Wartime technological lessons learned highlight December's Military & Aerospace Electronics Show

Technological lessons learned from the second Persian Gulf War of 2003 (Gulf War II) will highlight the Military & Aerospace Electronics Show West 2003 conference and exhibition Dec. 2 and 3 at the San Diego Concourse in San Diego.

By John Keller

SAN DIEGO — Technological lessons learned from the second Persian Gulf War of 2003 (Gulf War II) will highlight the Military & Aerospace Electronics Show West 2003 conference and exhibition Dec. 2 and 3 at the San Diego Concourse in San Diego.

The conference audience — engineers and engineering managers from prime contractors, systems integrators, and their suppliers — is eager for useful information gleaned from the last three major U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. The Military & Aerospace Electronics Show West 2003 conference and exhibition is where they go to get this information.

The keynote speaker is Bob Haffa, director of the Northrop Grumman Analysis Center in Washington. Haffa will discuss technological lessons learned from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo, and how experts are applying those lessons learned to concepts for 21st century warfare.

Representatives from the Aerospace Vehicle Systems Institute in College Station, Texas, also will touch on lessons learned from recent military operations in a presentation on how atmospheric radiation influences the performance of aircraft electronics while operating at altitude.

Other highlights of the conference involving operational military lessons learned will be representatives from Mercury Computers in Chelmsford, Mass., and Pentek Inc. of Upper Saddle River, N.J., on how the experiences from those military operations will help guide future improvements and technology insertion for multiprocessor computer systems and future software radios.

Additional speakers confirmed for the conference include Jack Stradley of Rochester Electronics who will discuss the demise of 5-volt electronic systems and its influence on military electronics; Alan Fitzgerald of Adtron Corp. who will discuss how to manage component obsolescence in data storage systems; and Steve Blackman of Wind River Systems who will discuss meeting RTCA/DO-178B software safety guidelines.

A special early registration attendee admission fee is available for $625. To register, or for more information, contact the Military & Aerospace Electronics Show registration desk by phone at 603-891-9267, by fax at 603-891-9490, by e-mail at atdregistration@pennwell.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.maeshow.com/.

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