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Major DoD program procurement and modernization budget highlights

John McHale, Editorial Director

WASHINGTON. Funding slated for Department of Defense (DoD) major weapon systems programs for Fiscal Year 2017 totals $183.9 billion. The entire DoD budget request for FY 2017 is $582.7 billion, a $2.4 billion increase over the FY 2016 enacted total.

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Mil Tech Trends
Unmanned aircraft lack stringent certification process

Mariana Iriarte, Technology Editor

All types of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) are popping into the national airspace, resulting in increasing numbers of accidents and near misses. Safety incidents are getting more frequent with military unmanned aircraft as well. This environment is forcing military commercial and aviation officials to speed up efforts to create the strict safety certification rules for unmanned aircraft as exist for manned aircraft.

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Electronic warfare school

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Fundamental principles of electronic warfare course offered in Canada

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Funding for radar, electronic warfare, C4ISR, steady in DoD FY 2017 budget request

John McHale, Editorial Director

The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget request for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) makes it back-to-back years with a budget increase. It’s a nice change of pace for an industry plagued by budget constraints and sequestration prior to the FY 2016 request. Increased funding for radar, electronic warfare (EW), command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR), and overall RDT&E funding as well as a significant bump in cybersecurity promise growth for…

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Long live VME!

Aaron Frank Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

While the "V" in "VME" actually stands for "Versa" (as in "Versa Module Eurocard"), it could arguably also stand - especially in the defense and aerospace commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) market - for "venerable." For the decades prior to the advent of the VPX architecture in 2006, VME was unquestionably a de facto board standard for rugged open architecture systems. Today, there are thousands of VME boards installed in the field and untold millions of dollars…

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Motor control in "more electric" aircraft

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As commercial and defense aircraft users and integrators look to reduce their costs we see an advent of "more electric" aircraft (MEA) designs. These aircraft decrease operating and maintenance costs with faster and easier maintenance checks, increase aircraft availability by reducing mean time between failures (MTBFs), and reduce exhaust gas emissions because they are lighter, more efficient, and have fewer bulky systems on board. The MEA concept specifically replaces the traditional hydraulic, pneumatic, and mechanical…

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Bandwidth is king in aerospace and defense applications

Ian Beavers Analog Devices

One of the most important factors for success in an LPI system is to use the widest signal transmission bandwidth possible to disguise complex waveforms as noise.

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Designing an embedded application? There's a CPU for that

Dirk Finstell ADLINK Technology

The question isn’t whether ARM or x86 is the better architecture, but rather: Which architecture is better for your application? The answer depends on how you prioritize requirements, including power, speed, longevity, compatibility, and more.

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For many years, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has had strict requirements about the size, weight and power (SWaP) of components and systems developed for military applications. A challenging budget environment led to a new acronym including "c" for cost, or SWaP-C. In 2012, the DOD presented a budget that was designed to "conform to the 2011 Budget Control Act's requirement to reduce Defense Department future expenditures...[even though] we still have significant gaps in…

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