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Nominate someone today for an AOC award in 2020. 

Submit nominations by March 15, 2020!

A central tenant of the AOC's mission is recognizing individuals, groups, and military units for their outstanding performance in furthering the aims of the AOC and the Electromagnetic Warfare enterprise. The AOC has a number of awards that are available each year, with two categories - Competitive and Non-Competitive. Nominate someone today here: https://app.reviewr.com/s1/site//AOC_Awards.  Contact oneilin@crows.org for more information.

 

March 12, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)

Understanding core attributes of RF operating bands is critical to both the EW system designer and the tactical operator. This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the RF spectrum, highlighting the pros and cons of various frequency bands and the commensurate design and operational tradeoffs that must be made to maximize EW effectiveness.

 

Collaborative EW in support of Distributed Maritime Operations

*VIEW AOC STATEMENT ON COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)*

The 49th Annual Point Mugu Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium will provide a venue to disseminate current research in the fields of Collaborative Electronic Warfare, with an emphasis on EW in support of distribute maritime Operations. Prominent leaders, contributors, and representatives from the military, government, academia, and industry will come together to address current Electronic Warfare gaps to support distributed operations and emerging technologies required to address these gaps.

Click here to register!

Keynote Speakers:

- Rear Admiral William S. Dillon, Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division/Assistant Commander for Test and Evaluation, Naval Air Systems Command (AIR-5.0)
- CAPT Jeff Chism, Commanding Officer, Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC)
- CAPT Christopher Bahner, Deputy Commander, Electronic Attack Wing Pacific, US Pacific Fleet
- CAPT Michael Orr, Program Manager, Airborne Electronic Attack Program Office, PMA-234
- Mr. Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Agenda Available! Click here to view.

 

Decide the future of the Association of Old Crows! Nominations for the AOC board of directors for the 2020 elections are now open. For regional directors, only members from that region are eligible to vote for their potential representative. Nominations are due NLT March 15, 2020.

Positions that are eligible for election this year are:

- At-Large Director (2 available)
- International Region II
- Northeast Region
- Southern Region

Go to https://www.crows.org/page/elections to download the nomination form or contact oneilin@crows.org for more information.

 

At this time, all AOC events are proceeding as planned, and we look forward to seeing you there! We are closely monitoring the latest information and guidance from the CDC and WHO. For more information and updates, click here.

Integrating Force Level EW Capabilities with Kinetic Fires to Achieve Distributed Lethality

The National Defense Strategy and the update to the Chief of Naval Operations Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority identify the need to deliver warfighting solutions to achieve distributed operations and enable an integrated Naval Force structure as an urgent priority. This year’s conference will focus on the Electronic Warfare gaps and enabling technologies required to develop distributed Force Level Electronic Warfare capabilities, integrated with kinetic fires, in order to provide enhanced platform survivability and lethality. EW and military leaders from across the Department of Defense will present EW warfighting gaps and requirements for integrated, multi-domain system of systems EW solutions and motivate the EW community to explore innovative concepts and agile solutions to address their needs. The forum will provide a Joint Services venue for EW professionals across DoD, Industry and Academia to gain insight on emerging technologies, digital engineering methodologies and capabilities that will enable distributed lethality.

Register Now!

Keynote Speakers

- Maj Gen Lance Landrum, USAF Deputy Director for Requirements and Capability Development (J8), Joint Staff
- Mr. Chris O’Donnell, SES, DASD, Platform and Weapon Portfolio Management OUSD, A&S
- Mr. Bryan Clark, 
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

*NEW* Live Demo Opportunities!

Showcase your cutting-edge technologies and innovative efforts! Find out more here.

**This symposium has been approved by the Department of the Navy. Click here for approval memo.

 

"Outpacing Adversaries in the Information Warfare Domain by Integrating Cyber, EW, & Special Operations from seabed to space"

This conference provides the EW and Cyberspace Operation communities an opportunity to collaborate and discuss capabilities, TTPs, and research in EW and Cyberspace Operations in a CLASSIFIED environment to enable 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 and bring EW and Cyberspace Operations 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. Specifically, abstracts should address one or more of the symposium session topics:

- Cyber/Electronic Warfare Converged Operations
- Cyber/Electronic Warfare Advanced Technology
- Cyber/Electronic Warfare Threats
- Cyber/Electronic Warfare R & D

Abstracts for presentations must be unclassified and no more than one page of text or 400 words. Please forward unclassified abstracts to Christine Armstrong at armstrong@crows.org and Dave Walman at david.walman@navy.mil NLT March 30, 2020. If your abstract is selected, you will be required to send a classified abstract/briefing to Dave Walman at david.walman@spawar.nmic.ic.gov for final review before being accepted into the agenda.

Abstracts due by March 30, 2020
Notifications by April 10, 2020

*All sessions will be TS/TCI

 
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EW Against a New Generation of Threats
Dave Adamy | 4/13/2020 - 4/29/2020 | Web Course
This is a practical, hands-on course which covers Spectrum Warfare and current EW approaches, and moves on to discuss the new equipment capabilities and Tactics that are required to meet the new threat challenges.

EW Modeling and Simulation
Dave Adamy | 6/1/2020 – 6/17/2020 | Web Course
This is a practical course in which the basic concepts and techniques of Electronic Warfare modeling and simulation concept evaluation, training, and Test and Evaluation are presented and the students learn how to apply them to practical problems.

Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering
Eugene Fleeman | 7/13/2020 – 7/31/2020 | Web Course
Technologies for missiles are rapidly emerging, resulting in the frequent introduction of new missile systems. The capability to meet the requirements for performance, cost, risk, and launch platform integration of missile systems is driven by missile design, development, and system engineering.

Machine Learning for EW
Kyle Davidson | 9/14/2020 – 9/28/2020 | Web Course
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of machine learning and its application to modern Electronic Warfare (EW) and cyber solutions. 

Learn more...

 
  

A fundamental part of the AOC's mission is investing in the next generation of Crows. One of the most significant ways we do this is by providing the AOC/Raytheon Scholarship to sophomore and junior year college students. We provide two scholarships annually, each in the amount of $12,500, to students studying in the fields of engineering or engineering technology. These scholarships are funded by a generous donation from Raytheon.

Do you have a child, sibling, cousin, neighbor or friend studying in these fields? Encourage them to apply! Applicants must be Sophomores or Juniors in the 2020-2021 school year. Tell them not to wait, submissions are due by March 31, 2020. Click here for a list of submission requirements and to apply!

Complex Electromagnetic Warfare and the Multi Domain Battle

The 25th AOC EW Europe event in Liverpool will bring together world-leading experts from the military, government, academia and industry. Delegates will progress their understanding of the issues, technology and capabilities that underpin their national Electronic Warfare abilities and allow them to enhance their capabilities both nationally and in international collaborative defence. 

The Multi Domain Battlefield (MDB) includes the Electro-magnetic and Information Domains (including cyber operations), as well as the Land, Maritime, Air and Space Domains. The MDB underpins and enables every decision, communication and navigation system as well as defensive and offensive actions. Spectrum management capabilities are vital to all of warfare and especially manoeuvre warfare – we all know that without spectrum dominance the war is lost before it is begun.  New and current threat systems and strategies for defeating them will be considered alongside the technological developments most likely to influence the complex electromagnetic warfare of the future.

Alongside two technical conference streams, the event features an exhibition area for specialist suppliers to showcase their technologies, products and services.

Don't miss this on-site Professional Development Course! 

Intermediate Electronic Warfare
June 19 - 20 | Friday & Saturday | 09:00-17:00 BST

The intended audience for this course includes Electronic Warfare (EW) professionals, including engineers, business development staff, and managers, looking to expand their general knowledge of the field. No prior experience in EW is required, but some background in EW will be helpful.

Register for the course here!

 

AOC is opening a call for papers for a special session at the upcoming Military Sensing Symposia titled “EW Systems, Technologies, and Applications.” Papers should be focusing on how a layered and integrated EW Support architecture supports intelligence, spectrum management, and operational targeting objectives to include cyberspace operations. We are interested in papers that discuss innovative approaches to ES/EA, EO/IR systems, current and emerging service programs, spectrum management tools and applications, and links into the operational mission command systems. Papers discussing sensors that enable autonomous operation of platform ES or EA, conduct refined geo location, advancements that improve data quality or SWaP requirements, options for transporting data, and policy considerations for EW and CO are of particular interest.

For more information on submitting and presenting at this event please contact Shelley Frost – Frost@crows.org.

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Maintaining Dominance in the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) by Rapidly Fielding and Modifying Systems Using Open Standards and Innovation

March 22-25
Century of Flight Hangar Museum of Aviation
Robins AFB, Georgia

View the updated conference agenda here!

 

The Electronic Warfare & Avionics (EWA) Conference (Formerly: Air Force Technical Program) and Technical Courses are being solely sponsored by AFLCMC/WNY, Robins AFB. The EWA Conference schedule will begin on Tuesday afternoon and end on Wednesday afternoon with the short courses being held on Thursday morning. For more information on the technical program and short course schedule, visit the Robins AFB web site here.

REGISTER HERE!

  

The sixth edition of the popular International Conference on EW in India, EWCI 2020, organized by the India Chapter of Association of Old Crows and held during 17-20 February, 2020 in Bangalore, concluded in a grand and memorable fashion. The three-day conference, one-day pre-conference tutorials and accompanying indoor exhibition of state-of-the-art EW products, which were actively supported by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Government of India and Defence Public Sector Unit - Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), are a big success both technically and commercially. The event, designed with the idea of providing a platform for international collaborations and sharing the latest developments in the field of Electronic Warfare and Information Operations (EW/IO), with a theme “EW: Collaborate for Success,” has lived up to expectations and has been of immense use to participants.

  

Dedicated Old Crow and Senior Convention Volunteer Jim Talley has passed. Jim was a great man who dedicated his life to the safety of America’s warriors in war and peace. He was a member of the Association of Old Crows since joining in 1972. At first, it was to understand the complexities of his duties as a Naval Officer and later to enhance his work in highly classified electronic warfare (EW) research and development at the US Naval Research Labs (NRL). Like so many others working on classified projects, the scope of his many contributions to the field of EW cannot be published.

Upon retiring, he was determined to continue his work by consulting and volunteering with the Old Crow’s Capitol Club. He volunteered for the last decade to attend, provide guidance and support the annual International Symposium and Convention in Washington, DC. Jim proudly directed specific activities while behind the scenes, discussing technical matters with briefers and participants. His inputs would add clarity and a richness to those presentations that otherwise would not have been had.

Jim Talley was truly an Old Crow’s Old Crow. His many contributions to the Capitol Club and to the men and women of the armed forces may never be fully known. But Jim Talley’s true dedication to the craft of electronic warfare, the Association of Old Crows and to the Capitol Club will be greatly missed.

James Talley’s beloved wife of 56 years has provided Jim’s obituary below:

The Whidbey Roost Chapter presents the VAQ-135 with the AOC Outstanding Navy-Air Unit Award    
  
Dennis Monahan, AOC Dahlgren Roost Chapter President, visits with the AOC Membership Department at AOC HQ in Alexandria, VA
Careers

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 https://careers.crows.org.

NEW Internship Opportunities!

- Internship Seekers: Search available internships to gain the experience you desire

- FREE Internship Postings: The AOC is committed to supporting the growth of the EW talent pool by offering FREE Internship Postings for AOC Industry Members

Featured Jobs:

- ELINT/COMINT/SIGNIT Systems Engineers Relocation Assistance – L3Harris –  Greenville, TX, United States
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Engineer - Principal – SAIC –  Lackland AFB, TX, United States
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Engineer - Senior Principal – SAIC –  Lackland AFB, TX, United States

 
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Industry News
  

Pentagon leaders are increasingly worried that the satellite signals they need for operations will become a target for adversaries during future conflicts. But Maj. Gen. Robert Castellvi, commanding general of the 1st Marine Division, said March 2 that the Navy’s narrowband communications satellites were able to withstand significant interference during a December exercise. (C4ISRNET)

  

Space Force Vice Commander Lt. Gen. David Thompson told lawmakers March 4 the service has started testing new tools built to defend American assets on orbit, possibly hinting at classified counterspace capabilities. (Air Force Magazine)

  

The Australian Government will sell up to 46 former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B Hornets to Quincy, Illinois-based Air USA, minister for defence industry Melissa Price announced on March 5. Air USA is a provider of training services to various U.S. government agencies and operates a fleet of Aero L-39 and L-59 Albatros, BAE Systems Hawk, Dassault Alpha Jet, and Mikoyan MiG-29 aircraft. (AIN Online)

  

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is upgrading the Army’s long-endurance, medium-altitude Gray Eagle drone so it can be a big player in future multi-domain operations. As an armed unmanned aerial system with a maximum speed of 150 knots, the Gray Eagle is a multipurpose platform that provides capabilities such as reconnaissance, surveillance, intelligence, target acquisition, communications relay and electronic warfare. (National Defense)

IMS 2020
Calendar
12
Mar 2020
 
March 12, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
26
Mar 2020
 
March 26, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
31
Mar 2020
 
March 31 - April 2, Pt. Mugu, California
9
Apr 2020
 
April 9, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
13
Apr 2020
 
April 13 - 29 (8 sessions), 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 - 20:00 UTC)
23
Apr 2020
 
April 23, 14:00 -15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
7
May 2020
 
May 7, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
12
May 2020
 
May 12 - 14, Crane, Indiana
21
May 2020
 
May 21, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)