White Paper

2019 Missile Defense Review: Strategic Considerations for U.S. Contractors

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The long-awaited Missile Defense Review was released last month, and there are important considerations for U.S. industry to bear in mind as contractors decide how to respond to or influence new requirements, and support the strengthening of the U.S. missile defense posture. This white paper examines key elements of the Missile Defense Review, analyzes the implications of proposed policies, and outlines key questions for industry to consider as it looks to capture upcoming opportunities and understand customer readiness on new program and technology pursuits.

Fiber Laser vs. DPAL … a 5-7 Year Perspective

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Ever since the mid-70s and the NKC-135 Airborne Laser Lab laser has been the technology ‘10 years in coming’.  After many years, many theories, and many experiments, it appears the ‘10 year clock’ has finally started to tick.  But even as more fiber based lasers take to the field, there is yet another twist in the plot that could change everything … again.  The Diode Pumped Alkali Lasers (DPAL) represents a potential disruption in the future of laser weapons in the US and the UK.   While the majority of current efforts have been focus on fiber related lasers, DPALS has been over coming physics challenges that now portends very high power lasers at very low size, weight and power (SWaP).  As the industry moves forward on many directed energy approaches, understanding the DPALS threat and/or opportunity is critical to US laser providers.

Bigger Big Data

Big Data is, well… Big, but it’s nowhere near the size it is going to be in very short order. Infrastructure and analytics vendors need to sit up and take notice as they plan for the future. Our earlier papers deal with what Big Data is, the challenges it faces, and the promise it brings. This is our 3rd and final whitepaper in our Big Data series, and explores what we are calling Bigger Big Data (BBD), or the pending wave of data driven by improvements in sensor types and the mass adoption of Big Data Applications.

The Virtual Ridgeline — Cyber-Electronic Warfare

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DOD and Intel agencies are expanding their focus on cyber and electronic warfare in order to operate in contested spectrum operations and take advantage of networked systems.  This paper explores the intersections of the Cyber and EW, identifies areas of convergence between the two domains, and speaks to objective capabilities in this market area.

Opportunities in the Unconventional Natural Gas Market

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Not long ago, domestic reserves of natural gas were believed to be all but exhausted. The U.S. was viewed as a huge market for liquid natural gas imports. The government put in place disincentives to the construction of new natural gas-fired power plants, believing supply was insufficient for long-term use. This was all, however, before the advent of unconventional natural gas.