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2015 expected to be breakout year for VITA 74 VNX small-form-factor embedded computing

2015 expected to be breakout year for VITA 74 VNX small-form-factor embedded computing

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 20 Jan. 2015. Long-anticipated VITA 74 VNX small-form-factor embedded computing technology should see its first major design wins this year, driven by applications in land vehicles and manned aircraft, industry experts say.

The critical value of human intelligence in the cockpit

THE MIL & AERO BLOG 13 Jan. 2015. Modern avionics represents truly amazing technology. Sensors are growing in sophistication, digital satellite communications is helping guide aircraft to their destinations more efficiently than ever before, and small powerful computers are blending sensor inputs to produce on-board real-time situational awareness.

Parade of changes over the years as Military & Aerospace Electronics celebrates 25th-year anniversary

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 6 Jan. 2015. At Military & Aerospace Electronics we are celebrating our 25th year in publication, and we've seen a lot of changes in our first quarter-century. Twenty-five years ago Military & Aerospace was much different from how it is today. Those were the days before the ubiquitous Internet, on-line publications, Google, social networking, and electronic newsletters. When we put volume 1, number 1 to bed in December 1989 we were a print magazine. Period.

Christmas 1914: a day of respite from the horrors of the trenches

Christmas 1914: a day of respite from the horrors of the trenches

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 23 Dec. 2014. One hundred years ago this week a group of German soldiers in Belgium fighting in the trenches of the Western Front started to get homesick. They were cold and tired. They had been fighting since August, and it was Christmas time.

Low prices at the pump could mean political and military problems abroad

Low prices at the pump could mean political and military problems abroad

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 16 Dec. 2014. Two things today are worth about half as much as they were last summer -- the price of crude oil and the Russian monetary currency called the rouble. Taken together, these devaluations virtually guarantee a long period of increasing global political and military instability in an already dangerous world.

The scourge of cyber hackers: government and industry gear-up for new generation of cyber security

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 9 Dec. 2014. The recent cyber warfare hacker attack on entertainment giant Sony Corp. is yet another stark warning about the dire threats that cyber attacks and hacker terrorism pose to U.S. and allied military forces, public utilities, and commercial business.

Military & Aerospace Electronics to add Friday wrapup edition of its weekly email newsletter

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 2 Dec. 2014. For those of you who just can't get enough aerospace and defense technology news, Military & Aerospace Electronics is doubling the frequency of its weekly email newsletters.

SWATs, SWEATERs, and ANSWERs: Air Force gets serious about spectrum warfare

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 18 Nov. 2014. Three new military technology research programs are showing us two things. First, the term "spectrum warfare" is evolving quickly well-understood mainstream usage, and second, spectrum warfare rapidly is taking its place as a top U.S. military priority.

Veterans Day and the legacy of spite at Arlington National Cemetery

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 11 Nov. 2014. Today is Veterans Day -- the anniversary of the armistice the ended World War I -- and is an appropriate time to consider the nation's chief cemetery for veterans at Arlington, Va., which was established 150 years ago.

A once-proud class of U.S. Navy surface warships is quickly fading away

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 4 Nov. 2014. Throughout the Cold War U.S. Navy frigates were essential pieces in the Navy's role of first line of defense. These relatively small, fast, and maneuverable surface warships were designed for the vital role of screening aircraft carriers from aircraft and missile attack, as well as protecting Marine Corps amphibious invasion forces and cargo ships from enemy submarines.

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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.

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, Intelligent Aerospace, the Intelligent Aerospace Conference & Exhibition, 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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January 2015
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