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3rd Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Systems Engineering and Acquisition Conference

3rd Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Systems Engineering and Acquisition Conference

September 10 - 11, 2019 | Dahlgren, Virginia

Two-day classified event to provide a forum for EMW professionals from the military, government, industry, and academic fields to discuss:

  1. How our adversaries are challenging our dominance in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS)
  2. Current EMW capabilities being explored to ensure our dominance is maintained
  3. Integration of capabilities into a warfare system

17211 Avenue D, Building 1705 | MDA Building
Dahlgren, VA 22448

Call for Papers: Our adversaries are using ubiquitous and cheap technology to further develop cyber warfare as well as advance and proliferate electromagnetic spectrum capabilities. Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) is the Navy's warfighting approach to gain decisive military advantage in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) to enable freedom of action across all Navy mission areas. Success demands a holistic systems of systems focus looking not only at the systems themselves but also the "interstitial" space which is the dimension between the systems. EMW will require coordination and simultaneous integration across all domains (land, sea, subsurface, air, space, and cyber). EMW, in essence, means leveraging the cyberspace domain and the full electromagnetic spectrum for both offensive and defensive effects.

EMW is not a program, or system, or even a refined concept of operations. It is an emerging operational approach, one we must master to fully understand the battlespace. We must then use that awareness to better employ our own forces while altering the enemy's perception of the battlespace and minimizing his freedom to maneuver within it.

Mastering EMW will have commercial, financial and political impacts. It is important for program managers, engineers, and business planners to be aware of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process, the tools used, and the complexities in performing defense acquisition and systems development in the emerging EMS environment in order to provide value to managing and performing program funding and mission success.

Call for Papers Topics

  • Focus Question 1: How can combined EMW capabilities in the sea, air, and land domains generate enhanced combat effects?
  • Focus Question 2: How can a system of systems focus enhance EMW capabilities?
  • Focus Question 3: How will coordination and simultaneous integration across all domains (land, sea, subsurface, air, space, and cyber) improve EMW capabilities?
  • Focus Question 4: What tools, processes, innovations, techniques, and best practices can be used to support management professionals in today’s unique and complex acquisition environment?

Abstracts for presentations are required in unclassified textual format. Please forward abstracts to Amy Belicev at The submittal deadline is 02 July 2019. Abstracts should be limited to one page of text or 400 words. To facilitate the selection process, please ensure your submitted abstract file is labeled with your last name, focus question number and short title for example: “Smith_Question1_EW is the future.doc.” Notification of acceptance and presentation submission instructions will be provided by 31 July 2019. Presentations must be in Microsoft PowerPoint.

Abstracts and Presentations will not be considered if they appear to be a sales pitch for a specific product or does not have a program office or agency endorsement. Because the conference is designed to explore sensitive topics, deference will be given to presentations which are best suited for SECRET level discussions.

Speakers coming soon!


Tuesday, September 10 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Details coming soon!

This agenda item listing does not constitute an endorsement or favoritism towards the sponsor of the social. It is merely an attempt to provide information to government employees concerning this event.

The social event may qualify as a Widely Attended Gathering (WAG) pursuant to 5 C.F.R. § 2635.204(g). An Agency Designee is now required to provide a written determination of interest before a Government employee can accept the gift of free attendance at a social event. All personnel must consult with their supervisor and ethics advisor prior to attending.

Full Conference Registration

Conference Registration Fees are for U.S. and Foreign Nationals - must have proper security clearance and be cleared to attend.

Industry/Contractor, Non-Member – $625 *Active Duty Military – FREE (no meal package)**
Industry/Contractor, Member – $525 *Active Government Civilian – FREE (no meal package)**

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

**Meal Package is $25.

Online Registration will open June 20, 2019

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 Refunds will be issued minus a $75 administrative fee for all paid registrations. No refunds after September 4 or for no-shows. Registration will close on September 4. There will be no onsite registration available for this conference.

AOC has negotiated discounted rates at the following hotel for attendees

Holiday Inn Express & Suites King George – Dahlgren
  • 16348 Gateway Lane, King George, VA 22485 | (540) 625-2034
  • Special AOC rate is $94 plus taxes per night. Reservations must be made by August 26 and will be based on availability.
  • Click here to make your hotel reservation
  • Alternately, you may book by phone, either by calling the hotel directly at 540-625-2034, or the central reservations line 1-800-HOLIDAY.

All attendees must be U.S Government employees or U.S. Government Contractors.

Conference attendees must follow the Missile Defense Agency/Dahlgren Incoming Visit Authorization Request (VAR) Process as required by the NSWC Dahlgren and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) security team to verify your eligibility to attend the classified sessions. All visit requests and must be completed NLT 23 August 2019

Missile Defense Agency/Dahlgren Incoming Visit Authorization Request (VAR) Process:

Incoming VARs are processed through the MDA Incoming Visitor Control Center and are accepted via three (3) methods: JPAS, Faxed, or E-mailed; JPAS is the preferred method.

Primary method: Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS)

  1. Facility SMO (JPAS) Code: DDAAUD
  2. Government Point of Contact for Approval: Vickie L. Noble (540) 663-1953

Email and Fax: All VARs/VALs must include at least the following information:


  1. Name and address of the organization transmitting the VAR
  2. Name of the organization to which the individual(s) on the VAR is visiting
  3. First Name, Last Name, SSN, Date-of Birth, Place-of-Birth, and Citizenship of each individual listed on the VAR (name as shown on CAC or military ID)
  4. Clearance Level (collateral clearance) of each individual listed on the VAR
  5. Organization granting the clearance and the most recent background/suitability investigation for the clearance was satisfactorily completed
  6. Dates of visit
  7. Contract Number
  8. MDA Government Point-of-Contact for the visit
  9. Unclassified statement as to the purpose of the visit
  10. Name and signature of security officer or individual certifying clearances of individuals cited in the VAR


Please Note: Any VAR missing or containing incorrect information will not be processed until submitted correctly.


VAR Office Point of Contact:
FAX: (571) 231-8099

Information on Base Access coming soon!

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

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please click here or contact Mr. Sean Fitzgerald,, 703-549-1600 ext 222.

Thank you to the following sponsors 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.