NEWS | May 12, 2017

NSWC Crane Hosts National Leaders for 9th Annual AOC Conference

By NSWC Crane Public Affairs

May 12, 2017

CRANE, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) co-hosted the 9th annual Electronic Warfare (EW) Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Conference with the Association of Old Crows (AOC) from May 9-11. This year’s event provided an interactive forum for EW professionals from the military, government, industry and academic fields to discuss issues related to the requirements of EW programs, platforms and operations.

This three-day event – which featured a number of national leaders – focused on identified fleet gaps and technologies the armed forces require to ensure freedom of maneuver in the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS). Speakers and presenters reviewed the past few years and identified progress made to ensure the success of the warfighter in tomorrow’s battlespace.

NSWC Crane employs the Navy’s largest concentration of EW experts and facilities, which is a big reason why Crane is recognized as a national leader in EW.

“It’s been awesome to watch the AOC conference grow over these last nine years, and I can confidently say this was the best one yet,” said Clint Seyer, NSWC Crane’s Division Chief Strategist for EW and the AOC Conference Chairman. “The opportunity to connect and collaborate with national leaders from a variety of organizations is absolutely essential to our successful support of the EW mission in the fleet. We have made great progress in developing innovative solutions, and that will only continue as we move forward.”

Mr. Jim Hearn, NSWC Crane’s ISEA EW Training Lead, and Mr. Dusty Wilson, VP Navy/USMC Business Development SAIC, served as Conference Co-Chairs.

Conference keynote speakers included the following:

  • Ms. Lisa Fruge-Cirilli, President, AOC

  • CAPT Mark Kempf, Program Manager, Battlespace Awareness and Information Operations Program Office

  • CDR Jason Hall, Program Manager Navy Electronic Warfare Systems, PEO IWS 2.0

  • CAPT Joel Davis, Counter-C4ISR Policy & Strategy, OPNAV

  • CAPT Robert Gamberg, Fleet Forces Command N9

  • Mr. Michael Alperi, Deputy Program Manager, PMS-408

  • Mr. Bryan Clark, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)

With the DoD’s largest concentration of Multi-Spectrum, Multi-Domain (air, land, sea) EW Expertise, NSWC Crane is leading the Navy in electromagnetic capability development. Spanning all branches of the military, NSWC Crane has the largest concentration of technical EW expertise, facilities, and equipment. NSWC Crane provides distinct electronic warfare and integrated spectrum sensing technology to Control the Electromagnetic Spectrum in order to Control the Fight.