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For those who are fortunate enough to be attending AOC 2023, the Show Daily (a special edition of the JED eCrow) will give you a review of what’s happening each day, as well as provide you with important updates and reminders. Check your inbox each morning of the convention to stay in the know.

For those of you who can’t be with us at AOC 2023, the Show Daily will give you a taste of the convention experience, including daily coverage, announcements, interviews, photos and more.

The AOC 2023 theme is Advancing EMS Superiority Through Strategic Alliances and Partnerships. With multiple conflicts and tensions ongoing across the globe, from the Russo-Ukrainian War to Israeli operations in Gaza to China's attempts to expand its influence in the Pacific, superiority in the electromagnetic spectrum continues to prove itself as a game-changing capability that provides a decisive operational advantage. Integrating and synchronizing EMS operations in every warfighting domain across the entire range of military operations is a clear imperative for our warfighters. But continued success demands that industry, academia, military, governments and professional associations form alliances and partnerships to share perspectives and expertise throughout the entire range of the EMS. At AOC 2023, we're helping to achieve these goals.

Visit the convention website or download the AOC 2023 iPhone app or the AOC 2023 Android app to learn more.

John Knowles
  Aaron Brand
Mercury Systems
Northrop Grumman Corporation

When it comes to battle networks, EW is a bandwidth hog. For most of its history, EW has been conducted from individual weapons platforms with limited coordination between them. When connectivity could be established between platforms, for example on an airborne electronic attack mission, it was mostly done over voice radios rather than exchanging information over datalinks. For the warfighter, the limited number of EW nodes on battle networks has hindered the contribution that EW can bring to the fight.

This situation has been changing slowly over the past two decades, as datalinks have become more robust and battle networks have become faster. Today, the DOD is not only pursuing its Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy, it is also well along the path of developing a Joint Electromagnetic Battle Management System (EMBM) that will change how the warfighter sees the electromagnetic operating environment, as well as managing and employing EW systems within it.

On Monday from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM in Potomac Ballroom A, the symposium will hold a breakout session titled "Realizing Joint All-Domain Command & Control (JADC2)." This session will be moderated by Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (Ret), former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters US Air Force (HAF/A2) and current Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

On Tuesday, from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM in Potomac Ballroom A, the symposium will host another breakout session titled "Joint EMSO Through Electromagnetic Battle Management (EMBM)." This session will be moderated by Mr. Kevin Laughlin, (Acting) PEO Spectrum, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). DISA's Defense Spectrum Office (DSO) has been developing the DOD's Joint Electromagnetic Battle Management (EMBM-J) System.

If you want to understand how JADC2 and EMBM will help to shape the future of EW, you don't want to miss either of these sessions.

Our From the Crows’ Nest podcast host, Ken Miller, will be recording episodes with special guests from a studio on the show floor during the event. Listen to past episodes now and subscribe to get new episodes directly in your preferred podcast app.

Symposium Happenings
  Brian Hinkley

This year, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) International Symposium and Convention, which continues to be the premier worldwide event for electromagnetic spectrum operations. We have over 2,500 expected attendees from 30+ countries from government, military, industry and academia with us to introduce innovative capabilities, inform key stakeholders, gain insight on critical requirements, create and solidify partnerships, reunite with old friends and make many new ones. We will share many stories – some even true – as we share a common passion for making progress in concert with this year’s theme of Advancing EMS Superiority Through Strategic Alliances and Partnerships.

I want to thank our sponsors and exhibiting companies, especially our host sponsor, L3Harris, for making this outstanding event possible. I also want to thank the AOC staff, Board of Directors, symposium chairs (Dennis Monahan, Ken Dworkin, Erik Bamford) and the team of invaluable volunteers who gave their time and talent this past year to make the event a success, ensuring a tremendous return on your investment to be here.

AOC is a vibrant, growing organization with over 14,000 members strong, including 30% international. We take great pride in serving our members. AOC 2023 exemplifies our commitment to driving advocacy, strengthening expertise and enhancing networking for our members. I urge you to use the next three days to strengthen your knowledge and skills by catching as many of the informative keynote, spotlight and technical sessions led by subject-matter experts. Connect with the hundreds of stakeholders and experts in the industry to expand your global network. Make the time to visit the exhibit hall comprising 170+ organizations to see the cutting-edge technologies and solutions presented. And, of course, If you are not already a member of this significant association, take advantage of the on-site discount and join AOC today!

We are living in highly challenging times. Combat continues in Europe and the Middle East, and there is increasing tension in the Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR). That said, superiority in the electromagnetic spectrum continues to prove itself as a game-changing capability that provides a decisive operational advantage in these conflicts worldwide. Integrating and synchronizing EMS operations in every warfighting domain across the entire range of military operations is a clear imperative for our warfighters. Continued success demands industry, academia, military, governments and professional associations form alliances and partnerships to share perspectives and expertise. Your attendance here shows that you are one of the passionate professionals ready and willing to collaborate to make a difference and directly impact our future. I appreciate your commitment to this incredibly noble cause.

Brian “Hinks” Hinkley
AOC President

L3Harris Technologies
Today's Events

Review the online schedule of events and symposium agenda to finalize your on-site agenda.
Check out the floorplan and search for an exhibitor and make plans to visit the companies you wish to connect with.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – Sunday, Dec. 10

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

On-Site Registration
Located in the Ballroom Level pre-function area

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception
Join us for AOC's 60th Anniversary Welcome Reception at POSE Rooftop Lounge at the Gaylord.

Rohde & Schwarz USA. Inc.
IAI ELTA Systems Ltd
Inside the Convention

We have a terrific lineup of keynote speakers for you each morning of the 2023 AOC Convention. Come early, grab a cup of coffee and settle in for some valuable insights from some of our leading military, government and industry thinkers.

  • Monday, Dec. 11: Lieutenant General Matthew G. Glavy, USMC, Deputy Commandant for Information
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12: The Honorable Carlos Del Toro, United States Secretary of the Navy; and Vice Admiral Stephen T. "Web" Koehler, USN, Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, J5, Joint Staff/Senior Member, Navy, United States Delegation to the United Nations Military Staff
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13: Vice Admiral Francis Morley, USN, Principal Military Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition); and Lieutenant General (Ret) Lance Landrum, Former 23rd Deputy Chair of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee

More details, including descriptions of all symposium spotlight and breakout sessions, program manager briefings, and technical briefings, are available in the full agenda.

  Michael DiMeo

Each year, AOC recognizes five young professionals as the year’s "Future 5" – individuals who actively innovate and strive for excellence as they support their respective organizations and build their EMSO careers. In each issue of the Show Daily, we will spotlight one of this year's Future 5.

Today, we recognize Michael DiMeo, who is a lead systems engineer at L3Harris Technologies. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2020 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering (and a minor in Electrical Engineering), Michael joined L3Harris, where his first project was developing "a compact EW payload on a Group 2 UAS used in drone swarming applications where we exceeded stakeholder expectations at each flight demonstration." He says that he joined this team at a "fortunate time where the project was still in the design phase. My tasks during this phase involved plenty of cross-functional interfacing, modeling system performance, and leading the development of a CCA essential to the design."

While working at L3Harris Technologies, Michael has furthered his education by pursuing a master's degree in Systems Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, which he completed earlier this year.

Michael sees many opportunities to grow in the EMSO community. He says, "As I work towards establishing myself as a leader in this space, I continue to expand my network in and outside of L3Harris to discover additional opportunities to further enable our engineers, engage with industry experts to share unfamiliar use cases and build a path for what we have today to feed into a larger digital thread."

Michael also will be participating in the technical program during the symposium this week. He will deliver a presentation on the topic, "Addressing the Complexities of Electronic Warfare for Future Operating Environments," in the Potomac Ballroom B on Monday, Dec. 11 from 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM.

For more information about the AOC's Future 5 program, as well as this year's honorees.


The 60th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention is the leading event for electronic warfare, electromagnetic spectrum operations, cyber-electromagnetic activities and information operations professionals worldwide. Make the most of your experience using the tips in this helpful video to help you prepare for your arrival and assist you onsite, ensuring you have the best experience possible.

If this is your first AOC Convention or you just need a refresher, be sure to watch the orientation video.

Need more information about dress code, sessions locations, Wi-Fi access, or even where you can find coffee in the morning? Check out the 2023 AOC Convention's FAQ page to find answers.

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Exhibitor Happenings

Official Exhibit Hall hours during the 2023 AOC Convention are as follows:

Monday, Dec. 11
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Join us in the Exhibit Hall for lunch (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM) and Happy Hour (4:30 PM - 6:00 PM).

Tuesday, Dec. 12
9:45 AM – 6:00 PM
Join us in the Exhibit Hall for lunch (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM) and Happy Hour (4:30 PM - 6:00 PM).

Wednesday, Dec. 13
9:45 AM –  2:00 PM
Join us in the Exhibit Hall for lunch (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM).

To plan your time in the Exhibit Hall, view the floor plan and search for exhibitors.

Spectrum Control, Inc. formerly APITech
JED News

Read the December issue of JED, hot off the presses in time for the 2023 AOC Convention:

Read the full issue now, and read more each week at JEDOnline.com.

The Journal of Electromagnetic Dominance (JED) is the official publication of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), an independent, nonprofit, international professional association promoting public understanding in the science and practice of EW, SIGINT and related disciplines. Become an AOC member to get access to the latest issue of JED.


This week's symposium agenda will cover a lot of ground, including Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy; EMSO warfighting development; Electromagnetic Battle Management (EMBM); cognitive EW; EMSO in the Ukraine and Russia War; and much more.

If you are seeking some additional background information about these topics, we thought it might be helpful to skim through an article or two from the Journal of Electromagnetic Dominance (JED) archives. In each Show Daily issue this week, we will provide a few links to JED articles that we think can provide additional context for some of the symposium topics on that day.

Today, we provide you with an article related to the AOC Symposium Theme: Advancing EMS Superiority Through Strategic Alliances and Partnerships.

From JED, May 2021: "Alliance Action: NATO Confronts The Challenge of a Contested and Congested Spectrum"

The article notes: "NATO’s Science & Technology Trends 2020-40 report identifies the continued importance of the EMS to Alliance partners. It identifies the information domain – embracing cyber, EW and electromagnetic spectrum management – as a unique and evolving operational environment that is critical to operational success. At the same time, it is recognized that this is a domain where others are increasingly active."

Read more news, including full past issues of JED (available with your AOC membership) at JEDOnline.com.

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