59th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention
2022 Theme: The EMSO Playbook: Maneuvering to Win in a New Era | The Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention is the leading event for electronic warfare, electromagnetic spectrum operations, cyber-electromagnetic activities and information operations experts worldwide, having the largest concentration of decision-makers among industry shows.
AOC 2022 is here and we are planning to have a show floor packed with the latest technology in the field and amazing agenda! Register today and book your room early — discounted rooms are limited!
Become a Sponsor | AOC provides numerous sponsorship opportunities allowing you to introduce your product and/or company to our audience. Learn more or contact Sean Fitzgerald, AOC Sales & Client Operations Manager, at 703-549-1600 x222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
US Army Cyber Corps Warrant Officer Scholarship
The application deadline for the US Army Cyber Corps Warrant Officer Scholarship is TOMORROW, Thursday, June 30. The US Army Cyber Corps Warrant Officer Scholarship, established by the Laurie Buckhout Foundation, was created to provide support to US Army Cyber Corps warrant officer by allowing them to apply for financial assistance in gaining various levels of formal higher education.
To qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a CW3 or under, demonstrate excellent promotion potential, be in the Cyber Warfare or EW workforce (i.e., 170A, 170B, and 170D)
- Minimum of two years left on active duty
- Be eligible and accepted to attend a Masters or PhD program
Hurry! Submit your application by midnight, tomorrow, June 30.
Honoring the Best and Brightest Young Professionals in the Aerospace and Defense Industry
In AOC’s newest program, the AOC Education Foundation (AEF) will recognize five young professionals as the Future 5 each year. The Future 5 will showcase young professionals who actively innovate and strive for excellence as they build their careers in the EMS/EW/IO industry.
Applications close tomorrow! Submit your application by midnight, June 30.
Applicants may request an extension to submit their application—email Meron Bekele, Membership & Chapter Associate, at email@example.com.
Present a Webinar or Instruct a Course
AOC offers high-quality education and training to its professional members through live and on-demand webinars and courses, and we invite you to contribute! Have the opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge while contributing to AOC and the EMSO community when you present a webinar and/or instruct a course.
Or contact Raleigh Leavitt, AOC Education Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Electromagnetic Battle Management
June 30 | 2-3 p.m. EDT
Electromagnetic Battle Management — what does it really mean? What knowledge is needed to make it real? What tools are needed to make it an activity? How can a real solution be built and fielded? This webinar addresses all of those topics from the perspective of a technologist who has worked in this field for 30+ years — EMBM, EMSO, EW, SIGINT, Spectrum Management — where is our community coming from and where do we need to get to in order to truly OPERATE in and through the spectrum battlespace? Let’s talk about it!
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Cognitive Electronic Warfare: An Artificial Intelligence Approach
Sept. 12–28 | Mondays & Wednesdays | 1–4 p.m. EDT
This course will cover how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used in electronic warfare (EW). AI enables EW systems to respond more quickly and effectively to battlefield conditions with complex and novel emitters. The course will discuss AI-based situation assessment techniques for electronic support (ES), including characterization, classification, patterns of life and intent recognition. The course will cover decision-making techniques for electronic protect (EP), electronic attack (EA) and electronic battle management (EBM), including optimization, temporal tradeoffs and distributed coordination. The course will describe how to handle real-time in-mission learning, motivate why this capability is crucial and discuss how to evaluate a system that learns during a mission. It will cover data management approaches and system architecture. The course is based on the book "Cognitive Electronic Warfare: An Artificial Intelligence Approach."
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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.
FTCN in Print: Breaking Down the Congressional Defense Budget Process
In the June 8 podcast episode of From the Crows’ Nest, host Ken Miller had the pleasure of sitting with Madison Strader Arcangeli and Katy Nazaretova from Forza DC, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm, to discuss everyone’s favorite topic—the congressional defense budget process. Esoteric at times and simply frustrating to follow at other times, the budget process, including a range of authorization and appropriations bills, is one of the most important constitutional responsibilities of the US Congress each year.
This past month, Congress focused a great deal of attention on the defense authorization and defense appropriations bills in the House of Representatives and the Senate. This edition of FTCN in Print features highlights from the conversation.
Raytheon Technologies and Northrop Grumman have each won contracts to continue developing hypersonic weapons interceptors in a Missile Defense Agency-led competition, according to a June 24 Pentagon contract announcement. (Defense News)
South Korea’s arms development agency has completed its application research on robotic technology for autonomous tunnel exploration. The Agency for Defense Development announced June 21 that research for the Autonomous Tunnel Exploration Robot was conducted over the past three years in collaboration with the Ground Vehicle System Center, which is part of the U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command. (C4ISRNet)
World leaders from the Group of 7 left the Bavarian Alps on Tuesday following the end of a two-day summit dominated in large part by the war in Ukraine. They then traveled to Madrid for a NATO summit, where they'll meet with their fellow alliance members for yet another Russia-focused discussion. (The Week)
June has been a busy month for Congress on the annual defense budget. In the early morning of June 23, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed H.R. 7900, its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). After nearly 17 hours of debate, the bill passed out of Committee by a 57-1 vote. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) was the only member who opposed the legislation. (JED)