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11 Jul 13. GE Intelligent Platforms announced the PEX431 multi-fabric switch and PMC/XMC carrier card. Designed to enable the development of complex, scalable, high performance 3U VPX systems in today’s increasingly-connected military/aerospace world, it is characterized by significant flexibility. The PEX431 complements GE’s recent announcement of the SBC326 3U VPX single board computer based on the fourth generation Intel® Core™ i7 (‘Haswell’) processor. For customers who need a multi-fabric network switching capability that includes PCI Express® Gen 2.0/Gen 3.0 and up to nine ports total of 1000BaseBX and 1000BaseT Gigabit Ethernet, the PEX431 supports three OpenVPX payload profiles. The PEX431 can also make a significant contribution to reducing SWaP (size, weight and power). It provides both control plane and data plane switching on a single board and, by providing the ability to be a carrier card for an XMC mezzanine card, potentially reduces the number of slots required to implement a given system – or allows more functionality to be configured in the same number of slots.

15 July 13. US Army starts electronic warfare planning and management tool development. The US Army has commenced development of the electronic warfare planning and management tool (EWPMT), which is designed to assist commanders during planning, coordination, and synchronisation of electronic warfare (EW) in the battlefield. Scheduled to be developed in six phases, the system has recently entered the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the lifecycle management system. Commenting on the system, Army EW division chief colonel Jim Ekvall said the EWPMT will serve as an unprecedented software system for electronic warfare operations within the army. A web-based software featuring 22 separate and distinct functions, EWPMT is designed to serve as a critical component of the army’s long-term plans for the IEWS family of systems. Primarily intended to help army’s electronic warfare experts de-conflict offensive, defensive, and friendly signals, the software can also integrate intelligence and terrain data to offer a common operational picture for the electromagnetic spectrum. Capable of accessing tactical, operational, and strategic EW information, the software is expected to be used by EW officers for pre-mission planning, identification of likely threats, advising commanders, as well as predicting of the most effective EW systems. The first set of the software tools will be evaluated in select units during the third quarter of 2015, whereas the operational induction throughout the army is expected to complete by the end of 2019. (Source: army-technology.com)

15 Jul 13. South Korea’s defense ministry said Monday it has ordered its staff to install a smartphone application that restricts key functions such as the camera in an attempt to prevent military leaks. The ministry said that, from Monday, its 1,500 staff are no longer allowed to bring smartphones into their offices without installing the app, called “Mobile Management Device.” The order caused a long queue at the gates of the ministry Monday because some 20 percent of the staff had failed to install the app, officials said. The ministry declined to confirm a report by Yonhap news agency that some staff had refused to install the app due to concerns about privacy. Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told reporters that the app, which restricts the use of cameras and audio recording, prevents leaks through smartphones and stops outsiders from hacking into the devices of defense ministry officials. (Source: Defense News)

16 Jul 13. GE Intelligent Platforms has been working closely with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) to help improve the understanding of neurological injuries that can sometimes result for soldiers wounded by improvise

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