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The next super weapon: believe me, nobody's ready for it

April 22, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 22 April 2014. Military powers throughout history have based their strengths on revolutionary super weapons that adversaries couldn't match.

Big opportunities for automation in a reduced-manpower Navy

April 15, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 15 April 2014. U.S. military campaigns in South Asia are winding down, which is translating into noticeable reductions in numbers of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. The fiscal 2015 Pentagon budget calls for a reduction 36,700 active-duty military personnel next year to bring the total force down to about 1.31 million.

Think laser weapons are the stuff of fantasy? Next summer will see first Navy deployment

April 8, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 8 April 2014. I remember when laser weapons were the stuff of cartoons and comic books ... except that as kids we used to call them "death rays," "disintegrator rays," or just "ray guns."

Hypertemporal imaging: the next Big Challenge for high-performance embedded computing

April 1, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 1 April 2014. It might be a fun exercise to sit with the leading practitioners of high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) to trade opinions about what are the toughest, gnarliest, most knee-buckling HPEC challenges in the foreseeable future.

With robots like these, who needs humans?

March 25, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 March 2014. U.S. military researchers have been reasonably successful over the past several years at designing robotic technology that enables unmanned aircraft, ships, and land vehicles to operate autonomously.

Military research spending continues to trend down; when do we risk a budget cut too far?

March 18, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 18 March 2014. Cutting-edge U.S. military technology relies increasingly on innovations in commercial industry. We know this because the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) budget earmarked for military technology research and development is on a long downward slide.

Vanished Malaysia 370: anybody know what happened to that plane?

March 11, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 11 March 2014. So where's that airplane?

I'd like to say I'm no conspiracy theorist, but the longer there's no hard evidence -- ANY evidence -- of what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370, the more likely it is that I'll succumb.

Procurement, RDT&E, hit hard in 2015 DOD budget

First look: fiscal 2015 DOD budget hits procurement and research hard

March 4, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 4 March 2014. Today was the day for release of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) budget request for fiscal 2015, and it looks like tough sledding for another year in the electronics-heavy procurement and research accounts.

After big defense cuts, what lies ahead?

Cutting the Army to historic low troop levels: do we realize where this might lead?

February 25, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 Feb. 2014. A resurgent People's Republic of China is in the midst of a military buildup, terrorism is rampant through the Middle East, and Venezuela and the Ukraine are nearing civil war. In short, the world is as dangerous as it's ever been.

Halls were buzzing and exhibitors were happy at AFCEA West trade show: have we turned a corner?

February 13, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 13 Feb. 2014. Well, there's good news and there's bad news. First the bad news: I'm stuck today due to the severe winter weather sweeping through the South and up the East Coast. The good news is we might be seeing something of an industry turnaround in the military electronics business, which has been on its back for months.

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John Keller is editor-in-chief of Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine, which provides extensive coverage and analysis of enabling electronic and optoelectronic technologies in military, space, and commercial aviation applications. A member of the Military & Aerospace Electronics staff since the magazine's founding in 1989, Mr. Keller took over as chief editor in 1995.

Ernesto Burden is the publisher of PennWell’s Aerospace & Defense Media Group, including Military & Aerospace Electronics, Avionics Intelligence and Avionics Europe.  He’s a father of four, a runner, and an avid digital media enthusiast with a deep background in the intersection of media publishing, digital technology, and social media. He can be reached at and on Twitter @aero_ernesto.

Courtney E. Howard, as executive editor, enjoys writing about all things electronics and avionics in PennWell’s burgeoning Aerospace and Defense Group, which encompasses Military & Aerospace Electronics, Avionics Intelligence, the Avionics Europe conference, and much more. She’s also a self-proclaimed social-media maven, mil-aero nerd, and avid avionics geek. Connect with Courtney at, @coho on Twitter, and on LinkedIn.

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