Operation Shield America is a new program announced by the U.S. Customs Service that seeks identification of technology, components, and products that could be on a "shopping list for terrorist organizations." The agency's media spokesperson Jim Michie says that engineers could help the U.S .Customs officials by adding to the classified list of more than 100 items.
"We're asking for help identifying what should be on this list," says Michie. "The other thing we want to know is who is buying the products that could potentially be dangerous in the wrong hands." The Customs Service is asking manufacturers to turn over the names of any suspicious customers.
The State and Commerce Department already have defined lists of controlled exports. However, Customs Service Commissioner Robert Bonner indicated that the items on the Customs' list differed. Although Bonner did not release the shopping list, he did describe high-tech items used for producing nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; as well as low-tech items that help terrorist evade detection and capture.
Bonner clarified that he did not want companies to investigate, but rather to just contact the U.S. Customs Service at (202) 927-8727.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.