The French government unveiled Tuesday (Oct. 12) a €30 billion investment plan to create France’s future technological champions in sectors such as semiconductors, robotics, electric vehicles, nuclear and renewable energy sources.
Dubbed “France 2030”, the plan lists ten objectives for the country to revive its industrial economy and to position itself on breakthrough innovations. These ten objectives include the ambition to become a leader in green hydrogen, to develop small nuclear reactors in France, to decarbonize industry, to produce nearly 2 million hybrid and electric vehicles, and to take part in the “new space adventure”. All by 2030.
Source: France Pledges €6b in Semiconductors – EE Times Europe
At a recent investor event, General Motors (GM) announced “Ultra Cruise,” the successor to “Super Cruise,” its well-regarded Level 2 hands-free driving assistant. Suitable for use not just on divided highways but city streets too, Ultra Cruise enables rich, lazy people to ride in 6,000-lb tanks in close proximity to vulnerable road users (VRUs) without the onerous task of steering. What a stupid idea.
To “grow up” is precisely what GM management needs to do. This is such a stupid and reckless idea that I cannot believe a legacy automaker would even consider it, let alone announce it.
Source: EETimes – Stupidity, Damn Stupidity, and Lethal Features
The ability to hot swap storage media from servers or consumer electronics is taken for granted. A new standard is aimed making it easier to change out flash memory that’s typically been soldered into connected devices and embedded applications.
The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association has released its first iteration of the Crossover Flash Memory (XFM) Embedded and Removable Memory Device (XFMD) standard. The spec outlines a new universal data storage media providing an interface between NVM Express (NVMe) and PCI Express (PCIe) in a small, thin form factor.
As it becomes commonplace to switch out SSDs from servers rather than replacing an entire rack, XFMD is designed as a replaceable storage medium for devices that are typically soldered and meant to stay put for the lifespan of the device in which they are embedded.
Source: EETimes – JEDEC Advances Small, Changeable Flash Standard
Already selected by the US Army, Israeli firm Smart Shooter is now hoping to get its SMASH 2000 automated targeting system into the hands of US Marines.
The SMASH 2000, which boasts the ability to give a “one shot, one kill” capability to small arms, is currently being tested by the Marine Corps Rapid Capabilities Office (MCRCO) for its potential use against small unmanned systems. According to company representatives, at least some of the testing will occur aboard ships to see how effective it can be at helping Marines shoot down moving targets.
Source: Backed By Army, Smart Shooter Now Looks To Sell Counter-Drone Tech To Marines – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
The Army is looking to create a unified cloud environment as a key piece of its new Army Digital Transformation Strategy (ADTS) aimed at centralizing its vast numbers of computer systems, data standards, cloud capabilities and cybersecurity procedures. And to that end, the service also is seeking to expand its use of non-traditional acquisition authorities, top officials explained today.
The strategy represents “a shift in terms of us starting to do things more at an enterprise, centralized level,” Raj Iyer, the Army’s chief information officer (CIO), told reporters in the margin of the annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) trade show. “The Army in the past has always executed traditional IT in a very decentralized way — we let every command do their own thing. And that’s all led to a lot of silos of excellence over the years. Now, if you look at the requirements for multi-domain operations, that model doesn’t work anymore.”
Source: To Aid Digital Transformation, Army Eyes ‘One Cloud’ And Faster Acquisition – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
Digital transformation speeds development, delivery and sustainment of innovative systems
The U.S. Air Force general put it plainly: hostile nations are getting very good at fielding new technologies quickly.
“Today’s adversaries are rapidly delivering new systems and are threatening and, in some cases, surpassing our capabilities,” said Air Force Materiel Command commander Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr. “The increasing time it takes us to field new capabilities is our greatest hindrance to maintaining our Air Force dominance in the future.”
Source: Weaving a digital thread for the US Air Force | Raytheon Technologies
Project management experts at jet engine designer Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies company in East Hartford, Conn., needed software to help manage complex projects. They found their solution from DecisionEdge in Austin, Texas, and Encore Analytics LLC in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
The two companies are working together to replace Pratt & Whitney’s current Earned Value Management Tool Suite. The companies are basing their replacement project-management tool with the DecisionEdge WebEVM and the Encore Analytics Empower software tools.
Source: Pratt & Whitney chooses DecisionEdge and Encore Analytics for project management software for engine design | Military Aerospace
Tactical missile designers at Lockheed Martin Corp. are moving to full-scale development of a U.S. Army long-range surface-to-surface smart missile to destroy enemy targets as far away as 300 miles.
EMD (engineering and manufacturing development) phase, also called full-scale development, involves final system design and development before going into production. The goal is to complete system development, complete systems integration, develop manufacturing processes, and test and evaluate the system before proceeding to full production.
Source: Lockheed Martin moves to full-scale development of U.S. Army long-range smart missile for field artillery | Military Aerospace
U.S. military researchers are asking industry to develop free-space laser power networks able to transmit electrical power over webs of lasers using aircraft as receivers and relays of optical energy.
A wireless network energy web that consists of several dynamic nodes will improve military capabilities significantly, DARPA researchers say. To achieve this, researchers are interested in three technology areas: high-energy-flux; high-efficiency optical energy conversion; and relay technologies.
Source: Military researchers ask industry to develop wireless networks that use lasers to transmit electrical power | Military Aerospace
U.S. Navy surface warfare and missile defense experts are asking Lockheed Martin Corp. to build additional helicopter-based long-range electronic warfare (EW) systems to protect Navy surface ships from existing and future advanced anti-ship missiles.
AOEW (Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare) will provide long-endurance, off-board electronic countermeasures against current and future anti-ship missile threats with a long-duration EW active mission payload for the MH-60R and MH-60S ship-based maritime helicopters.
Source: Lockheed Martin to build electronic warfare (EW) for helicopters to defend against anti-ship missiles | Military Aerospace