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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) Aug 21, 2011

Pentagon plans to deploy small-scale smart grids The Department of Defense, like the rest of the nation, is faced with an increasing need to shift to renewable fuels. Defense contractors and the Pentagon are now getting more serious about implementing small-scale smart grids. Boeing has partnered with Germany's Siemens to install micro-grids to replace aging energy infrastructure. Aug 16, 2011

EADS EADS North America's Voice Encryption Device Completes Joint Interoperability Demonstration. EADS North America's ECTOCRYP[umlaut] BLACK voice encryption device has successfully demonstrated its capabilities in the annual, DISA-sponsored Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) event. As part of the interoperability exercise, ECTOCRYP[umlaut] BLACK allowed users on a combination of secret and unclassified phone networks around the country to talk to each other seamlessly through one purpose-built gateway, enabling secure teleconferencing and point-to-point communication. "We were selected to participate in this event because our technology fills capability gaps for coalition forces -- including secure voice transmission between different domains," said David Oliver, chief operating officer of EADS North America. "As a result of this exercise, we have demonstrated its readiness for real-world operations." During the CWID event, which consisted of a simulated coalition exercise set against a real-world backdrop, the ECTOCRYP[umlaut] BLACK gateway device was physically based at U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) in Suffolk, Va. Role players were located at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass., U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, Calif., and a remote deployment at JFCOM itself. The exercise linked role players representing Air Component Commander headquarters, Homeland Security and Defense, Maritime Component Commander headquarters, and a Marine Expeditionary Unit. "The CWID demonstration marks the first time it has been possible to link both security and operational domains with voice communication through a single compact device in a realistic operational scenario," said Thomas Darcy, vice president of Defense Electronics and Systems at EADS North America. "This trial also successfully demonstrated ECTOCRYP[umlaut] Black's interoperability with key elements of our...

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