Table of Contents

Military & Aerospace Electronics

02/01/2005
Volume 16, Issue 2
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  • Departments

    • Focus on Homeland Security

    • Opinion

      • The sea change to serial-switch fabrics
        As battlefield communications become increasingly distributed and network-centric, a sea change has begun in the design of embedded computing systems for defense and aerospace applications.
    • Electro-optics Watch

      • Laser pointer or terrorist threat?
        Several recent incidents in which aircraft pilots claim to have been temporarily blinded by laser beams are igniting debate over whether legally obtained laser pointers in the wrong hands could be considered terrorist weapons, and if further restrictions should be placed on their use.
      • Briefs
      • New technology advances applications for high-power fiber lasers
        Since the advent of cladding pump fiber designs in 1988, power scaling of fiber devices was limited by the availability of high-brightness pump radiation, rather than the fiber itself. This trend continued with the use of the available fiber technology, culminating in 1999 with the demonstration of the world's first single-mode fiber laser that exhibited output in excess of 100-watts continuous wave (CW).
    • Trends

      • Magazine's format changes with the times
        Welcome to the redesigned Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine, a new, fresh look and feel for 2005 that promises to improve navigation through the magazine, make browsing the magazine faster and easier, and provide graphical consistency not only through the magazine, but also throughout the other print and digital offerings of the Military & Aerospace Electronics franchise.
    • MilAero Voices

      • Lt. Gen. Tom Hobbins leads Air Force warfighting integration
        From his base at U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington Lt. Gen. Tom Hobbins, Air Force deputy chief of staff for warfighting integration, is charged with formulating and executing policy and strategy that will move the Air Force toward a seamless integration of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities that will ensure not only air and space but also information dominance of any battlespace on Earth.
  • New Products

  • News

    • Next-generation airborne radar demands powerful computers
      CHELMSFORD, Mass. - When Air Force pilots steer the E-10A Joint Surveillance Target Arrack Radar System (Joint STARS) surveillance airplane near battlefields sometime after 2013, its powerful radar will track evasive cars and wagons through city streets, and simultaneously track low-flying cruise missiles.
    • Lockheed Martin set to build new presidential helicopter
      WASHINGTON - The long-awaited competition to build the next generation of U.S. presidential helicopters came to a close Jan. 29 when U.S. Navy officials awarded a $1.7 billion contract to build the VXX helicopter to Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, N.Y.
    • Defense spending will drive R&D investment in 2005
      COLUMBUS, Ohio - Many defense contractors are predicting a $60 billion cut in Pentagon spending on fighter jets and aircraft carriers to help pay for the war in Iraq. But at the same time, one industry group is predicting a hike in federal spending on research and development.
    • Air Force Brig. Gen. (S) Gary Connor to keynote Military Technologies Conference
      BOSTON - Brig. Gen. (S) Gary Connor, newly appointed commander of the Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems Wing (C2ISR) Systems Wing at the Air Force Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., will give the keynote address at the Military Technologies Conference March 15-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Boston.
    • NASA plans laser-based satellite-tracking network
      GREENBELT, Md. - NASA optoelectronics experts are making plans to build a new ground-based global network that uses green laser beams to track orbiting satellites and to study Earth.
    • In Brief
  • Product Applications

  • Features

    • Special Report

      • The Moon, Mars and beyond...
        NASA officials are working to meet President Bush's goals for space exploration with initiatives such as Project Constellation, which includes a replacement for the Space Shuttle.
    • Technology Focus

      • Dilemma: Databus or switched fabric?
        Single-board computers rely on fabrics for speed, not stability, which presents designers of data-intensive, interrupt-driven, hard-real-time systems with a raft of difficult decisions.


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