Challenges in Defense Conversion

  • Joe Kennedy
Part of the The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 309)


It’s difficult to be the last speaker. So many of the important things have already been said. It is easy to say I agree with Bruce Cole of ESI on one issue or disagree with Henry Bachman of Hazeltine on another, but I will try to provide my view on the issues which have been discussed. ERA is a company of about 300 people and is headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. We are a subsidiary of E-Systems. E-Systems is a $2 billion dollar corporation, exclusively a defense electronics firm. From a size standpoint, we are somewhere in between a small company like Signal Science and a larger company like ESL. We made the decision to diversify in about 1990, in a very similar fashion to what Bruce described. We went through the thinking process very much like what Henry described and that was: ”How do we take corporate competencies and apply them to new markets?” So I think the ERA’s paradigm is pretty much the same as ESL.


Digital Signal Processing High Dynamic Range Spurious Free Dynamic Range Adaptive Antenna Array Analog Equivalent 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joe Kennedy
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  1. 1.ERAViennaUSA

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