ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Association of Old Crows (AOC) applauds the introduction yesterday of S. 2486, The Electronic Warfare Capabilities Enhancement Act, sponsored by Senator Mark Kirk (IL). “The bill represents a tremendous opportunity for military and defense industry leaders and our community — the scientists, engineers, managers, operators, educators, and military personnel — to advance innovative Electronic Warfare (EW) systems and capabilities that are a prerequisite for successful military operations in the twenty-first century,” said AOC President, David A. Hime.
S. 2486 represents an important step in advancing EW and Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) Warfare to the forefront of defense reform. It establishes a positive framework to bring Congress and the Department of Defense (DoD) together to address important issues facing our national defense and military capabilities, especially the erosion of US EW superiority.
The AOC appreciates Senator Kirk’s long-standing support for the US EW community. “It is critical that the United States military dominates the offensive and defensive ends of electronic warfare,” Senator Kirk said. “This bill will give DoD and industry leaders the tools to quickly develop critical electronic warfare technology for the warfighter.”
We are facing new sophisticated challenges in the EMS due to the explosive growth of spectrum dependent systems (SDS), the global proliferation of highly innovative electronics technology, and the development of advanced cyber capabilities. “It is imperative that we find new ways to work together to accelerate development of EW systems and technologies and strengthen leadership at every level in DoD and our military services. S. 2486 helps direct our path toward these important reforms,” said Hime.
Founded in 1964, and with over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows (AOC) is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO), 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.