In Defense of Orlando

It’s no secret that military and defense electronics have heated up over the past seven years. Later this month, in Orlando, perhaps the largest conference and expo on government and defense communications technology takes place. Called MILCOM, the event reportedly draws more 4,000 attendees. Several major OEMs will be there, including Rockwell-Collins, Northrop Grumman, Sun Microsystems and Lockheed Martin. Among the larger EMS companies exhibiting are Plexus and Endicott Interconnect Technologies. For those who wish to supply to the defense sector, it’s worth a look-see.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow