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60 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2022 The Government Circuit: Ready to Tackle 2022 E As anticipated, it was a busy close to 2021 in Washington, and we saw resolutions on sev- eral major legislative priorities, including the annual defense authorization bill, which affects billions in future defense electronics spending. Meanwhile, negotiations on the U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness Act (USICA) remain on the back burner but could heat up in Q1. Read on for some of the recent highlights from 2021 and a look forward to 2022. Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO: Advocacy in Washington E Editor Nolan Johnson sits down for an inter- view with Chris Mitchell, vice president of Global Government Relations at IPC. ey discuss the industry's advocacy in Washington to educate Congress on our key issues, as well as the growth in global advocacy by IPC. Calumet Electronics Receives 'World-class Team' Award from Northrop Grumman E Calumet Electronics Corporation received a World-class Team award from Northrop Grumman Corporation for its outstanding per- formance. Calumet is one of just 24 small busi- ness suppliers across the nation to receive the award and the only recipient from Michigan. Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO: Update From PCBAA E PCBAA Chairman Travis Kelly sits down with Nolan Johnson to discuss the new association's recent activities and plans for the future. e Printed Circuit Board Association of America is focused on advocating for manufacturing in America. Ventec's USA Facility Receives AS9100-D & ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certification E Ventec International Group is pleased to announce that its U.S. facility in Fullerton, Cal- ifornia, is now certified according to AS9100 Revision D and ISO 9001:2015, the quality- management standard for the aviation, space, and defense industries. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Adopts Siemens' Xcelerator Portfolio E Lockheed Martin's Aeronautics business has selected Siemens' Xcelerator portfolio of so- ware and services to support its digital engi- neering transformation. Collins Aerospace Completes Air Launched Effects Demonstration for U.S. Army Future Vertical Lift Program E Collins Aerospace has successfully demon- strated a ready-now Mission Systems solution to support the operations of Air Launched Effects (ALE) from Army Aviation's Enduring and Future Vertical Li (FVL) fleet. NASA Selects Developer for Rocket to Retrieve First Samples from Mars E NASA has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin Space (Littleton, Colorado) to build the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), a small, light- weight rocket to launch rock, sediment, and atmospheric samples from the surface of the Red Planet.

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