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August 6, 2020 | 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)

Much of the pioneering work in radio technology was done at "high frequency," and generations of RF engineers, radio operators, and SIGINT specialists cut their teeth on shortwave. But is there still room for HF in the digital world of cellular, satellites, wi-fi, and microwave? This webinar explains why the "lost art" of HF is not only still relevant, but has been making a comeback in recent years, particularly in the area of both local and global communications. A central topic of this presentation is why much of the rebirth of HF is due to advancements in a wide range of fields, such as antenna design and digital modulation schemes, as well improvements in our understanding of propagation and how we can adapt to the challenges of propagation at HF. In addition to these topics, this webinar discusses how the performance and capabilities of HF direction finding / radiolocation have been improved in recent years and why DF has become an important enabler of HF as a modern communications technology.

 

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

Conference Theme: Cutting Edge CEMA capabilities to Counter Near Peer Competition in the Information Environment

Don’t miss this 1 day virtual summit that will focus on Emerging CEMA Technologies, Innovation and Critical Capabilities, Joint and Army views on the EMS, updates from the field and panel discussions on Terrestrial Layer System and Cyber at the Tactical Edge.

CEMAlite Virtual Summit is complimentary for AOC Members

Featured Speakers include:

Brigadier General Michael E. Sloane, Program Executive Officer, PEO IEW&S
Brigadier General Martin F. Klein, Director, Department of the Army’s Management Office-Strategic Operations (DAMO- SO)
COL Kevin Finch, Project Manager, Electronic Warfare & Cyber (EW&C)
Dr. Paul Zablocky, Strategic Technology Office (STO) Program Manager, DARPA
and more…

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

 

2020 Theme: All-Domain Operations - Integrating Across the Spectrum

The importance of the electromagnetic spectrum cannot be over emphasized; it is the bedrock that supports the emerging concepts of all-domain operations, an integrated and synchronized application across all domains. 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 are necessary to fully strategize, plan, and execute all-domain operations. The dominance of the electromagnetic spectrum is foundational to successful all-domain operations.

As the summer months come to a rapid close, we know there are questions about the status of the 57th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention. Many of you have contacted us. We understand you have important decisions to make, and we appreciate your feedback.

We are continuing to plan for an event this year, with a range of possibilities that will ensure a safe and effective gathering. We are monitoring the on-going conditions resulting from COVID-19 and making carefully considered decisions. We will adhere to CDC, government, and health department guidelines, in close consultation with all our symposium stakeholders and partners. The health, safety, and well-being of our members and invited guests remain our highest priorities.

We will do our best to provide timely updates knowing that you have critical timelines of your own to meet. As we make decisions for this year’s event, we will update you as quickly as possible.

 

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. 

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.

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Upcoming Live Web Course Schedule

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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Help shape the future of the AOC by choosing the next AOC Headquarters Board of Directors. Learn about the open positions and each candidate’s biography now to be an informed voter. Elections open October 1, 2020.

 

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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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.

 

September 24, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)

This webinar will discuss the two primary methods of direction finding: time difference of arrival (TDOA) and angle of arrival (AOA). An overview the requirements and benefits/limitations of each will be presented. The architecture of hybrid geolocation techniques will also be discussed in operational environments.

 
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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 Fort Worth Chapter recently completed its 2020 STEM Scholarship campaign. The scholarship provides tuition funds for area graduating high school seniors who will be pursuing college degrees in STEM fields in the fall. This year, the Fort Worth and Abilene Chapters merged, expanding our region and enabling us to include Abilene school districts in the campaign. We had over 40 applicants, with 29 meeting all the requirements. The applicants were scored and ranked on academics, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, leadership roles and an essay.

The chapter was able to award a $1000 scholarship to each of the following five students for the fall 2020 semester at their school of choice.

- Jordan Chapin, Aledo high school – University of Nebraska, Mechanical Engineering

- London Kasper, Aledo high school – SMU, Computer Science

- Isabel Lopez, North Side high school – TCU, Mechanical Engineering

- Colin Means, Grapevine high school – Yale University, Bio-Medical Engineering

- Kaleb Reyna, Abilene TEMS high school – Abilene Christian University, Mechanical Engineering

The scholarship is funded by the proceeds raised during the annual Association of Old Crows Fort Worth Chapter Golf Scholarship Tournament. A virtual video award ceremony was held on July 24, 2020 with chapter officers, students and their families. Please join us in recognizing and congratulating these outstanding students.

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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:

- Operations Assistant – Argonne National Laboratory –  Lemont, IL, United States
- NEA Wireless Network Engineer – Louisianna State University – Baton Rouge, LA, United States
- Electronic Warfare and Radar Systems Engineers – Northrop Grumman – IL, United States

 
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During the Army’s Network Modernization Experiment 2020 that kicked off last week, researchers are attacking fledgling systems with electronic warfare capabilities that near-peer adversaries are not expected to possess for years to come, officials say. (Signal Magazine)

  

The U.S. Army’s top cyber general has described three phases that will prepare the service for information warfare over the next decade. (C4ISRNET)

Army soldiers in the southwest desert are getting ready to “knock something out of the sky” in live-fire tests of two critical new systems, the service’s director of air & missile defense modernization said. (Breaking Defense)

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As Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) reached full operational capability earlier this month, solidifying the convergence of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), cyber, electromagnetic warfare, information operations, and weather operations, federal agencies’ and joint partners’ need for these capabilities continues to skyrocket. (US Air Force)

“If you know your enemy and know yourself,” the legendary Chinese general Sun-Tzu wrote in the sixth century B.C., “you need not fear the outcome of one hundred battles.” In 2020, the US Army is finding that a new technology, cloud computing, is essential to both kinds of knowledge. (Breaking Defense)

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Calendar
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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)
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Oct 2020
 
October 5 - 23 (8 sessions) 09:00 - 12:00 EDT (13:00 – 16:00 UTC)
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Oct 2020
 
October 8, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
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Oct 2020
 
October 20 - 22, Honolulu, HI
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Oct 2020
 
October 22, 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)