Welcome to our 2014 Radar Issue. Why have an issue focused on radar? Simple: the radar market, along with Electronic Warfare (EW), shows the most promise for embedded-computing system designs.
Counterfeit Integrated Circuits (ICs) in the military supply chain that make their way into a weapon system or the avionics of a jet fighter can cause loss of life. Government and industry spend millions of dollars every year to mitigate against counterfeit components entering their supply lines, but it's still a serious threat.
An era is coming to an end at the VITA Standards Organization (VSO) as Ray Alderman, the organization’s long-term Executive Director, is retiring from his everyday leadership role and becoming Chairman of the VITA Board of Directors. Jerry Gipper, VITA’s current Marketing Director, will take over Alderman’s position effective January 1, 2014. John Rynearson, the Technical Director of VITA, will also be retiring from VITA early next year.
Cost pressures and consumer handheld technology increasingly drive rugged wearable computer designs for warfighter applications. Meanwhile, new ISR requirements for full motion video are pushing rugged display designers to innovate image enhancement technology.
UAS platforms will be an important part of the nation's future defense strategy, but with the war in Afghanistan winding down, there is uncertainty regarding military UAS requirements.
Back in 2002 tempers were flying in the radiation-hardened (rad-hard) electronics community over government funding of rad-hard semiconductor fabrication (fabs) foundries owned by BAE Systems in Manassas, VA, and Honeywell Microelectronics in Plym...
My girlfriend tells me that I’d light up like a Christmas tree whenever I’d see my friend and former boss, Ron Mastro, retired publisher of Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine. How could anyone not? The man had buckets of charisma...
Outside of Special Forces and unmanned trade shows, attendance at industry events has scaled back with DoD budgets.
With the impending U.S. military footprint reduction, radar and electronic warfare technology are increasingly important in providing ISR capabilities to the warfighter.
It seems that Software-Defined Radios (SDRs) are finally here, there, and everywhere, pointing to a trend of Non-Developmental Item (NDI) procurement from here on.