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January 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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EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK
 
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Transformational change is happening within in the Department of Defense (DoD) budget and DoD, says Ken Peterman, President of Viasat's Government Systems division in the following Q and A He discusses how technology leadership has transitioned to the private sector and how the DoD needs to adjust its acquisition policy to keep pace with technology development in this changing environment.
 
 
COTS CONFIDENTIAL
 
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This month we discuss Department of Defense (DoD) open architecture initiatives, board-level standards from VITA and PICMG, and more from attendees of the Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) conference held last week in Austin, Texas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The new XMC module offers a combination of both wideband and narrowband DDCs; applications monitoring a broad spectrum with a need to quickly analyze specific portions of the identified spectrum can greatly benefit from the capabilities of the Model 71132.
 
 
 
 
 
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The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract that paves the way for full-rate production of the company's M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer and M992A3 ammunition carrier vehicles. The contract includes an initial $413.7 million portion to complete the third and final option for low-rate initial production on the program...
 
 
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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials selected Raytheon to complete the development of the agency's Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program during Phase 3.
 
 
 
 
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Radar and electronic warfare (EW) stories continue to be a hot topic. In 2017, contributors covered topics such as software-defined radio (SDR) in the realm of radars as well as choosing the right tool for the job. In the same year, we saw the the challenges of designing more complex systems to address new threats and...
 
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BAE Systems has signed several contracts with the U.S. Navy to perform modernization and upgrades on the guided missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG 83) and USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79).
 
 
PODCAST
 
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The Department of Defense (DoD) continues to embrace open architecture designs and open standards to enable more commonality in military sensor systems, vehicle electronics, radar, electronic warfare, and others. This was quite evident during the Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) conference last week in Austin, Texas...
 
 
 
 
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The top security stories of last year dealt with hardware security, communications, and software-defined networking. 2017 was the year where cybersecurity was no longer an afterthought, but part of the design process. Some of the most interesting articles stem from our contributors such as Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions and Innodisk... 
 
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The use of software radio technology has spread to almost every commercial, consumer, government, industrial, and military platform across the entire radio frequency spectrum during the technology's 25-year lifespan. Innovations in data converter technology, DSP devices, system interconnects, processors...
 
 
WEBCAST
 
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A demand for commonality is driving procurement and technology development within the Department of Defense (DoD). This webcast of industry experts will cover how various DoD open architecture initiatives such as the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) and Hardware Open Systems Technologies (HOST)...
 
 
 
 
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Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control business unit recently secured a $945 million modification contract from U.S. Army Contracting Command to exercise the production option of fiscal 2018 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles.
 
 
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U.S. Air Force officials tapped Harris Corp. to provide engineering support services for the electronic warfare (EW) systems onboard the international variant of the F-16.
 
 
 
 
TECHNOLOGY FEATURE
 
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Many of the standards developed by VITA working groups are for defining modules that are part of Open System Architectures (OSA) - whether they are VME, VPX, PMC, FMC or one of many other standards. These modules are used to build critical embedded systems that are deployed in a variety of application platforms.
 
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U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists completed the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative (ARPI) and developed ways to improve collaborations between humans and artificially intelligent agents.
 
 
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France's DGA (Direction générale de l'armement, the government agency tasked with procuring weapons systems) awarded a contract for technology development in the field of rotary-wing drones to the Naval Group and Airbus Helicopters consortium.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The U.S. Army and aerospace/defense company Orbital ATK (Dulles, Virginia) recently participated in the Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) at the Fort Sill Army post.
 
 
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DARPA and officials at the Joint University Microelectronics Program (JUMP) selected six centers that will undertake high-risk, high-payoff research that addresses existing and emerging challenges in microelectronic technologies.
 
 
 
 
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Marvin Test Solutions, Inc. announced that it is a member of the BAE Systems-led team that won the U.S. Air Force Bomber Armament Tester (BAT) program competition in late 2017. The contract value of more than $64 million provides for the design, development, manufacturing, and sustainment of the BAT system.
 
 
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Research and development lab HRL Laboratories has announced the development of a high-resolution, low-power radar antenna array (coded aperture subreflector array or CASA) that the company says can potentially see weapons or explosives concealed on a person at tactically safe distances. 
 
 
 
 
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A 6U VPX dual eight-core Intel Xeon D processor blade computer made by embedded computing and Internet of Things company Kontron has been successfully integrated and tested in a radar application by defense electronics corporation Thales.
 
 
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The global electronic warfare (EW) market -- valued at more than $13 billion in 2017 -- will grow at a combined annual growth rate of more than 2.6 percent to be worth $17.7 billion by 2027, according to a forecast by analysts at Strategic Defence Intelligence.
 
 
 
 
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Officials at the trade association for standard computing architectures serving critical and intelligent embedded computing systems markets, VITA, announced the ratification by ANSI and VITA of ANSI/VITA 68.0-2017 "VPX Compliance Channel" and ANSI/VITA 68.1- 2017 "VPX Compliance Channel - Fixed Signal Integrity Budget Standard."
 
 
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U.S. Navy officials selected Orbital ATK to mature the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) configuration. The result of the developmental contract will be in a preliminary design prior to entry into the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase.
 
 
 
 
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Officials at the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced a $255.3 million contract agreement with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (San Diego) for three additional MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
 
 
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The global tactical communication market  is expected to grow at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 17 percent during the period 2016-2023, according to a new forecast by market research firm Occams Business Research and Consulting.
 
 
 
 
CHARITY
 
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This issue we are highlighting Warrior Dog Foundation, a nonprofit national organization founded by former Navy Seal Mike Ritland as a place for retirement and rehabilitation of retired warrior K-9 dogs who were slated to be euthanized.
 
 
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Officials at the Special Mission business unit at Cobham received a follow-on contract to delivery operational readiness training to NATO for up to five years.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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