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Another Double-Edged Sword

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Whenever we write about new weapons, we get objections from all quarters. We get stern rebukes from those who believe that, for reasons of national security, new weapons should never be discussed. We get letters of concern from those who believe that money spent on weapons technology brings the human race one step closer to extinction. We even get harangues from readers who believe that all nations should spend more on weapons technology to deter future war.

We run weapons articles because we think our readers should know about them. Being technologists, they are exactly the kind of experts whose opinions should be heard in the debates over whether and how these devices should be used.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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