JED - December 2015 - 86

Report from the 4th Annual
AOC Pacific Conference -
Honolulu Hawaii
By Arthur N. Tulak and John Clifford OBE

The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2015

86

T

he 4th AOC Pacific 2015
Conference was held last
month in Hawaii and
focused on the theme,
"Hybrid Warfare and its
Emergent Threats." The
presentations and briefings concentrated on ooperations, rather than
technology or materiel solutions,
and the discussion on Hybrid Warfare
addressed impacts to, and the roles
of, Information Operations, Electronic
Warfare, Cyber, Spectrum Operations,
as well as kinetic options.
The AOC and Pacific Command cosponsored the conference, which featured events at AFRC Hale Koa, Fort
DeRussy, and Camp H.M. Smith. The
agenda included subject matter experts
from the IO, EW, Information Environment and cyber mission areas, and the
speakers concentrated on the overlaps in
these mission areas. The most significant
issue discussed at the conference was
ambiguity in Hybrid Warfare, and where
to draw the lines, how and when to engage, and how to counter an adversary's
Hybrid operations. One school of thought
that emerged is that Hybrid Warfare is

in fact, regular warfare, something that
collectively the free-world perhaps had
lost sight of, but with the addition of
new information environment capabilities, including cyber operations. Besides
the conference goals of mutual information exchange, collaboration protocols and synchronization methods, the
conference also focused on professional
development - most in attendance were
active duty or retired military.
During the conference, four keynote
presentations were delivered by the following active duty GO's: MG Gary Hara
USA, Deputy Commanding General US
Army Pacific, Fort Shafter; Brig Gen Michael Minihan, USAF, Deputy Director of
Operations, J3, PACOM; BG Christopher
Stockel, Deputy Commanding General of
US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological
Operations Command (USACAPOC), and
BGen William Seymour, RCAF, PACOM
Deputy J3. Lt Gen Robert J. Elder, USAF
(Ret,), represented the AOC throughout.
He gave a welcome address and an insightful keynote on the complexities of
EW in the Cyber-Information age.
The two-day conference featured 23
presentations and two panels. COL Dean

Burbridge, Director of Information Operations for US Army Pacific, and speakers
from the US Army's Asymmetric Warfare
Group provided several presentations
that framed hybrid warfare for the IO/
EW/Cyber communities. Experts on Russian Federation and People's Republic of
China (PRC) IO, EW and Cyber examined
how the Russian and Chinese militaries
have adapted IO to support hybrid warfare in both the European Theater in the
Ukraine and in the Pacific Theater in the
South China Sea. Officers from Australia,
Canada, the Philippines and the United
Kingdom gave presentations from their
perspectives and participated on the two
main panels.
The conference drew 176 attendees.
Delegates were largely senior enlisted
or senior commissioned personnel, and
the audience included several retired
2-star GOs, including one from Japan.
Participants came from PACOM, SOCPAC,
Service Component Commands, HQDA,
USACAPOC, 7th POG, 56th TIOG, 152d
TIOG, 351st CACOM, 7th Fleet and 25th
Infantry Division, along with industry
and academia, as well as 25 officers from
nine Allied and partner nations.



JED - December 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - December 2015

The View from Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
2015 AOC Award Winners
SIGINT on the Border
Jamming Down Under
Commercial Airliners: Still Vulnerable to MANPADS
New Products
Threat Monitor
EW 101
Report from the 2015 AOC Pacific Conference
Report from the 2015 AOC CEMA Conference
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - December 2015 - cover1
JED - December 2015 - cover2
JED - December 2015 - igc
JED - December 2015 - OGC
JED - December 2015 - 3
JED - December 2015 - 4
JED - December 2015 - 5
JED - December 2015 - The View from Here
JED - December 2015 - 7
JED - December 2015 - Conferences Calendar
JED - December 2015 - 9
JED - December 2015 - Courses Calendar
JED - December 2015 - 11
JED - December 2015 - From the President
JED - December 2015 - 13
JED - December 2015 - Letters
JED - December 2015 - The Monitor
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JED - December 2015 - 17
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JED - December 2015 - 29
JED - December 2015 - Washington Report
JED - December 2015 - 31
JED - December 2015 - World Report
JED - December 2015 - 33
JED - December 2015 - 2015 AOC Award Winners
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JED - December 2015 - SIGINT on the Border
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JED - December 2015 - 57
JED - December 2015 - Jamming Down Under
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JED - December 2015 - 67
JED - December 2015 - Commercial Airliners: Still Vulnerable to MANPADS
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JED - December 2015 - 74
JED - December 2015 - 75
JED - December 2015 - New Products
JED - December 2015 - 77
JED - December 2015 - Threat Monitor
JED - December 2015 - 79
JED - December 2015 - 80
JED - December 2015 - 81
JED - December 2015 - EW 101
JED - December 2015 - 83
JED - December 2015 - 84
JED - December 2015 - 85
JED - December 2015 - Report from the 2015 AOC Pacific Conference
JED - December 2015 - 87
JED - December 2015 - 88
JED - December 2015 - 89
JED - December 2015 - Report from the 2015 AOC CEMA Conference
JED - December 2015 - 91
JED - December 2015 - 92
JED - December 2015 - AOC News
JED - December 2015 - 94
JED - December 2015 - 95
JED - December 2015 - 96
JED - December 2015 - Index of Advertisers
JED - December 2015 - JED Quick Look
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