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62 The PCB Magazine • April 2014 Mil/Aero007 News Highlights n e w s Dragon Circuits Implements Drone Program texas-based pcB fabricator dragon circuits an- nounces the inception of their latest r&d and manufacturing unit, dragon drones. with the assis- tance of two state-of-the-art 3d printers and scan- ners, engineers will be able to conduct the rapid prototyping needed to test theories and designs at a competitive pace. Army Must be Prepared for Threats to Energy Sector cybersecurity threats to the united states' energy industry and infrastructure are rising and require in- creased preparedness by the u.s. army and depart- ment of defense, according to a new paper from rice university's Baker institute for public policy. Asia to Become Aerospace Manufacturing & Engineering Hub "the industry's push into asia might have started off slowly compared to other sectors, but demand today for aircraft in the region is surging," says alastair swift. "aircraft manufacturers such as air- bus and Boeing have projected that over a third of worldwide aircraft deliveries will go to asia in the next two decades. By 2031, asia pacific's fleet is ex- pected to triple to about 13,500 aircraft." DARPA's Excalibur Program Expands Capability the excalibur program successfully developed and employed a 21-element optical phased array (opa) with each array element driven by fiber laser ampli- fiers. this array was used to precisely hit a target 7 kilometers (more than 4 miles) away. the opa used in consisted of three identical clusters of seven tightly packed fiber lasers, with each cluster only 10 centimeters across. Small UAV Market at $582.2 Million by 2019 according to the new market research report small uaV market by trends (mini, micro, Hand Held uaV), by propulsion (Hydrogen, electric, solar, lith- ium ion), by payload (nBc detection, telemetry systems, software systems, meteorology), by ap- plication (civil, military, security), by region & by country - global Forecast to 2014-2019, published by marketsandmarkets, the small uaV market is expected to register growth with cagr of 21.70%, and reach $582.2 million by the end of 2019. U.S. Businesses Boost Cyber Security Spending Bae systems applied intelligence today quantifies the extent of the impact on u.s. businesses of the wave of recent high-profile cyber attacks in decem- ber 2013 and January 2014. new research conduct- ed this month reveals that the attacks on internation- al businesses, including banks and retail giants such as target, led to a significant 60% of u.s. businesses surveyed increasing their cyber security budget. DARPA Seeks Electronic Component Authentication Tool the darpa supply chain Hardware integrity for electronics defense (sHield) program seeks propos- als to develop a small component, or dielet, that authenticates the provenance of electronics compo- nents. proposed dielets should contain a full encryp- tion engine, sensors to detect tampering and would readily affix to today's electronic components such as microchips. GreenForces Launches Operations the michigan-based consortium combines the ex- pertise of a solid base of reliable partners to develop lighter, more durable, advanced material solutions for aerospace and defense customers. in addition to engineering support, greenForces provides manufac - turing capacity in composite materials, investment cast machining, and high-tech rigid circuit boards. DoD Releases 2015 Budget Proposal of $495.6 Billion president Barack obama has sent congress a pro- posed defense budget of $495.6 billion in discretion- ary budget authority to fund base defense programs in fiscal year 2015. the request is $0.4 billion less than the enacted Fy 2014 appropriation and is con- sistent with the current budget caps. Military Communications Market to Reach $30B by 2022 "managing bandwidth in increasingly congested spectrum will be a key challenge in meeting future demands for data-centric military communications," observed asif anwar, director of the ads service. 62 The PCB Magazine • April 2014

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