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Rugged Insider

Everything You Know about
Public Safety Interoperability is Wrong

OK, maybe not everything you know is wrong.  However, at a recent National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Seminar, I was impressed with not just how little I knew, but also how much that I thought I knew was simply not true. Test your personal level of misconceptions by reading Executive Briefing.

Also this month’s Rugged Insider:

      • A well-thought out article in Military Embedded Systems argues that we rethink Defense management of obsolescence.
      • Asian land wars may be winding down, but Strategy Page says the 70% solution should live on.
      • How desperate are the Free Syrian Army rebels?  They’re using an iPad for a targeting solution.

The fourth generation of AMREL embedded products is here!

The new ROCKY DF6 is a fully rugged handheld with an enviably small SWaP!  It’s amazing how many connector options are packed into such a small piece of real estate. Learn more here.

See you next month!

Quotes of the Month

“Testing is an infinite process of comparing the invisible to the ambiguous in order to avoid the unthinkable happening to the anonymous.”

 – James Bach

Executive Briefing

Everything You Know about Public Safety Interoperability is Wrong


A better title would be that everything I knew was wrong.

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Four obsolescence management myths that kill defense programs


Favorite quote regarding sustainment efforts using Last Time Buy (LTB) solutions:  “It is like being told you have 6 months to plan, fund, and buy all the shoes you need for the rest of your life.

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Save The 70 Percent Solution


I liked this article about the RFI (Rapid Fielding Initiative), but I think the criticism of JIEDDO was unfair.

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Free Syrian Army Using an iPad to Aim Mortars


Least rugged targeting system ever.

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