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DARPA seeks to develop implantable device to help brain-injured people regain their memories

DARPA seeks to develop implantable device to help brain-injured people regain their memories

ARLINGTON, Va., 12 Nov. 2013. U.S. military researchers are asking industry to find new ways to analyze and decode neural signals in the human brain to help people with brain injuries recover their memories.

Special Operations experts eye wind sensors to improve aim of weapons aboard AC-130 gunships

Special Operations experts eye wind sensors to improve aim of AC-130 gunship weapons

MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 11 Nov. 2013. U.S. military researchers are surveying industry to find companies with the expertise to design wind-sensing technologies to improve the aim of machine guns and cannons on Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) AC-130 gunship aircraft.

Navy chooses Gigabit Ethernet switches and SFP transceiver modules from Advantech America

Navy chooses Gigabit Ethernet switches and SFP transceiver modules from Advantech America

WEST BETHESDA, Md., 8 Nov 2013. U.S. Navy ocean systems experts needed industrial-grade Ethernet networking switches and transceiver modules for a variety of embedded computing surface warship and ship systems research. They found their solution from the Advantech America Embedded & Network Computing Group in Irvine, Calif.

Northrop Grumman to build SATCOM capability for E-6B strategic airborne command post

Northrop Grumman to build SATCOM capability for E-6B strategic airborne command post

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 7 Nov. 2013. Northrop Grumman Satellite communications (SATCOM) experts will design advanced satellite communications capability for the U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury strategic airborne command post and communications relay aircraft under terms of an $18.5 million contract announced this week.

Army prepares to move laser-based aircraft missile countermeasures to full-scale development

Army ready to move laser-based aircraft missile countermeasures to full-scale development

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 6 Nov. 2013. U.S. Army aviation experts have announced plans to move to full-scale development a laser-based missile-countermeasures system intended to defend helicopters, tiltrotor aircraft, and slow-moving fixed-wing aircraft from shoulder-launched heat-seeking missiles.

Army to issue RFP in December for Joint Biological Tactical Detection System (JBTDS)

Army to issue RFP in December for Joint Biological Tactical Detection System (JBTDS)

NATICK, Mass., 4 Nov. 2013. U.S. Army researchers are preparing to asking industry to design a lightweight, low cost, man-portable, battery-operated system to detect, collect, and identify biological pathogens and toxins on the battlefield.

Q&A

An interview with Brendon Van Campen of Lutron

Brendon Van Campen, Director of Government and Military Programs at Lutron, discusses how militaries and other government entities are adopting modern and, in some cases, automated lighting solutions to help meet energy- and budget-related goals.

Curtiss-Wright chosen to provide rugged Gigabit Ethernet switches for F-16 jet fighter upgrade

Curtiss-Wright chosen to provide rugged Gigabit Ethernet switches for F-16 jet fighter upgrade

ASHBURN, Va., 1 Nov. 2013. Military avionics designers at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Aeronautics segment in Fort Worth, Texas, needed rugged Gigabit Ethernet switches for an upcoming upgrade of the F-16 jet fighter. They found their solution from Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions in Ashburn, Va.

Army to brief industry on upcoming Network Integration Evaluations on 19 Nov. at Fort Belvoir

Army to brief industry on upcoming Network Integration Evaluations on 19 Nov. at Fort Belvoir

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 31 Oct. 2013. U.S. Army leaders will brief industry on the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) program and upcoming NIE events and exercises on 19 Nov. 2013 at the officers club at Fort Belvoir, Va. The next NIE is this fall at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

NASA looks for companies able to build solar sails for pushing CubeSats through deep space

NASA looks for companies able to build solar sails for pushing CubeSats through deep space

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 30 Oct. 2013. U.S. spacecraft researchers are reaching out to industry to fond companies able to design and build solar sails deployable from a tiny spacecraft measuring just 64 cubic inches that will be built for deep-space exploration.

Army researchers ask Protonex Technology to develop soldier-worn power-management systems

Army researchers ask Protonex Technology to develop soldier-worn power-management

NATICK, Mass., 29 Oct. 2013. Wearable power experts at Protonex Technology Corp. in Southborough, Mass., will develop soldier-worn power-management systems under terms of a $2.2 million contract from the Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass.

INCOSE

INCOSE to host Avionics Forum for industry leaders at Dubai Airshow

DUBAI, 26 Oct. 2013. Building on the momentum of the avionics industry and the Dubai Airshow, the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) will be hosting its first Avionics Forum, an all-day avionics engineering event during the Dubai Airshow on 19 November 2013. At the forum, presenters from around the globe--including Military & Aerospace Electronics Executive Editor Courtney E. Howard-- will focus on topics including avionic systems and market trends and connectivity in airborne applications.

Army readies solicitation for universal battery charger; asks for comments from industry

Army readies solicitation for universal battery charger; asks for comments from industry

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 24 Oct. 2013. U.S. Army procurement officials are getting ready to issue a solicitation to industry for a man-portable universal battery charger (UBC) for field-charging of lithium ion, nickel metal hydride, nickel cadmium, and other batteries, and they are looking for comments from industry before formally issuing the request for proposals (RFP).

Army reaches out to vetronics industry for membership in VICTORY combat vehicle program

Army reaches out to vetronics industry to join VICTORY combat vehicle program

WARREN, Mich., 23 Oct. 2013. U.S. Army officials are reaching out to industry to encourage membership in the VICTORY standards organization to help develop, validate, and maintain open-systems standards for vetronics on U.S. and allied armored combat vehicles.

Army to open competition for full-scale development of Autonomous Mine Detection System (AMDS)

Army set to open competition to develop Autonomous Mine Detection System (AMDS)

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 20 Oct. 2013. U.S. Army counter-mine experts say they plan to issue a formal solicitation before the end of October for full-scale development of unmanned ground vehicle (UGV)-mounted mine-detection system called the Autonomous Mine Detection System (AMDS).

Aerospace and defense sector thriving in Northeast Florida, says JAXUSA Partnership

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 19 Oct. 2013. Saft America, Northrop Grumman Corp., BAE Systems, Kaman Aerospace, Rayonier, and Boeing are some of the manufacturing companies growing in the region, according to JAXUSA Partnership, the region’s economic development organization.

InterTronic wins U.S. Navy competition to replace radio telescope antenna at Kauai, Hawaii

InterTronic wins U.S. Navy competition to replace radio telescope antenna at Kauai, Hawaii

PHILADELPHIA, 18 Oct. 2013. U.S. Navy space researchers needed a 12-meter high-precision radio telescope antenna for high-accuracy measurement of the positions of planets and stars. They found their solution from the InterTronic Antennas segment of InterTronic Solutions Inc. in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Québec.

Latest contract brings to four the number of contractors for DARPA RF spectrum sharing

Latest contract brings to four the number of contractors for DARPA RF spectrum sharing

ARLINGTON, Va., 16 Oct. 2013. Radio researchers at Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) in Houghton, Mich., are joining a U.S. military research program to develop technology for RF spectrum sharing among radar and radio communications systems to improve capability and avoid cross-platform interference.

CPI boosts expertise in radomes, radar, EW antennas, and composites with Radant buy

CPI boosts expertise in radomes, radar, EW antennas, and composites with Radant buy

PALO ALTO, Calif., 16 Oct. 2013. Executives of RF and microwave specialist Communications & Power Industries LLC (CPI) in Palo Alto, Calif., are boosting their company's expertise in radomes, electronically steerable antennas, and structural composites with their acquisition of Radant Technologies Inc. (RTI) in Stow, Mass.

CPI to provide radio frequency amplifiers and circuit cards for military SATCOM terminals

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 15 Oct. 2013. U.S. military satellite communications (SATCOM) experts needed RF amplifiers and circuit cards for the AM-7498/G high-power amplifier used for several SATCOM terminals. They found their solution from Communications & Power Industries (CPI) Inc. in Palo Alto, Calif.

F-35 JPO halts development of BAE Systems alternate helmet, focuses on Rockwell Collins Elbit Systems G2 helmet

FORT WORTH, Texas, 13 Oct. 2013. Officials from the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) have decided to halt development of the alternative F-35 pilot's helmet from BAE Systems and focus exclusively on maturing the Rockwell Collins/Elbit Systems of America/Vision Systems Generation 2 (Gen 2) helmet currently in training and testing.

Mandiant Corp. to participate in DARPA initiative to secure military computers without passwords

Mandiant Corp. to participate in DARPA initiative to secure military computers without passwords

ARLINGTON, Va., 11 Oct. 2013. U.S. military researchers are looking to cyber security experts at Mandiant Corp. in Arlington, Va., to develop software approaches for securing military computer systems with advanced biometrics rather than user passwords in ways that focus on the unique aspects of the individual.

Northrop Grumman joins Honeywell in project to upgrade Navy shipboard aircraft landing systems

Northrop Grumman joins Honeywell in project to upgrade Navy shipboard aircraft landing systems

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 10 Oct. 2013. Air traffic control experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Woodland Hills, Calif., is joining the Honeywell Inc. Aerospace sector in Clearwater, Fla., on a project to upgrade precision landing systems aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.

Army looks to GATR Technologies for lightweight, quick-setup inflatable SATCOM antennas

Army looks to GATR for lightweight, quick-setup inflatable SATCOM antennas

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 7 Oct. 2013. U.S. Army network-centric warfare experts needed portable, lightweight inflatable satellite communications (SATCOM) antennas for the War-fighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T). They found their solution from GATR Technologies in Huntsville, Ala.

MISRA

Experts to discuss MISRA C:2012 standard, benefits for safety-critical applications in free LDRA half-day seminar

WIRRAL, U.K., 5 Oct. 2013. LDRA, a provider of automated software verification, source code analysis, and test tools, is announcing a free, half-day seminar on MISRA C:2012, which is being held at major U.S. cities. The seminar delves into the new features of MISRA C:2012 and how revised standard enables developers to take advantage of more C features, while avoiding unsafe C constructs in the development of safety-critical applications.

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