2019 Conference Theme
Unifying Electromagnetic Warfare in a Complex World - Together
We live in a time of increasing uncertainty on many fronts. Threats, challenges and opportunities are increasing. Technology is accelerating. The world is undoubtedly changing and in unforeseen ways. In terms of future warfare, national forces are being re-shaped and re-equipped to face an operational maneuver space that will be complex and connected, but constrained. Over the past few years, mature, offensive EW activity in Europe has demonstrated that in the electromagnetic domain, warfare is no longer theoretical and nations and alliances hoping to maintain their security in this increasingly contested environment must adapt and advance their technologies and doctrines to confront the rapidly evolving nature of the EM landscape. It may well be chaotic unless the right, informed choices are made now. Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Arabian Peninsula and the Asia-Pacific are all among the most vital areas in the world and the focus of much change, uncertainty and opportunity. In terms of EW and electromagnetic operations, how can we make sense of all of these things, minimise the risks and maximise the benefits?
The AOC’s 24th European event, in Stockholm, Sweden in 2019, will consider the future of EW and EM Operations in the changing light of current and emerging threats, including Hybrid Warfare, Information Operations/Warfare, the multi-domain battle (MDB), Cyber and Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) where some potential opponents are excelling. It will consider the possible responses, how thinking and attitudes must change, and examine the new capabilities that will be required across all lines of development, by all services, in all countries in the free world. The Conference will consist of plenary sessions focusing on operations, defence capability development, and industry inventiveness. AOC EW Stockholm 2019 will bring together the EW, SIGINT, C4ISR, Cyber EM Activities (CEMA) communities and more. Speakers will include leaders and operators from the military, government, and academia, S&T and international R&D communities and crucially industry. This is an unclassified English language global event focused on EW and EM operations and includes networking, an exhibition with many of the world’s most innovative companies and industries participating, and a world-class conference. At least 45 Nations are expected to participate. It is not to be missed.
About the AOC
The AOC, or Association of Old Crows, is a not-for-profit advocacy association for individuals and organisations which have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, SIGINT, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. Now in its 54th year, it is based in the US with over 13,000 members and many chapters active around the world, Approximately 20% of AOC members are based outside of the US and international membership is the fastest growing sector including 6 chapters in Europe (the host Chapter in 2019 is the Viking Roost in Sweden), South Africa, Israel, India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Benefits of membership include monthly copies of the internationally renowned Journal of Electronic Defense; weekly e-Crows with online updates and breaking news; free access to a wide range of current webinars from leading global experts covering the entire EM environment and AOC Mission Area. Additionally, it enables participation in an association of like-minded individuals.
Session topics will build on the successful format of previous years of Global Conferences and include:
- Keynote addresses
- Operational updates and activities
- National perspectives
- Defensive and offensive capabilities including Directed Energy
- Technological developments including autonomous vehicles, swarm technologies and countermeasures.
- Future warfare – capability, integration and interoperability
- Critical EM lines of development
- Cyber, information operations, network enabled capability
- Big data, data mining and information exploitation and secure sharing
- Industry briefs on new technology, innovations and applications