This article is included in these additional categories:

C4ISR | Electronics - General | Industry & Trends | USA | Warfare - Trends

Perspectives: Network Centric Warfare and the US Electronics Industry

For more on this and other stories, please consider purchasing a membership.
If you are already a subscriber, login to your account.
Charles Clark of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has an interesting article in EDN Magazine called “Parts Are Parts,” discussing the trend toward Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) electronics for military systems, and some of the additional work and potential pitfalls one inevitably encounters when using them in military systems. Interesting point about the problem with tin as a substitute in lead-free components, too. As he explains: “Properly screened and tested inexpensive commercial parts are viable alternatives to the virtually extinct military- and space-rated component types. But the old adage remains true: “If you want economy, you have to pay for it.” Read the full article. Meanwhile, Geoffrey James has an article called “The war at home” in Electronic Business Online, discussing how the war in Iraq is changing the relationship between defense and commercial electronics – and how the move toward network-centric warfare will affect the US semiconductor industry. The problems with sand damage that we discussed earlier today is not confined to vehicles; and the maintenance overhand will hit the electronics field all the harder because much of the damaged gear isn’t made any more and so can’t be repaired. James draws upon a variety of industry surveys and […]

One Source: Hundreds of programs; Thousands of links, photos, and analyses

DII brings a complete collection of articles with original reporting and research, and expert analyses of events to your desktop – no need for multiple modules, or complex subscriptions. All supporting documents, links, & appendices accompany each article.


  • Save time
  • Eliminate your blind spots
  • Get the big picture, quickly
  • Keep up with the important facts
  • Stay on top of your projects or your competitors


  • Coverage of procurement and doctrine issues
  • Timeline of past and future program events
  • Comprehensive links to other useful resources