What does the AOC do?
AOC promotes the exchange of new ideas and information, and the dissemination of new research and knowledge in the fields of Electronic Warfare, Information Operations, and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations.
AOC provides a membership subscription to our premiere monthly professional magazine, the Journal of Electronic Defense, which includes news, information, technology updates, and articles on many aspects of defense electronics and information operations.
AOC produces many one-and-two-day advanced technology conferences, forums, courses, and symposia each year (classified and unclassified) enabling representatives of US and friendly nations to discuss defense electronics and information operations issues, programs, and initiatives. Prominent leaders from the military, government, academia, and industry come together to address current policies, new programs, and advanced technology issues. Topics have included Information Operations; Modeling and Simulation; Directed Energy; ELINT; UAV/UCAV Payloads; Radar/EW; Joint Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (JSEAD); Navigation Warfare; EO/IR; Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR); Spacecraft and Satellite Protection and Time Sensitive Targeting; Homeland Security; Passive and Covert Radar; EW and IO fundamentals; and many more subjects of interest to EW/IO professionals.
AOC publishes advanced technology and management studies in support of the government, the military, and industry. AOC-sponsored research committees have investigated the production of traveling wave tubes; the EW Industrial Base; EW Test Methodology; Information Warfare; EW Measures of Effectiveness; Airborne Electronic Attack: Analysis of Alternatives; EW Critical Technologies; A New Approach to EW Acquisition: “The Partnership Process”; and the EA-6B Analysis of Alternatives Study.
AOC distributes over $60,000 annually, through the AOC Educational Foundation and affiliated chapters, for scholarships and grants to assist military enlisted personnel and US undergraduate students in electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, and related disciplines.
AOC documents the history of Electronic Warfare and Information Operations through books, journals, research projects, and videos. The “History of U.S. Electronic Warfare, Volume I”, was published in 1984, which documented the early beginnings of EW to 1946, Volume II in 1989 (documenting 1946-1964), and Volume III in 2000, which documents the period 1964 to 2000 to include Operation Allied Force.
The AOC in summary
The on-going need for Electronic Warfare and Information Operations systems and capabilities in support of national security underscores the continuing need for the AOC. As AOC addresses its evolving role in fulfilling this future requirement, the AOC takes great pride in the ability of the association and its members to focus on answering this challenge with the experienced, professional perspective of an organization entering its 50th year!