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AOC 2022
2022 Theme: The EMSO Playbook: Maneuvering to Win in a New Era

Join us at the industry's leading event to hear from subject-matter experts, explore a show floor brimming with the latest cutting-edge technology and network with stakeholders, thought leaders and experts in the field.

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The 2022 AOC Board of Directors Election will take place in September.

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LCDR Dick Damron, USN (Retired)
Oct. 26, 1943 – Aug. 12, 2022

 

LCDR Dick Damron, USN (Retired), passed away peacefully on Aug. 12. He was born on Oct. 26, 1943, in Louisa, KY.

Damron's 20 years in the military included three extended combat tours in Vietnam, collecting seven Air Medals. He was a Naval Flight Officer in the electronic warfare community, crewing on EC-121 Super Connies based at Barbers Point, Hawaii; EA-1F Skyraiders and EKA-3B Skywarriors based at Alameda, California; and EA-6B Prowlers based at Whidbey Island, Washington.

Damron will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Elma Electronic Inc.
Mercury Systems

8 Simple Rules for Executing Joint EW
Sept. 1 | 2–3 p.m. ET

Based on a classified block of instruction once delivered at the Joint Electromagnetic Warfare (EW) Center course, these eight unclassified "rules" are the distillation of a year's experience by AOC Past President, Wayne Shaw, in the Middle East running the US Central Command's EW Coordination Center (EWCC). They are as follows:

• Rule No. 1: Intelligence and ISR integration;
• Rule No. 2: Leverage lessons learned (i.e., know before you go);
• Rule No. 3: Unmanned systems — learn 'em, love 'em;
• Rule No. 4: Venture forth/be bold;
• Rule No. 5, Jammer Control Authority (JCA), Joint Restricted Frequency Lists (JRFLs), Joint Spectrum Interference Resolution (JSIRs) and Joint Urgent Operations Needs Statements (JUONS);
• Rule No. 6: The power of three (i.e., J-3);
• Rule No. 7: Electronic Order of Battle (EOB), EW Integrated Reprogramming (EWIR) and Education on EMI;
• Rule No. 8: Widgets and websites.

These rules will be further explained in the webinar. They are based on real-world experience running at EWCC at the Operational Level of Military Operations balancing EW requirements between active wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For those currently serving in the current version of an EWCC or the Joint EMS Operations Cell (JEMSOCs) this webinar should prove to be useful. To those about to deploy somewhere downrange, this webinar will help you be ready to spring into action on Day 1. And for those in industry supporting JEMSOCs or those in NATO EWCCs this webinar will be insightful to the breadth of issues faced by executing the mission of JEMSOCs (US) or EWCCs (NATO).

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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!
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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Podcast

An August Recess Look at the Defense Budget

Host Ken Miller welcomes back ForzaDC’s Madison Strader Arcangeli and Katy Nazaretova to discuss where Congress stands on the annual defense budget as they break for August and enter the fall with mid-term elections on the horizon. Madison and Katy share some important updates EW funding and amendments, and they offer what they expect to see of the budget process the rest of year (Hint: Don’t panic. Congress loves to wait until the last minute).

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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:

•  Systems Engineer — Babcock — Inskip, United Kingdom

• Director of Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center — New Mexico Tech — Socorro, New Mexico, United States

 
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Industry News
  

When jamming communications, great emphasis is placed on the jammer’s signal strength at a victim receiver’s location, when in fact there should be an equal emphasis placed on the space, or “link distance,” between the transmitter and receiver. The link distance between a victim receiver and transmitter (or transceivers) is crucial because either the receiver or transmitter can move close enough to the other and “burn through” the jamming. (JED)

  

Fierce battles being waged in Ukraine are showcasing cyber and electronic warfare and their consequences for connectivity and communications, according to the deputy commanding general at US Army Training and Doctrine Command. (C4ISRNet)

  

One year after the Taliban captured Afghanistan, people see their new rulers one way in the city — and another way in the countryside. The urban-rural divide was apparent during the war, when Kabul became a center of media, commerce, women's rights and education, while remote mountain valleys were the scene of brutal combat and attacks on civilians. (NPR)

Meggitt Baltimore, Inc
W. L. Gore & Associates