FAIRFAX, Va. The Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, conducted June 8-11 at the National Harbor in Maryland, showcased the commercial cyber services of the General Dynamics Information Technology business unit. During the summit, General Dynamics discussed the ongoing sea change from cyber products-led approach to process and outcomes.
Designers of rugged handheld computers and tablets for the military market are upgrading designs to meet the changing needs of warfighters on the frontline.
New design trends for shipboard electronics, such as those onboard the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship, focus on enabling enhanced data sharing capabilities and automation, along with a heavy emphasis on being prepared for electronic warfare.
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) budget cuts and sequestration combined with a shrinking U.S. military footprint abroad have created an uncertain marketplace, leaving many to wonder where the business opportunities will be. However, market analysts and distributors of electronic components don’t see it so much as a shrinking market, but rather one that is evolving and shifting toward sustainment.
Military procurement has exploited commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software for decades to cut costs and improve performance. However, the maintenance enterprise has progressed at a slower pace. Like an aircraft carrier, it has been difficult to redirect, but in today’s dire budgetary environment the need to do so is ever more pressing.
Defense electronics integrators faced with reduced funding want test and measurement systems that can be used across multiple platforms instead of having one test set for every weapon, radio, etc. This push toward commonality and standardization is driven by today’s budget-constrained environment in the Department of Defense (DoD).