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May 2014 • The PCB Magazine 63 of our adversaries, most notably China, there is a strong commitment to E/W capabilities across all service branches. In 2012, the Air Force an- nounced the Advanced Components for Elec- tronic Warfare (ACE) program. The program is focused on developing some of the world's most advanced integrated photonic circuits, millime- ter wave and electro-optical infrared (EOIR) sys- tems and reconfigurable, highly adaptive radio frequency (RF) electronics. In the current Sci- ence and Technology budget, both E/W and anti-access/area-denial (A2AD) initiatives are well-funded, as is the continued rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, counter weapons of mass destruction (WMD) funding is at $1 billion, high-speed kinetic strike vehicles ($300 million), effective cyber and space opera- tions are at $900 million, E/W at $500 million and the aforementioned A2AD at $2 billion. These are all leading-edge solutions to protect our country and they require leading-edge PCB manufacturing and contract electronics manu- facturing solutions. We are above ground at the epicenter, the aftershocks and the tremors can be under- stood—and exciting opportunities are identifi- able through your close review of the budget as it relates to your business. Armed with this information, it's time to form a plan, allocate resources to programs with funding, provide innovative solutions, grow your business, and support our U.S. De- partment of Defense, our war fighters and our country. PCB PENTAGON BUDGET AFTERSHOCKS continues John Vaughan is president of cir- cuit solutions llc, based in the washington d.c. metro military market and providing integrated supply chain and program man- agement solutions to the military c4Isr, unmanned systems and Ied detect and defeat communities. to read past columns or to reach Vaughan, click here. IPC to Release New Market Studies by Real time with...IPC aPeX eXPo 2014 Guest editor dick crowe and IPc's sharon starr discuss the newly released IPc market studies report, and the global onshoring situation. realtimewith.com CliCk To View VIDeo InteRVIew

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