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October 8,14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)

SEI is the process of uniquely identifying an individual transmitter from the signal received by a receiver system. Unlike digital identification, where identification signals can be perfectly reproduced, SEI uses the analogue signal characteristics of the signal to generate a unique fingerprint which can be associated with each transmitter, with the result that SEI is sometimes also referred to as radio-frequency fingerprinting (RFF). These analogue variations arise as a result of component tolerances which affect transmissions, but whose effects are small enough not to affect system operation.

This webinar will introduce SEI by considering the development of a simple SEI system. Recorded signals will be shown to illustrate how measurable differences which do not affect system operation can arise. The effect of factors such as SNR will also be demonstrated as examples of some of the challenges SEI systems face. Lastly, the use of different classifiers will be considered to show the performance achievable from an SEI system.

 

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Last week’s CEMAlite Virtual Summit was a phenomenal success with hundreds of attendees & senior leaders across 27 countries joining in for the discussions! The AOC’s Post-Event Brief provides a great recap of all that took place along with some great press coverage. Registered attendees can access released briefings, speaker contact info, and recordings of the sessions in the CEMAlite Post-Event Resources Group (sign-in required).

 

RF Theory for ES Operations
Dr. Patrick Ford | 12/8/2020 – 12/10/2020 | Web Course
After a thorough overview of key electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) concepts, with an emphasis on the RF spectrum and commensurate propagation mechanisms and environmental impacts, the instructor will present several ES placement scenarios (air, sea and land) to address the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges associated with various RF wavelengths. This will include a one-hour 'hands-on' ES practical exercise for participants, with the instructor reviewing/highlighting possible approaches to the problem set upon completion. The course will also provide a survey of propagation modeling techniques and insight into modern RF operating trends.

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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The AOC Board of Director’s Executive Committee has chosen to cancel the 57th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention scheduled for December 8-10, 2020, in Washington DC.  This decision was made after careful consideration of COVID-19 public health guidelines, multiple discussions with key stakeholders, and a thorough analysis of alternative solutions.  There was an overwhelming consensus that a virtual iteration of our in-person event would fall short of our community’s standard for business engagement and networking. 

While the COVID-19 global pandemic has upended aspects of daily life around the globe, the AOC continues to support our members, exhibitors, and sponsors. During the past few months, the AOC has assessed our usual operations and opportunities to adapt and evolve into new business areas. The AOC Board, Staff, and Chapters remain focused on advancing our mission and delivering value in all aspects of our community in new and innovative ways.  These will be launched in the coming weeks as new initiatives aimed at Advancing Electromagnetic Warfare TOGETHER

In the meantime, the AOC continues to provide a myriad of solutions supporting our geographically distributed community: 

- The Journal of Electromagnetic Dominance (JED) continues to provide analysis and insight into the latest trends in Electromagnetic Warfare (EW)

- The AOC Virtual Series Webinars are faithfully providing bite-sized educational sessions on technical topics relevant to EW

AOC Professional Development Courses continue to bring world-class EW education to remote audiences around the globe

AOC Virtual Summits are bringing senior military & government policymakers together with industry eager to support the needs of the warfighter

- …and many more!

Thank you for your continued involvement and support that is so critical to advancing our mission.  We look forward to gathering again for the 58th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention, November 30 - December 2, 2021, in Washington DC.

 
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November 5, 14:00 - 15:00 EST (19:00 - 20:00 UTC)

This presentation is an introduction to HPM DE Weapons and their effects. We will cover, what is an HPM DE weapon, the type of weapons – Narrowband and Wideband, why the Warfighter and DoD are interested in this technology, how HPM DEWs are similar to, but different from traditional Electronic Warfare/Attack (EW/EA) and Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). We will also cover how the HPM energy couples in to a target’s electronics via intentional and unintentional Ports of Entry and the type of effects it can cause ranging from long term electronic upset to permanent damage. We will also cover some of the basic modeling and simulation (M&S) tools for computing/estimating the probability of target failure as a function of weapon power density and range. Finally, we will discuss mitigation techniques and show an example of how to estimate hardening parameters for a notional helicopter against an HPM weapon.

 

As a result of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Electronic Warfare (EW) Europe, organised by Clarion Events on behalf of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), scheduled for 16-18 November, will no longer take place in 2020.

The ongoing requirement for a two-week quarantine period following international travel, and potential changes to the UK government’s position on re-opening conferences and exhibitions has led Clarion and the AOC to postpone EW Europe until 25-27 May, 2021. The next edition will be held in Seville, Spain, co-located with Clarion Events’ military training and simulation event, IT²EC.

Shelley Frost, Executive Director of the AOC, said: “With current travel and quarantine restrictions across the globe which will restrict certain countries from participation, it has been decided that we would be unable to hold EW Europe 2020 in a meaningful way. We believe the best thing for the event and its attendees is to reconvene in Seville for a world-class EW Europe 2021.”

Tracy Bebbington, Event Director, Clarion Events Defence and Security, added: “We are terribly disappointed to have to postpone EW Europe, but the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, and partners must take priority. We are already working with the AOC to ensure that the 2021 edition will bring the EW community together for an event that is worth waiting for.”

Clarion and the AOC are looking at digital opportunities which will enable the EW community to convene virtually to discuss developments in the EW, Electromagnetic Manoeuvre, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities and Information Operations sector.

Clarion Events is one of the largest exhibition organisers in the world and holds the safety of all event attendees as its highest priority. As such the company is looking ahead to how physical distancing measures can be incorporated into the planning of all our events in the future and is contributing to broader government and event industry initiatives to support this.

 
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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.

NOW DELIVERED ONLINE AND VTC OCTOBER 19-23

This event will be delivered online and via secure video teleconference in response to the current restrictions on travel to Hawaii following the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The symposium will now start on Monday, October 19 with three days of UNCLASSIFIED presentations, panels, and speakers delivered via the Federal Business Council (FBC) Online Events platform. Classified presentations follow on October 22 and 23 and will be delivered via DOD secure Video-Teleconference. Detailed instructions for DOD and invited Ally and partner militaries for SECRET REL discussions will be published via official message from HQ U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Director of Operations, J3.

Individual registration is required to participate in any of the online presentations of the Symposium. Registered participants can then choose the plenary sessions and separate presentations they wish to attend. Registered symposium participants will need to register for each of the three plenary sessions, and for individual presentations and panels conducted outside of the plenary sessions that will run from 1100-1400 Hawaii Standard Time. For the classified sessions, participating military commands, DOD PME institutions, academia, Industry, and Allies and partners will coordinate with the symposium chair for instructions on how to be connected to the Towers Conference Room for October 22 and 23 over DOD networks.

Please contact the Symposium Chair, Dr. Arthur Tulak, COL USA, Ret, at arthur.n.tulak.ctr@pacom.mil for more information.

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Bobby Gerald McDonald was born in Doerun, Georgia on August 1, 1936. He began his career in electronic warfare at the age of 18, when he served as a Naval Aircrew aboard P2V “Neptune” anti-submarine and patrol aircraft. As an in-flight avionics technician, he operated and repaired early generation electronic warfare avionics systems. Later, Bobby was also part of the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team when they flew F9F Panthers.

After his naval service, Bobby attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, he worked engineering roles in several fields. He helped design early memory systems at IBM, worked on avionics design at Lockheed Martin and worked for NASA on telemetry systems installed on the Saturn V rocket.

  

Sydney Wells faithfully serves as the lead simulator subject-matter-expert for the Electronic Warfare and Avionics Integrated Support Facility at Robins AFB. In this role, Sid oversees 150,000 square feet of lab space and over $450M worth of equipment as he supports test & evaluation for more than 30 EW systems. This includes nine CEESIMs, three A2PATS, four advanced emulators, and a novel programmable, expandable threat simulator. His efforts enable 24/7 T&E operations, thereby increasing survivability and lethality of our warfighters in contested environments.

Sid has also recently stepped into the role of lead engineer for the lab, incorporating new advanced threat emulators and guiding strategic efforts. Sid is leading the technical effort to provide a production contract to allow DoD-wide access to the highly demanded advance threat emulators.

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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:

- Electronic Warfare and Radar Systems Engineers – Northrop Grumman –  California, Illinois, Maryland, United States
- TechELINT Subject Matter Expert – AMEWAS, Inc. – Patuxent River, MD, United States
EW Technical Director – American Systems – Edwards Air Force Base, CA, United States

 
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They aren't as exciting as high-tech missiles, Gatling guns, or even lasers, but the electronic warfare systems, and their associated decoys, installed aboard U.S. Navy ships are arguably the most important components on board when it comes to defending the ship from missile attacks. (The Drive)

  

The U.S. Army has discontinued its Rapid Equipping Force stood up during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to get urgently needed capabilities into the field in 180 days or less. (Defense News)

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Army Cyber Command is moving away from “information warfare” as a concept, opting instead for “information advantage," which leaders hope will create what they describe as “decision dominance.” (C4ISRNET)

  

The Army officially asked industry today to help take a big step towards repairing the Army’s long-neglected EW corps and countering Russian and Chinese jamming – and it’ll have an unexpected missile defense dimension as well. (Breaking Defense)

Army-funded research developed a new microwave radiation sensor with 100,000 times higher sensitivity than currently available commercial sensors. Researchers said better detection of microwave radiation will enable improved thermal imaging, electronic warfare, radio communications and radar. (DVIDS)

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December 8 - 10 (2 sessions), 12:00 - 16:00 EST (16:00 - 20:00 UTC)