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NSWC Crane hosted national leaders for 11th annual Electronic Warfare conference

By NSWC Crane Corporate Communications | June 4, 2019

CRANE, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) hosted the 11th Annual Electronic Warfare (EW) Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Conference with the Association of Old Crows (AOC) from May 14-16 at NSWC Crane.

The theme of the conference focused on Achieving Freedom to Maneuver Leveraging Non-Kinetic Capabilities. The event provided an interactive forum for EW professionals from the military, government, industry, and academia to discuss technologies and capabilities related to EW programs, platforms, and operations within the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS).

Rich Wittstruck, the Vice President of AOC, says the conference creates a space for EW national leaders to come together to tackle current and future challenges.

“The AOC’s Annual Electronic Warfare Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Conference, co-sponsored by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, provided a joint venue for technology, institutional and operation’s professionals to discuss, debate and strategize a call to action in advancing rapid acquisition, innovated TTPs and CONOPS/CONEMP for fleet design (FD) and distributed maritime operations (DMO),” says Wittstruck.

As home to the Navy’s largest concentration of EW subject matter experts and state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, NSWC Crane is nationally recognized as a leader in EW.

Wittstruck says bringing the experts to Crane gives attendees the opportunity to visit these advanced facilities.

Stacey Mervyn, a Division Manager at NSWC Crane, says concepts originating from past conferences have produced tangible solutions for the fleet.

“NSWC Crane is proud to have AOC as a partner to bring together people from diverse areas of expertise to discuss the toughest EW challenges,” says Mervyn. “The 11th Annual EW Conference was a success again this year due to the passionate, mission-focused people that came together to explore solutions for the fleet. The presentations provided valuable insight into EW technology challenges from across the services as well as enlightened the audience on EW Science and Technology Roadmaps. Overall, the forum proved to be a successful motivator to EW professionals to provide innovative concepts and solutions to close the operational gaps for the Warfighter.”

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with mission areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today's Warfighter.