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76 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2022 Defense Speak Interpreted: Who Won the Project Convergence War Game—Evil Chaos or JADC2? E I know you have been on the edge of your seats since my Defense Speaks September column, "What Does Convergence Mean to Defense?" or back to my February column, "So, What's a JADC2?" While I tackled some other govern- ment defense topics, I realize I have le you hanging concerning the big interservice war game maneuvers, Project Convergence (PC), which tested out the information connection described in the JADC2 effort. I know, you thought aer my "Son of JEDI" description of a cloud-based information flow, that all service branches would soon be coordinated and talk- ing to each other smoothly. Isola Materials Support Military LEO Satellites E Isola Group, a global innovator in materials for printed circuit boards (PCBs), has announced its low-loss I-Tera® MT40 circuit materials supporting multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs) for military- and commercial-grade low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites. CyberOptics Features Best-in-Class Inspection Systems Powered by MRS Sensor Technology at APEX E CyberOptics Corporation, a leading global developer and manufacturer of high-precision 3D sensing technology solutions will demon- strate the SQ3000 Multi-Function system for AOI, SPI and CMM in Booth #2541 at the 2022 IPC APEX EXPO, scheduled to take place Jan. 25–27, 2022, at the San Diego Convention Center in California. DoD Faces Growing Risks from Reliance on Lead in Electronics E e U.S. defense community is facing a small but growing problem that is increasingly under- mining U.S. military readiness and technolog- ical dominance. e problem is lead—specif- ically, the lead-alloy solders that traditionally have been used to attach electronic components to printed circuit boards (PCBs). Over the last 15 years, the commercial electronics industry has shied to lead-free solders, prompted by environmental health regulations in Europe and elsewhere. However, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and its contractors never made the switch and are still heavily reliant on leaded solders. Now, leaded electronics are becoming harder to find and more outdated. Zulki's PCB Nuggets: Cleanliness is Next to Reliability E Today's PCBs are highly populated with increasingly smaller device packaging. As a result, these advanced device packages are extremely difficult to clean due to tight densi- ties and configurations, especially with bottom terminated components. Current OEM system designs and those on the drawing board are driving these newer technologies, which are the foundation of advanced PCB assembly and manufacturing. Sparton's Bill Toti Retires; Tracy Howard Tapped as Next President & CEO E Sparton President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Toti has retired aer leading the company for three years, including through the com- pany's transition to Elbit Systems of America during 2021.

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