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The importance, and challenges of Defense systems Reliability, maintainability, and availability (RAM) and it’s improvement

Reliability, maintainability, and availability (RAM) are three system attributes that are of great interest to systems engineers, logisticians, and users. Collectively, they affect both the utility and the life-cycle costs of a product or system.   Although significant improvements have been made in increasing the reliability of basic components such …

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DARPA SIGMA deployed city wide Internet of Things (IoT) network to provide real time situational awareness of CBRNE threats

Since the invention of nuclear power, there have been numerous “accidents.” From Three Mile Island and Chernobyl to the more recent problems in Fukushima, it would seem nuclear power is not fully under our control. Recently  a Chinese scientist  has warned that the single mountain under which North Korea most …

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DARPA’s Cyber Assured Systems Engineering (CASE) developing tools for designing embedded computing systems tolerant to cyberattacks

Embedded computers can be found in places such as smart home appliances, medical gear, cars, and even facilities such as power plants. And they run software that can be exploited just like any computer, warmed Ang Cui, founder and CEO of cybersecurity company Red Balloon. “This is probably the most …

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US Army’s future training capability is the Synthetic Training Environment (STE) to conduct realistic multi-echelon / multidomain battles and mission command training

Today’s military forces encounter evolving national threats, economic constraints, and a changing operational environment with a complex, multifaceted, and uncertain security landscape across a range of political, military, state and non-state actors. Advancing and sustaining the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) operational readiness for these threats require a portfolio of …

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DOD Identifies and Manages Manufacturing Risk and Readiness using MRLs

The Department of Defense (DOD) has a well-documented history of taking much longer and spending much more than originally planned to develop and acquire its weapons systems. In particular, as systems transition from development to production, programs experience significant manufacturing problems. Billions of dollars in cost growthoccur as programs transition …

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ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems

Quality standards provide requirements, specifications, or guidelines that can be used to ensure that products, processes, or services are fit for achieving the desired outcome. These standards must be met in order for the product, process, or service to be considered successful by the organization and the customer. You will …

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Growing threats to ICT supply chains, DOD implements Supply Chain Risk management (SCRM) in acquisition

The rapid evolution of technology and outsourced manufacturing has created new opportunities, as well as new challenges and risks. Organizations today are under increased pressure to improve product designs as well as manufacturability and sustainability while reducing costs and development schedules. These initiatives are taking place in a competitive environment where …

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Anti Satellite Capabilities Race among US, Russia China and now India as Space becomes a war fighting domain

Space capabilities have become central to many military operations, including missile warning, geolocation and navigation, target identification, and tracking of adversary activities.  US, Russia and China are world leaders in  militarization of space possessing extensive space infrastructure. The NASIC report said there number of foreign intelligence and imaging satellites “has tripled” to …

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DARPA’s LogX to develop Real-time DOD logistics and supply chain system while improving its situational awareness (diagnosis), prediction (prognosis) and resilience.

The Department of Defense (DoD)’s Joint Logistics Enterprise, which spans both supply chain and logistics operations, provides the means to muster, transport, and sustain military power anywhere in the world at a high level of readiness. The Joint Logistics Enterprise is immense: for the Air Force alone, the number of aircraft …

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Amphibious aircraft for search and rescue, maritime surveillance and to detect and destroy submarines, China’s AG600, is the world’s largest

An amphibious aircraft or amphibian is an aircraft that can take off and land on both land and water. Amphibious aircraft are heavier and slower, more complex and more expensive to purchase and operate than comparable landplanes but are also more versatile. The U.S. military designed AAV in order to deploy …

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