Defense Systems Digest

29 MARCH 2022

Featured Technical Inquiry

Introduction to Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC)

  This response was provided to broaden the technical knowledge of the inquirer’s technology management staff regarding guidance, navigation, and control (GNC), particularly GNC theory and technology applications related to aerial/space platforms and missiles. GNC is focused on the design of systems to control the movement and position of platforms such as missiles, space and airborne platforms, ground vehicles, and maritime and underwater platforms. GNC […]

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Dr. John Garnier


Dr. Garnier founded Advanced Ceramic Fibers to commercialize a group of unique, carbon-metal carbide fibers and materials, including ceramic matrix composites. His career has focused on advanced materials science and ultra-high temperature processing of ceramic matrix composites applicable to aerospace, energy, defense, and space applications. He is also co-inventor of a software platform for advanced informational and morphological analysis of digital data forms (nondestructive evaluation, signals). Dr. Garnier served as the National Program Lead for Homeland Security’s Armor Program at the Idaho National Laboratory.

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U.S. Participates in Multi-carrier Exercise to Showcase Cohesion, Interoperability

U.S. aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush and Gerald R. Ford are now engaged in a regularly scheduled multination multi-carrier exercise to showcase the cohesion and interoperability of participants. The operation takes place in the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, and parts of the Mediterranean Sea, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said. The maritime operation is formed around the French aircraft carrier Charles de […]

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According to this article, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a new strategy to help build materials with unique optical, magnetic, electronic, and catalytic properties. These pinwheel-shaped structures self-assemble from nanoparticles and…

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) — As an innovative learning organization driven to accelerate change in the Department of the Air Force, AFWERX will release a series of new initiatives in support of its…

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Marine Corps Systems Command recently teamed up with I Marine Expeditionary Force, the U.S. Air Force’s 22nd Airlift Squadron, and industry on a job requiring some heavy lifting:  transporting two MAC-50 All-Terrain Cranes cross-country from…

AFRL Enhances Computed Tomography Lab With State-of-the-Art Infrastructure, Imaging Capabilities

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Military Aviation & Air Dominance Summit

The 5th Annual Military Aviation & Air Dominance Summit will convene senior-level experts from across the DoD, acquisition authorities, industry, and academia for a Joint Service discussion centered around strategic initiatives toward facilitating air lethality…

UAV Technology USA 2023

Returning for its second year, UAV Technology USA will return to discuss unmanned aerial systems and their evolving role in modern warfare. Attracting leading speakers and experts from all branches of the U.S. military, as…

Military Additive Manufacturing 2023

The 7th Annual Military Additive Manufacturing Summit (MIL AM) & Technology Showcase resolves around military, aerospace, and defense 3D printing and will feature senior-level government acquisition priorities and advanced technological presentations on cutting-edge innovations across…

Military Standard 810 (MIL-STD-810) Testing Open Course

This four-day Military Standard 810 (MIL-STD 810) test training focuses on the purpose of each test, the equipment required to perform each test, and the methodology to correctly apply the specified test environments. This class…