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message f ro m the p re s i d e nt THE NEXT 50 YEARS 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 I 12 The Journal of Electronic Defense | August 2012 can’t believe how this year has flown by as your president! I have less than 60 days left in my term – but as always, we keep pushing the envelope. As I prepare to hand over the presidential baton next month at the 49th Annual International Symposium and Convention, I have been reflecting on my time in EW, Spectrum Warfare and IO, and what I have learned from you all. One thing I, and others at AOC, have thought about is what your Association’s role can be in the future. As the AOC heads towards its 50th anniversary next year, it has established itself as an integral player in the evolution of electronic warfare. Just as EW has migrated from bombers to fighters and transports, and then to ships, helicopters, ground vehicles, soldiers, UAVs and space platforms over the past half century, so has the AOC community evolved and grown and connected (often through the establishment of AOC chapters) with the professionals in those areas. As we transform to better reflect our members’ interests and skills, you must remain the heart and soul of the AOC. Without you, we don’t exist. From a geographic perspective, the AOC is also continuing its international growth through AOC Global. The first big wave of AOC international development came during the 1970s and 1980s, as NATO and other Western nations saw the critical role that EW could play in their Cold War strategy. Since the end of the Cold War, the AOC has continued to establish new chapters in countries such as Brazil, France, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Switzerland. More are sure to follow. During my presidency and the years leading up to it, I have participated in AOC events in Australia, Berlin, London, Switzerland, South Africa, and a classified symposium in the UK. I confess that I came away with a sense of great humility after every single one of these visits. Although Americans tend to credit ourselves with being the best, and having the best equipment, this is far from true. Some of the smallest forces have some of the best EW technologies and training. In Sweden, for example, to get promoted as a senior NCO or junior officer, you have to pass an exam in EW. Generals get an annual update too. What a great thing! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that could become a promotion pre-requisite everywhere, including the US! While great things are happening all around us, we also need to ensure the AOC evolves as an organization that remains credible and relevant to its members. We must continue to operate with the highest standards of transparency in our elections, our financial disclosures and our governance if we are to continue growing over the next 50 years. Thank you all, once again, and I look forward to seeing you next month at the AOC Convention in Phoenix. – Laurie Moe Buckhout, COL (Ret.), USA

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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
EW and SIGINT Payloads for UAVs
EW Careers: The Changing Market
Technology Survey: FPGA Boards
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers

JED - August 2012