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message f ro m the p re s i d e nt Association of Old Crows 1000 North Payne Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314-1652 Phone: (703) 549-1600 Fax: (703) 549-2589 PRESIDENT Laurie Moe Buckhout VICE PRESIDENT Robert Elder SECRETARY Cliff Moody TREASURER David Hime AT-LARGE DIRECTORS Cliff Moody Linda Palmer Paul Westcott Michael Oates David Hime Tony Lisuzzo Ron Hahn Lisa Frugé Col Robin Vanderberry, USAF REGIONAL DIRECTORS Southern: Wes Heidenreich Central: Judith Westerheide Northeastern: Charles Benway Mountain-Western: Wayne Shaw Mid-Atlantic: Bill Tanner Pacific: Joe “JJ” Johnson International I: Robert Andrews International II: Gerry Whitford IO: Al Bynum APPOINTED DIRECTORS Donato D’Angelantonio Joe Hulsey James J. Lovelace Marc Magram IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Walter Wolf AOC STAFF Tanya Miller Don Richetti Member and Chapter Executive Director Support Manager Norman Balchunas Jennifer Bahler Director, Operations Registrar Mike Dolim Keith Jordan Director, Education IT Manager Shelley Frost Glenda M. ReyesDirector, Logistics Montanez Business Manager Kent Barker reyes-montanez@ Conferences Director/ FSO Tasha Miller Membership Assistant Glorianne O’Neilin Director, Member Miranda Fulk Services Logistics Coordinator Tony Ramos Lauren Stewart Director, Logistics Coordinator Communications Brock Sheets Director, Marketing Stew Taylor Exhibits Manager Bridget Whyde Marketing/ Communications Assistant WINNING THE GAME 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2012 he AOC embraces all creeds, even basketball fanatics. Here in America, March is March Madness month, which means it’s time for the NCAA College Basketball Tournament (your humble President’s alma mater once advanced to the championship game, as a matter of fact – when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth). According to true basketball aficionados, college ball is one of the most exciting sports you can watch. Recently, I was discussing just this topic with a highly esteemed USAF EWO friend, Lt Col (Ret.) Wayne “Loaner” Shaw. Wayne happens to be from Indiana (where basketball is religion), and he made some very good analogies between EW and basketball. Basketball is not only a team sport, but a highly collaborative one in which “improvisational innovation” is required. It’s arguably one of the most complex team sports out there, just like EW. And much like a basketball team playing in March Madness, EW works best when we can all work collaboratively. In the EW world, peacetime examples would be planning efforts, acquisition efforts, writing new doctrine and training. Especially in times of uncertain budgets, it is best when all Services, DOD Agencies, and all of government work together collaboratively in a deliberate fashion. In wartime, improvisational collaboration is essential. In Iraq back in 2005, when the US Army said, “We need EWOs now!” the Navy, Marines and AF said, “Borrow some of ours!” On a bit quicker pace (the game is heating up now), the RC-135 ES/SIGINT guys say “Can you please not jam at such and such time, at such and such RF, and such and such location, because we’re getting really good collection on HVI #xyz” and the EA-18G/EA guys say, “Sure, we’ll work with the supported ground BTN and see if they can ROLEX their INFIL 30 minutes.” On the fly, and even more real-time (the players are all in “flow” now and the crowd is going wild!), the supported SF ODA team uses their super cool ES gear, which the AOC advocated for, and relays, “HVI target is active, request music on, now!” and the EA guys reply “Music on, good luck!” and another bad guy gets slam dunked. Sweet! We’re able to do this improvisational innovation in peacetime and wartime because we’ve gotten to know each other and each other’s capabilities during the build up to March Madness. And how did we get to know each other and each other’s capabilities so well? Through the AOC of course! The AOC – in March Madness, in peace, in war – we support YOUR team! – Laurie Moe Buckhout, COL (Ret.), USA T

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - March 2012

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
US Rotorcraft EW Programs
Technology Survey: DRFMs for EW Applications
Book Review
EW 101
AOC News
2012 AOC Industry/Institute/ University Member Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - March 2012