eCrow Newsletter


Fellow Crows,

It is truly a privilege to serve as your president for the coming year. In preparation, I led a year-long strategic planning effort to help the board and staff understand and prioritize the needs of all AOC members. We are just beginning this journey, so we are seeking your feedback, particularly on the CY 13 focus areas and initiatives.

The AOC focus areas for CY 13 are:

(1) Improve communications among internal AOC stakeholders;
(2) improve advocacy with external AOC stakeholders; and
(3) expand rank and file member participation to increase recruiting and retention of the next generation of AOC leaders.

The key CY13 initiatives are:

(1) Monthly Chapter President teleconferences with board members and international staff;
(2) implementation of technical committee "e-workshops" led by expertise drawn from the chapters;
(3) a refocusing of the conferences program to place greater emphasis on position development, and
(4) formation of partnerships to increase support for the AOC mission at less cost.

The board's own top priority is to ensure member confidence in AOC leadership. For this reason, the board is reviewing all AOC management processes, conducting a thorough audit of all CY 12 expenditures, and it will meet more frequently to provide additional oversight. It also is revising the budget process for CY 13 to provide a better assessment of return on investment for all AOC activities.

We seek your participation in our efforts to prepare the AOC for its second 50 years!

Many thanks,

Bob Elder

Robert Elder
Lt. General, USAF (Ret.)
AOC President
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! Discuss Critical Issues at the Pacific Theater Air, Sea, Land Battle Concept: IO/EW/Cyber Operations Conference, Next Week!
The Information Operations Institute and the Association of Old Crows are proud to present this conference, October 16-18, covering the hottest topic facing the world today and in the future: the Pacific Rim. Sessions include topics on the South China Sea and surrounding waterways of global significance.


Lt. Gen. Daniel Leaf, USAF (Ret.)
Director, Asia-Pacific Center for Strategic Studies

Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, USMC (Invited)
Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific

Lt. Gen. Robert Elder Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Research Professor, George Mason University, AOC President-Elect

Mr. Robert Giesler
Special Advisor, Asymmetric Operations, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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This international conference brings experts from the U.S., Japan, Korea and other countries to discuss the issues affecting this area, new concepts of operations (air, sea, land battle concept), with a concentration on programming and budget areas. The South China Sea is an area of primary concern for many nations and it is critical that all nations come together to build viable joint concepts and ensure the programming funding is in place to bring the concepts to fruition.
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APPLICATION DEADLINE FRIDAY: The Cyber Security Ecosystem – An Interagency, Public-Private, and Coalition Challenge

Dealing with the sophisticated threats facing our networks requires a seamless interaction between domains and public-private sectors and among Coalition Partners. This conference will examine in a classified environment the current state of those seams and the challenges ahead.

This jointly supported conference between the Association of Old Crows Information Operations Institute (AOC IOI), Northrop Grumman and other U.S. Defense Industry Partners will include representatives from U.S. Cyber Command, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI in an interactive tabletop exercise. Principal participants will act as players in this exercise, built from PACOM discussions held the week prior around A2AD and Air Sea Battle Concept development and the impact to coalition operations and cyber national security
You must apply to attend this event. Applications are due Friday, October 12, so don't delay!
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FALL BACK INTO LEARNING with Convenience AOC Courses!
Get on track for fall education with convenient courses form the AOC, many located in the D.C. area or with AOC Conferences.

November 6-9: System Architecture and Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE)
Alexandria, VA
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November 26: Survey of EM Battle Management Applications Course
Fort Walton Beach, FL
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December 4-7: Essentials of 21st Century Electronic Warfare Course
Alexandria, VA
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REGISTER NOW: Worldwide Emerging Technologies Utilizing Foreign Military Sales, November 14-15 in Alexandria, VA

Take advantage of this strategic event in the D.C. area and gain valuable insights into the technologies emerging on the worldwide stage and how best to position your business to take advantage of opportunities available through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process.
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EDUCATING THE SPECTRUM WARRIOR: Make Plan Now to Attend the Harnessing STEM & Spectrum Management Conference this November in Florida!
This inaugural conference addresses key Special Operations concerns about tomorrow’s EMS battlespace, specifically the programming, planning and execution of operational Special Operations Forces within the EMS across all domains. This highly charged aspect of the conference will have presentations from SOF senior leaders, operators and programmers. Declining SOF budgets make it imperative that government, industry and academia come together to demonstrate innovation in speedy acquisition and development of critical EMS enabling capabilities.

NEXT MONTH IN KUALA LUMPUR: The Future of Electronic Warfare in the ASEAN and Pacific Regions
EW Asia 2012 will build on the success of last year's inaugural event when more than 300 attendees and 20 leading exhibitors met in Singapore. On November 27-28 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, government, military commanders, military operators, politicians, scientists, academics and the industry will come together to discuss the latest developments in EW and related EM capabilities, such as ISTAR, communications and SIGINT across all war-fighting domains. EW Asia 2012 will also provide the opportunity for international industry to explore the possibilities in the rapidly expanding markets in the ASEAN region.

This year’s event will feature conference sessions over two days (November 27-28), social and networking events and a dedicated exhibition area. The AOC welcomes the opportunity to work with a new logistics partner, Tangent Link, which has considerable expertise in the region and in EW and related events.
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DISCUSS VITAL UNMANNED SYSTEMS: 2012 UAS/RPA Payloads/Requirements/ Operations Conference, December 4-6 at Nellis AFB!

This conference will explore current payloads and operations in ongoing day-to-day operations. We will discuss and identify short-term and long-term program requirements, identify capability gaps and help develop courses of action to address them.

Today, it is more important than ever to bring military, government, industry, academia and research labs together to ensure our military men and women have the tools and knowledge needed to be successful in tomorrow's battlespace. Both state-supported and non-state-supported adversaries' acquisition timeline is many times inside of the U.S. and our Allies timeline due to them using OTS equipment and utilizing the fast pace of technologies to improvise these products for use in the battlespace.

It is imperative for us to continue to identify current and future capabilities and gaps to develop courses of action utilizing each organizations' knowledge, technology, R&D and manpower.
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SHAPE THE BATTLEFIELD: Attend the AOC Land EW Conference, December 11-13 in Quantico, VA
Within many military circles, it is becoming more and more evident that the electromagnetic spectrum and its manipulation, with a variety of tool sets, will dictate the actions of commanders in the 21st century. Whether monitoring a ground radar or leading from an operations center, the increased attention revolving around cyberspace and activities associated with the information environment are warranted given their ability to manipulate a commander’s perception of the battlefield. From an EMS perspective, the challenge is twofold: identifying the right technologies and then institutionalizing their use. Effective manipulation of the EMS requires that members clearly understand their roles and responsibilities so as to ensure spectrum activities support commander’s intent.

The AOC Land EW Conference provides focus on technological and organizational efforts, from land component perspective toward meeting these ends. Sessions and demonstrations provide evidence of how the U.S. and Allied services are implementing technology and changing organizational paradigms in order to manipulate the EMS environment.

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