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70 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2021 Defense Speak Interpreted: POM— Explaining the Process for Defense Budgeting E Anyone hanging around Defense programs will have surely heard of the term "POM." Most of the connotations I have heard say that if you have a POM or will get "POM'd," your program is "skating on solid ice." at led me to infer that if you were in the POM, your pro- gram was established. But why and how? Catching Up With Prototron's Kim O'Neil E I recently sat down with industry veteran and friend Kim O'Neil to get to know more about his story. From his time his two tours in Viet- nam, to his time in our industry, Kim has always been a solid contributor wherever he has served. Having known and worked with Kim for a number of years I knew that his was an interesting story that should be told. Ducommun, an Airbus Detail Parts Partner, Awarded Multi-Year Contract E Ducommun Inc., a global supplier of innova- tive electronic and structural solutions for the aerospace and defense industry, announced that it has been recognized as an Airbus Detail Parts Partner (D2P) and awarded a long-term, five-year contract to provide a titanium work package for key products on the A320 and A330 programs. U.S. Navy Awards Sikorsky Contract to Build CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters E Utilizing proven advanced manufacturing techniques and continuing to drive down unit price, Sikorsky will build nine more CH-53K™ heavy li helicopters under a new contract for the U.S. Navy. International Space Station Astronauts Install Two Boeing Advanced Solar Arrays E Two new, advanced solar arrays provided by Boeing have increased the International Space Station (ISS) power supply aer European astronaut omas Pesquet and NASA astro- naut Shane Kimbrough installed them during three spacewalks in June. Micross Expands Capabilities; Acquires Microelectronics Business Assets of Ultra CEMS E Micross Components, Inc., a leading global provider of mission-critical microelectronic components and services for high-reliability aerospace, defense, space, and industrial appli- cations announced the expansion of its hybrid and assembly business with the acquisition of assets of the microelectronics business from Ultra CEMS, a leading provider of high-reli- ability hybrid electronics engineered for the harshest environments. NASA's Self-Driving Perseverance Mars Rover 'Takes the Wheel' E NASA's newest six-wheeled robot on Mars, the Perseverance rover, is beginning an epic journey across a crater floor seeking signs of ancient life. at means the rover team is deeply engaged with planning navigation routes, draing instructions to be beamed up, even donning special 3D glasses to help map their course.

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