National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 687, February

After a Decade of Counterinsurgencies, Army Now Training for Conventional War
* Critics for years have sounded alarms that the Army is losing its ability to fight major wars as it has focused almost entirely on counterinsurgencies over the past decade. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] No reason to worry. The Army is now getting...
Army Develops Stable Substitute for TNT
* Move over TNT, the Army has developed a new explosive mixture that officials say will save lives. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It took engineers at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., four years to come up with Insensitive Munitions Explosive 101, or IMX-101,...
Army Looks Ahead to Next Generation of Body Armor and Helmets
Developing body armor for future combat involves some amount of guesswork and requires scientists to take stock of the past and a stab at the unknown. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] U.S. troops already wear the best armor money can buy, Army officials...
Army Pilots: Flying Drones Tougher Than It Looks
Flying unmanned aircraft over war zones may seem to outsiders like playing a tricked-out video game. But these operations can be, indeed, dangerous, aviators contend. Bad weather, makeshift runways and close calls with friendly aircraft are among...
Data Mining Not a Panacea for Catching Terrorists, Experts Warn
* Data mining, loosely defined as a search to uncover novel patterns or relationships in large sources of electronically stored information, is being used by federal agencies as a counter-terrorism tool. Meanwhile, "the technology and tools are...
DHS Technology Directorate Undergoes Major Changes
* Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for Science and Technology Tara O'Toole has radically restructured her division in an effort to rapidly field devices needed by DHS agencies as well as first responders. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
For High-Tech Firms, Allure of Defense Contracts Is Tarnished by Red Tape
* The Pentagon is by most measures a government contractor's promised land. Last year it spent $400 billion on products and services. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] But even in today's struggling economy, the prospect of scoring a big defense contract...
Gen. Amos: Marines Are Big Winners in Gates' Budget Shakeup
* For years, top leaders of the Marine Corps have publicly agonized over the idea that the service was losing its "amphibious roots" and becoming predominantly a land army. The anticipated cancelation of the troubled Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle...
Here's a Thought: The Pentagon Wants Thinking' Drones
* The deployment of hundreds of unmanned aerial vehicles in the Afghan and Iraq wars may only scratch the surface of what's to come, if the vision of some military leaders comes to pass. UAVs have gained favor as ways to reduce risk to combat troops,...
Industry Execs Ponder a Shrinking Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Market
OSHKOSH, Wis.--Inside a 350,000-square foot facility known as "South Plant," Oshkosh Defense workers fabricate cabs for the Army's family of medium tactical vehicles program. They are producing 60 trucks a day in two shifts on an assembly line that...
Justice Department Beefs Up Foreign Corruption Act Enforcement
* In recent years, U.S. government officials have acknowledged the increasing focus on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement. The government has been transparent about its priority to target individuals and companies who make improper payments...
Manufacturers Answer Military's Call to Reduce Body Armor Weight
Lighten the load. That has been the refrain from the Army and Marine Corps for nearly a decade as they seek to subtract pounds from the equipment that dismounted troops must carry into the field. Two major suppliers of the materials used in body...
Marine Corps Bids Final Adieu to Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle
* The termination of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle--announced in early January by Defense Secretary Robert Gates--was seen as a big blow to the Marine Corps' ambitious plans to modernize the force for the 21st Century. But in reality, the end...
Military Supply Chain Tracking System Both Inefficient and Dangerous
* There is little doubt that the United States has the finest, most modern military in the world. Even its supply chain is great, and the radio frequency identification (RFID) technology it employs is modern and efficient when used in warehouse management....
Military Trucks Weighed Down by 'Yesteryear's Technology'
Most small businesses would cherish a chance to work directly with the Army to develop new solutions for the military. Century Inc. is no different. The Michigan-based company worked hand in hand with Army researchers to produce an aluminum brake...
Mini-Submarines, Underwater Mines
* For the U.S. Navy, it would be an apocalyptic scenario: A critical chokepoint of global trade and oil tankers, the Strait of Hormuz, shut down by the suspected, or real, presence of sea mines. The Navy regards the protection of the world's commerce...
Navy Researchers Probing Secrets of Fido's Nose
* Because scientists are still struggling to develop technologies that can sniff out explosives as effectively as the canine nose, the armed forces in the meantime have turned to man's best friend for help in countering hidden bombs. "The best sensor...
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Once You're in a War, How Do You Get Out?
* The United States passed a bleak milestone last year: The war in Afghanistan became the longest conflict in the nation's history. Many Americans want to know when and how the war might end. The soldiers who are fighting there may want some answers,...
On the Army's Technology Wish List, 'Network' Ranks Number One
* It has been a long-elusive goal for Army technologists: A network that lets soldiers tap their laptop or smart phone keyboards and obtain the information they need, anywhere in the world. No such network exists yet, and may never will, simply...
Putty May Put Soldiers on Fast-Track to Recovery
* A soldier's leg is shattered by a roadside bomb blast. A doctor injects a special dough-like material into his leg, and he is running around again in a few days. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The victim avoids the multiple surgeries, lengthy rehabs...
Putty May Put Soldiers on Fast-Track to Recovery
A soldier's leg is shattered by a roadside bomb blast A doctor injects a special dough-like material into his leg, and he is running around again in a few days.The victim avoids the multiple surgeries, lengthy rehabs and amputations that many troops...
Supporters of D Block Auction Plan Fire Back at Critics
* Advocates of the Federal Communications Commission's plan to sell unused portions of spectrum that would be reserved for first-responder broadband systems are urging that an auction of the valuable airwaves move forward this year. It all boils...
To Improve Cyber-Security, U.S. Needs Cohesive Public-Private Partnership
* It has become one of the perils of everyday life on the information highway--a cyberattack. For the Pentagon, which operates 15,000 networks and owns more than a million computers, the risks are huge. Though Defense systems are attacked constantly--5,000...
To Improve Cyber-Security, U.S. Needs Cohesive Public-Private Partnership
It has become one of the perils of everyday life on the information highway - a cyberattack.For the Pentagon, which operates 15,000 networks and owns more than a million computers, the risks are huge Though Defense systems are attacked constantly - 5,000...
Truck Makers Pursue Niche Market for Small Air-Transportable Vehicles
* It has been more than a decade since the Marine Corps launched a program to develop a truck that was sturdy enough for combat but small and light enough to fit inside the V-22 Osprey. The project continues to this day, while contractors have found...
Uncertain Path Ahead for Military Truck Fleet
With an inventory of 300,000 trucks--a mix of old, new and everything in between--the Army and Marine Corps are trying to decide which ones to keep, and how they will go about fixing or replacing damaged and outdated vehicles. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Women in Defense Celebrates 25th Anniversary
* The National Defense Industrial Association's fastest growing affiliate, Women In Defense, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. In addition to local chapter events and a reception in Arlington, Va., members celebrated the anniversary at...