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From the Symposium Chair
Because EMS capability discussions traditionally conclude as a limited isolated or tactical discussion of materiel, we miss the fact that there are actually two systemic responsibilities. The Department must set the conditions for strategic advantage across the portfolio of EMS capabilities, and this can be thought of as a relative capability state – EMS Superiority. This Department goal is attained via comprehensive EMS resourcing, authorities, direction and enforcement, together referred to as Governance. Once these strategic conditions are set by the Department, the Warfighter can then demonstrate situational mastery of participation within the EMS, and this can be thought of as EMS Control.
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Today's Conversation
The 56th Annual AOC International Convention and Symposium wraps up today with a pair of congressional keynote addresses. The Honorable James Langevin, US House of Representatives (RI-02), Chairman, Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will deliver a video address, and The Honorable Don Bacon, US House of Representatives (NE-02), House Armed Services Committee and House Homeland Security Committee, will speak to attendees beginning at 8:30 a.m. Both congressmen are co-chairs of the Congressional Electronic Warfare Working Group. The keynotes will conclude with a panel discussion of "Congressional Perspectives on EW/EMSO in the FY 2020 Defense Budget."
Inside the Convention
James A. Faist, SES, Director, Advanced Capability, OUSD Research & Engineering, began his keynote address on Tuesday morning by describing a new program from his office that was begun just last week. The Advanced Electronic Warfare Capabilities (AEWC) effort was launched with seven industry providers, with the aim of "getting industry ideas on those technologies they may have developed at DARPA, the Service labs, or on their own IRAD – look at them from a mission construct, at effectiveness, and then look at jointly with the Joint Staff and the Services to determine which will be our top prototyping priorities."
In continuing with the AOC 56th Symposium theme of "Building the EMS Enterprise," once again, speed of acquisition was a central element of Dr. Tim Grayson's, Director, DARPA Strategic Technology Office (STO), keynote presentation yesterday, and specifically the speed at which adversaries are fielding new capabilities vs. our own cycles. Grayson pointed out that some of these adversaries have actually learned lessons from Silicon Valley – "Do minimum viable products. Take little steps. Pivot. It's a pace of very rapid learning leading to rapid fielding of new capabilities."

Grayson described his shop's approach to the challenge. Known as "Mosaic Warfare," DARPA describes the concept as: "Like the ceramic tiles in mosaics, these individual warfighting platforms are put together to make a larger picture, or in this case, a force package. The idea will be to send so many weapon and sensor platforms at the enemy that its forces are overwhelmed – to take complexity and turn that into an asymmetric advantage"
The theme for this year’s convention, "Building the EMS Enterprise," calls for cohesive and decisive action to address the needs of Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) from every angle, from research and development (R&D) to acquisition to operations. And, according to panelists at yesterday's "Demand Signal for the EMS Workforce" session, developing and sustaining a functional, skilled EMS workforce is an integral part of the broader EMS Enterprise objective.
From the AOC
The Association of Old Crows is proud to announce the 2019 AOC Career Fair, held in the exhibit hall in conjunction with the 56th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention. Wednesday's hours are from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Today's Events

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Keynote Address & Congressional Panel – *Press Not Permitted

Keynote Speakers:
The Honorable James Langevin, US House of Representatives (RI-02); Chairman, Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee (via Video Presentation)
The Honorable Don Bacon, U.S. House of Representatives (NE-02); House Armed Services Committee; House Homeland Security Committee

Panel Discussion:
Congressional Perspectives on EW/EMSO in the FY 2020 Defense Budget

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Ops Symposium Session – Readiness in the EMS

Session Chair:
Colonel Eric Shafa, USAF, Air Force Chair, Eisenhower School, NDU
Session Presenters:
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew E. Poole, USMC, Chief, Electronic Warfare Requirements Division, Joint Electronic Warfare Center
Lieutenant Colonel Gary "Mongo" Lyke, USA, Operations Branch Chief, Joint Electromagnetic Preparedness for Advanced Combat (JEPAC), Nellis AFB
Colonel Craig "Magnum" Harm, USAF (Ret), Association of Old Crows, Board of Directors

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Tech Symposium Session – Advanced Technologies for EMS Operations

Session Chair:
Dr. William Conley, Chief Technology Officer, Mercury
Session Presenters:
Colonel William “Dollar” Young, USAF, Special Assistant to the Commander, USAF Warfare Center
Dr. David Stupples, Support to the UK NoD GCHQ, Professor of Electronic and Radio Systems, City University London
Dr. Dan Green, PM for Electronic Warfare, Office of Naval Research

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Spotlight Session – Service Visions for Multi-Domain Operations in the EMS

Session Chair:
Lieutenant General Robert Elder, USAF (Ret), AOC Senior Advisory Board

Session Presenters:
Rear Admiral Steven Parode, USN, OPNAV N2/N6F Warfighting Integration
Brigadier General David Gaedecke, USAF, Director, EMS Superiority, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration & Requirements, HQAF
Mr. Laurence Mixon, Special Assistant to the Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEW&S)

Event Time Location Details
Exhibit Hall,
Career Fair and Crows' Nest Open
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hall A,
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
More than 115 companies are participating on this year's Expo floor.
Innovation Stage Presentations 10:20 a.m. -12:40 p.m. Hall A,
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
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Lunch on the
Show Floor
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hall A,
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Mix and mingle during happy hour on the exhibit floor.
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JED News
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