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March 2018

 
 
 
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The McHale Report, by mil-embedded.com Editorial Director John McHale, covers technology and procurement trends in the defense and aerospace electronics community.

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PODCAST
 
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In this podcast with Mike MacPherson, Vice President, Strategic Planning, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, he discusses the impact for the budget increase on the defense electronics industry and what applications. He also opines on the technology driving innovation in the defense electronic world such as AI/ML and cybersecurity. This podcast is sponsored by the Avionics & Flight Ops show. For information on attending the event, go to www.ae-expo.eu.
 
 
COTS CONFIDENTIAL
 
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This month we cover the emerging technology trends at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space exposition. Panelists discuss the general optimism behind the increases in Department of Defense (DoD) budget, the intellectual property (IP) behind commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components, and the importance of obsolescence management in the U.S. Navy.
 
 
 
 
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In this podcast with Mike Blades, Research Director, North America, for Frost and Sullivan, he discusses the two different markets for counter-UAV technology -- commercial and defense -- the types of solutions popular within each market, how the defense industry is developing counters for the counter-UAV solutions, and more. This podcast is sponsored by the Avionics and Flight Ops show. For information on attending the event, go to www.ae-expo.eu.
 
 
XPONENTIAL 2018
 
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AUVSI's Xponential, taking place April 30th - May 3rd at the Colorado Convention Center, brings more than 8,500 industry leaders together focusing on unmanned vehicle technology. Military Embedded Systems is providing full coverage of the embedded electronics fueling unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), and unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) at the show. Find out below how to can participate with us in Denver.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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EDITOR'S PERSPECTIVE
 
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Welcome to our annual Unmanned Systems issue, our yearly highlight of the hottest embedded computing elements in military unmanned platforms. We bring this to you every year on the eve of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Xponential show as the magazine and its editorial staff hit the exhibition floors and conference rooms of the event.
 
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This week's Xponential 2018 conference and exhibition at the Colorado Convention Center bringing together more than 8,500 industry leaders and more than 725 exhibitors focusing on unmanned systems technology. To stand out from this crown you will need a strong social media presence whether you're speaking, launching new products and solutions, or just networking.
 
 
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A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) reports that they have pushed grain-size engineering to the limit and as a result recently discovered previously unseen behaviors in nanocrystalline ceramics that could lead to the design of lighter and stronger ceramic armor for the warfighter.
 
 
 
 
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General Dynamics has completed its previously announced acquisition of IT provider CSRA. The acquisition, valued at approximately $9.7 billion, is expected to be accretive to GAAP earnings per share and to free cash flow per share in 2019.
 
 
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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials are moving forward with Phase II of the OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program, which envisions small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or small unmanned ground systems (UGSs) in swarms of 250 robots or more to accomplish diverse missions in complex urban environments.
 
 
 
 
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Global alternative asset firm TPG will acquire Wind River from Intel, officials say. The transaction, for which Allen and Company LLC served as financial advisor to Intel, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018. The terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.
 
 
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State Department officials approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Germany of MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for an estimated cost of $2.50 billion.
 
 
 
 
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The global rugged equipment market -- defined as devices that are used in harsh conditions and extreme climates that are designed based on certain military standards that determine their resistance to dust, water, and vibration -- will total nearly $44 billion by 2022, according to a market study by Technavio, "Global Rugged Equipment Market 2018-2022."

 
Applied Avionics
 
 
 
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DARPA is holding the first annual Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) Summit from July 23-25, 2018 in San Francisco, California.The three-day event will bring together those most impacted by the coming inflection in Moore's Law, including senior representatives from the commercial sector, defense industrial base, academia, and government.
 
 
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The U.S. Army officially opened a first-of-its-kind interactive training system -- developed by Northrop Grumman Corp. -- that supports the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite communications program; the WGS constellation of military satellites delivers secure, reliable, and resilient communications worldwide for the U.S. and its partner nations.
 
 
 
 
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University of California in Los Angles (UCLA) researchers found a way to block cyber intrusions on sensitive communication networks. The U.S. Army-funded research focuses on the Majorana particles, which could become critical building blocks for quantum computers because their unusual properties make them resistant to external interference and prevent loss of quantum information.
 
 
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Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has won a $247.5 million cost-plus contract from NASA to design, build, and flight test the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator, an X-plane designed to make supersonic passenger air travel a reality.rticles, which could become critical building blocks for quantum computers because their unusual properties...
 
 
 
 
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The command and control systems market -- estimated to be at $29.10 billion in 2017 -- is projected to reach $35.65 billion by 2022, at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.15 percent during the forecast period, according to a new report from MarketsandMarkets, "Command and Control Systems Market by Platform, Solution, Application And Region -- Global Forecast to 2022."

 
 
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U.S. Air Force officials selected Rockwell Collins for multiple repair contracts to support Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) components on the entire KC-135 tanker fleet. These contracts, valued at approximately $27 million over the next five years, will keep the aircraft flying and in compliance with Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) mandates.
 
 
 
 
INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT
 
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Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) operating in the National Airspace System (NAS) continue to proliferate. In response, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is issuing regulatory changes that will affect policy regarding safety certification of unmanned aircraft - military and commercial - that travel in the NAS. These policy changes are ongoing and software and hardware designers need to stay abreast of the changes.
 
Mercury Systems
 
 
 
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Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed a technique that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to produce a recognizable image from a thermal image of a person's face captured in low-light or nighttime conditions. Such a technique could lead to enhanced real-time biometrics and post-mission forensic analysis for covert military nighttime operations.
 
 
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Sparton Corporation -- operating under its brand Aydin Displays -- has won a contract worth over $13 million to supply BAE Systems with ruggedized flat panel displays for a program supporting the Navy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Defense electronics contractor Elbit Systems Ltd. has completed its previously announced acquisition of avionics manufacturer Universal Avionics Systems (UA -- Tucson, Arizona). As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems...
 
 
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A team of researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) reports that it has made significant progress advancing chip-based integrated photonics and nonlinear optics to miniaturize optical synthesizer components.

 
 
 
 
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The military market for artificial intelligence (AI) -- valued at $5.54 billion in 2016 -- is projected to reach $18.82 billion by 2025, according to a new study published by MarketsandMarkets titled "Artificial Intelligence in Military Market by Offering (Software, Hardware, Services), Technology (Learning and Intelligence, Advanced Computing...
 
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BAE Systems received a contract by U.S. Army officials to develop a Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) next-generation missile warning system for aircraft that will protect pilots and crews from new and emerging threats.
 
 
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Universal Avionics -- in concert with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Engineering Development Center (AMRDEC), Prototype Integration Facility (PIF), and prime contractor Redstone Defense Systems -- has completed a project to integrate an IFR [Instrument Flight Rules]-capable flight management system (FMS)...
 
 
 
 
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The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Agile Combat Support Directorate recently awarded a $195,000 contract to military-equipment vendor Spotlight Labs to test a device the company calls the SPYDR, which is designed to immediately alert T-6 aircrew of low oxygen in the bloodstream; the fliers may then act to prevent physiological symptoms in flight.
 
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BLOG
 
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Now, it's time to integrate the other models: RMAs (revolutions in military affairs), warfare domains (land, sea, air, space, cyberspace, electromagnetic (EM) spectrum), strategic offsets, generations of warfare (1GW through 8GW), and the OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act).

 
 
CHARITY
 
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This issue we are highlighting Feherty's Troops First Foundation, an 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created to develop, operate, and support wellness, quality-of-life, and event-based initiatives for post-9/11 combat-injured warriors. Cofounder and executive director Rick Kell - together with his friend, former pro golfer and broadcaster David Feherty - founded the Troops First Foundation in 2008...
 
 
 
 
 
 
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