Tag Archives: microelectronics

Pentagon Seeks Public Comments on Supply Chain Opportunities, Vulnerabilities


The Department of Defense (DOD) is requesting industry comments on supply chain challenges as part of efforts to strengthen and secure the defense industrial base in accordance with an executive order signed in February. DOD’s office of industrial policy will also seek feedback through ad hoc events and industry engagements in the coming months. Public comments are due Oct. 13th.

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DOD Opens Cloud Database on Radiation-Hardened Microelectronics; Rich Ryan Quoted


Rich Ryan, director for international programs, nuclear forensics, resiliency and survivability in the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear matters, said the U.S. military has opened a cloud-based library to support the protection of microelectronics used in nuclear systems. The Department of Defense handles strategic deterrence through its nuclear triad and space systems, whose electronic components can be vulnerable to ionized radiation, electromagnetic pulse and other threatening types of stimulus.

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10 DOE-Backed Projects Target Energy Efficiency in Microelectronic Tech Production

Microelectronic Tech

The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 10 projects to receive $54 million over three years to develop energy-efficiency approaches for designing and manufacturing microelectronic products. DOE said Wednesday that national laboratories will conduct the research and development efforts with partners in the commercial and academic sectors.

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Former Defense Exec Lisa Porter: U.S. Should Not Limit Microelectronics Supply Chain

Lisa Porter

Lisa Porter, who formerly served as the deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the U.S. government should contribute to international microelectronics standards rather than solely rely on the limited, domestic supply chain. She said relying purely on U.S.-made microelectronics is not feasible and establishes a false notion. 

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Lloyd Austin: President’s FY 2022 Budget Could Enable DOD to Go After Needed Capabilities

Gen. Lloyd Austin

The president’s proposed fiscal year 2022 budget is expected to include $715 billion in defense funding and Gen. Lloyd Austin, secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said he believes the planned budget is sufficient to pursue the development of new capabilities DOD needs.

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Purdue University Leads DOD-Supported Consortium to Protect Microelectronics Supply Chain

Purdue University

The Center for Secure Microelectronics Ecosystem (CSME) will work with the Department of Defense (DoD) and industrial partners to secure the global supply chain of semiconductor chips. Participants of the DOD-backed Scalable Asymmetric Lifecycle Engagement Microelectronics Workforce Development (SCALE) program will receive opportunities to polish their microelectronics skills while supporting CSME.

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DOE Allots $54 Million in New Funds for Microelectronics Studies; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) will invest $54 million in microelectronics research pursued by the national laboratories, which may apply for three-year awards under the new funding opportunity. DOE said Wednesday that it will conduct a peer review to determine the awardees, with $36 million of the funds being dependent on congressional approval.

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BAE Systems Wins $58M Boeing Contract to Begin EPAWSS LRIP for USAF

BAE Systems

Boeing has awarded BAE Systems a $58 million contract to start Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) for the U.S. Air Force. “The start of EPAWSS production marks a critical milestone and is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our industry team,” said Jerry Wohletz, vice president and general manager of Electronic Combat Solutions at BAE Systems. 

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IBM Wins DoD OTA to Advance Microelectronics; Jay Bellissimo Quoted

Jay Bellissimo

IBM has secured a Phase 1 Other Transactions Agreement (OTA) under the Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes (RAMP) Advanced Commercial Capabilities Project, the company reported on Monday. IBM received the award through the Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S²MARTS) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA). IBM will advance microelectronics technology

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