Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Ronald C. Jost to keynote Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum conference in March

SAN DIEGO, 4 Dec. 2007. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3, Space, and Spectrum, Dr. Ronald Jost, will give the keynote address at the Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum March 11 and 12 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.

By John McHale

SAN DIEGO, 4 Dec. 2007. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3, Space, and Spectrum, Dr. Ronald Jost, will give the keynote address at the Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum March 11 and 12 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.

Register here for the Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum, which is sponsored by PennWell and Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine.

Jost, who serves in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration, will discuss "the Global Information Grid (GIG) and Network Architectures," a presentation describing the GIG and the importance of network architectures in addressing major portfolio issues.

Prior to assuming this position in 2004, Jost was the Principal Deputy for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and the Director for Wireless. Jost was a corporate vice president with Motorola before joining the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).

During his tenure at Motorola, Jost served as the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) Group General Manager and as Chief Architect for Motorola infrastructures. He also served as the Vice-President, Chief Architect and Engineer for the Motorola Space and Systems Technology Group, and the Chief Engineer and Systems Manager for the IRIDIUM Program.

The theme of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum is Under the COTS Umbrella, and content will touch on how innovation in COTS electronics affects defense applications today, especially for urgent warfighter needs such as counter-IED (improvised explosive device) technology. These programs put immense pressure on suppliers and integrators to get technology deployed as fast as possible, creating new challenges when it comes to integrating COTS technology.

DOD and industry leaders will discuss how to meet these challenges and more throughout the conference program.

Session topics include: COTS integration panel discussion, COTS acquisition, software defined radio and the Joint Tactical Radio System program, IPv6 and its influence on military systems, information assurance, software security standards, ITAR and import/export issues panel discussion, and thermal and power management for warfighter systems.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum is brought to you by Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine and targets innovation in electronics solutions for defense applications. Presentations are geared specifically for program managers, engineering managers, and engineers at first- second- and third-tier defense contractors who need to understand the programs, opportunities, and latest innovations in defense electronics.

The event, formerly called the Military Technologies Conference, has been enhanced and refocused to provide a live forum for attendees to discuss the technological issues and applications of crucial interest to the military and aerospace electronics technical community. The forum is located in San Diego because of the importance of the Southern California area to the military and aerospace electronics design community.

The content will reflect the hottest topics from Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine such as network-centric communications, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) procurement issues, software defined radio technology, and power management.

In addition to the conference, the Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum will present an exhibition as a collaborative environment that is conducive to productive discussions, exchanging ideas, meeting new business partners, and reconnecting with current customers.

For more information on registering for the event please visit the forum Website at www.milaeroforum.com. To find out more about exhibiting or sponsoring the Military & Aerospace Electronics Forum, contact PennWell's Jeff Gallagher by phone at 603-891-9147 or by e-mail at jeffg@pennwell.com.

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