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Defense Executive Newsletter | September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014 LPTA guidelines, lasers scrapped, and ViaSat terminals highlight this month's top stories. Read on for specifics about these and other news items of interest to defense executives. Subscribe here to the Defense Executive e-newsletter, and be certain to visit the Defense Executive department of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Website frequently for the latest news and information. The Military & Aerospace Electronics Website is online at www.militaryaerospace.com.
Procurement opportunities
Navy scraps anticipated program to develop prototype laser weapons for helicopter operations at sea
U.S. Navy laser weapons experts say they are scrapping a plan to develop a high-energy laser weapon for manned and unmanned helicopters to perform a variety of military operations at sea.
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Pentagon's lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) guideline is latest attempt to attack costs
The U.S. Department of Defense has a long history of trying to balance the quality and price of the nation's weapon systems. With tight budgets the rule these days -- and the threat of another round of sequestration as early as 2016 -- the scales may be tipping in favor of price over quality.
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Design-in case studies
U.S. Special Operations Command picks ViaSat Small Tactical Terminals for infantry communications
U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) needed small networking terminals to link ground vehicles, small boats, ships, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). They found their solution from ViaSat Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif.
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NASA chooses image-generating rackmount visual servers for simulation from Concurrent Computer
Space researchers at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., needed real-time computers to help them develop flight sensors and emulators. They found their solution from Concurrent Computer Corp. in Duluth, Ga.
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Cathay Pacific airlines chooses avionics interface from Ballard to safeguard flight controls
Avionics integrators at Cathay Pacific airlines in Hong Kong needed avionics interface technology to protect flight-critical aircraft control systems aboard long-range passenger jets from potential corruption from in-flight entertainment and other non-flight-critical systems. They found their solution from Ballard Technology Inc. in Everett, Wash.
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Mergers and acquisitions
Infineon to boost expertise in GaN power semiconductors in buy of International Rectifier
Executives of semiconductor specialist Infineon Technologies AG in Neubiberg, Germany, are boosting their company's expertise in power electronics with their announced acquisition of International Rectifier Corp. in El Segundo, Calif.
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Exelis boosts airport networking know-how with acquisition of Barco Orthogon
2014 Leaders of aerospace and defense contractor Exelis in McLean, Va., are boosting their company's expertise in commercial aviation networks their acquisition of Barco Orthogon, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barco NV in Bremen, Germany.
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