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The Rugged Insider, Vol. 11                                              March 2013





Is the future obsolete?
Some observers think the benefits of technological innovation are slowing, while the costs of maintaining a cutting edge are growing. If true, this could have dire consequences for efforts to trim the Defense budget and increase its efficiency. Executive Briefing discusses “Why the future may not be a big deal in 2013 & how it will affect defense spending.”

User interface developers haven’t got the message that the future is passé. Below we link to an article that mentions some of their more creative solutions.

Recently, the Defense Department had some big news on their smartphone initiatives. For interested parties, we link to some must-read documents.

AMREL is keeping pretty busy these days. We just launched the new DK Avionic solution, a turn-key fully rugged avionics tablet that comes complete with an integrated MIL-STD-1553 card. We are also doing a lot of tradeshows this month. Check out our schedule in the right column.

Next month, we take a look at the effects of sequestration. Our analysis may surprise you.

See you next month!


Quote of the Month


“The problem with quotes on the internet is that it’s nearly impossible to verify who actually said them”

-Abe Lincoln         


Executive Briefing

Why the future may not be a big deal in 2013 & how it will affect Defense spending


Visit have seen the future and we can’t afford it.


Read Here





On the Web


The interfaces are coming!


Visit parade of computing interfaces that want to replace the touchscreen


Read Here


In the news

Defense Details Large Smartphone Buys

Visit Click on the link below to read DoD’s Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan and their overall Mobile Device Strategy



Read Here




Fully Rugged Turn-key Solution


Avionic MIL-STD-1553 DK8 Tablet



Look for AMREL

at these tradeshows

Fort Benning
Cusseta, GA
March 7

International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE)
Las Vegas, NV
March 13-14

Baltimore Federal Buildings
Baltimore, MD
March 21

Dixie Crow Technical Symposium
Warner Robbins, GA
March 24-28



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William Finn

Senior Editor & Copywriter



Bill’s work has appeared in Defense Tech Briefs,  IDGA, Robotics Tomorrow,  and Defense IQ.


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