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   JED editor John Knowles talks with Ken Miller

In this episode of FTCN, host Ken Miller is joined by the opening keynote speaker, Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy, Deputy Commandant for Information, US Marine Corps. Ken also sits with John Knowles, editor-in-chief of the JED magazine AOC International Board of Director, Erik Bamford. They dive into the main themes of Day 1 of the symposium that features discussions on the role of strategic alliances and partnerships in securing an EMS advantage in combat.

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Symposium Happenings
  Ken Dworkin

What are you most excited about for each day of the symposium?

After the morning keynote sessions, we launch into compelling breakout sessions that 1. address critical roles the EMS plays in modern warfighting operations; 2. status the relentless quest for greater acquisition and sustainment efficiency through expanded use of open systems architectures, and; 3. deliver insight into a number of Air Force acquisition programs and procurements. Tuesday afternoon showcases a session on advancing EMS superiority, which intends to trace the spectrum story arc from 2017 through the present and project into the future.

Ken Dworkin
AOC 2023 Daily Co-Chair

RDML Stephen Donald, USN, Deputy Commander, Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber (Navy) 10th Fleet, spoke Monday afternoon about his organization's responsibilities and. His talk focused on the three pillars of the 10th Fleet: assured command and control (C2), battlespace awareness and cyber and space effects.

Admiral Donald said he spends most of his time focusing on assured C2. "We operate a global network," he explained, "where the sun never sets, really, on 10th fleet. We provide all the communications across the globe for our fleet brethren, whether that's terrestrial satellite, ship-to-shore, ship-to-ship – all of that somehow, somewhere touches 10th Fleet in some way, shape or form. When we take a look at what it is that that we have to do there – we are under constant attack by our adversaries. They want into our networks – they want to get deep into our networks because what we have with our assured command and control is the ability to maneuver and navigate our forces at will at any time. And as soon as we lose that ability, a commander can no longer maneuver their force. Additionally, assured command and control underpins the other two pillars that we have. If I don't have assured command and control, there's no way I'm going to have battlespace awareness, and there's no way I'm going to be able to deliver cyber and space effects. So, assured command and control is the linchpin that we have to have and we have to get right, on a daily basis, in order to assure that we have the ability to maneuver our network and to maneuver our forces."

Next, Admiral Donald discussed the importance of battlespace awareness. "Whether it's kinetic or non kinetic [battlespace], you need to know exactly where it is your forces are, where the adversary is, and what environment effects may occur in that battle space that may change your decision making posture. We have a number of forces aligned specifically for battlespace awareness, taking all the sensor data that we get off of aircraft submarines, ships, unmanned and manned vehicles across the globe and synthesizing that with other intelligence feeds and with national databases to ensure that we provide the best fuse product that we can. And we've gotten really, really good at providing that fuse product in uncontested space."

In discussing the third pillar – cyber and space effects – Admiral Donald said US Fleet Cyber Command now describes these under the broad banner of non-kinetic effects. He explained, "Because of our unique command structure and organization, and the ability to bring all the authorities together, we have the ability to take cyber and space, electronic warfare and information warfare and deliver those effects to the fleet and the Joint warfighter. But, but the interesting thing is not to do these things for the sake of doing a cyber effect or a space effect. It's really how do you weave them together along with traditional kinetics, along with fleet maneuver to get the outcome that you want? How do you time and sequence these things? And so really, when we talk cyberspace effects, it's all about non-kinetic integrated effects with fleet dynamic maneuver and fleet kinetic effects." 

Toward the end of his talk Admiral Donald discussed the importance of having the right people with the right skills. He said, "One of the things that keeps certainly me up at night is :'I believe I will have the right technology, I believe I will have the right tactics. I believe I will have the right authorities at any given time. But do I have the right people to manage all this advanced capability?' And that is a bit of a struggle." Acknowledging the military recruitment is struggling and that it's difficult for the Navy and other Services to get STEM graduates into the workforce. "I have to have the right people, because it's people who are going to make the difference in all this. I've seen it time and time again, whether I was in Iraq working the counter-IED piece, whether I was at CYBERCOM working counter-cyberspace operations against ISIS. We had great technology, but it was the people who always brought it together to bear at the right place at the right time. And I have to have those right people. I am somewhat assured that the Navy made their numbers in in cyber warfare technicians this last year and likewise in space. So I do have what I think is a good influx or a good story, new story in in those in those areas. But we need to be working together with all of you within all of you in industry, with all of academia, with all of our allies and partners, to ensure that we build and bring together the right people, certainly the United States Navy."

  Benjamin Esposito

"...Today, I'm talking about RF, but tomorrow we want to do integrated optics with the direct RF and we're standing up to the test capabilities and, at the end, it's all about development and standardization strategies so we can get there quickly at a lower cost model." –Benjamin Esposito, Senior Principal Engineer, Radar/EW Systems Architect at Intel

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Today's Events

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – Tuesday, Dec. 12

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

On-site Registration Open
Located in the Ballroom Level pre-function area.

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Morning Coffee in the Exhibit Hall

8:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Keynote Session
The Honorable Carlos Del Toro, United States Secretary of the Navy

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

9:45 AM – 6:00 PM Exhibit Hall & Crows' Nest Open

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Symposium Breakout Sessions

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 

Program Manager Briefing Series - Air Force
This session is for stakeholders from government and industry, including the small business community, interested in learning about upcoming procurements, acquisition strategies, and procurement timelines.

Closed to media

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Symposium Breakout Sessions
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Symposium Breakout & Technical Sessions
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall

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.

Get out your smartphone and download the conference app from the App Store or Google Play. Follow us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) or LinkedIn and use #AOC2023 to join in the conversation.

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Inside the Convention

We have a terrific line-up 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.

Today: 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.

  Noah Wilchaz
  Noah Wilchaz

Noah is an embedded software engineer at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in Amherst, NY. He joined the company in 2022 after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Buffalo with a BS in Electrical Engineering. During his college career, he made the most of his internship opportunities, gaining experience with Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, as well as Moog Aircraft.

Noah says his goal within the EW industry is to "protect and preserve our dominance within the Electromagnetic Spectrum through innovation. "One area of interest," he says" "is helping to take EW simulation into the future. "I believe that creating a closed loop simulation platform would be game changing for the teams and laboratories that test and program our most advanced Electronic Warfare Platforms. Especially as enemy radars and emitters gain in complexity each and every day. While we certainly will maintain our growth and dominance in EW Simulation and Test by responding to the exact needs and requests of our industry…Why not look further and challenge ourselves to engineer and develop a closed loop simulation solution that offers unparalleled performance?"

Noah says his most impactful career achievement has been to help advance " the understanding of the importance of Electronic Warfare Environment Simulation."

You can learn more about Noah and his fellow Future 5 professionals at https://www.crows.org/page/2023Future5.

For more information about the AOC's Future 5 program, please visit https://www.crows.org/page/future5.

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.

"What is going on in the world today? Those who command and control and have an advantage in the electromagnetic spectrum, ultimately are victorious. It's happening not only with respect to weapon systems that we probably focus on a lot, but the big other part of my brain focuses on the rest of the electromagnetic spectrum that delivers the 1s and 0s and the information that's inside it that influences people all over the world." –Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy, Deputy Commandant, Information, USMC

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Exhibitor Happenings

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

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.

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JED News

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

Cover Story: EW Concepts for Global Air Combat Program
Interview: Dave Harrold, BAE Systems
News: Beowulf MFA Planned for Growler Block 2; US Army, Lockheed Martin Conduct Test of MFEW-AL Payload

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.

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