Tag Archives: microelectronics

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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Hon. Ellen Lord on DoD’s 5G Prototyping, Microelecrtonics Reshoring Efforts

Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, the defense acquisition chief and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said the Department of Defense (DoD) is focusing on prototyping 5G technologies and driving domestic microelectronics production. DoD must establish close relationships with traditional and nontraditional defense contractors to ensure the security and reliability of 5G systems as well as microelectronics technology.

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Ellen Lord: Pentagon Working on Microelectronics Strategy to Ensure Supply Chain Security

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the Department of Defense (DoD) is developing a “microelectronics strategy” to bring manufacturing and testing operations to the U.S. by relying on public-private partnerships and other initiatives. 

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DARPA Names Victoria Coleman as Director; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Victoria Coleman

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has appointed Victoria Coleman, an expert in artificial intelligence (AI) and microelectronics, as director of the agency. Coleman served as a founding member of DARPA’s Microsystems Exploratory Council and a member of the Defense Science Board. She will bring her extensive private sector experience, across various senior leadership positions, to DARPA.

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