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

This webinar will present the fundamentals of electro-optical (EO) & infrared (IR) sensor technology, its analysis and its application to military search, track and imaging systems. Electronic warfare (electronic attack and electronic protection) are emphasized. It will cover the various classes of targets and their optical radiation characteristics including their radiant exitance and emissivity. It will also discuss External Radiant sources & Planck's radiation formula, Surface reflectivity, IR radiation transmission through the atmosphere and a number of other elements that can affect EO/IR analysis and performance.

The design of surface and airborne EO/IR search and track systems and their performance and analysis for several types of targets are considered as a function of the spectral, spatial and temporal discrimination techniques being used. Electronic attack against EO/IR sensors including flares, obscurations, flash and laser systems are highlighted and measures to be taken for protection are emphasized.

 

Is your team able to maximize their time while working remotely? Perhaps some professional development can help your team advance their skills right now! The AOC recognizes that there is increased demand for virtual learning during these days of quarantine and social distancing. We want to provide the opportunity for your team to expand their professional knowledge while working remotely - which is why we're offering the following discount structure for teams that would like to purchase AOC web courses in bulk:

Bulk Course Discounts for Teams:

- 2 – 9 attendees: 7% off course price ($84 - $150 savings per attendee depending on course selection)
- 10 – 19 attendees: 12.5% off course price ($150 - $269 savings per attendee depending on course selection)
- 20+ attendees: 19% off course price ($228 - $408 savings per attendee depending on course selection)

Contact Caleb Herr at herr@crows.org to take advantage of these discounts for your team.

On-Demand Web Course Library

Upcoming Live Web Course Schedule

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. 

Electro-Optical/Infrared Sensor Engineering
Dr. Phillip E. Pace | 10/5/2020 – 10/28/2020 | Web Course
This course presents the fundamentals of electro-optical (EO) & infrared (IR) sensor technology, its analysis and its application to military search, track and imaging systems. Electronic warfare (electronic attack and electronic protection) are emphasized. 

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The AOC will recognize the premier leaders in EW, IO and EMS Operations fields throughout our 57th Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention. Please join us in celebrating these award winners for their exemplary service to our community. The Gold Medal Award is the highest award given by the AOC for outstanding advances and contributions in all fields of EW. The Gold Medal Award as well as the Technology Hall of Fame Awards will be presented during the Opening Session on Tuesday, December 8. The Hal Gershanoff Silver Medal Award is presented to an AOC member to recognize outstanding service in furthering the goals of the Association or its Chapter Organization(s). It is the highest award given to a member for service to the AOC. The Hal Gershanoff Silver Medal, the Colonel Anton D. Brees Lifetime Service Awards, and the Joseph W. Kearney Award will be presented at the Annual Banquet, Wednesday December 9. All other Individual awards will be presented at separate venues.

 
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June 25, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)

Learn the basics of Space Electronic Warfare. From the similarities and differences from other domains of Electronic Warfare to some employment considerations.

Webinar Presenter:

Colonel John “P.Y.” Thien is the Commander, 721st Operations Group, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The 721st OG is a key component of the protect and defend force structure and is responsible for the mission of space electronic warfare operating electronic attack, electronic protection and electronic warfare support capabilities. The units falling under his command within the 721st OG are the 4th, 5th and 16th Space Control Squadron and the 721st Operations Support Squadron. Col. Thien is the first commander of the 721st OG.

 
  

Read the May 2020 AOC Advocacy Newsletter to learn more about the AOC's position and concerns regarding the FCC Ligado Decision, key funding and policy developments regarding the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and Compass Call issue updates. 

A Comprehensive Review of Iranian Surface-to-Air Missile Developments

This conference aims to provide a comprehensive review of the latest developments regarding Iranian surface-to-air missile threat systems, including capabilities, concepts of operation and events. Attendance at this conference is appropriate for those involved in the design, development, testing, evaluation and employment of electronic warfare systems, techniques and tactics for protection of U.S. and allied fixed and rotary wing aircraft against air defense threats.

For more information on the conference and sponsorship opportunities, visit: www.crows.org/page/SaMs2021

 

 Complex Electromagnetic Warfare and the Multi Domain Battle

**AOC EW Europe, originally scheduled to take place on 16-18 June, will now be held at Exhibition Centre Liverpool on 16-18 November 2020. This decision has been made following consultation with key stakeholders, with the agreement that a new dateline would be beneficial to all participants.

View the full statement here.

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
November 19 - 20 | Thursday & Friday | 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 !

 

Complex Electromagnetic Warfare and the Multi-Domain Battle webinar is now available on demand. Listen in as our experts discussed the advances, improvements and interactions needed for the transition from traditional war-fighting domains to the multi-domain battlefield.

 

The 57th Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention theme is "All-Domain Operations - Integrating Across the Spectrum." The AOC is soliciting unclassified, Distro-A, original papers from Government, Academia, Industry, Operational Units, and Subject Matter Experts that will be presented at the Annual Symposium. Papers should focus on awareness of the spectrum, understanding its properties, its role in modern day operations, and the ability to command and control effects and operations within the spectrum to fully strategize, plan, and execute all-domain operations.

Paper submissions should focus on the following topic areas:

  • ADO Enablers
  • ADO Spectrum Awareness (C2/IPB/Awareness
  • Manned-Unmanned Teaming
  • ADO Battle Management
  • Collaborative EW
  • Space EW in ADO
  • Directed Energy

Deadline for Submission of Paper Abstracts: July 31

Notification of Acceptance: August 31

 
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Chapter News

Major Glen A. Robbins (aka Robbie) passed away unexpectedly in his home in Bullhead City, AZ, on June 6, 2020. Robbie was born in North Platte, NE, on January 20, 1933, to Fay and Carol Robbins. Robbie is survived by his wife of 29 years, Della; daughter Gloria Spurlock (Richard) of New Mexico; six grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Donald Glen Robbins and grandson Travis Robbins. 

Robbie was a proud member of the Veteran of Underage Military Service (VUMs). He decided at an early age he wanted to be in the military. At age 15, Robbie misrepresented his true age to the Selective Service and was issued a draft card. Robbie joined the Oregon Air National Guard on April 5, 1948, using his fraudulent draft card and his mother’s consent signature. His unit, a P-51 fighter squadron, was called to active duty by President Truman at the start of the Korean War. 

  

John Clifford OBE, retired RAF Wing Commander and Association of Old Crows (AOC) UK Chapter president, passed away May 6. John will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know him, and his contributions to the electronic warfare (EW) community will be felt for years to come.

John worked tirelessly to advance our community's conversation surrounding EW strategy and operations at every stage of his career, from the RAF to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), and later as an EW consultant and active leader within the AOC. In 2006, John was awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his EW work, and in 2013, he wrote the UK MOD’s EW Policy, which is still used to this day.

  

By Gayle Grant, Board Member, AOC Garden State Chapter

The Association of Old Crows Garden State Chapter of New Jersey participated in 4th Annual Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium (JSJSS) March 23-25. The Chapter provided $2,000 awards to paper and poster presenters.

Chapter member Gayle Grant participated as the executive chair, technical lead, mentor and judge. New Jersey AOC members Sorin Davidovici, Bradley Farnsworth, Tom Kesolits, Tom Newsome, and Joe Zaroff each reviewed and scored papers, mentored students, and acted as Symposium technical paper and poster judges. A special thanks to you all for your personal support.

The theme for the 2020 IO/EW Symposium, “All Domain Operations from Competition into Conflict,” will focus on how IO and EW contribute to all-domain warfighting challenges, as well as their contributions to achieving a Free and Open Indo-Pacific during competition. This year’s theme builds on the work of the 6th Annual Symposium in 2017, which focused on the Army’s Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) Concept. The Army’s now well-established MDO Concept focuses on optimizing the land force contribution to a Joint fight in multiple domains, and provides a strong foundation for the development of a Joint All-Domain Operations Concept, both of which are intended to be employed across the spectrum of operations from competition to conflict. The 2020 theme also benefits from the presentations and work accomplished at the 7th Annual Symposium in 2018, focused on the roles of IO and EW in overcoming A2/AD challenges, which are a driver for the development of an All-Domain Operations (ADO) concept.

CALL FOR PAPERS

INDOPACOM J39 and the AOC are soliciting original unclassified English language presentations and/or papers for the 9th Pacific IO & EW Symposium from subject matter experts in the U.S. and Allied militaries / government, as well as from academia and industry on the conference theme. View the complete call for papers guidelines and areas of interest here

Presentations must be UNCLASSIFIED for the unclassified sessions. Presentations for the classified sessions at Camp H. M. Smith should be at the SECRET REL/FVEY, FRA, JPN level.

Please contact the Symposium Chair, Dr. Arthur Tulak, COL USA, Ret, at arthur.n.tulak.ctr@pacom.mil if you are interested in speaking or want more information. Submissions are due Friday, July 31.

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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:

- Senior RF EW HITL Demonstration Technical Lead – Centauri –  Fairborn, OH, United States
- Principal Field Engineer - SIGINT – Raytheon Technologies –  Dulles, VA, United States
- Signal Processing Systems Engineer / Advanced RF / EWS – Raytheon Technologies – Goleta, CA, United States

 
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Air Force researchers are designing an autonomous aircraft that can take down a manned plane in air-to-air combat, with the goal of pitting the two against each other in July 2021. (Air Force Magazine)

Two big challenges for the U.S. Navy are keeping its weapons safe from adversarial probing and corrosion. So, a newly-developed product that does both at the same time is worth at the minimum a panel discussion at a highly-respected conference of experts. (DVIDS)

  

The Army is giving units in Europe and in the Pacific new electronic warfare equipment, marking what one service leader said was the first “reintroduction” of such tools since the Cold War. (C4ISRNET)

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The Pentagon tested a loitering munition, more commonly referred to as a suicide drone, last year that will arrive over its designated target area at hypersonic speeds. (The Drive)

  

For a little more than one year, Brig. Gen. Rob Collins served as the program executive officer for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEW&S), where he was responsible for ensuring the soldier can detect, recognize and identify the enemy. (C4ISRNET)

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