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July 13 - 31, 2020 | Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays | 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)

Course Length: 27 hours total - delivered across 9 sessions of 3 hours each.

Intended Audience: The course is oriented toward the needs of missile engineers, system engineers, system analysts, marketing personnel, program managers, new employees, university professors, and others working in the area of missile systems and missile technology development. Attendees will gain an understanding of missile design, missile technologies, launch platform integration, missile system measures of merit, and the missile system development process.

 

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

 

July 9, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)

Signals Intelligence has focused in recent years on counterinsurgency (COIN) operations where enemy capabilities are often much lower than our own. However, sophisticated near-peer adversaries have far better training and technology to exploit gaps in friendly capabilities. As signals intelligence transitions back from COIN to direct action scenarios, factors such as emissions control (EMCON) and denial and deception (D&D) are more important than ever.

In this webinar, we will discuss some of the D&D developments and methodologies that affect modern SIGINT operations, including:

- Spoofing
- Decoys
- Wideband, complex or novel signals
- Low-profile radars
- UAVs
- Optics & passive collection
- Artificial intelligence and machine learning

More importantly, we will discuss ways to counter these threats to help maintain a tactical edge over potential adversaries.

 

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.

 
BAE Systems
Mercury Systems

July 23, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)

EW system development is far from immune to the impacts of requirements creep on overall program success. Keeping such add-on requirements from becoming an anchor on delivery timeframes and costs is a constant battle that requires smart tradeoffs at almost every step of the design process. This webinar will present several notional examples on how critical thought can pay significant dividends in managing runaway requirements.

 

September 29, 09:00 – 17:00 EDT (13:00 – 21:00 UTC)

In recognition of current travel restrictions and limitations on indoor gatherings, and for the safety & well-being of all involved, the 2020 CEMA Conference will now be a virtual event with a shortened program.

Objective: The one-day virtual event will provide attendees an update on EW emerging requirements, policy, Science & Technology (S&T) initiatives, programs, leadership perspective, and operational feedback from the field.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Sean Fitzgerald at fitzgerald@crows.org or 703-549-1600, ext. 222

 

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.

 
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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. 

  

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 Palmetto Roost, in collaboration with Charleston Southern Cybersecurity (CSU), partnered with employees from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Dixon Hughes Goodman to offer an all-female, CyberPatriot camp the week of June 8, using the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot curriculum.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.

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, August 21.

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The AOC Dixie Crow Chapter has awarded its 2020 Graduating High School Senior Scholarships, worth $500 each, to four lucky students!

Houston County High School: Jenilyn Edwards

Northside High School: Devon White

Perry High School: Jordan Karchella

Warner Robins High School: Alyssa Mae Bonifacio

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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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Industry News
  

The Senate Armed Services Committee is taking aim at the Navy’s premier aerial jamming platform that is meant to play a big role in future conflicts against technologically sophisticated adversaries. (Defense News)

  

Last week, the U.S. Navy took delivery of the first two examples of the latest model of its F/A-18, the Block III Super Hornet. In service with the Navy and Marine Corps since 1983, the flexible design has gone through a Porsche 911-like evolution. (Forbes)

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Operational roles for the venerable Predator series of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) are evolving with changes in warfighting priorities for the US and its allies. (Defence Connect)

  

The Navy is currently analyzing airframes, targeting systems, artificial-intelligence-enabled sensors, new weapons and engine technologies to engineer a new sixth-generation carrier-launched fighter jet to fly alongside the F-35 fighter jet and ultimately replace the F/A-18 aircraft. (The National Interest)

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Calendar
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Jul 2020
 
July 9, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
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Jul 2020
 
July 13 - 31 (9 sessions), 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 - 20:00 UTC)
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Jul 2020
 
July 23, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
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Aug 2020
 
August 6, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
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Aug 2020
 
August 20, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
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Sep 2020
 
September 3, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
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Sep 2020
 
September 14 - 28 (7 sessions), 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)
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Sep 2020
 
September 24, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
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Sep 2020
 
September 29, 09:00 – 17:00 EDT (13:00 – 21:00 UTC)