McHale Report – December 2016                               
December 2016

The McHale Report, by mil-embedded.com Editorial Director John McHale, covers technology and procurement trends in the defense electronics community.


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Executive Outlook

Open architecture role in avionics and electronic warfare designs
Open architecture role in avionics and electronic warfare designs

In this Q&A with Ed Zoiss, President of the Electronic Systems segment at Harris, he discusses how Harris and Boeing are pursuing open architectures in their collaboration, which is focused on developing next-generation military avionics systems, the impact of reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) on electronic warfare technology, and how increasing complex threats are driving mission funding of both avionics and electronic warfare (EW) systems.


Leveraging GaN for radar and soon GaN-on-diamond
Leveraging GaN for radar and soon GaN-on-diamond

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory officials in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of Defense selected Raytheon for a follow-on Title III contract to improve its process to produce Gallium Nitride (GaN)-based semiconductors. In a Q&A with Chris MacDonald, an Engineering Fellow in Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) Microelectronics and Engineering Technology (MET) Department, he discusses the thermal challenges engineers face with implementing GaN technology into radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems, as well as how GaN-on-diamond could effectively help in the future.


Pentek Introduces New Portable, Rugged Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning Recorder

The RTR 2623 6 GHz RF SentinelTM Intelligent Signal Scanning portable, rugged recorder. The RTR 2623 combines and exploits the power of a Pentek Talon recording system with a fully integrated 6 GHz RF down converter. The Sentinel capability adds intelligent signal scanning with real-time signal monitoring and detection that is fully user configurable.


3U VPX Backplanes – Mission Successful

3U VPX backplanes for mission critical integrated systems from the industry leader in backplane design and manufacture.


Top Stories

DARPA plans to develop unmanned swarm tactics in new program
DARPA plans to develop unmanned swarm tactics in new program

To help combat small-unit combat forces operating in urban environments, DARPA officials launched the OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program, which seeks to develop and demonstrate 100 plus operationally relevant swarm tactics that could be used by groups of unmanned air and/or ground systems numbering more than 100 robots.


GPS satellite ground system upgrade gets approval
GPS satellite ground system upgrade gets approval

Lockheed Martin's upgrade design the current GPS satellite ground control system got Air Force approval to move forward. The enhancements include new capabilities that will enable the system to operate more powerful and accurate GPS III satellites.


Top ten 2016 military electronics stories
Top ten 2016 military electronics stories

The most popular stories on Mil-Embedded.com throughout 2016 covered subjects such as manned and unmanned teaming (MUM-T), Long-Range Strike Bomber concept, the Lockheed Martin/Leidos merger, solid-state radar tech, and more. Check them out below.


Royal Netherlands air force to upgrade its AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasure pods
Royal Netherlands air force to upgrade its AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasure pods

Engineers at Northrop Grumman will upgrade the AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasure (ECM) pods for the Royal Netherlands air force (RNLAF) F-16 aircraft fleet.


Raytheon, UMass granted $1.9 million to research flexible RF devices for GPS
Raytheon, UMass granted $1.9 million to research flexible RF devices for GPS

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems and University of Massachusetts Lowell have received a grant of $1.9 million to advance the commercialization of flexible hybrid radio-frequency (RF) electronics that are aimed at use in military global positioning systems (GPS), among other applications.


Blogs & Columns

Top 2016 military embedded blogs
Top 2016 military embedded blogs

Our most popular blogs on Mil-Embedded.com from 2016 covered by guest bloggers from Milsource, VITA, Red Hat, Abaco Systems, and by our editorial staff on subjects such as potential wars with Iran, with China, and with Russia as well as military Internet of Things (IoT), Ethernet networks, Department of Defense (DoD) budget requests, Wind River/Intel integration and more.


Designing next-generation engineers
Designing next-generation engineers

Enhanced emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in U.S. public schools continues to grow, with federal investment in STEM education totaling more than $3 billion annually. But interaction with real-world engineers in actual work situations—especially in the students’ local areas—may help as they make crucial decisions about their college years and beyond just as much as STEM programs.


OSU and AFRL team up to find best recovery method for SPEC OPS
OSU and AFRL team up to find best recovery method for SPEC OPS

Ohio State University (OSU) officials signed a cooperative research and development agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), in which OSU researchers will work closely with the Air Force 711th Human Performance Wing (711th HPW) to evaluate the stress and recovery states of the university’s Division 1 athletes. The data collected will help the military to individualize the best recovery method for the warfighter.


Business barometer: 2017 trend predictions
Business barometer: 2017 trend predictions

Trend predictions during an election year are extremely challenging, especially in the circus election that is going on in the United States right now. Here goes my attempt to share a few highlights for what developments I expect to unfold in the market next year.


Reflecting on this day - 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Reflecting on this day - 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Today is not like any other day. It's the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Most people that serve their country do not sign their name on that dotted line thinking that one day soon they will pay the ultimate price. It's a small thought that crosses your mind, but it's a thought that never prevails. Today, we remember our fallen brothers from the Pearl Harbor attack.


War in space
War in space

Speculating a war in space is a perplexing subject, so let’s wade into it with a heathy level of trepidation, looking at treaties, space courts, and potential battle scenarios.



Trump election, phased array tech, Intel Xeon, VPX, and ARM v-8A impact 2016 military COTS market
Trump election, phased array tech, Intel Xeon, VPX, and ARM v-8A impact 2016 military COTS market

Every month the McHale Report will host an online roundtable with experts from the defense electronics industry – from major prime contractors to defense component suppliers. Each roundtable will explore topics important to the military embedded electronics market. This month we discuss the market highlights and technology game changers from 2016 in the military electronics market as well as the potential impact of the Donald Trump presidency on the military commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) industry.



Markets & Business Deals

Nano-drone company Prox Dynamics bought by FLIR></a></td>
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Nano-drone company Prox Dynamics bought by FLIR

FLIR Systems, Inc. officials announced today that the company has bought Prox Dynamics AS of Oslo Norway, a developer and manufacturer of nano-class unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for about $134 million in cash. The Prox Dynamics business will become FLIR's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) line of business operating within the company's Surveillance segment.



Boeing expands autonomous capabilities with Liquid Robotics acquisition></a></td>
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Boeing expands autonomous capabilities with Liquid Robotics acquisition

Officials at Boeing have agreed to acquire Liquid Robotics with the goal to grow the company's seabed-to-space autonomous capabitlies.


Military C4ISR market growth creates opportunities for cybersecurity and COTS suppliers></a></td>
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Military C4ISR market growth creates opportunities for cybersecurity and COTS suppliers

Analysts at Frost & Sullivan are forecasting global military command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) spending to grow steadily through 2020, due to cybersecurity solutions sales as well as increased requirements for assured GPS/navigation, unmanned sea vehicles, and missile defense systems.


DARPA launches Gamifying the Search for Strategic Surprise program></a></td>
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DARPA launches Gamifying the Search for Strategic Surprise program

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials are launching Gamifying the Search for Strategic Surprise (GS3) program, which aims to apply a combination of online game and social media technologies and techniques to engage a large number of experts and deep thinkers in a shared analytic process to rapidly identify, understand, and expand upon the potential implications and applications of emerging science and technology.


FAA issues final rule for small general aviation airplanes></a></td>
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FAA issues final rule for small general aviation airplanes

Officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule that overhauls the airworthiness standards for small general aviation airplanes. The new Part 23 rule will reduce costs for the aviation industry as well streamline approval of new technologies into the marketplace.


Cybersecurity simulation and training collaboration forged by SAIC, root9B></a></td>
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Cybersecurity simulation and training collaboration forged by SAIC, root9B

Officials at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) and root9B have joined hands to provide advanced cybersecurity training and simulation environments to military and other government users. Under the agreement, the companies will focus on redefining how organizations ready their personnel to perform cyber operations via tailored training, dynamic simulation, and realistic scenarios.


Probabilistic models will be developed for IARPA's insider threat detection program></a></td>
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Probabilistic models will be developed for IARPA's insider threat detection program

Engineers at Charles River Analytics Inc. will support the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in the advancement of the Continuous Insider Threat Detection (SCITE) Program. The contract spans over a year and is valued approximately $1.25 million. If all options are exercised in the contract, it could add to the total an additional $2.5 million.


Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions expands flight test instrumentation & data acquisition portfolio></a></td>
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Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions expands flight test instrumentation & data acquisition portfolio

Curtiss-Wright Corp. officials announced their intention to acquire Teletronics Technology Corp. (TTC) for $233 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to close in early 2017 and remains subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions. TTC will operate under the company's Defense Solutions division.


DIRCM & SIGINT market outlook></a></td>
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DIRCM & SIGINT market outlook

The market for directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) systems and airborne signals intelligence (SIGINT) systems and programs is healthy and growing according to research from Teal Group.




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