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POSITIONING FOR
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ver the last 50 years, AOC’s international membership has expanded
significantly from its historic Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO) roots.
Today, nearly 50 percent of AOC members work in industry, and less
than 50 percent of AOC military members describe their primary work as
electronic warfare. The profession is evolving from a primary emphasis
on tactical weapon system operations to one in which AOC members are increasingly responsible for spectrum control, battle management and effects integration
involving EW and other capabilities. This, combined with the increasing dependence on electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) to execute modern military operations,
has placed new demands on EMS professionals to not only control and manage the
EM environment, but to ensure the effective employment of EMS-dependent military capabilities.
As a result, today’s AOC member interests have broadened beyond traditional
EW competencies to include related areas such as radar, communications, navigation and other electronic systems. AOC retains its strong commitment to EW, but is
working aggressively to tailor its activities around new professional development,
information exchange and advocacy programs to meet the needs of its evolving
membership. You already see this reflected in the AOC virtual series webinars and
other AOC programs.
As an example, AOC conducted two congressional staff education events on
Capitol Hill in July. The first focused on Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA). We
highlighted competitor threat advances and the increasing challenges of fielding
effective countermeasures. Participants learned that despite the growing demand
for AEA – to include support for stealth and conventional air strike, ground and
maritime operations, counter-IED activities and strategic deterrence – AEA capability development has been degraded by declining budgets and fragmented Service plans. However, recently renewed government attention is encouraging.
The second Hill event focused on ground and Marine Air-Ground Task Force
(MAGTF) EW. We explained that the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have greatly
increased government and industry focus on EW support to ground operations. Over
this period of time, coalition land forces have significantly reconstituted their expertise and experience, but significant materiel gaps remain, not only with tactical
systems, but also battle management capabilities. Programs have been developed to
meet these needs, but AOC is concerned that the Afghanistan drawdown and tightening budgets might reduce EW’s priority and undermine years of hard fought gains.
We reminded the staffers that it has taken 10 years to field some of these materiel
solutions; therefore, we must ensure these programs remain on track!
It’s clear that there is a hunger among the Congressional EW Working group members for information to help them argue for spectrum-related policies and programs.
We intend to offer a maritime EW-focused event on the Hill soon, and to expand our
reach internationally. Look for more on AOC’s efforts to facilitate discussions with
government and industry next month. – Lt Gen Robert Elder, USAF (Ret.)

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PRESIDENT
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VICE PRESIDENT
Wayne Shaw
SECRETARY
Robin Vanderberry
TREASURER
Charles Benway
AT-LARGE DIRECTORS
Michael Oates
David Hime
Tony Lisuzzo
Lisa Frugé
Ron Hahn
Robin Vanderbury
Todd Caruso
Vickie Greenier
Paul Westcott
REGIONAL DIRECTORS
Southern: Wes Heidenreich
Central: Joe Koesters
Northeastern: Charles Benway
Mountain-Western: John Wikheim
Mid-Atlantic: Douglas Lamb
Pacific: Joe Hulsey
International I: Robert Andrews
International II: Gerry Whitford
IO: Al Bynum
AOC STAFF
Mike Dolim
Acting Executive Director
dolim@crows.org
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Director, Logistics
frost@crows.org
Glorianne O’Neilin
Director, Member Services
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Director, Marketing
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Director,
Global Programs
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Exhibits Manager
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Tanya Miller
Chapter Support Manager
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JED - August 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - August 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From The President
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
The Spectrum Management Challenge: Creating Order From Chaos
Technology Survey: ELINT Receivers
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - August 2013 - The View From Here
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JED - August 2013 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - August 2013 - Courses Calendar
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JED - August 2013 - From The President
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JED - August 2013 - Letters
JED - August 2013 - The Monitor
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JED - August 2013 - Washington Report
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JED - August 2013 - World Report
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JED - August 2013 - The Spectrum Management Challenge: Creating Order From Chaos
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JED - August 2013 - Index of Advertisers
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