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This podcast features 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 also bring you closer to Association of Old Crow events and provide a forum to dive deeper into policy issues impacting our community.

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Sustaining EMS Superiority
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In this episode, host Ken Miller sits down with Col. William “Dollar” Young, Commander of the USAF 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing to discuss how the Air Force is addressing the challenges of achieving and sustaining EMS Superiority. Ken and Dollar talked at the AOC Dixie Crow Symposium 2022 in March in Warner Robins, GA.


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May 11, 2022
Making JADC2 Work
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In this episode of From the Crows’ Nest, host Ken Miller revisits Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) and sits down with Bryan Clark and Dan Patt from the Hudson Institute to discuss their new report, “One Size Fits None: Overhauling JADC2 to Prioritize the Warfighter and Exploit Adversaries Weaknesses.” 

Ken, Bryan and Dan talk about the need to think differently about JADC2, an ambitious and potentially costly vision that may miss the mark when it comes to its primary customer – the warfighter. As technology changes at the tactical edge, the Defense Department must change the way it conducts business and implements potentially game-changing capabilities for the joint forces.

Apr 27, 2022
Learning Lessons from Ukraine
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In this episode, host Ken Miller welcomes Col. Jeffery Fischer, USAF (Ret), to discuss current developments in Ukraine and how the conflict may change how we think about fighting in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Jeff is a 30-year Military Aviator and Electronic Warfare Officer with seven combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. He flew both the Air Force's EC-130H Compass Call and the EA-6B Prowler while on a joint exchange with the US Navy. He also served as Diplomatic Defense Official to U.S. Embassies in Austria and Kosovo and at NATO Special Operations Headquarters in Mons, Belgium. Today he is a consultant and author of military fiction thrillers. You can learn more here.

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Apr 13, 2022
Young Crow Engineers
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In this episode, host Ken Miller welcomes a group of young engineers from NAVAIR at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. In recent years, the local Association of Old Crows chapter at NAS Pax River coordinates the visit of a group of early career young engineers to the annual AOC Symposium and Convention in Washington, DC. Ken sits down with three representatives from this group - Troy Robinson, Kyle Robinson-Jordan, and Kaylee Arceo – to talk about their unique education and career journeys and the impact they can have on their field at NAVAIR. 

 

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Mar 23, 2022
Cognitive Electronic Warfare
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In this episode, host Ken Miller welcomes guest, Dr. Karen Zita Haigh. She is an author, speaker, and consultant on Cognitive Electronic Warfare and Embedded Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML). She recently co-authored a new book, Cognitive Electronic Warfare: An Artificial Intelligence Approach. They discuss how cognitive systems and artificial intelligence (AI) can be used in electronic warfare (EW) and how these new technologies force us to rethink our underlying assumptions about a conflict environment.

 

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Mar 16, 2022
A Conversation with John Knowles on the Russia/Ukraine Conflict
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In this episode, host Tala Alshaboot fills in for usual host Ken Miller to talk about a topic that has become the focal point of world news the past few days. Tala sits with JED editor, John Knowles to talk about the unfolding of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and what that means for the state of EMSO, the possible implications of the conflict on the U.S., and the likelihood of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine extending to space.

Mar 02, 2022
Global Security Panel Discussion
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In this episode, host Ken Miller shares with the listeners a special discussion that took place at AOC 2021, the 58th Annual AOC International Symposium & Convention. The discussion covered the rise of the Taliban, Global Security, and Counterterrorism 20 years after the beginning of Afghanistan and Iraq. EMSO is central to combat operations across all warfighting domains and is quickly becoming the backbone of Global Security.

The discussion was moderated by Dr. Douglas Ollivant, Senior National Security Studies Fellow at the New America Foundation and Managing Partner at Mantid International. The panel also included: Ambassador Douglas Lute, former United States Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s standing political body, Mr. Mark Kimmitt, former Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs under President George W. Bush, and Mr. Peter Bergen, journalist, documentary producer, Vice President for Global Studies & Fellow at New America, and CNN national security analyst. 

Feb 16, 2022
Next Generation Jammer
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In today’s episode, podcast host Ken Miller and CAPT David J. Rueter, US Navy, Program Manager for NAVAIR PMA-234, discuss the progress and future of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ), the Navy’s state-of-art replacement for the venerable ALQ-99 Jamming Pod currently used on EA-18G Growlers, and the EA-6B Prowlers before that. Ken and CAPT Rueter also discuss today’s dynamic threat environment and what the NGJ brings to the fight, including each of the three NGJ increments: mid-band, low-band, and high-band. 

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Raytheon Intelligence and Space.

Feb 02, 2022
Delivering the Future of Directed Energy
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Directed energy (DE) weapons are changing how we think about electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO). High tech innovations are more rapidly moving DE systems from the lab to the field and into the hands of our warfighters. In this episode, podcast host Ken Miller sits with Mr. Mark Neice, Executive Director of the Directed Energy Professional Society, or DEPS. 

Ken and Mark discuss some of the progress in DE from the past year as well as exciting new advances on the horizon in 2022 and beyond. Specifically, Ken and Mark talk about advances in DE for counter UAS capabilities and the progress of other systems, including the Navy’s ODIN, HELIOS and Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD), the Army’s DE Mobile SHORAD (M-SHORAD) capability, and the US Air Force’s THOR system. Ken and Mark also discuss the universal application of directed energy and electromagnetic warfare and the importance it holds for DoD and the future of warfighting.

Jan 19, 2022
Space Delta 3 as a Pathfinder
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In this first episode of 2022, host Ken Miller sits with special guest, Col. Christopher “Trigger” Fernengel, the Commander of Space Delta 3, Space Operations Command, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado. They discuss Space Delta 3 and how it executes premiere Space Electromagnetic Warfare through sustainable operations to dominate the space domain. Col. Fernengel the vision of where and how space force is going to employ innovation and be a “pathfinder” to drive decisions to all force levels to gain agility necessary to win the future fight. Ken and Col. Fernengel highlight how you can't have space superiority without electromagnetic spectrum and vice versa and Col. Fernengel elaborates on the dependent and interwoven nature between EMS operations and space operations that cannot be understated.

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

Jan 05, 2022
Final Show Daily with Jesse "Judge" Bourque
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Ken and special co-host Tala Alshaboot sit down with Jesse "Judge" Bourque, AOC Board of Directors, to wrap-up the third and final day of the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention. Ken, Tala, and Judge give highlights from the sessions that included Lt. Gen. Clinton Hinote, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration and Requirements, U.S. Air Force, and Mr. Terry Mitchell, Principal Cyber Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary of the Army. For their closing address, Ken, Tala, and Judge give their overall thoughts on AOC2021.

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Dec 02, 2021
Symposium Breakout Session - [5G Networks] Critical Enabler or Vulnerability
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Military and government agencies worldwide are eying 5G for its potential to revolutionize their communications. However, while the immense advantages are clear, many obstacles need to be considered to bring about new technological advances while securing communications. Host Ken Miller sits with Mr. Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute at the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention to discuss how 5G is revolutionizing the military and government organizations, 5G challenges and how to mitigate them, and the future, 6G. Mr. Clark delivers his take on the topic and the main message he wants to deliver to the audience. 

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Anritsu. 

Dec 02, 2021
Keynote Session - Lieutenant General Clinton Hinote
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Host Ken Miller sits with with Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration and Requirements, U.S. Air Force at the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention. Ken asks Lt. Gen. Hinote to expand on his vision and the message he wants to deliver from his keynote session. 

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Anritsu. 

Dec 02, 2021
58th Annual AOC International Symposium SOSA Reference Architecture Briefing
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This podcast episode covers the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Consortium briefing from AOC2021. The briefing provides an introduction to and updates of the goals of the consortium’s progress and recent milestones and what’s next now that 1.0 has been released. The event also included brief presentations on SOSA activities by a panel of representative member companies and subject matter experts from industry and the defense community. 

Dec 02, 2021
Morning Brew with AOC President Powder and Mr. Sadashiv Phadnis (Anritsu)
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On the third and final day of the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention, Host Ken Miller and AOC president, Mr. Glenn “Powder” Carlson discuss some of this week’s highlights from keynote speakers and sessions. As President of the AOC, Mr. Carlson, delivers a message for the global EW/EMSO community and where is AOC going from here and his vision for the AOC as he begins your second year as President. 

Ken then welcomes Sadashiv Phadnis from Anritsu, today’s sponsor, to the show. He explores some of the products and services being showcased by Anritsu at AOC 2021 and how Anritsu is positioning itself for success in this competitive, and yet increasingly uncertain, business environment.

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Anritsu. 

Dec 02, 2021
Fireside Chat with Ms. Michele Flournoy/Symposium Spotlight Session
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Host & Moderator Ken Miller sits with Ms. Michele Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and a Co-Founder, former Chief Executive Officer, and now Chair of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) at the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention. In this special segment, Ken focuses on asking Ms. Flournoy the most critical questions on the idea of transformation to sustain military advantage in the future. Ken and Ms. Flournoy start off the conversation on where we are in terms of global security and the current shift to “Great Power Competition,” and why it is an important vision to guide transformation efforts in the DoD today. Ken and Ms. Flournoy explore, transformation across Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities and Policy (DOTMLPF-P), the significant role of technology, and the role of Congress in the transformation of “Great Power Competition.”

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Samtec. 

Dec 01, 2021
Show Daily with Jesse "Judge" Bourque at AOC 2021
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Host Tala Alshaboot sits with Jesse "Judge" Bourque, editor of the Journal of Electromagnetic Dominance (JED). They give listeners a recap of the second day of the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention. Tala and John give highlights from keynote address by Dr. Kelly Fletcher, who is currently performing the duties of the CIO, the breakout session on implementing the EMS Superiority Strategy I-Plan. They also recap breakout sessions, and the picture we are beginning to see through two days here at AOC 2021. 

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Dec 01, 2021
[EMSO] Implementing EMSSS I-Plan for the Future Fight with Ms. Harris
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Host Ken Miller sits with Ms. Vernita D. Harris, SES, Director, Spectrum Policy and Programs, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention. Ken and Mrs. Harris talk about her role as CIO as it pertains to the implementation of the EMS Superiority Strategy and what her overall message to the audience that attended her session was. They also discuss some of the efforts underway that Ms. Harris is most excited about that the EMSO community needs to hear. 

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Samtec. 

Dec 01, 2021
How Space Force Is Developing Guardians to Build High-Performance Teams
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Host Ken Miller sits with Brig. Gen. Shawn W. Campbell, Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer, Chief of Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Space Force and Chief Master Sergeant Amber B. Mitchell, U.S. Space Force, S1 Senior Enlisted Leader at the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention. Ken discusses with Gen. Campbell and CMSgt Mitchell, the natural alignment between the traditional EW/EMSO warfighter community and the Space Force/Guardian community. Ken also expands on Gen. Campbell’s and CMSgt Mitchell’s main messages to the audience from their session earlier at the convention. 

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Samtec. 

Dec 01, 2021
[EMSO] Implementing EMSSS I-Plan for the Future Fight with BG. Anthony
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Host Ken Miller sits with Brig. Gen. AnnMarie K. Anthony, Deputy Director, Operations for Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations & Mobilization Assistant, Director of Operations, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) at the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention. Ken discusses Gen. Anthony’s operational perspective on EMSO from her breakout session on the EMSSS I-Plan and her main message to the audience today. They also expand on her vision for USSTRATCOM, the Joint Electromagnetic Warfare Center and Joint Electromagnetic Preparedness for Advanced Combat. 

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Samtec. 

Dec 01, 2021
Morning Brew with From the Crows’ Nest
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Host Ken Miller starts the second day of the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention with Mr. Scott Cooper, Senior Non-Resident Fellow, The Atlantic Council. They discuss the presentation by Dr. Kelly Fletcher (CIO), sessions covering the EMS Superiority Strategy Implementation Plan, JADC2, MBSE Digital Environment and Engineering, and Space Force. They also discuss what you can expect to hear at the convention during the day and the common thread(s). 

Ken then welcomes Samtec, today’s sponsor, to the show. He explores some of the products and services being showcased by Samtec at AOC 2021 and how Samtech is positioning itself for success in this competitive, and yet increasingly uncertain, business environment.

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Samtec. 

Dec 01, 2021
Show Daily with Dr. Bill Conley, Mercury Systems
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Host Ken Miller sits with Dr. Bill Conley, Mercury’s Chief Technology Officer, and the person responsible for the technical vision and implementation of strategic objectives at the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention. Ken and Dr. Conley discuss key messages from the day, SOSA Roundtable, trends in defense industrial base, as well as a discussion on microelectronics supply chain.

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Mercury Systems. 

Nov 30, 2021
Symposium Spotlight Session - Strategic Opportunities and Emerging Technologies
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Host Ken Miller sits with Gen. Stephen W. “Steve” Wilson, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) at the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention. Ken discusses Gen. Steve’s opening keynote presentation with him and his main message to the audience. They also discuss the theme of the symposium, “All Domain Operations” and how that term means a lot of things to a lot of different people and mission areas across DOD and the military services. 

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Mercury Systems. 

Nov 30, 2021
A Conversation with Colonel William "Dollar" E. Young
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Host Ken Miller sits with Colonel William “Dollar” E. Young, Jr, the Commander of the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing, Eglin AFB, Florida, at the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention. Ken and Col. Young discuss the theme of this week, All Domain Operations, “how do we win the fight for the EMS,” and what “winning” looks like for the Spectrum Warfare Wing. They also build on Col. Young’s presentation and the main message he wants to deliver to the audience and what he wants to hear over the remainder of the convention. 

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Mercury Systems. 

Nov 30, 2021
Morning Brew with Retired Col. Jim “Hook” Pryor and Rodger Hosking
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In this special episode, Host Ken Miller kicks off the first day of the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention. Ken sits with Colonel (Retired) Jim “Hook” Pryor, AOC Board of Directors and AOC 2021 Committee Chairman. They discuss the keynote presentations by Lt. Gen. Steve Wilson and Ms. Heidi Shyu and discuss their shared perspective on military service (USAF) and civilian leadership (USD R&E). 

Ken then welcome Rodger Hosking to the show for a look into Mercury Systems. They discuss the quintessential products of Mercury Systems and what Mercury is showcasing here at AOC2021.

To learn more about the 58th International Symposium and Annual Convention and today’s topics and to stay updated on EMSO and EW developments, visit our website.

Thank you to our episode sponsor, Mercury Systems. 

Nov 30, 2021
Implementing EMSO for the Future Fight
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The Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO) Cross-Functional Team (CFT) established by Congress a few years ago has been focusing on developing a new EMS Superiority Strategy and a comprehensive implementation plan that is now going into effect across the Department of Defense (DOD). Podcast host Ken Miller sits with Brig. Gen. Darrin Leleux, Deputy Director of the EMSO CFT and Deputy Director for Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations and Space Requirements, Joint Staff (J8). Ken and Brig. Gen. Leleux address gaps in electromagnetic warfare and EMSO capabilities and where we are in the implementation of the strategy. They also share how the entire EMSO community across DOD, the military services, Congress, industry, and academia must work together to ensure the necessary oversight and progress by 2030 to achieve and sustain a military advantage in the EMS.

Nov 17, 2021
Defense Industry Tackles Digital Transformation
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Digital Transformation is creating new business processes, culture, and customer experiences to meet the market requirements. Technology, data, and the cloud are concepts that have come together so that we can tackle information together. A fundamental piece of digital transformation is getting to a point where we share our information and have a framework where it's not just our information, but collective information that is shared by the community. In this episode, podcast host Ken Miller sits with Mr. Ryan Tintner, Vice President of Digital Transformation at Northrop Grumman Corporation. They define what digital transformation means from an industry perspective as they move through the concept of all-domain operations. Ken and Ryan discuss how digital transformation means different things to different missions, and Ryan explains how it helps an organization integrate technology, people, and processes to do everything faster and more effectively. Open systems architecture is an important piece of digital transformation, and this episode expands on what it means in sustainment and the life cycle costs of technology and systems and what it all means for the DoD. 

Nov 03, 2021
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.
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