Implosion: Lessons from National Security, High Reliability Spacecraft, Electronics, and the Forces Which Changed Them
By: L. Parker Temple (author)Paperback
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High reliability electronics engineering is one of the key driving forces for economic recovery. This book offers a focused study of the history and uses of high reliability solid state electronics, military standards, and space systems that support national security and defense. Unique in combining the interdependent evolution of and inter-relationships among military standards, solid state electronics, and very high-reliability space systems, it offers essential knowledge for those in the fields of aerospace, engineering, instrumentation, measurement, testing, and quality control.
L. PARKER TEMPLE III, PhD, is a Senior Policy Analyst with more than forty years' experience in program management and execution, software and systems engineering, policy and systems analysis in national defense, and national security air and space programs. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Temple has worked with the National Reconnaissance Office; NASA; the Intelligence Community; the Departments of Transportation, State, and Commerce; the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and the armed services.
List of Figures vii List of Tables ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xv Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Program Names xvii Part I Activation Energy (1931-1968) 1. Washington ... We Have a Problem ... 3 2. The Quantum Leap 6 3. Preparation 21 4. The Final Frontiers 29 5. Minuteman Means Reliability 58 6. Skinning Cats 68 Part II Startup Transient (1969-1980) 7. Changing the Sea State 87 8. Space Parts: From A to S 93 9. There's S, and Then There's S 122 10. A Little Revolution Now and Then Is Good 140 11. Quality on the Horizon 144 Part III Switching Transient (1980 1989) 12. Crossing the Operational Divide 153 13. Stocking the Shelves 168 14. Hammered 184 15. Battlegrounds: Reorganization and Reform 187 16. Implementing Change in a Changing World 207 Part IV Shorting To Ground (1989-2002) 17. Leap First, Look Later 231 18. Hardly Standing PAT 248 Part V Resetting the Circuit Breakers 19. Brewing the Perfect Storm 277 20. Summing the Parts 301 Epilogue: Can One Ever Truly Go Home Again? 309 Index 322
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