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f there is one characteristic that defines the AOC's membership, it is our diversity. There is no single employer or Service branch, no mission area or platform type, no specific profession or occupational specialty, nor is there any one
nation that defines the AOC. What unites the AOC membership is our focus on
military operations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS).
That said, EW and SIGINT account for the two largest professional categories within the AOC membership. This is not surprising, given our Association's heritage. For
most of their respective histories, the EW and SIGINT professions have been "close
cousins" on the battlefield. They use similar equipment and require some of the
same skills.
What is interesting is how the EW and SIGINT relationship has evolved and where
it is heading. In most countries, EW and tactical SIGINT are closely aligned. In the US,
EW and SIGINT are separated by policy and profession. In US Code, Title 10 (military
operations) covers EW activities and Title 50 (intelligence activities) covers SIGINT.
This has created a somewhat artificial distinction between the two disciplines; and
indeed, periodically, I am sometimes challenged by some as to "why the AOC doesn't
include [or embrace] SIGINT." In the communications area, there are significantly
different career paths between a US Army EW operator and a military intelligence
professional practicing communications intelligence (COMINT). In the US Air Force,
on the other hand, there is much greater synergy between EW and electronic intelligence (ELINT). This is partly because USAF EW officers (EWOs) play a major role in
both SIGINT (there are three Raven stations on an RC-135V/W Rivet Joint, for example) and EW (EC-130H Compass Call, for example) platforms. Very often, Air Force
EWOs move between the EW and SIGINT communities during their careers.
These examples lead to an interesting question: why aren't the EW and SIGINT
professions closer when it is obvious that they share so much in common? This is a
question I think the AOC can, and should, be able to answer. Are we, as an association, too rooted in our EW heritage to attract SIGINT professionals (especially those
who work in the COMINT field)? Perhaps in the days of yesteryear when there existed
only crude, analog, radar warning receivers (RWRs), one might hold onto the heritage
argument. But with technical lines blurring between today's digital electronic support (ES) receivers and various "INT" capabilities, it is only logical to embrace the
relationship. (Quite frankly, when challenged as I mentioned above, my answer was
always ... "I never knew we didn't.") And now, considering the rapidly evolving concept of EMS Operations (EMSO) and even potentially the EMS being declared a Domain,
it only makes sense that the AOC reach out to the SIGINT community and ask what
we can do for them as an Association. It will be a partnership that will make the AOC
stronger - after all, our international colleagues are already there. - Dave Hime

Association of Old Crows
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PRESIDENT
Dave Hime
VICE PRESIDENT
Lisa Fruge-Cirilli
SECRETARY
Glenn "Powder" Carlson
TREASURER
Joseph Koesters
PAST PRESIDENT
Kenneth Israel
AT-LARGE DIRECTORS
Jesse "Judge" Bourque
Glenn "Powder" Carlson
Todd Caruso
Craig Harm
Brian Hinkley
Amanda Kammier
Mark Schallheim
Muddy Watters
APPOINTED DIRECTORS
Anthony Lisuzzo
Don Quinn
REGIONAL DIRECTORS
Central: Joseph Koesters
Mid-Atlantic: Jim Pryor
Northeastern: Nino Amoroso
Mountain-Western: Sam Roberts
Pacific: Darin Nielsen
Southern: Gene "Joker" McFalls
International I: Dr. Robert S. Andrews
International II: Jeff Walsh
AOC FOUNDATION ADJUNCT GOVERNORS
Steve "Tango" Tourangeau
Rich Wittstruck
AOC CONTACTS
Mike Dolim
Executive Director
dolim@crows.org
Shelley Frost
Director, Logistics
frost@crows.org
Glorianne O'Neilin
Director, Member Services
oneilin@crows.org
Brock Sheets
Director, Marketing
sheets@crows.org
Stew Taylor
Exhibits Manager
taylor@crows.org
Tim Hutchison
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
hutchison@crows.org
Ken Miller
Director, Advocacy Programs
John Clifford
Director, Global Conferences
Philip DuPree
Director, US Operations



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - September 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Nothing to See (Or Hear) Here – Concealing Tactical Communications
Technology Survey: Manpack COMINT and DF Systems
The Heat is On
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - September 2016 - Courses Calendar
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JED - September 2016 - From the President
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JED - September 2016 - The Monitor
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JED - September 2016 - The Heat is On
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JED - September 2016 - EW 101
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JED - September 2016 - AOC News
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JED - September 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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