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Supporting Our Veterans...and the Culture of Excellence

I wrote a post earlier this year about GE’s support for military veterans. We view the veteran population as a highly skilled and disciplined talent pool of natural leaders, and our GE Veterans network works with this community seeking to employ new business leaders for our company. In addition to recruitment, GE is a proud sponsor of various causes that support the men and women of our armed forces. For example, during the week of May 18—...


CANSEC 2015: In Maple Leaf Country

This week, we were in Ottawa at CANSEC , which is, without doubt, Canada’s premier defense trade show. For 2015, the organizers—the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) —were expecting to beat last year’s 11,000+ visitors, 120,000+ square feet of exhibition space and 300+ exhibitors. It’s a show that’s really grown over the years. Ongoing programs to build new ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and Coast Guard meant...


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GE Rugged and COTS: It's a Win-Win

I recently participated in an Open Systems Media e-cast entitled "Where is COTS technology today?" hosted by John McHale. If you missed it, you can check out the recording here . It touched on the questions we often hear from customers: Has COTS really delivered... Lower costs? Reduced deployment times? Simplified testing? Easier integration? Increases in innovation? Reliability and quality? And, perhaps most importantly: ...lower costs? There...



Of Screwdrivers and Lug Wrenches

Some of you will recall that I recently attended the AUSA Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama. Having had a great many meetings with Army and defense industry folks of all stripes gave me some new insight into the Army’s goals and challenges—and what I came away with caused me to ponder how we define and develop products. It’s really interesting to me that we all, to some extent, race down our own rabbit holes of thought when...


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AUVSI Day 3: Sparking an Unmanned Evolution

It is remarkable to see the unmanned systems market shift from what had traditionally been the purview of the military to a fast and growing commercial must-have capability. Commercial unmanned system suppliers and technology providers at this year’s AUVSI event now represent probably 80% to 90% of the show floor real estate. In fact AUVSI, the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, is rebranding next year’s event Xponential to...



AUVSI Day 2: Unmanned to Autonomous - You're on Your Own

Critical to the future of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is the ability to fly within the regulations issued by the FAA. Past FAA regulations imposed restrictions defined by vehicle mass, speed, altitude and line-of-sight requirements. Flying beyond-the-line-of-sight (BLOS), however, will be required to evolve this industry toward the numerous applications now in development and keep the U.S. in a competitive market position. Safety within the...



AUVSI Day 1: Dog with a Quad-copter

Our CEO, Jeff Immelt, recently made a reference to watching his dogs play with a new toy—how they’re at first fascinated, then proceed to play hard and all but destroy the thing, before dropping it and moving on to the next new toy. His context was the necessity of business to be purposeful, and follow through in the discovery, nurturing or acquisition of new capability or businesses. When it’s new, it gets lots of focus—but it then frequently...


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Welcome to IDEF 2015 in Istanbul

…or Constantinople, as I keep wanting to call it. I’ve learned so much and read so much about this place, but never visited. Istanbul, as many know, is a unique city as it straddles two continents—both Asia and Europe—and that’s what’s made it such a hot spot for trade. And, since the city for many years represented the gateway for people of two major religions—Christianity and Islam—it has a storied military past. It’s perhaps fitting, then,...


Quantum Computing

What's Next for Signal Processing? Part 2

In the first part of this post , I looked at where computing is headed with more cores, wider bandwidth and special application engines. That’s what we can see today. But the future is not necessarily a straight line… The real interesting stuff lies further out in time and, for now at least, on the fringes of technology. These are the devices that will use fundamentally different approaches to solving computational problems—the “DARPA-hard”...


Signal Processing

What's Next for Signal Processing? Part 1

The other day, I was swapping emails with one of my colleagues on a variety of subjects. After a small foray into a discussion of 1980s British sitcoms, he asked me (perhaps prompted by our recent press release ): “So—what are future signal processing systems going to look like?” Aside from the apparent strangeness of the juxtaposition of the subjects (not quite so odd, really, but not relevant here; I’ll explain if you care to ask), when I...


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Army Aviation Needs to Own Its Mission Capability Future

Judging by what I heard and saw last week at the Army Aviation Association of America Mission Solutions Summit (Quad-A) in Nashville, one thing was foremost in the Army Aviation community’s mind, and that was the budget. Budget cuts and sequestration impacts are well into the double digits, and the R&D budget decline is twice the rate of these cuts according to the Honorable Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition,...


AUSA Global Force Day 3: The Show’s a Hit

Short day today—the show is only open for three hours. I was thinking that, with only one appointment left, I would get an opportunity to walk the show. Boy, was I wrong. Our first appointment showed up and that took an hour and a half. Great meeting, though. A couple other walk-ons and—wow, now it’s 30 minutes left and folks are breaking down their booths already (I hate that—it’s so rude. Shouldn't the ref throw them a yellow card?). We waited...


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AUSA Global Force Day 2: Tired, but Pumped

OK folks: another long day. Got to the booth two hours before the show opened, hoping for the quiet time I needed to write up notes from the day before. Wow! I need to work on my penmanship because it looks like I wrote "Pyldhr vih cl wyr in May." I guess it’s possible that I was just musing on some Welsh phrase I learned from my time there, but I doubt it. (Any Welsh speakers want to weigh in here?) Anyway, I got most of the way through my...


3-star Lieutenant Patricia McQuistion

AUSA Global Force Day 1: Larry and John Meet the High-ups

Off to a running start. I can't believe this is the "small" Army show. The traffic has been great, and it's a good thing I’m writing this rather than dictating it because I'm a bit hoarse from talking to folks. So far, we have had three program managers and a 3-star general stop by. (I’m pretty sure it’s because of my " More Is Less " post, but it might be because John Chehansky and I look like a cross between aging Hollywood stars and...


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More Is Less

More is less—and that’s an idea that GE Intelligent Platforms is really on board with. That’s not to say more is worth less; more is still worth more. But, in fact, less is worth even more. Confused? Let me explain with a story (I always have a story…). I recall buying a new car costing $10,000. It was 1980, and that was a huge amount of money (at least to me) and way more than I had ever paid before, but the car was so cool, so modern and state...