Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Challenge and Conference

Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Challenge and Conference

September 20-21, 2018 | Colorado Springs, Colorado



Delivering Innovative technology in support of EW, Spectrum, and Cyber Operations

The inaugural 2018 EMSO Challenge is a unique two-day event that will include hands on, team-based EMSO Decathlon challenge events in the morning followed by afternoon technical briefing sessions that will be Unclassified. The conference will focus on emerging concepts, innovative technologies, and unique approaches to current challenges that exist within contested and congested electromagnetic spectrum operations.

The EMSO Decathlon is a STEM-focused hands on competition consisting of 10 team-based technical challenges that include principles of Electronic Warfare, Information Operations, and Cyber Warfare. The challenges require basic knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with an aim to maximize the learning experience, promote intellectual development of EW/Cyber/Spectrum skill-sets, and recognize superior “EMSO Decathletes.”  Decathlon participants will engage in basic exercises in spectrum, radio frequency propagation, frequency allocation, polarization, direction finding and geolocation, repeater placement, satellite communications, waveforms, jamming principles, cyber vulnerability concepts, EMS trivia challenge and more, progressing through a series of interactive lanes featuring technologies, equipment and platforms utilized today and planned for the future.

Attending the 2018 EMSO Challenge is highly encouraged to allow for the exchange of ideas and information, and to provide a venue to address new and emerging concepts as well as discuss ongoing and future research and development to set the conditions for innovation and success. The EMSO Decathlon is open to everyone who has an interest or actual experience in Electronic Warfare/Information Operations/Spectrum and Cyber operations. Target audience includes High School/College, Military Units, Government, Industry, Young and Old Crows, and anyone interested in a potential STEM career.



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Thursday, September 20 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Friday, September 21 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Industry/Contractor, Non-Member – $225 (includes one-year membership)
Industry/Contractor, Member – $250
Academia (with valid student ID) – $20
*Active Duty Military – FREE
*Active Government Civilian – FREE
Military and Government option meal package – $40 (includes both days)

*Active government civilian does not include contractors working for the government. Current Military/Government ID must be presented at check-in.


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Sign-in required to register. There is a free "guest non-member" profile for non-members that want to register.

Please note there are several steps to the registration. You are not fully registered until you click the COMPLETE ORDER button. You will then see the Thank you for registering screen and receive a confirmation email.

*Conference cancellations must be submitted in writing; telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Please email your cancellation request to events@crows.org. Refunds will be issued minus a $75 administrative fee for all paid registrations. No refunds after September 14 or for no-shows. Online registration will close on September 14. Any registration after that time will need to register onsite.


Keysight Technologies Corporate Campus
1900 W. Garden of the Gods Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907



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This Government co-sponsored event does not constitute Federal sponsorship, sanction or endorsement of the Non-federal entities (NFE) sponsors or the NFE activities.



Thank you to the following sponsors/exhibitors for making this event possible.


With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.