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Concurrent with Phases 1 and 2, a
Phase 3 effort will "develop methods,
techniques, understanding, tools and/or
software to overcome producibility limitations." As described by Dr. Hary, "You
can think of Phase 3 developments as
non-critical-path items that don't themselves demonstrate a new capability in a
brassboard, but that can make a capability much more producible and affordable.
Phase 3 provides the underlying 'ilities'
that will make the 2nd, 3rd, 50th device
much more producible, reliable etc." One
possible area for Phase 3 efforts may be in

advanced packaging and thermal management technology, which was recognized
in Phase 0 as an important area for emphasis. Says Hary, "It concerns our ability to not just be cost competitive but to
be technology competitive as well, even
at the premium end. This hasn't been an
issue in the past, but a lot of commercial
technology has gone overseas and there
are fewer domestic, high-density advanced packaging solutions and suppliers today, and some of the (new advanced
ACE) technologies will require these to
implement them efficiently." a

Hunting for high-performance
microwave solutions for EW,
signal intelligence and radar?
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that such an approach would better match
with DOD lifecycles as well. "Unlike the
commercial world, we build small quantities and field them for very long times, so
being able to reconfigure our systems in
the microwave domain as well as in the
software and digital domains, is much
more uniquely beneficial to the DOD."
In the 3D-HIPS thrust area, rapid
advancement opportunities exist in
defeating multi-spectral and nextgeneration threats; defeating multiple,
simultaneous threats - an entirely new
capability from a single aperture; significantly reduced size, weight and power
(SWaP) with improved reliability; and
new components for multi-band preemptive/proactive engagement.
While the first three areas are primarily focused on advancements in microwave and millimeter-wave areas, Dr.
Hary says this fourth area is addressing
the generation of new gimbal-less EO/
IR sources - essentially a phased-array
operating in the EO/IR spectrum. "With
a non-mechanically-steered beam, you
open up opportunities for multiple, simultaneous threat engagement, and to
extend frequency coverage from traditional bands through UV and visible all
the way to long-wave IR by a single device. It's challenging, but I believe we've
identified technology areas that could
be pursued to meet those challenges."

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80 GHz
to 2 GHz instantaneous

modulation generators

FUTURE PHASES
As outlined by Dr. Hary, the objective
of Phase 0 was to help the Government
define the technology areas that would
be the most beneficial to invest in and
to determine the level of effort needed
to advance those technologies versus
actually doing the technology maturation and generation itself. Now, going
forward, the ACE program is envisioned
to continue in three phases. Phase 1 will
develop and demonstrate methods to
produce the (identified) advanced components "within the US such that they
meet performance objectives, are affordable and reliable, and will be available in
required numbers for US EW systems,"
while Phase 2 will "demonstrate the efficacy of these components via brassboards
or prototypes that bring new capabilities
to the US EW systems community, within
a four-year timeframe."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2014

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
50 Years of Airborne SIGINT
ACE Program Lays Out Plans for New EW Capabilities
Technology Survey: Spectrum Analyzers
EW 101
NAWCWD Hosts 43rd Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - June 2014 - cover1
JED - June 2014 - cover2
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JED - June 2014 - 4
JED - June 2014 - 5
JED - June 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - June 2014 - Conferences Calendar
JED - June 2014 - 9
JED - June 2014 - Courses Calendar
JED - June 2014 - 11
JED - June 2014 - From the President
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JED - June 2014 - 14
JED - June 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2014 - World Report
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JED - June 2014 - 50 Years of Airborne SIGINT
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JED - June 2014 - Technology Survey: Spectrum Analyzers
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JED - June 2014 - NAWCWD Hosts 43rd Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium
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JED - June 2014 - Index of Advertisers
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