National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 82, No. 533, December

Air Force Database Helps Streamline C-130 Logistics
The U.S. Air Force maintains a fleet of more than 700 C-130 aircraft strategically located across the country and around the world. The majority of these planes, which are a critical component in transporting materials and personnel, are configured for...
Cohen Cuts 30,000 Pentagon Jobs; Savings to Exceed $3B
Defense Secretary William S. Cohenwith enthusiastic endorsements from Vice President Al Gore-unveiled a new Pentagon blueprint for paring its massive bureaucracy and turning it into a lean operation. During the next two to five years, the Defense Department...
Defense-Funded Project Transforms Truck Engine into Hybrid Electronic Unit
The Defense Department is tapping advanced battery technologies to develop environmentally-friendly vehicles that can also enhance military operations. A case in point is a customized version of the Army and Marine Corps ubiquitous Humvee truck developed...
Defense Printing Service Seeks Efficiency through Technology
Electronic publishing systems contribute to Pentagon efforts to downsize bureaucracy Forget all the horror stories about $800 toilets and $64 hammers. When it comes to printing, the Defense Department has learned how to get a good value. Today the operative...
Economic 'Manifest Destiny' May Be Just the Ticket for U.S
A revitalized government, industry, and labor contract is required to revitalize America's sagging middle class The U.S. manufacturing infrastructure for years has been deteriorating-requiring the nation to increasingly rely on the aerospace and defense...
Electronic Commerce Technology Spawns Virtual Supplier Base for Obsolete Parts
As major U.S. weapon systems continue to age, Pentagon officials are taking advantage of emerging techonology to grapple with a vexing problem that is likely to worsen during the next several years-the unavailability of spare parts. Spare parts for platforms...
German Army Assault Rifle Features Advanced Design, Simplicity, NATO Ammo Compatibility
Heckler & Koch USA has introduced its export model of the 5.56 x 45mm NATO G36 family of weapons-the most recent edition to H&K GmbH's stable of assault weapons. Although the rifle was designed around existing technologies, the G36 in many ways...
Global Instability Calls for U.S. Military Preparedness
Editor's Note-The following are excerpts from a speech recently delivered on the floor of the House of Representatives. Recently the aircraft carrier Nimitz sailed into the Persian Gulf ahead of its scheduled rotation. The purpose of the deployment was...
Global Positioning System Is an Asset Requiring Protection
Experts predict a $30 billion commercial market for GPS within next eight years Every 12 hours, 24 Boeing Company NAVSTAR satellites travel the circumference of the earth relaying critical positioning, targeting and navigation data to military users...
Marine Corps Seeks Smart Card to Reduce Administrative Tasks
American Express and the Marine Corps have joined forces to test a multi-application smart card that is expected to reduce administrative duties for military personnel. Issued to approximately 1,000 Marines at Air Station New River, Jacksonville, North...
Naval Mission Planning Built around Information Systems
The Navy is pressing forward with a broad initiative to develop a comprehensive approach to mission planning that, its advocates hope, will move the fleet away from a long-standing emphasis on planning for individual weapon systems to develop a new planning...
Navy Leaders Predict More Downsizing, Money Woes
Acquisition reform, closer relationship with industry key to Navy modernization The already sluggish pace of Navy and Marine Corps modernization almost certainly will be further curtailed beginning in Fiscal Year 1999 as Congress wrestles with other...
Non-Lethal Capabilities Are Now Viable Option in a Fast Changing Landscape
Facing violent crowds in the towns of Banja Luka and Brcko this past September, NATO forces in Bosnia had only two choices-use deadly force or risk personal injury. Shortly thereafter, the Pentagon made tear gas and sponge grenades available to U.S....
Pentagon Reforming Info Technology Management
As part of its acquisition reform efforts, Congress is focusing on improving the procurement and management of the government's information technology systems. While information systems are crucial to the well-being of all taxpayers and the effectiveness...
Political Problems May Lead to Regression in Defense Department Acquisition Reform
I just returned from a briefing by Dan Burnham, the dynamic Vice Chairman of Allied Signal. While Dan covered many subjects, one particular thing he said was that we have achieved Acquisition Reform improvement beyond our wildest dreams. This was good...
Reader's Forum
Space Perspective Your article "Air Force Plan to Become Space Power Called Premature by Pentagon Official" badly misinterprets my comments at the September NDIA conference, in two principal areas: I have stated on many occasions, and it is reflected...
Reform Efforts Must Ensure Competitions Are Fair for All
Centech CEO says further refinement will help small and medium sized firms Donald Campbell believes the most recent round of acquisition reform went a long way towards improving conditions for defense contractors. He would like to see the next effort...
Roost on the Internet Permits Navy to Simplify Info Access
Commercial software cuts manual labor and offers leap in operational efficiency To enhance its communication and collaboration endeavors, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations N4 (OPNAV N4) within the Pentagon has purchased off-the-shelf software...
Smart Systems Support Navy Effort to Shrink Ship Staffing
Facing imminent cutbacks in personnel, the Navy is aggressively moving to equip its ships with advanced technologies that help sailors do their work faster and more efficiently. The bedrock of technologies that underpins this goal is called "information...
Study Confirms Technology Buying Habits Are Hard to Break
There is growing, compelling evidence that defense agencies and contractors are shifting to commercial computer systems, making them the cornerstone of key weapons now being built for the Pentagon. It is not yet clear, however, that military buyers and...
The Return of Hollow Military Jeopardizes Operations and Undercuts Future Forces
One of the more onerous consequences of Carter administration neglect of the military was the emergence of a hollow military establishment, a force largely theoretical that existed more on paper than on the battlefield. This was addressed during the...
The Stage Is Set for Intense Finger-Pointing on Shortage of Funds to Modernize Military
As the Pentagon puts the final touches on its Fiscal Year 1999 budget proposal due on Capitol Hill in February it is clear that defense officials are still grappling with some of the same financial dilemmas that have plagued spending plans since the...
U.K./U.S. Collaboration Deemed 'Vital' for Future Allied Military Dominance
Representatives of the British defense attache office recently expressed optimism about the future of collaborative military efforts between the United Kingdom and United States. "Our commitment to work together is not window dressing," said Col. Martin...
UNIX Should Not Be Ruled out in Mission Critical Applications
There may be a bandwagon mentality in the current shift to Microsoft Windows-NT. However, a review of the strengths and advantages of a UNIX operating system shows why the military/intelligence community continues to rely on UNIX. Many computer-intensive...
U.S. Mainland Vulnerable to Ballistic Missile Threat
Ten countries have ballistic missile capability to strike LI. S. homeland The United States is currently incapable of intercepting a ballistic missile warhead or reentry vehicle, once it is launched against the U.S.. Most Americans, however, believe...
U.S. Success in Future Battlefield Hinges on Information Advantage
The rapid development of systems guaranteeing information dominance for the U.S. military clearly is a Defense Department priority, according to officials. Real-time access to vital battlefield intelligence will make conventional warfare obsolete. However,...
Washington Pulse
More Bad News--The buzz inside the Washington beltway is that the Department probably will not get the S50 billion it will be seking in the Fiscal Year 1999 budget for procurement. The Defense Departent originally said it was going for $60 billion. Just...
Weapons to Control Crowds Now Needed in U.S. Arsenal
whe Defense Department plans to spend up to $30 million a year fielding a host of weapons that, instead of killing enemies, are made to restrain and immobilize. These technologies fall under the umbrella of non-lethal weapon systems, which Pentagon planners...