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Cyber Electromagnetic Activity (CEMA) 2022 Conference
May 3-4 | Belcamp, Maryland

Join us for the CEMA 2022 Conference, where key Army leaders, decision makers and industry partners will discuss how to achieve information dominance to seize and maintain the strategic initiative during any phase of conflict. Space is limited for this event, so register now while there's still space!

Featured speakers include:

More speakers added to the program! View the lineup

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Visit crows.org/cema2022 for more information on the event.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Get more information online or contact Mr. Sean Fitzgerald, fitzgerald@crows.org, 703-549-1600 ext 222.

2022 AOC Awards Call for Nominations

A central tenet of 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 three categories – Prestige, Community and Chapter Flow Up.

Nomination deadline: April 15.

For information on AOC's Awards Program or to submit a nomination, go to crows.org/awards.

Electronic Warfare Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies 2022 Conference
May 10-11 | Crane, Indiana

Join Electromagnetic Warfare (EW) professionals from the military, government, industry and academic fields is to discuss issues related to achieving Force Level EW and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) capabilities across the Services.

Classification: US Secret
Featured speakers include:

View the full speaker lineup

Registration is VERY limited! 

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Visit crows.org/crane2022 for more information about the event.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Get more information online or contact Mr. Sean Fitzgerald, fitzgerald@crows.org, 703-549-1600 ext 222.

Would you like to get more involved in the association and add your voice to the AOC Board of Directors? Then nominate yourself for one of the open positions below and join in the future of AOC. As part of the nomination process, you are asked to have a sponsor or nominator that supports your wish to run for election.

Nominations are due April 20.

Positions that are eligible for election this year are:

  • At-Large Director (2 available)
  • Pacific Region Director
  • Northwestern Region Director
  • International Region I Director

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AOC Europe 2022
May 10-12 | Montpellier, France

Registration for AOC Europe 2022 is now open. Join the EW community and industry peers to discuss new advances and future challenges in electronic warfare and view the latest technology solutions for electromagnetic spectrum operations from over 85 specialist suppliers at the free-to-attend exhibition.

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Visit aoceurope.org for more information about the event.

The AOC continues to work in collaboration with the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS). As part of this collaboration, the AOC is contributing to several sessions during the upcoming DEPS Annual Directed Energy Science and Technology Symposium, April 25-29, in Mobile, Alabama. Below are three sessions to which the AOC is interested in contributing presentations. Presentations may be from government, industry or academia. If you are interested in contributing a presentation and would like to learn more about the Call for Papers process, please contact Ken Miller, AOC Director of Advocacy and Outreach at kmiller@crows.org.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are emerging technologies and processes that are proving beneficial in numerous fields across defense and commercial applications. There is potential to apply these processes in support of HEL engagements. The goal of the sessions is to explore AI and ML as applied to the HEL engagement. Presentations and posters are solicited to increase the understanding of the DE community on the capabilities and limitations of AI and ML. Particular interest in AI and ML applied to target detection, identification, aim point selection and engagement to include BDA.

Assuring Survivable EMS System
Discuss EMS survivability as it applies to EMSO-related systems that incorporate electronic components that might be susceptible to electromagnetic effects, including Spectrum protection, system adaptability, spectrum access flexibility and efficiency and multi-function capabilities. Unclassified papers and presentations are sought at Distribution Limitations A, C and D levels.

Integrating Full-Spectrum Sensor Data for real-time EM Battle Management
Session would look at collection/distribution/fusion of RF-EO-IR sensor data for networked/efficient battle management, including data integration, AI/ML for spectrum agility and training, etc. Unclassified papers and presentations are sought at Distribution Limitations A, C and D levels.

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Tactical ISR Principles, Systems, and Techniques
April 4-27 | Mondays & Wednesdays | 1-4 p.m. EDT

In modern military operations and strategy, ISR is probably more significant than the bombs and bullets that are used to execute the strategy. In the vernacular of the US DOD, ISR is a very significant “force multiplier.” In addition, ISR has a very important role in peacetime and political operations in providing situational awareness. It has been stated that intelligence derived from airborne and overhead reconnaissance imagery may have prevented a nuclear WWIII between the Soviet Union and the US during the Cuban missile crisis.

The Tactical ISR short course will stimulate and expand your thinking on how to address the ISR and related issues confronting you. The purpose of the short course is to provide an overview of this dynamic and diverse field to operations staff and development staff. An exposure to this subject will enable them to make improved operational and investment decisions. They will have a better understanding of where the technology they are employing or developing can best be exploited in the future by the military forces.

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Electronic Warfare and the Moscow Criteria
April 7 | 2-3 p.m. EDT

The Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command had finished the Second World War in proud possession of 100 Group. This was the world’s first dedicated, holistic offensive counter-air unit. 100 Group was tasked with attriting the radars, radio communications and radio navigation systems used by the Luftwaffe’s Integrated Air Defence System (IADS). No sooner had the war finished, than 100 Group disbanded. As the Cold War chilled, Bomber Command faced a new threat. No longer were bombers to be sent over enemy territory night after night to wear down the enemy. Strategic air power had not disappeared but had changed in character. Bomber Command’s emerging strategic bomber V-Force was tasked with what would be one-way missions. They would run the gauntlet of Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact IADS. If they got to their targets, they would deliver an atomic weapon. Repeated strikes would be unlikely. Thus, the late 1950s and early 1960s witnessed a profound shift in RAF electronic warfare. No longer was EW to be used to help roll back a hostile IADS. Instead, electronic warfare adopted a more tactical orientation: Simply provide enough protection to get the bombers to their targets.

This webinar will show how Bomber Command reoriented its EW posture in the wake of the Second World War. It will detail electronic warfare system implementation across the V-Force. The webinar will explain the roles EW was expected to play and how the Command’s Cold War EW posture took the RAF out of the operational level EW business for many years, until now!

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AOC continues to connect Electromagnetic Warfare practitioners, industry partners, policymakers and procurement decision-makers.

The year 2020 was a massive interruption to life and business, changing how we work, how we connect and forced us into a new way of doing things. We have created new ways to connect and share with our members through these changing times. We have taken events to a virtual space and created new and exciting opportunities for our members to continue looking to AOC as industry leaders.

Now more than ever it's important to keep in touch and AOC sponsorships are a great way to be part of what's happening right now in the electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO) industry.

Partner with AOC to increase your reach!
By partnering with AOC, Industry Partners have a variety of ways to connect with members throughout the year. Stay relevant to your customer base, participate in high-level discussions and, most importantly, nurture relationships with key contacts.

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Cognitive Electronic Warfare
In this episode, host Ken Miller welcomes guest, Dr. Karen Zita Haigh. She is an author, speaker, and consultant on Cognitive Electronic Warfare and Embedded Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML). She recently co-authored a new book, Cognitive Electronic Warfare: An Artificial Intelligence Approach. They discuss how cognitive systems and artificial intelligence (AI) can be used in electronic warfare (EW) and how these new technologies force us to rethink our underlying assumptions about a conflict environment.

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The AOC STEM Student of the Year Scholarship

AOC provides scholarships to students currently in their sophomore or junior year of college. Each year, one male and one female student studying engineering or engineering technology and interested in working in the aerospace and defense industry is awarded a scholarship of $12,500 each. These scholarships are funded by a generous donation from Raytheon Intelligence & Space funds these scholarships. Learn more.

Chapter News

Our Dixie Crow Symposium Committee, Dixie Crow Chapter President, Adam Delestowicz, and the Chapter Directors cordially invite you to join us for all the exciting events Dixie Crow Symposium 46 has to offer. Thank you in advance for your support of this important Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Trade Show.

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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.

Featured Jobs:

Electrical Engineer — Leidos — Albuquerque, New Mexico

• Research Analyst - Aircraft Live Fire — Institute for Defense Analyses — Alexandria, Virginia

 
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Industry News
  

Only six months into the current fiscal year, Congress finally reached agreement and released the details of its Omnibus Appropriations bill that will fund government through the end of year. The final agreement contains earmarks, $730 billion (an almost 7% increase over current funding levels) for domestic spending and $782 billion (about a 6% increase over current spending) for defense. (JED)

  

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov urged citizens to target Russian electronic warfare and communications systems in a statement late Wednesday. (Jerusalem Post)

  

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps demonstrated a naval manned-unmanned teaming capability during an exercise in California, showing off how their tactics and equipment could come together in the future to fight in a littoral environment. (Defense News)