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association news EW GATEKEEPERS BRIEF HIGHLIGHT OF SUCCESSFUL PT MUGU CONFERENCE The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2011 The AOC in conjunction with the Naval Warfare Center Weapons Division facilitated a record setting 41st Annual Electronic Warfare Symposium. More than 330 participants tacked the tough topics associated with Collaborative Electronic Warfare, Jan. 25-27 at Pt Mugu, CA. Rear Admirals Mat Winter and Randy Mahr personally welcomed the enthusiastic crowd; thanking them for the personal support and safety they had realized from EW as they faced enemy systems across several decades and challenged the crowd to envision what EW will be forced to address on the 50th and 75th anniversaries of such a symposium. A highlight of the conference was an out-brief from the AOC EW Military Gatekeepers. The Gatekeepers are an advisory council of service EW leaders who passionately work to ensure that the community works together to provide present and future electronic warfare capabilities and advises the AOC on how to best serve the community. The Gatekeepers were presented with multiple questions to open a debate on their perspectives of future threats and the community’s ability to respond. Significant questions were recapped for the larger symposium and included the following: 2. What future technology is a potential game changer and are we prepared to handle this technology? Dynamic Spectrum Allocation was clearly identified as internally users compete for highly congested areas of the spectrum and our non defense industries and our enemies are learning how to operate effectively in the contested environment. 3. Given impending budget constraints within DOD, what is the most important capability to invest in for future EW/EMS operations? Each of the services echoed the response that EW Battle Management must remain a top priority to improve future interoperability for essential information sharing. 59 4. How can the AOC optimally articulate your concerns to the larger community? The AOC was asked to continue its role as the neutral unbiased avenue between users, industry and academia. To continue in our legacy of promoting education and true open thought. To continue fostering mentorship to grow the community with increasing professional depth and presence. The counterpart of the Military Gatekeepers is the standup of an Industry Gatekeepers. Key industry investors in AOC operational venues are being invited to answer questions from the military and provide feedback to the community and the AOC during the AOC EW week at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV, March 14-18. This EW week brings together two key conferences on Advanced Electronic Attack and Training in the Contested EMS Battlespace (Modeling and Simulation). Both these Gatekeepers’ groups are essential to the development of partnerships for a strong EW enterprise. 1. What do you perceive as the biggest threat to future EW and EMS capabilities? The overwhelming response was the requirement for ongoing education on the need for EW and the advancement of education in both the science and the art of EW. Respondents also highlighted that the community and leaders must avoid inertia, which has been encountered by the EW community after most major conflicts as forces were withdrawn causing a significant gap in capabilities as enemy systems evolved. AOC AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE APRIL 1 Ensure that your co-workers, collaborators and other colleagues are recognized for their achievements and contributions to the electronic warfare industry by nominating them for an AOC annual individual award. Award categories encompass achievements by military units (joint service), as well as industry, technical and military achievements. Award nomination forms are available online at and must be received by April 1. a

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2011

JED - March 2011
The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Airborne Maritime Patrol
What Electronic Warriors Should Know About Physics, Language and Concepts
Technology Survey: RWR/ESM Systems
EW 101
AOC News
AOC Membership Page
AOC Industry/Institute/University Member Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - March 2011