McHale Report – March 2017                               
March 2017

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

Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA), an overview
Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA), an overview

The Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA), creates modular open systems architecture specifications to enable re-use of key sensor components across multiple platforms and services. In this Q&A with Dr. Ilya Lipkin, Lead Manager for SOSA at the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, explains SOSA, its similarities to other initiatives like the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE), how standards organizations like VITA are involved, and why today’s procurement environment is so open to initiatives such as SOSA.


New Module Ideal for Digital RF Memory Applications and More

The Model 71821 is a three-channel, 200 MHz, 16-bit A/D, with multiband DDCs and one DUC to two 800 MHz 16-bit D/As, XMC module based on the Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA and can be used in many high-performance applications. It is ideal for engineers building a Digital RF Memory (DRFM) application where multi-channel inputs can digitize an incoming RF input signal at bandwidths up to 80 MHz and then generate a processed version of that RF signal as an analog output with very low and deterministic latency.


Rugged Embedded Computing Systems by X-ES

When SWaP and reliability in extreme conditions matters most, choose X-ES systems. Preferred defense COTS and custom hardware supplier.


Top Stories

Lockheed Martin designs, tests 60 kW laser weapon
Lockheed Martin designs, tests 60 kW laser weapon

Lockheed Martin has completed the design, development, and demonstration of a 60 kW-class beam combined fiber laser for the U.S. Army. In a recent test near its Bothell, Washington, facility, Lockheed's laser produced a single beam of 58 kW, which the company says represents a world record for a laser of this type.


NASA tests Lockheed's quieter supersonic X-plane design
NASA tests Lockheed's quieter supersonic X-plane design

NASA and Lockheed Martin have begun the first high-speed wind tunnel tests for the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) X-plane preliminary design -- a supersonic plane designed for quieter overland flight -- at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.


Boeing unveils MH-139 helicopter in USAF competition to replace Huey fleet
Boeing unveils MH-139 helicopter in USAF competition to replace Huey fleet

Boeing officials unveiled its MH-139 helicopter in the competition to replace the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N “Huey” fleet, which currently protects intercontinental ballistic missiles and transports U.S. government and security forces.


Air Force and Boeing test KC-46A tanker aircraft
Air Force and Boeing test KC-46A tanker aircraft

The Boeing KC-46A Pegasus team recently concluded testing of the Air Force's newest refueling aircraft at Travis Air Force Base (situated in the San Francisco Bay area). The military and Federal Aviation Administration certification testing effort was a combined effort between Boeing Test and Evaluation and the Detachment 1/418th Flight Test Squadron, which are colocated at Boeing's Seattle facility.


MALD-J navigation system flight test demonstrates performance in GPS jamming environment
MALD-J navigation system flight test demonstrates performance in GPS jamming environment

U.S. Air Force and Raytheon officials validated the performance of the GPS Aided Inertial Navigation System (GAINS II) for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer (MALD-J) in six flight tests from B-52 and F-16 aircraft at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.


Georgia Tech pairs with firm to build military jetpack
Georgia Tech pairs with firm to build military jetpack

JetPack Aviation (JPA) -- a technology company that demonstrated its initial progress with a public jetpack flight around the Statue of Liberty in 2015 -- has entered into a development agreement with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) to design and build a soldier vertical mobility system (SVMS) for military applications.


Blogs & Columns

Open architecture and reuse initiatives make economic sense
Open architecture and reuse initiatives make economic sense

I’m often preaching in this space about how the demand for commonality is driving procurement and technology development within the Department of Defense (DoD), a demand brought on by the DoD budget cuts the last few years and sequestration. Now, with budget increases promised by the Trump administration, I see the demand only growing because it just makes good business sense; I also see a number of initiatives currently pushing for more open architectures and technology reuse across multiple platforms.


Landing drones on moving targets
Landing drones on moving targets

Landing a drone on a moving target – and using fuzzy logic to do it – is simply badass. In a move with intriguing potential for U.S. military applications, a group of researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) are using “fuzzy logic” to teach drones to land on moving targets by programming them to make better on-the-fly navigational decisions.


Cybersecurity in radar/electronic warfare systems
Cybersecurity in radar/electronic warfare systems

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is pushing for more security in radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems. What used to be kind of the split between system integrity or anti-tamper and information assurance really is falling under the same cybersecurity umbrella.


VFW National Home for Children
VFW National Home for Children

Each issue in this section, the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charity that benefits military veterans and their families. This issue we are highlighting the VFW National Home for Children, an organization open to families of active-duty U.S. military personnel, veterans, and descendants of members of the VFW and its auxiliary.


Radar cross section: The measure of stealth
Radar cross section: The measure of stealth

The primary measure of stealth, or low observability (LO), is the radar cross section (RCS) of the target, whether it’s aircraft, missiles, or ships. The radar pulse goes out from the transmitter, hits the target, and bounces back.


Simulation technology software wins scientist major NAVSEA award
Simulation technology software wins scientist major NAVSEA award

Naval officials awarded Dr. Mary Ann Cummings the 2016 Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Scientist of the Year Award for the Orchestrated Simulation through Modeling (OSM) patented software that is now available to the Department of Defense (DoD) for free.



Trump defense budget increase, open architectures, and export reform
Trump defense budget increase, open architectures, and export reform

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 potential impact on the Trump Administration’s proposed $54 billion increase to the defense budget, open architecture initiatives, and export regulation trends.



Markets & Business Deals

Semiconductor industry report calls for enhanced investment in R&D></a></td>
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Semiconductor industry report calls for enhanced investment in R&D

Leading companies from the defense, technology, and aerospace industries -- led by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) -- have released a report identifying the key areas of scientific research that are needed to advance innovation in semiconductor technology and fulfill the promise of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and supercomputing.




TARDEC & AM General enter partnership for autonomous driving vehicle></a></td>
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TARDEC & AM General enter partnership for autonomous driving vehicle

U.S. Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and AM General officials entered a partnership to develop and demonstrate an autonomous driving vehicle that may revolutionize how soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, along with equipment and supplies, are transported inside U.S. military facilities.


Global aerospace and defense revenues likely to rise during 2017, say analysts></a></td>
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Global aerospace and defense revenues likely to rise during 2017, say analysts

The global aerospace and defense (A&D) sector is likely to experience stronger growth in 2017, following multiple years of positive yet subdued growth, say analysts with multinational professional-services firm Deloitte.


Air Force invites industry to participate in light attack platform experiment></a></td>
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Air Force invites industry to participate in light attack platform experiment

U.S. Air Force officials are inviting the industry to evaluate the military utility of light attack platforms in future force structure. The Invitation to Participate is part of a broader Air Force effort to explore cost-effective attack platform options.


DARPA turns to chemistry to innovate the next computing concept></a></td>
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DARPA turns to chemistry to innovate the next computing concept

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced its Molecular Informatics program, which seeks a new paradigm for data storage, retrieval, and processing. The focus is to investigate and exploit the wide range of structural characteristics and properties of molecules to encode and manipulate data instead of the traditional way of using binary digital logic of computers based on the Von Neumann architecture.


Sigma Labs, Aerojet Rocketdyne continue to team on U.S. Air Force applications></a></td>
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Sigma Labs, Aerojet Rocketdyne continue to team on U.S. Air Force applications

Sigma Labs, a company that develops analytical tools and quality-inspection systems for aerospace components made using metal 3-D printing technology, has received a contract from Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, California, for a nonexclusive license of Sigma's PrintRite3D software applications. Terms of the award were not disclosed.


DoD cyber crime center to receive support from Lockheed Martin in contract extension></a></td>
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DoD cyber crime center to receive support from Lockheed Martin in contract extension

The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) tasked Lockheed Martin to continue its role to support the Department of Defense’s (DoD) efforts against cyber criminals.


The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command initiates $3 billion contract process></a></td>
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The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command initiates $3 billion contract process

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) recently announced the eight indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) prime contractor awardees that it had chosen for the Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration (D3I) Domain 1 contract award.


Aptima and Milcord merger focuses on human-centered engineering for defense, intel></a></td>
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Aptima and Milcord merger focuses on human-centered engineering for defense, intel

Aptima, a company that develops tools to enhance human-machine performance for the defense and intelligence communities, has announced its merger with Milcord, a government-technology company based in Waltham, Mass., specializing in knowledge management, human social-culture modeling, and cyberdefense.




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