyber/EW Convergence Conference identifies ways to develop advanced technologies and systems to address the changing battlefield dynamics of the digital age and bring EW and Cyberspace together for the Warfighter!

Call for Papers

This call for presentations challenges presenters to explore enabling collaborative electronic warfare (EW) 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. Please forward unclassified abstracts to Christine Armstrong at and Dave Walman at NLT March 29, 2019.

Registration is open!


On April 11, AOC Advocacy’s SIGINT Industry Partnership Project (IPP) will hold its first USMC SIGINT Day, featuring a congressional panel discussion entitled “Winning the EMS: Assessing the Future of USMC SIGINT,” from 8:30-10:00 AM in 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Congressman Paul Cook (Col., USMC Ret.), representative of the 8th District of California, is the honorary host.  His congressional district includes the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command at Twentynine Palms, and he is a member of House Armed Services Committee. The event will bring together senior leaders from the US Marine Corps (USMC) to share perspectives and discuss developments in Information Warfare and the integration of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Electronic Warfare (EW), and Cyberspace Operations (CO). 

Invited Senior Leaders:

LtGen Lori Reynolds, Deputy Commandant for Information
MajGen Michael Groen, Director for Intelligence, J2
BGen Dimitri Henry, Director for Intelligence, USMC
BGen (Select) Melvin Carter, JSOC J2
Col Randolph Pugh, Commanding Officer, USMC Intel Schools
MyGySgt Scott H. Stalker, Senior Enlisted Leader, National Security Agency (NSA)

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The Association of Old Crows (AOC), and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) look forward to hosting International and U.S. attendees  at the GTRI Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  The AOC/GTRI sponsored symposium will focus on “Interoperability, Electronic Warfare (EW), and Foreign Military Sales (FMS).”  Our goal is to host a world-class event that will serve as a platform for information exchange and education on defense technology interoperability (EW, Communications, Datalinks, Command and Control (C2), and Navigation) and associated U.S. FMS and Export Control policies and processes.  

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Click here for more information.

Keynote and High Ranking Speakers

Vice Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, Italian Navy, Commander of the Italian Joint Operations Headquarters (invited)
Lt Gen (Ret) Bob Elder, USAF, Symposium Chair
Lt Gen (Ret) Chris Bogdan, USAF, Senior Vice President, Booz/Allen/Hamilton
Mr. Michael Shoults, SES, Director of Policy, Programs and Strategy, International Affairs, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs)
Mr. Gregory M. Kausner, SES, Deputy Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) (invited)
Rear Admiral Francis D. Morley
, USN, Director, Navy International Programs Office (IPO), Washington Navy Yard (invited)
Mr. Pat Mason, SES, Deputy, US Army Deputy Program Executive Officer for Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, AL
Ms. Ann Cataldo, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Export & Control (DASA DE&C)


Achieving Freedom to Maneuver Leveraging Non-Kinetic Capabilities

Registration Open! 

This forum provides a venue to for stakeholders, thought-leaders and experts in Electronic Warfare to come together to focus on the technologies the services require to ensure freedom to maneuver through leveraging the Electromagnetic Spectrum and Non-Kinetic Capabilities and discuss issues related to the requirements of EW programs, platforms, and operations. Panel sessions will provide insight into EW Roadmaps for the Services, Integrated Non-Kinetic Fires, and Enabling Future Technologies for EW. Presenters will highlight capability gaps and motivate the attendees to provide innovative EW concepts and solutions to expand the advantage for our military forces leveraging non-kinetic capabilities.

Two sessions will be classified SECRET and the third session will be classified TOP SECRET.

Interested in becoming a sponsor for this event? Click Here for Sponsorship Opportunities!


24 hours total - delivered across 8 sessions of 3 hours each

Digital RF memories (DRFMs), are arguably, the most important technology and a driving force in electromagnetic maneuver warfare (EMW). This course examines both the design of the DRFM as well as the technologies and strategies used to create superior false target decoys. In addition, machine learning and the capability to autonomously detect and classify in real-time, enemy systems that use waveforms and frequencies not previously encountered or anticipated is emphasized.


There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available for upcoming AOC conferences! Consider sponsoring any of the events below!

April 2-4, 2019
48th Annual EW Collaborative SymposiumPoint Mugu, CA
April 29-May 1, 2019
Security Cooperation Symposium: Interoperability, EW, & FMSAtlanta, GA
May 14-16, 2019
11th Annual EW Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies ConferenceCrane, IN
June 4-6, 2019
10th Annual Cyber/Electronic Warfare Convergence Conference, SPAWAR Charleston, SC
September 10-12, 2019
3rd Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Systems Engineering and Acquisition Conference, Dahlgren, VA

October 8-10, 2019
5th Annual Cyber Electromagnetic Activity (CEMA) Conference, Aberdeen, MD

Each year, the membership of the AOC determines the future of this organization by electing representatives to the Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted until March 15, and elections will be held June 1 - 30. Current AOC members can be nominated for the following positions:

- President-Elect
- At Large Director (2)
- Regional Director (International Region 1 & Pacific Region)

Learn more about 2019 Board nominations and elections here.


The Association of Old Crows Educational Foundation provides two scholarship annually, each in the amount of $12,500, to students studying in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Submissions must be made by March 31, 2019, and all students are encouraged to apply!

Learn more about eligibility, selection criteria, and apply here.


As the premier organization for individuals and groups in the Electromagnetic Warfare community, the AOC has the pleasure of recognizing members of our community for their achievements. In 2019, there are over 20 awards available to honor members and non-members alike for their contributions. Nominations for 2019 AOC awards are due by May 1, 2019.

Learn more about 2019 awards here.


18 hours total - delivered across 6 sessions of 3 hours each

This course introduces the audience to radar systems in a military context, with a focus on search and tracking radars associated with modern day threats. Conducted in six modules covering: radar fundamentals, the electromagnetic environment, target detection, antennas, arrays, signal processing, search radars, and tracking radars. A select set of advanced topics such as Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) systems, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and target recognition will also be explored. At the end of this course students will be able to understand and model threat radar systems, and posses the required knowledge for further training in electronic intelligence (ELINT) and countermeasure development.


The Association of Old Crows is pleased to provide its online Career Center - the premier resource to connect career opportunities with highly qualified EW, EMSO, CEMA, SIGINT, ELINT, & IO talent. You can access the AOC Career Center at

Featured Jobs:

- Principal Systems Engineer: Electronic Warfare – Thales Defense & Security, Inc. – Clarksburg, MD, United States
- Director of Engineering – Hensoldt Inc. – Vienna, VA, United States
- Business Development Director - Electronic Warfare – Thales Defense & Security, Inc. – Clarksburg, MD, United States

Manage Your Career:
- Search and apply to the best Electromagnetic Warfare jobs at organizations that value your credentials
- Upload your anonymous resume so employers can contact you, but you maintain control of your information and choose to whom you release your information
- Receive an alert every time a job becomes available that matches your personal profile, skills, interests, and preferred location(s)
- Access career resources and job searching tips and tools
- Browse 100+ jobs already posted at

Recruit for Open Positions:
- Post your jobs, or your organization’s jobs, where the most qualified industry professionals will find and apply to them
- Promote your jobs directly to AOC job seekers via our exclusive Job Flash email - sent on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month
- Search the resume database and contact qualified candidates proactively

We hope this new career center will make a significant difference for our members as they navigate their career paths. Thank you for your ongoing support!


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Register today for the 44th Annual Dixie Crow Symposium! Click here for a schedule of events, and visit the Robins AFB page for information about the Electronic Warfare and Avionics (EWA) Conference (formerly the Air Force Technical Program).

24 - 27 March 2019

Century of Flight Hangar Museum of Aviation
Robins AFB, Georgia 

Note: Please review registration instructions prior to registering.


Monday, May 27, 2019

In the RAFAEL David campus auditorium, K. Byalik

The conference classification is SECRET and open to Israeli citizens with appropriate clearance.

For information:


June 11-13, 2019
The MITRE Corporation
Bedford, Massachusetts

Focusing on Enterprise Challenges

- The Need for Speed in Space Acquisition
- Architecture to Deliver Effects
- Autonomy: Tools and Practices
- Space Traffic Management and Surface to Space
- TS/SCI Sessio

Keynote Speakers

Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson, Vice Commander AFSPC (Confirmed)
Col. Eric J. Felt, AFRL Space Vehicles Director (Confirmed)
Mr. Robert O. Work, Former Dept. Sec. Defense (Confirmed)

Register for the event here!

Hosted by the AOC Patriots Roost Chapter and The Mitre Corporation

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IMS 2019

It has finally happened. The EA-6B Prowler has officially been retired from service by the Marine Corps, the last operator of the type. "Prowler Sundown" has been creeping slowly closer ever since the U.S. Navy retired the aircraft back in July of 2015. The end of the Prowler also marks the end of an incredibly successful legacy for Grumman's A-6 Intruder family of aircraft that reaches back six decades. (The Drive)


The Navy is moving fast to acquire a new class of unmanned surface vehicles and hopes to award a contract for USV designs by the end of the year, USNI News has learned. In the next two months, the service is set to issue a request for proposals for a new class of medium USV, up to 50 meters long, according to an unclassified readout of the program reviewed by USNI News. (USNI News)


The US keeps losing, hard, in simulated wars with Russia and China. Bases burn. Warships sink. But we could fix the problem for about $24 billion a year, one well-connected expert said, less than four percent of the Pentagon budget. “In our games, when we fight Russia and China,” RAND analyst David Ochmanek said this afternoon, “blue gets its ass handed to it.” (Breaking Defense)

Industry News

The XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator, a long-range, high-subsonic unmanned combat air vehicle, completed its inaugural flight Tuesday at Yuma Proving Grounds, in Arizona. The Air Force’s fleet of current drones, such as the MQ-9 Reaper, are basically giant gas bags that fly — able to loiter for long periods above friendly forces in order to provide armed overwatch and intelligence. But the airspace over future battlefields will likely not be permissive, and so new drones will need to be developed. (Air Force Times)


The F-35 fighter jet’s logistics backbone has proven so clunky and burdensome to work with that the U.S. Air Force’s instructor pilots, as well as students learning to fly the aircraft, have stopped using a key piece of the system, Defense News has learned. (Defense News)


On April 11, AOC Advocacy’s SIGINT Industry Partnership Project (IPP) will hold its first
USMC SIGINT Day, featuring a congressional panel discussion entitled “Winning the EMS: Assessing
the Future of USMC SIGINT,” from 8:30-10:00 AM in 2168 Rayburn House Office Building.
Congressman Paul Cook (Col., USMC Ret.), representative of the 8th District of California,
is the honorary host.

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