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07 Jan 21. Orolia Presents: Resilient PNT for Mission Timing and Synchronization. “It’s About Time” Coffee Talk to Focus on Defense and Security. Orolia will host a defense and security PNT Coffee Talk™ to explore resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions for ultra-precise mission timing and synchronization. National and regional programs are now underway in key countries to evaluate the best resilient timing solutions for critical military, space and critical infrastructure programs.

“It’s About Time”

Today’s mission priorities are more challenging than ever, requiring pinpoint precision between air, land and sea components across vast distances and in harsh, remote locations. Beyond the need to securely connect a diverse network of elements, the latest standards for high stakes and high security programs are shifting toward new PNT technologies such as sub-nanosecond and dispersed, redundant time synchronization, as well as non-GNSS based alternatives to better protect these operations from GNSS-related threats.

Resilient timing and synchronization technologies are also enhancing the latest high-performance radars, sonars, optronics and other situational awareness assets as part of the next generation of resilient ISR and mission support capabilities.

Panelists will discuss the latest technology solutions to protect and augment timing and synchronization systems, including a variety of ground, space, cybersecurity and remote network solutions with a focus on radar systems.

More information about Resilient PNT and GNSS jamming/spoofing is available in Orolia’s online resource center.

What: Orolia Coffee Talk: Resilient PNT for Mission Timing & Synchronization

When: January 20, 2021 at 10 am EST

Where: Online: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7993940327778124814?source=PR

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Wed, Jan 20, 2021 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM GMT

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This Orolia PNT Coffee Talk™ will focus on ultra-precise timing and synchronization across secure, remote assets for complex missions in military, space and critical infrastructure environments. National and regional programs are now underway in key countries to evaluate the best resilient timing solutions for these critical programs. Today’s mission priorities are more challenging than ever, requiring pinpoint precision between air, land and sea components across vast distances and in harsh, remote locations. Beyond the need to securely connect a diverse network of elements, the latest standards for high stakes and high security programs are shifting toward new PNT technologies such as sub-nanosecond and dispersed, redundant time synchronization, as well as non-GNSS based alternatives to better protect these operations from GNSS-related threats. Resilient timing and synchronization technologies are also enhancing the latest high performance radars, sonars, optronics and other situational awareness assets as part of the next generation of resilient ISR and mission support capabilities. Military, space and critical infrastructure programs will continue to face the challenge of intentional and unintentional disruption of GPS/GNSS signals and PNT data- against threats that are becoming more sophisticated and prevalent. Panelists will discuss the latest technology solutions to protect and augment timing and synchronization systems, with a focus on radar systems. Speakers include: Rodger Hosking, Vice President, Pentek, Inc. Francisco Girela, Americas Tech, Seven Solutions Hironori Sasaki, President, Orolia Defense & Security Moderator: John Fischer, VP Advanced R&D, Orolia PLEASE NOTE: We have changed the date from Thursday, January 21, 2021 to Wednesday, January 20, 2021. We hope you can attend the live event, and we will be recording the webinar for those who wish to watch it on-demand. Thank you!(Source: PR Newswire)

06 Jan 21. Teledyne e2v HiRel Unveils Two High Power GaN HEMTs to its 650 V Family. High voltage GaN HEMTs for hi-rel applications now available in lower current 15 A and 30 A versions. Teledyne e2v HiRel is adding two new, ruggedized GaN power HEMTs (High Electron Mobility Transistors) to its industry-leading, 650-volt, high-power family of products based on GaN Systems technology.

The two new high-power HEMTs, TDG650E30B and TDG650E15B, deliver lower current performance of 30- and 15-amp respectively, while the original 650 V introduced last year, the TDG650E60, delivers 60 A.

These 650 V GaN HEMTs are the highest voltage GaN power devices available on the market for demanding high-reliability military, avionics, and space applications. They are an ideal fit for applications like power supply, motor control, and half bridge topologies.

They come with a bottom-side cooled configuration and feature ultra-low FOM Island Technology® die, low inductance GaNPX® packaging, very high frequency switching of >100 MHz, fast and controllable fall and rise times, reverse current capability, and more.

“We are pleased to continue the build-out of our 650 V family of high power GaN HEMTs for applications requiring the highest reliability such as space,” said Mont Taylor, VP of Business Development for Teledyne e2v HiRel. “We believe the smaller sized packaging of these new devices will really benefit customers designing for the highest power density projects.”

The TDG650E15B and TDG650E30B are both enhancement mode GaN-on-Silicon power transistors that allow for high current, high voltage breakdown and high switching frequency while offering very low junction-to-case thermal resistance for high-power applications.

Gallium nitride devices have revolutionized power conversion in other industries and are now available in radiation tolerant, plastic encapsulated packaging that has undergone stringent reliability and electrical testing to ensure mission critical success. The release of these new GaN HEMTs delivers to customers the efficiency, size, and power-density benefits required in critical aerospace and defense power applications.

For all product lines, Teledyne e2v HiRel performs the most demanding qualification and testing tailored to the highest reliability applications. For power devices, this regime includes sulfuric test, high altitude simulation, dynamic burn-in, step stress up to 175°C ambient, 9-volt gate voltage, and full temperature testing. Unlike silicon on carbide (SiC) devices, these two devices can easily be implemented in parallel to increase the load current or lower the effective RDSon.

Both of these new devices are now available for ordering and immediate purchase. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

06 Jan 21. Booz Allen Helps U.S. Air Force Give Flight to AI Copilot in the U-2 Dragon Lady. First military flight teams AI with highly skilled pilots. Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) announced today that it demonstrated the use of an in-flight artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm in support of the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command’s 9th Reconnaissance Wing U-2 Federal Laboratory. This flight is the first time AI has teamed with a pilot to successfully complete a complex mission.

“The threats facing our national security are increasingly sophisticated and it will be critical to move new innovations from the lab to the real world to combat them,” said Dick Johnson, senior vice president at Booz Allen and leader in the firm’s national security business. “This U-2 flight is an important step, demonstrating the ability of AI to work in coordination with highly skilled operators to propel complex missions forward.”

The Booz Allen team delivered on several key milestones, moving AI from the lab to the skies in fewer than 40 days and accelerating the process by:

  • Modifying an open source reinforcement learning algorithm.
  • Developing two sensor-sharing and control games for the algorithm to interact with and learn from and training it to execute in-flight tasks.
  • Developing a web-based User Interface available to pilots in flight.
  • Arranging for Program Office approvals.
  • Successfully flying the AI capability on the U-2 aircraft.

“Together, our Air Force and Booz Allen U-2 Federal Lab teams successfully operationalized artificial intelligence, enabling the AI to emulate control of sensor systems on a U-2 Dragon Lady in a training flight, marking one of the first known uses of AI on board a U.S. military aircraft,” said Dr. Jesse I. Angle, a senior lead technologist with Booz Allen.

The Federal Lab’s “Edge Processing” containerized microservices solutions improve system performance and allow for quick, dynamic prototype results inside normal acquisition timelines. Booz Allen used cutting-edge industry practices to deploy AI capability and speed the software-delivery process through automation of management and execution of containerized applications. This approach can help aircraft crews adapt to sudden needs by leveraging DevSecOps, a security-focused software-development-pipeline approach. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

06 Jan 21. Rafael combines technologies to give combat robots a ‘brain’ to map threats indoors. A robotic four-legged dog and a small drone infiltrated and mapped a building in an Israeli coastal community recently as part of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems demonstration of new technological capabilities for indoor battlefields.

The use of the unmanned systems combined capabilities Rafael has developed for air and land forces over the last decades to be used for what it calls “essential trends found on the multidimensional battlefield.” This includes using artificial intelligence, optical scanning, automatic target recognition and digital battlefield technology to map, scan and identify threats without sending in soldiers.

Open architecture design means these capabilities can be combined into a kind of “brain” for various unmanned robotic systems, a Rafael spokesperson said. This particular configuration of technology for indoor combat is not operational yet, but the company says it is receiving interest for potential contracts this year.

In Rafael’s presentation, Shmuel Olanski, vice president and head of the land innovation programs center, surveyed the current challenges ground troops face in the modern battlefield. Ground troops often have not benefited from the kind of high-end technology available to the air force, such as targeting pods or surveillance and use of AI on missiles. Israel’s years of experience fighting in urban environments, such as Gaza, or against adversaries in houses in villages, like those in southern Lebanon, has led to these kinds of solutions that the company sees as having applicability globally.

“The big thing we did here in terms of technology, we developed autonomous brains using artificial intelligence for each of these platforms. The big advantage of them is they can operate in remote and isolated environments, especially in the indoor environment. They have autonomous capabilities, and this is game changing in terms of these platforms,” said Noam Barak, head of Rafael’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center. The robotic dog from Ghost Robotics in the U.S., and the small UAV the company assembled from a kit to adapt to the unique payloads required, operated together during the demo last month. While the dog walked from room to room, exploring and building a map that is sent back in real time to a computer screen, the drone also scanned. Together they build a picture, identifying weapons, such as rocket-propelled grenades, that are littered throughout the compound. They can also read text.

Barak says that Rafael is building on its experience doing target recognition from the air, such as adding artificial intelligence to Spice bombs, and the work it is doing on Israel’s future combat vehicle Carmel program, to address indoor environments.

“Automatic target recognition is usually being done from the air, and we needed to take it to the ground and do some modifications,” says Barak. The use of trajectory and maneuvering, for instance, has some commonalities with missiles but requires new methods inside a cramped building. “A lot of this is quite new. It used the same engineers as other capabilities,” he says. New algorithms and mapping were combined with existing technology that enables navigation in GPS-denied environments. This involves data fusion using a “point cloud” to construct a view of the room. One achievement is the ability to construct a 3D map of the indoor area that can then be printed for soldiers, such as special forces, to prepare a raid. (Source: Defense News)

06 Jan 21. Defense Department must determine the threat from quantum computers. The U.S. Department of Defense must determine the national security threat posed by quantum computing, as part of the new annual defense policy law.

The fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which became law New Year’s Day after the Senate overrode President Donald Trump’s veto, contained a provision that directed the department to deliver a report to Congress that provides a “comprehensive assessment of the current and potential threats and risks posed by quantum computing technologies to critical national security systems.”

“[Cryptology] is … the backbone of much of our security,” said Joël Alwen, chief cryptographer at Wickr, a secure collaboration platform.

Powerful quantum computers pose a danger to national security because they may be able to break current encryption capabilities, meaning secure communications under current systems will be nearly impossible. On the flip side, adversaries with quantum capabilities will be able to communicate securely without fear of interception by the U.S., unless it achieves its own quantum computer.

“Quantum computing may allow adversaries to decrypt [unclassified, classified or sensitive] information, which could enable them to target U.S. personnel and military operations,” a November Congressional Research Service report warned.

The Department must identify and prioritize critical national security systems at risk by quantum computing. The assessment must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021, and the secretary of defense must brief defense committees by February next year. Determining the risk posed by the emerging technology, Alwen said, includes understanding the criticality of the systems that need protected.

“It’s a combination of the technical understanding of what the risk really is, mixed with understanding of the content, the data and what its value is, and what exposure of that data represents,” Alwen said.

The Pentagon must outline its needs to be secure in a world of quantum computing and any funding shortfalls in public and private sector efforts to develop quantum-resistant cryptology. The assessment must also include a review of the standards under development by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for quantum-resistant cryptology, as well as an evaluation of alternative quantum-resistant algorithms.

Additionally, Congress wants the department’s recommendations for “research, development and acquisition activities” to secure critical national security systems.

Meanwhile, the emerging technologies directorate at the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Pentagon’s IT support agency, has started to explore quantum-resistant technologies. At an event last month, Stephen Wallace, systems innovation scientist at the directorate, told reporters that the Defense Department needed to prepare now for adversaries’ future quantum capabilities.

“Frankly, our adversaries likely won’t advertise the fact that they’ve achieved a quantum computer,” Wallace said. “We have to have crypto algorithms in place prior to that to allow us to continue in a safe position.” (Source: C4ISR & Networks)

06 Jan 21. £213m UK Government funding to help UK scientists. The investment will equip the UK’s leading scientists, universities and research institutes with new state of the art equipment to drive forward research.

  • Scottish science facilities to share £213m UK Government investment
  • The funding will enable researchers to respond to global challenges such as Covid-19 and climate change
  • Part of the UK Government’s flagship R&D Roadmap which committed to making the UK the best place in the world for scientists and researchers to live and work

The UK Government has today (Wednesday 6 Jan) announced a major £213 m government investment to upgrade the UK’s scientific infrastructure, with Scottish facilities to benefit.

The investment will equip the UK’s leading scientists, universities and research institutes with new state of the art equipment to drive forward exceptional research that will help the UK respond to major challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic and achieving net zero carbon emissions.

The £213m pot includes £27m for upgrading and purchasing core equipment for the use of researchers across the UK.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) will receive a £20m investment to upgrade campus infrastructure at its sites in Ediburgh, Oxford, Liverpool City Region and North Yorkshire. This will enable the Council to continue developing flagship projects covering a range of topics, from pre-launch satellite testing to the search for dark matter.

The STFC will receive a further £10m for laboratory upgrades to support the scientific programmes across laboratories in Edinburgh, Oxfordshire, Liverpool, and North Yorkshire. Investments will enable projects including quantum physics with ultra-cold atoms, artificial intelligence and pre-launch satellite testing.

Medical Research Centre units in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee will share £2.8m to buy high spec equipment such as microscopes and key computational resources to support Covid-19 research, and long-term programmes in cell biology, human genomics, and wider virology.

This will enable researchers to detect and model disease in more detail than ever before, helping the UK respond to Covid-19 and boosting resilience for future pandemics, as well as other global diseases, such as cancer and dementia.

£34m will go to upgrading the UK’s digital research capabilities, enabling some of the country’s brightest minds to conduct pioneering analytical research that will help inform long term policy decisions. Urban data centres in Glasgow, Liverpool and Oxford will share more than £1 m for new hardware to pursue research that will show how Covid-19 has affected social and economic activity in different parts of the UK.

Meanwhile, the University of Essex will be backed to conduct a large-scale household survey to understand how the pandemic has affected issues such as home schooling and family relationships.

The funding package also allocates £15m for the Capability for Collections Fund (CapCo) to renew and upgrade the most vulnerable research facilities across the UK within galleries, libraries, archives and museums. It will focus on conservation and heritage, modernising these spaces which will help serve local communities for generations.

The investment will ensure the UK is the best place in the world for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs to live and work, while continuing to attract scientific talent from across the globe.

Science Minister Amanda Solloway said, “The response from UK scientists and researchers to coronavirus has been nothing short of phenomenal. We need to match this excellence by ensuring scientific facilities are truly world class, so scientists can continue carrying out life-changing research for years to come. From the world’s most detailed microscopes tracking disease to super computers supporting COVID-19 research, our investment will enhance the tools available to our most ambitious innovators across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. By doing so, scientists and researchers will be able to drive forward extraordinary research that will enable the UK to respond to global challenges as we build back better from the pandemic.”

UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said, “The UK Government is committed to supporting Scotland’s world-leading scientists and researchers so their hard work can continue to improve lives in the years ahead. The strength of our Union and the role of the UK Treasury is driving forward pioneering research that will deliver for the whole of the United Kingdom, helping us to respond to huge challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.”

The £213m investment, delivered through the government’s World Class Labs funding scheme and made through seven of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) research councils, covers investments in all disciplines from physical sciences to arts and humanities.

Professor Ottoline Leyser, Chief Executive of UKRI said, “Research and innovation infrastructure is key to delivering the Government’s R&D Roadmap, with some of the most innovative ideas with transformative R&D potential requiring people to have access to world-leading infrastructure, including national research facilities, equipment and instrumentation, networks of technologies and digital infrastructures, and knowledge-based resources such as collections and museums.”

World-leading infrastructure will help to bring together talent from the public and private sectors and across disciplines to tackle society’s most complex challenges. It will act as a magnet for international talent and users, contribute to local and national economies, and generate knowledge and capability critical to UK policy, security and wellbeing. It will also ensure the UK is the world’s most innovative economy by promoting investment in science, research and innovation.

The funding forms part of a £300m commitment to upgrade scientific infrastructure across the UK, made by Business Secretary Alok Sharma, as part of the government’s ambitious R&D Roadmap published in July 2020. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)

31 Dec 20. DoD/DCSA Reminds Cleared Industry to Cease Use of Windows 7 Legacy Operating System and Adobe Flash. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) has posted on its website a notice that Microsoft has ceased to provide security support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 operating systems. National Industrial Security Program contractors were permitted to leverage the Microsoft Extended Security Updates, but not beyond December 31, 2020. This memo is a reminder to cleared industry that Microsoft products are coming to the end of life on December 31, 2020. (Source: glstrade.com)

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Oxley Group Ltd

 

Oxley specialises in the design and manufacture of advanced electronic and electro-optic components and systems for air, land and sea applications within the military sector. Established in 1942, Oxley has manufacturing facilities in the UK and USA and enjoys representation worldwide.  The company’s products include night vision and LED lighting, data capture systems and electronic components. Oxley has pioneered the development of night vision compatible lighting.  It offers a total package incorporating optical filters, equipment modification, cockpit and external lighting along with fleet wide upgrade services including engineering, installation, support, maintenance and training. The company’s long experience of manufacturing night vision lighting and LED indicators, coupled with advances in LED technology, has enabled it to develop LED solutions to replace incandescent and fluorescent lighting in existing applications as well as becoming the lighting option of choice in new applications such as portable military hospitals, UAV control stations and communication shelters.

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