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70 PCB007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2020 and security of the electronics manufacturing ecosystem, including PCB fabrication and PCB assembly, the green-and-gold hardwiring at the core of all electronics systems. Advanced Assembly Earns AS9100D Certification E Advanced Assembly announced it received the AS9100D certification. The certification was awarded after an extensive audit conducted by NQA, a division of NTS. BAE Systems Awarded Radar Contract for Royal Air Force's Eurofighter Typhoons E BAE Systems and Leonardo have been awarded a contract to develop the Active Electronically Scanned Array, the European Common Radar System Mark 2 radar, to a standard ready to be integrated on to RAF Typhoons. Air Force Awards Contract for New ICBM System to Strengthen U.S. Triad E The Department of the Air Force awarded an Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract for the Ground-Based Strategic De- terrent (GBSD) intercontinental ballistic mis- sile (ICBM) program to Northrop Grumman on September 8. Mr. Laminate Tells All: Is Your Laminate and Prepreg Supplier Cheating? Only One Way to Find Out E According to Doug Sober, a huge void now exists in the base materials specifications for PCBs and PCB assemblies with the inactivation of MIL-S-13949 for base materials and the loss of the military's oversight function. IPC-4101 replaced the specification for MIL-S-13949, but there was no mechanism established for an oversight function. Fresh PCB Concepts: Advantages of Application-Engineered PCBs E When working with your PCB supplier, do you have a dedicated engineering resource to help with the design of your PCB before fabrication? How about a resource that has experience and knowledge about the different applications for PCBs? Jeffrey Beauchamp explains how this is one of the most important and valuable factors when producing high-reliability PCBs, as well as what—or who—this resource could be. Standard of Excellence: Five Ways to Ensure You Have the Right Military PCB Supplier E With the current shortage of qualified and cer- tified military PCB suppliers, finding one has become more challenging than ever, and the trend toward consolidation over the past few years has only added to the shortage. Anaya Vardya shares five guidelines to consider when developing a bilateral relationship with your military PCB supplier. Defense Speak Interpreted: The Defense Innovation Unit E Many of Denny Fritz's columns are about new defense technologies and innovations, but what about an organization with "innovation" in its name? Here, he describes the history and purpose of the Defense Innovation Unit, as well as some of its programs. IPC Statement on NDAA Provisions Aimed at Bringing Resiliency and Security to Supply Chains E IPC, the global association of electronics man- ufacturers, issued a blog post in support of the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act provisions that would bolster the resiliency

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