From the Crows' Nest

By Association of Old Crows

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This regularly scheduled podcast will feature interviews, analysis, and discussions covering leading issues of the day related to electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO). Topics include current events and news worldwide, US Congress and the annual defense budget, and military news from the US and allied countries. We will also bring you closer to AOC events and provide a forum to dive deeper into policy issues impacting our community.

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Accelerating Open Systems Architecture
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Open Systems Architecture (OSA) is changing the defense electronics market and the business dynamics of today’s Department of Defense (DOD). The Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) can streamline US military capabilities and enable technological agility, adaptability and speed of development for an advantage in modern combat. With the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Consortium releasing new technical standards this month, From the Crows’ Nest host, Ken Miller, sits down with Dr. Ilya Lipkin from the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and Mr. Ben Peddicord from the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command to discuss this new standards benchmark and how the Tri-Services – Army, Air Force, and Navy – plan to leverage MOSA for development of advance warfighting technology.

To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our homepage

The AOC thanks Pacific Defense for sponsoring this episode.

Oct 20, 2021
Microelectronics Supply
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In this episode, podcast host Ken Miller sits with Dr. William Conley, Chief Technology Officer at Mercury Systems. Microelectronics hold significant importance to EMSO as it represents the technology backbone of spectrum operations. Ken and Dr. Conley discuss the dynamic ecosystem of the world we live in and the recent changes in the microelectronics supply chain. There is a significant dependency on microelectronics technology and DOD requirement for state-of-the-art microelectronics for the future fight. Dr. Conley explains that the point for DOD is not to make any significant sweeping changes but instead, bring in specialists and system architects that can go through and implement designs in less time. Part of balancing approaches includes investing in innovation, subsidies, and other direct funding to support the ecosystem. Private sector collaborations and policy implementations have a direct impact on the supply chain as well. Lastly, Ken and Dr. Conley discuss the nuances that can lead to ineffective solutions and security vulnerabilities and the implementation of “zero trust” approach to enable the acquisition of assured electronics from untrusted components.

To learn more about today’s topics or stay updated on the EMSO community, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Sep 29, 2021
Optimized for Possibilities: How AI/ML are Changing How We Think About Everything.
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In this episode, host Ken Miller sits down with Mr. David Weinberger, author of Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We’re Thriving in a New World of Possibility. Ken and David discuss how the Internet and technology is changing the way we do business and live our everyday lives. Specifically, they address how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are leading us to rethink our assumptions and learn to “unanticipate” as we predict, model, and prepare for the future to better understand the world in which we live. This topic holds extraordinary implications and possibilities for the electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO) community as we develop new products through open standards, implement new business strategies across our industry, and pursue interoperability for a scale of system optimization we have yet to fully grasp.

To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on the EMSO community, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Sep 15, 2021
Electronic Warfare Challenges and Opportunities
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In this episode, podcast host Ken Miller sits with Mr. David Tremper, the Director of Electronic Warfare and the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. Ken and David discuss the acquisition of new EW capabilities across the military services in the FY 2022 Defense Budget, the growing emphasis on EMS Survivability, and the rise of collaborative systems using artificial intelligence and machine learning, and how these new systems are shaping our ability to achieve EMS superiority.  

To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Sep 08, 2021
A Conversation with John Knowles on Defense Budget and JADC2
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In this episode, Host Ken Miller recaps and shares excerpts from a conversation he had earlier with Mr. John Knowles, editor of the Journal of Electromagnetic Dominance (JED). They cover a range of issues from the defense budget to JADC2, and some upcoming additions of the JED that are coming out in September. Ken also shares exciting news about upcoming From the Crows’ Nest episodes, including a sit down with Mr. David Weinberger, author of the book Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We’re Thriving in a New World of Possibility. 

To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.


Aug 18, 2021
DEF: Moving Beyond Lightning Bolts On Powerpoint
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Modern warfare is becoming increasingly dependent on the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS). All command and control, communications, ISR, precision guided munitions, GPS, and low observable (stealth) technology depend on the ability to control the EMS. Our competitors have recognized this and are manning, training, and equipping themselves to deny us freedom to act in the EMS. 

Often discounted simply as lightning bolts on PowerPoint, the EMS has long been neglected. In this special episode, we present to you coverage from the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum: Drink & Think on Moving Beyond Lighting Bolts On PowerPoint, an event hosted at AOC headquarters, in Alexandria, Virginia. We hear from Ken Miller, Director of Advocacy & Outreach at the Association of Old Crows, Scott Oliver, Director of the Board of Advisors at the RVJ Institute, Pat Flood, Senior National Security Policy Advisor at the U.S. House of Representatives. The event was moderated by Courtney Barno, Code Director of DC Agora. 

Ken and guests discuss why a whole nation approach is necessary to ensure freedom of action within the EMS at the time and place of our choosing. Necessary efforts range from renewed government policies and reinvigorated academic research, to leap-ahead industrial technologies. The EMS represents a giant opportunity space for warfighters, entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, researchers, and policymakers alike. 

To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Pacific Defense

Aug 04, 2021
Unlocking Open Systems Architecture
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Open systems architecture is changing the defense electronics market and business dynamics of the Department of Defense (DOD). Advancing software and hardware standards across DOD and military services is leading us to rethink the bridge that connects research & engineering (R&E) to acquisition. But challenges exist, including intellectual property rights, conformance, and architectural constraints early in development.  In this episode, Host Ken Miller is joined by Mr. Rodger Hosking from Mercury Systems and leader in the Sensor Open System Architecture (SOSA) Consortium; and Mr. Patrick Collier from the Aspen Consulting Group. We discuss these issues and challenges as DOD is set to release new standards later this summer. 

To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

The AOC thanks Northrop Grumman Corporation for sponsoring this episode.

Jul 21, 2021
A Perspective on JADC2 from The Joint Staff, J6
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In this episode, we’re exploring the complex implementation  of the Pentagon’s Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) vision and its impact on electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO). We’re joined by Brigadier General Charles R. “Rob” Parker,  Deputy Director J6 of The Joint Staff. Together, Host Ken Miller and Brigadier General Parker discuss the five key lines of effort and how they will transform the way we fight and win in future combat; the roles of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the evolution of decision-making across dimensions of C2; and how important JADC2 initiatives are addressed in the defense budget in FY 2022 and beyond. Brigadier General Parker helps us understand the challenges and opportunities the Pentagon faces as it pursues ADC2 as it advances the JADC2 mission.

To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our homepage.

The AOC thanks Northrop Grumman Corporation for sponsoring this episode.

Jul 07, 2021
A Conversation With Defense Entrepreneurs Forum
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The national security community thrives on innovation. Today, we’re joined by Mr. Michael Madrid, Executive Director of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF), to discuss how DEF brings entrepreneurs from around the country to build a culture of innovation together. Ken and Michael discuss leveraging cross-sector expertise to empower people and agencies to embrace new approaches, technologies, and strategies. They also explore how organizations like the AOC and DEF can work together to create enduring opportunities for today’s entrepreneurs.  

To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Jun 23, 2021
Industry Perspective on JADC2 and an Update on the EW Working Group
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In this episode, we continue our series on the role of Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) in Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). Host Ken Miller sits down with Jim Conroy of Northrop Grumman Corporation for an industry perspective on delivering capabilities that meet JADC2 requirements for speed, compatibility and commonality. Then, Ken is joined by Mr. Patrick Flood, Senior National Security Policy Advisor for Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02), a staff lead for the congressional Electromagnetic Warfare Working Group (EWWG).

To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our homepage.

The AOC thanks Northrop Grumman Corporation for sponsoring this episode.

Jun 09, 2021
Special Episode: From AOC CEMA 2021
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In this special episode, we take you inside AOC's Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) Conference that took place in-person, May 25-26, 2021. The theme of the conference was a “Focus on the Future – Multi-Domain Operations 2035 and Beyond,” and featured senior leaders throughout the Army discussing how to fight and win decisively against any adversary in a joint, multi-domain, high-intensity conflict through employment of CEMA capabilities.

Host Ken Miller sits down with several keynote speakers and industry partners in attendance at this two-day event, including the following:

[07:13] LTG Stephen Fogarty, Commanding General, Army Cyber Command  - 

[23:10] BG Robert Collins, PEO C3T

[43:26] COL Chad Bates, PhD, Special Assistant to the Commanding General, Army Cyber Command 

[58:36] Mr. David Tremper, SES, Director of EW, OSD, OUSD (A&S)

[1:11:41] COL Kevin Finch, Project Manager, Electronic Warfare and Cyber, PEO IEWS

To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

The AOC thanks Pentek for sponsoring this episode.

Jun 02, 2021
A Conversation with Rep. James Langevin (RI-02)
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Today, we explore the role of Congress in advancing Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations with Rep. James Langevin. Representative Langevin is Chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber Innovative Technologies and Information Systems (CITI). Ken Miller and Rep. Langevin specifically discuss the priority issues of the subcommittee and prospects for the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act. 

To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

The AOC thanks Northrop Grumman Corporation for sponsoring this episode.

May 26, 2021
Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2)
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JADC2 is a vision to connect all military sensors into a single network. It is designed to give a situational awareness picture across every area of responsibility  for Combatant Command leaders and senior Department of Defense officials. But the question is, how will these various systems and activities across all military services come together in a compatible network? In this episode, we speak with Mr. Steven “Tango” Tourangeau, Dean of the new Reginald Victor Jones Institute on Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations.

Ken and Tango discuss the challenge of fusing sensor data across weapons systems, the role of electromagnetic spectrum operations as the “backbone” of the JADC2 mission, and how artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) are changing discussion on the line between intelligence and operations. To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our homepage.

AOC thanks Northrop Grumman Corporation for sponsoring this episode.

May 12, 2021
The Invisible Battlefield
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The US military must chart a new course to project, achieve, and sustain electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) superiority against peer competitors. What technology and operational concepts must the Department of Defense (DOD) adopt to address these challenges and persistent gaps in US electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO)?  In this episode, we speak with Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Defense Concepts and Technology at the Hudson Institute. Bryan is the lead author of a new report, “The Invisible Battlefield: A Technology Strategy for US Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority.”

 

Ken and Bryan discuss the need to invest in game-changing technologies, such as passive and multi-static sensing, networked electronic attack, and multi-function capabilities. They also address improved training through the use of live, virtual and constructive environments and the opportunities for open system architecture.

 

You can download and read the Hudson Institute's full report here. To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our homepage.

Apr 28, 2021
The State of EMSO Today
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Electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO) is rapidly changing the way we think about modern warfare. Too often, EMSO is placed on the back burner and only thought of until a crisis arises. This forces leaders to scramble to find solutions for achieving an advantage. We need a proactive approach that provides our warfighters what they need today and anticipates what they need tomorrow. Is EMSO on the right path? We answer this in today’s episode with John Knowles, editor of the Journal of Electromagnetic Dominance (JED)


Ken and John discuss the biggest developments in EMSO over the past year, from new joint doctrine to a unified strategy to greater oversight by Congress. To learn more about today’s topics or to stay updated on EMSO developments, visit our website. 


Thank you to our episode sponsor, Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Apr 14, 2021
Introducing From the Crows' Nest
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This regularly scheduled podcast will feature interviews, analysis, and discussions covering leading issues of the day related to electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO). Topics include current events and news worldwide, US Congress and the annual defense budget, and military news from the US and allied countries. We will also bring you closer to AOC events and provide a forum to dive deeper into policy issues impacting our community.
Apr 01, 2021