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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.

Military & Aerospace Electronics launches quarterly e-newsletter focused on electronic warfare (EW)

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 28 Oct. 2014. Electronic warfare is one of today's most pressing priorities of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Properly done, electronic warfare -- or just EW for short -- can ensure that crucial U.S. and allied communications go through, and can deny this capability to hostile forces.

A U.S. military stuck in the ditch

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 17 Oct. 2014. The U.S. military's mission in the Middle East is drawing to a close -- with the exception of scattered and largely ineffective bombing raids to annoy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Cyber security is more pressing than ever, yet U.S. and its allies are just getting started

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 14 Oct. 2014. Cyber warfare and cyber security are hot issues these days in the aerospace and defense electronics business. Cyber security is considered to be one of the few growth areas in the defense business, and the Pentagon is pouring millions of dollars into safeguarding the military from malicious computer hackers.

Flightline technicians need a stronger voice in the test equipment business

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 7 Oct. 2014. The flightline test experts buying and specifying test equipment need to improve their communications with the technicians using that equipment, or risk playing a guessing game that could lead to the wrong choices.

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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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November 2014
Volume 25, Issue 11

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