The VMEbus architecture has served military embedded computing extraordinarily well since the VMEbus specification was first published in 1981. VMEbus brought industry standards to a computing world then dominated by proprietary architectures and operating systems, and was in the vanguard of the movement that saw the much more open computing environment of today. This paper looks at VPX, the latest VME standard and how it brings new levels of computing performance to the embedded military applications of today—and tomorrow.