• Blog: Shaping the Future of Electronic Warfare at AOC 2023

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    The Association of Old Crows (AOC) is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO), Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The upcoming AOC 2023 Symposium and Convention in National Harbor, Maryland is a gathering of government, defense, industry, and academia experts, innovators, and leaders to discuss the latest advancements, strategies, and challenges in EW, EMSO, CEMA and IO. Read on as I uncover key themes and a few of the topics that will be discussed this year, exploring how those attending AOC 2023 will influence the future of EW, with particular focus on the role of frequency control and timing products.

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    Michael Glass, Sales Engineer

    The Expanding EW Landscape

    EW is no longer confined to the traditional domains of land, sea, and air. The digital age has extended the battlefield into the electromagnetic spectrum and cyberspace. With the advent of 5G, IoT, and emerging technologies like quantum computing, the battlefield is becoming increasingly complex. At AOC 2023, EW experts from around the world will discuss the challenges posed by this ever-expanding landscape. EW experts are exploring ways to develop capabilities that can counter emerging threats, ranging from jamming, and spoofing to cyberattacks. Keynote speakers and panel discussions are centered around how EW can adapt and thrive in this evolving environment.

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    Interoperability and Integration

    EW systems and tactics are becoming more diverse and sophisticated, as a result the need for interoperability and integration has never been more important. AOC 2023 can be described as a thinktank for aligning and synchronizing EW capabilities across domains, platforms, and services. The goal of the event is to ensure that different elements of the EW community can cross pollinate effectively and support each other. In the past, EW systems often operated in silos. This approach is no longer sustainable, given the interconnected nature of modern warfare. AOC 2023 will have a strong focus on promoting cross-service and cross-national collaboration to foster interoperability. Experts will share their insights on common standards, protocols, and technologies that can enable different EW systems to work together seamlessly.

    Countering Emerging Threats

    EW has always been about staying ahead of the adversary. AOC 2023 is at the forefront of discussions about countering emerging threats. With the proliferation of sophisticated EW technology, such as anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) systems and advanced countermeasures, staying ahead is more challenging than ever. AOC is addressing these challenges head-on by focusing on the development of advanced electronic warfare strategies, tactics, and technology. It’s not just about developing new offensive capabilities but also enhancing defensive measures to protect critical infrastructure and military assets.

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    Cyber-Electronic Convergence

    In recent years, the convergence of electronic warfare and cyber warfare has become increasingly apparent. AOC 2023 is a platform for experts to dive deep into the intricacies of this convergence. While electronic warfare deals with the manipulation of the electromagnetic spectrum, cyber warfare focuses on digital networks and information systems. At AOC 2023, attendees will learn about the synergy between these two domains. It’s not just about understanding the crossover points but also about developing strategies that leverage both EW and cyber capabilities to gain a decisive edge in modern conflict.

    Education and Training

    AOC understands the critical role of education and training in electronic warfare. With technology advancing at breakneck speed, staying knowledgeable and up to date is a constant challenge. The investment in the education and training of EW professionals for effective operation in the field is critically important. AOC 2023 showcases various training programs, simulators, and educational initiatives aimed at developing the skills and knowledge necessary for electronic warfare. By fostering the growth of the next generation of EW specialists, the conference is helping to secure the future of this vital field.

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    International Collaboration

    International collaboration is critically important in addressing global security challenges. AOC 2023 is a testament to the power of bringing allies together to work on shared interests and common threats. It provides a space for different countries to share their experiences and learn from each other. International cooperation in EW isn’t just about sharing information; it’s about building trust and partnerships that can transcend the immediate challenges. As the world faces complex threats that don’t respect national boundaries, AOC 2023 demonstrates the importance of fostering relationships and alliances among nations.

    Spotlight on Frequency Control and Timing Products in EW

    Frequency control and timing plays a very important role in EW systems. In the ever-expanding and technologically complex landscape of EW, the precision and accuracy with which frequencies are controlled and timed can make or break an operation. Frequency control and timing encompass devices like crystal oscillators, synthesizers, and integrated microwave assemblies that enable the precise management of frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum. These components and sub-assemblies play a fundamental role in jamming enemy signals, emitting deceptive signals, and ensuring that friendly systems can communicate without interference. AOC 2023 recognizes the essential nature of these products and provides a platform for manufacturers like us to showcase their latest innovations.

    In the field of EW, precision timing is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. Coordinated electronic countermeasures, such as jamming or spoofing, require impeccable timing to maximize their effectiveness while minimizing the risk of interfering with friendly systems. Emerging technologies in frequency control and timing are advancing the capabilities of electronic warfare systems. The advent of software-defined radios (SDRs) and cognitive radio systems has made the battlefield more dynamic, with the ability to rapidly switch frequencies and adapt to evolving threats.

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    As EW professionals navigate the complexities of the electromagnetic spectrum and emerging technologies, it’s important to know that AOC is not just helping address these challenges but also pushing the boundaries of what is possible in EW. If you plan to attend AOC 2023 please connect with me or my colleagues at our booth,  #911,  to explore our frequency control and timing solutions to 30 GHz and beyond. See you soon!

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