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58 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2021 USPAE Launches $42M DoD Consortium E e I-Connect007 editorial team recently interviewed Chris Peters, Kevin Sweeney and Shane Whiteside, members of the U.S. Partner- ship for Assured Electronics (USPAE), about the award the association received from the Department of Defense to create the Defense Electronics Consortium. In this conversation, they discuss the objectives of the consortium, which was created to help the government identify and address potential risks in the elec- tronics industry. Defense Speak Interpreted: So, What's a JADC2? E e term JADC2 was prevalent in the late 2020 debate about the National Defense Autho- rization Act. It is a new way defense is using electronics to shape battle strategy. JADC2 is Defense Speak for "Joint All Domain Command and Control." Sounds impressive, doesn't it, but what does that mean? X-Rayted Files: The Dark Side of the Chip Shortage—Counterfeits E It's February 2021, and as the world slowly recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, another problem plagues the global economy: the electronic component shortage. What some economists have deemed to be a decade of immense prosperity and growth, the "roar- ing '20s" started with a hiccup. Ventec UK Continues to Maintain Highest AS9100 D Quality Compliance E Ventec International Group Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce that the company's European headquarters in Leamington Spa, UK contin- ues to maintain highest AS9100 Revision D compliance in accordance with the Aerospace Supplier Quality System Certification Scheme following successful completion of its surveil- lance audit. Zero Defects International Renews ITAR Registration E Zero Defects International [ZDI] has recently received notice of compliance with and renewed registration for ITAR, the Interna- tional Traffic in Arms Regulations. New Defense Electronics Group Invites Industry Participation E e U.S. Partnership for Assured Electronics is inviting electronics manufacturers and related companies to participate in its programs, high- lighting the opportunities to collaborate with industry peers and the U.S. government. e USPAE was established in 2020 with a mis- sion of ensuring the U.S. government (USG) has access to resilient and trusted electronics supply chains. e USG has many electronics needs, especially for defense- and security- related missions, and the USPAE is lining up funding and collaboration opportunities to address those needs. L3Harris Technologies' Darkwing Terminal Certified to Operate on Inmarsat's Global Xpress Network E L3Harris Technologies' DarkWing terminal has received Category 1 and Category 4 approval to operate on Inmarsat's Global Xpress (GX) network in both commercial and military Ka (Mil Ka) globally.

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