AOC EW Asia Call for Papers

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AOC EW Asia Call for Papers

Are you interested in participating as a conference speaker at AOC EW Asia 2020?

The Association of Old Crows are soliciting original unclassified, English language papers from subject-matter experts and international thought-leaders from the government, military, academia and industry. Further information and guidance on how you can secure a speaking place at this key regional event platform can be found below.

Submissions for the AOC EW Asia conference will open in August 2019. If you would like to submit a paper for the UDT or MilSim streams, please click here.


We live in a time of increasing uncertainty on many fronts.  Threats, challenges and, yes, thankfully, opportunities are increasing.  Technology is accelerating.  The world is undoubtedly changing and in unforeseen ways.  In terms of future warfare, national forces are being re-shaped and re-equipped to face an operational manoeuvre space that will be complex and connected, but constrained.  It may well be chaotic unless the right, informed choices are made now.  The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most vital areas in the world and the focus of much change, uncertainty and opportunity.  In terms of EW and electromagnetic operations, how can we make sense of all of these things, minimise the risks and maximise the benefits? 

The fourth AOC EW Asia event will consider the future of EW and EM Operations in the changing light of current and emerging threats, including Hybrid Warfare, Information Operations, Cyber and Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD), the multi-domain battle, and others, where some potential opponents are already excelling.  It will consider the possible responses, how thinking and attitudes must change, and examine the new capabilities that will be required across all lines of development, by all services, in all countries in the free world.  The Conference will consist of plenary sessions focusing on operations, defence capability development, and industry inventiveness.  AOC EW Asia 2020 will bring together the EW, SIGINT, C4ISR, Cyber EM Activities (CEMA) communities and more.  Speakers will include leaders and operators from the military, government, and academia, S&T and international R&D communities and, crucially industry.  This is an unclassified, English-language, pan Asia-Pacific event focused on EW and EM operations and includes networking, an exhibition with many of the world’s most innovative industries participating, and a world-class conference.  Forty plus nations are expected to participate.  It is not to be missed.

2020 Theme and Guidance

Advancing Electromagnetic Operations in the Asia Pacific Region

The electromagnetic environment or domain is changing at an increasing pace and the scope and depth of electromagnetic manoeuvre warfare is consequently changing in parallel.  The importance of electronic warfare (EW) system adaptability, flexibility, and innovation has also increased.  Not only are innovative technologies greatly needed, but the Industry and EW Community itself needs to change organizationally to embrace innovative ideas, technologies, and tactics - and at a significantly faster pace.  Innovation is about more than refreshing technology, it is also about evolving culture.  Perhaps more important is that free-world allies – in countries, militaries, academia and industry – must embrace the concept of working together to recognize and tackle changing technologies, risks, threat and opportunities.  There has been considerable progress over many years exemplified by shared platform development, particularly in aircraft development, and by successful alliances like NATO and others around the globe.  Now, though, much more is needed.  Warfare capabilities, including EW, SIGINT, Navigation and NAVWAR, Communication, C4ISR are all areas where working together in a unified way is critically important, and yet these are areas where so often information and actions are stove-piped, over-classified, and sometimes jealously guarded – potentially leading to operational disaster.  The 4rd edition of AOC EW Asia will examine technological and conceptual means of ensuring success for free-world nations everywhere across the spectrum of operational activity and all military lines of development – concepts, doctrine, organisation, people, organisation, leadership, infrastructure, logistics, and more.

Participants at the 4th AOC Asia event, in Singapore, will find world-leading experts across the military, government, academia and industry, to help them progress their understanding of the issues, technology and capabilities that underpin improving their national EM abilities, that is, to advance them both nationally and in collective Asia Pacific defence.  

AOC EW Asia 2020 session topics will build on the successful format of previous years of AOC Global Conferences and include:

  • Keynote addresses
  • Operational updates and activities
  • National perspectives
  • Offensive capabilities including platform, force/area and individual protection through Electronic Defence
  • Technological developments including autonomous vehicles, directed energy and laser technology, AI and autonomous vehicles on land, sea (and under it) and in the air including swarm technologies, detection and countermeasures, big data and data-mining, information exploitation and secure data/information sharing
  • Future warfare – capability, integration and interoperability
  • Critical EM lines of development
  • EM operations, information operations, cyber and network enabled capability.
  • Industry briefs on new technology, innovations and applications

In 21st Century joint, national and collective operations these are all critical.  This is perhaps even more so in the EM and Information Environment / Domain, because these 2 domains underpin and enable every action, every decision, every communication, navigation system, defensive and offensive actions, spectrum management - capabilities that are vital to all of warfare and especially manoeuvre warfare in every other warfare domain – Maritime, Land, Air, Cyber and Space. 

All AOC Global events are Continuous Professional Development (CPD) accredited by a globally recognised company, with all the benefits that brings to individual and organisations in terms of individual learning, recognition, and progress and business opportunities.

About the AOC

The AOC is a not-for-profit advocacy association for individuals and organisations which have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Maneuver, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities across the EM And information Domains.  The AOC by-line is: Advancing Electromagnetic Warfare Together.  Now in its 56th year, it is based in the US with over 13,000 members and many chapters active around the world, including in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.  Around 20 - 25% of AOC members are based outside of the US and international membership is the fastest growing sector with the most new Chapters.  Benefits of membership include monthly copies of the internationally renowned Journal of Electronic Defense; weekly e-Crows with online updates and breaking news; unique free access to a wide ranging library of current webinars from leading global experts covering the entire EM environment and AOC Mission Area and access to a huge body of reference materials.  Additionally, it enables participation in an association of like-minded individuals.

How to submit

How to submit

Organisers will be welcoming online submissions on this website from August 2019 until the deadline in December 2019. 

Once the form is active, authors should submit high-quality abstracts of 200-400 words. Each abstract should include a proposed title, topic overview, and key lessons for the audience. Details of the nominated speaker will also be required. Product pitches will not be accepted.

All presentations will be made available to delegates post-event as part of the ADECS 2020 programme. If there are specific reasons why an accepted paper should not be distributed, the speaker must write to the event organisers stating the reasons why.


If you have any queries regarding conference paper submission, please contact Head of Content Alice Macklin.

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