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Apple Co-Founder Credits Childhood Glimpse of the Future for Computer Insight

November 1, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, says that his father's work as an electrical engineer for Lockheed helped guide him into computing. Speaking at the plenary session opening MILCOM 2010 in San Jose, California, Wozniak related how his father would take him to technology shows to spur his interest in the field. Wozniak described how, in the late 1950s, one exhibitor showed him a diagram of some squares connected by lines. "This is a future chip," the exhibitor said, "that will hold six transistors on a single bit of silicon." Wozinak thought that he would be able to listen to a better transistor radio, but his father advised him that these "chips" would be hugely expensive and available only to the military. Ultimately, obsolete versions would trickle down to the consumer. Wozniak was embittered at that thought, but his curiousity was aroused. Now, he pointed out, it is the private sector--especially the computer and gaming industries--that are driving technology advances.

Chinn Assigned as CG, Joint Readiness Training Center

November 1, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Brig. Gen. Clarence Chinn, USA, has been assigned as commanding general, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Crowley To Head Up Raytheon Network Centric Systems

November 1, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Raytheon Company, Waltham, Massachusetts, has appointed Daniel J. Crowley president of Raytheon Network Centric Systems.

Raytheon Receives First Production Order for Navy Multiband Terminal

October 29, 2010
By George Seffers

Raytheon Company recently received the first production order for next-generation Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT) satellite communication terminals. The initial production award is for 22 systems, consisting of 15 ship, five submarine and two shore terminals, along with other services and products; it is valued at more than $37 million. The program could potentially be valued at $1 billion over five years. NMT is a family of multi-banded ship, submarine and shore communications terminals providing the Navy and international partners, with the possibility of selected Army and Air Force users, a powerful and reliable new capability in support of its net-centric architecture. The terminals will provide all Navy military-band satellite communications up to five times the bandwidth and less size, weight and power than the systems they will replace.

Systematic Receives Contract Extension for Multilateral Interoperability Program

October 29, 2010
By George Seffers

The United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence has extended its contract with Systematic to continue to provide expert support to the UK's involvement in the Multilateral Interoperability Programme (MIP). The contract is valued at more than £1 million (nearly $2 million). Systematic provides maintenance for the UK MIP Gateway, the capability for a bilateral United States-UK military interoperability exercise in 2010, support to a UK-French military exercise planned for June 2011, and continued technical support for the UK's membership and contribution to MIP standardization working groups and MIP test events.

RADA Receives Avionics Contract with South American Customer

October 29, 2010
By George Seffers

RADA Electronic Industries Limited recently announced that it has signed a contract for avionics installation design, valued at nearly $4 million. This contract is part of an upgrade program for fighter aircraft run by a South American customer, a program for which RADA also supplies various avionics units. RADA will design the installation of all upgraded units in the aircraft as well as support the customer in the implementation of these upgrades.

View of Space Just Got Clearer

October 29, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Whether for military ops, standard communications or a lofty connection linking nations together during crises, space systems are critical. Enhancing the ability to monitor space assets-and to augment them with newer, better equipment-is a major STRATCOM mission. The command continues to move forward and to seek commercial support, but are the requirements clear? Is the acquisition process easily navigable? Share your thoughts here.

Nicholson Assigned to ISAF Ops Position

October 29, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Brig. Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff for Operations, International Security Assistance Force, operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Burton Promoted, Assigned to J-3 Post

October 29, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Col. James B. Burton, USA, has been selected for promotion to the rank of brigadier general and assignment as deputy director for operations, National Military Command Center Operations Team Two, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

Cyber Is too Complex: Simplify

October 29, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

Thoreau's words increasingly apply to securing cyberspace.

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