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September 2016 • The PCB Magazine 13 light [6] session and invite you to attend. This will be a particularly informative Spotlight as we have both Mack Miller from Naval Surface Warfare Center–Crane and Chuck Richardson from iNEMI slated to present. Plan to join us for a forward technology look and to identify your technology gaps to best prepare your business for future success. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division [7] is chartered by the DoD as the Execu- tive Agent for Printed Circuit Board and Inter- connect Technology to ensure access to trusted technologies for critical national defense and Warfighter superiority. The NSWC-Crane Road- map will look closely at PCB fabrication and technology, supply chain and counterfeit is- sues, PCB assembly, constrained materials and lead-free issues. A preview of iNEMI's Q2 2017 release of the 2017 Technology Roadmap will be presented by Chuck Richardson with particular emphasis on IoT/Wearables, Board Assembly and Optoelectronic Technologies. I look forward to your comments, seeing you in Chicago at SMTAI to explore future tech- nology roadmaps, and continuing to explore the expanding FMS opportunities in my next column. PCB References 1. www.F35.com 2. Electronic Subsystems on the F-35 Plat- form 3. IPC Validation Services 4. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) 5. Defense News 6. SMTAI Spotlight sessions 7. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division John Vaughan is vice president of Zentech Manufacturing. To contact the author, or to read past columns, click here. F-35 DECLARED COMBAT-READY A DARPA program to prevent at- tacks involving radiological "dirty bombs" and other nuclear threats has developed and demonstrated a network of smartphone-sized mo- bile devices that can detect the tini- est traces of radioactive materials. Combined with larger detectors along major roadways, bridges, etc., and in vehicles, the new networked devices promise significantly en- hanced awareness of radiation sources and greater ad- vance warning of possible threats. The demonstration of efficacy earlier this year was part of DARPA's SIGMA program, launched in 2014 with the goal of creating a cost-effective, continuous radiation-monitoring network able to cover a large city or region. Although radiation detectors have in re- cent years been installed in a number of key locations in the United States and around the world, the SIGMA program has sought to increase ca- pabilities while lowering their costs, in order to network an unprece- dented number of advanced detec- tors and provide a comprehensive, dynamic, and automated overview of the radiological environment. The demonstration was con- ducted at one of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's major transportation hubs where DARPA tested more than 100 networked SIGMA sensors. Dur- ing the month-long test, the system provided more than a 100-fold increase in ability to locate and iden- tify sources of radiation as compared to currently in- stalled systems. All sources of radiation that SIGMA sensors identified were non-threatening, but the sys- tem proved how it could pinpoint the location and intensity of a source and specify, in each case, the type of radiation to which it was alerting authorities. Ushering in a New Generation of Low-Cost, Networked, Nuclear-Radiation Detectors

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