National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 84, No. 551, October

Aerospace Firms Demonstrate Two-Way Data Feed for F-16
Industry players are working to attract Air Force business by proving the viability of a two-way satellite communication system that provides real-time intelligence to the cockpit of an F-16. This will be the first time such a capability is demonstrated...
Armed Forces TV Broadcast Gains Speedier Data Transmission
The Armed Forces Radio and Television Service is expanding its broadcast capabilities by increasing the amount of data it can transmit to affiliates over its satellite network U.S. diplomatic and military personnel overseas typically tune into radio...
Army Trainers Aim to Sharpen Soldier Marksmanship Skills
The U.S. Army increasingly is using simulation systems to improve and maintain soldier marksmanship, and subsequently, enhance battlefield readiness. Engagement skills trainers (EST) are among the latest systems developed to enhance a soldier's small...
Gigantic Wargame Tests Air Force Craft in Global Crisis Response
During a large-scale combat experiment sponsored by the U.S. Air Force last month, pilots across the country flew the futuristic Joint Strike Fighter, even though the plane still is in the early stages of development. A Joint Strike Fighter simulator...
Hand-Held Radios Let GIs Move Undetected in Combat
In the next ground war, U.S. soldiers in close contact with enemy forces will be able to use ordinary hand-held radios to talk to each other without giving away their positions. Until now, combat soldiers engaging hostile forces often have had to rely...
H&K Unveils Personal Defense Weapon
In 1996, members of Europe's defense establishment in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) decided they needed to replace the traditional handgun as the sidearm for military forces not directly involved in combat missions. Recognizing that standard...
Lab Security Crisis Spawns New Agency
Energy secretary charges House actions sabotage his authority The Department of Energy's national laboratories, which are responsible for building and maintaining nuclear weapons, are beefing up security following a recent espionage scandal. The controversial...
Lack of Trust Saps Bio-Defense Effort
The Defense Department is blaming its latest credibility crisis on the Internet. Officials believe a "dis-information" cybercampaign has resulted in the refusal by many service members to take the mandatory anthrax vaccine shots. During the past several...
Marines Test New Wireless Network
Portable, truck-mounted system allows battlefield data exchange The Marine Corps and the Navy are investing $6 million in a pair of portable communications units designed to facilitate information exchanges during military deployments. Recently, Marines...
Military Auto Shops Get Easier, Less Expensive Parts Delivery
A new partnership between the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) is expected to simplify procedures for government buyers. DLAs contract with NAPA gives purchasers access to a catalog of more than 230,000...
More U.S.-NATO Industrial Links Needed
Allied nations that fight jointly should produce weapons together Looking back on NATO's military victory in Kosovo earlier this year, observers agree that the United States would not have conducted the recent Balkan operation alone. Kosovo is a European...
Motion Tracking Systems Make Simulations More 'Believable'
Simulation and modeling technologies today increasingly are making digital environments more realistic for users, experts agree. But, to make simulations more vivid than ever, engineers are relying on sophisticated pieces of hardware and software that...
New Millennium Brings New Opportunities to Benefit from Association Membership
Y2K is here! At least NDIA's budgetary Y2K is here with the start of our new fiscal year on October 1, 1999. As with any New Year, it's an appropriate time to review our activities and to make some resolutions. In reviewing our activities, I find that...
New Paperless Invoicing Method to Speed Up Vendor Payments
In an effort to avoid legendary paper log jams that have delayed payments in the past, the Defense Contract Management Command (DCMC) and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) have recently streamlined the progress payments process. Under...
Overseeing Contractors Is Hazardous Duty
Administrators in Bosnia manage hundreds of millions of dollars Thousands of U.S. troops deployed in the Balkans increasingly are relying on contractors for logistic support services, As a result, the Defense Department has put in place a contract administration...
Past Performance System Raises Eyebrows
Past Performance Earlier this year, the department issued its Past Performance Guide that is designed to help both industry and government understand and use the system. Specifically, the guide was designed to articulate key techniques and practices...
Pentagon's Latest Rescue Operation Saves Vaccine Production Process
The Defense Department is looking into possibly finding a second supplier for the anthrax vaccine, which now is produced by only one company in the United States. As a result of financial troubles at the company, the Pentagon recently had to double the...
Phase II Set to Begin for Development of 21st Century Destroyer
Work on the Navy's new class of surface combat ships-the DD-21, also known as the 21st century land-attack destroyer-is entering a critical second phase this month, as contractors turn their attention to the ships' system design. Intended to replace...
Readers Forum
More Pentagon Waste? I found the article, "Demilitarization Work Takes Its First Budget Hit in Years," in the July/August National Defense (p.35) to be, frankly, an obscenity. It clearly demonstrates the short-sightedness, wastefulness, and overall "who...
Reliving the Naval Battles of World War II
Fighting Steel: World War II Surface Combat 1939-42, is a remarkable naval warfare simulation. It has you at the command level of battle management. You are, in effect, in command of a formation of ships, of your own choice, whose individual crews are...
Removal of Terror Weapons Achieved Only 'Inch-by-Inch'
Contractors responsible for clearing minefields in war-torn areas of the world-such as Bosnia and Kosovo-- concede that, despite today's advanced munitions technology, the task of finding and removing landmines remains a low-tech drudgery. Bosnia has...
Rush to Deploy Troops Hurts Diplomacy, Says Ex-Envoy to Bosnia
A former U.S. diplomat who served in the Balkans said peace in the region only will come if the province of Kosovo is divided between the warring parties. He believes U.S. policy-makers currently are fooling themselves into thinking NATO military intervention...
SBA Expands Outreach with New Agreements
New Agreements The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently forged partnerships with three national African-American organizations. Together, the four organizations are working to provide financing, technical assistance, and contracting to minority...
Talking Laptop Truly a Traveling Secretary
In the world of laptop computers, each new model strives to feature the newest and latest technology. But trying to incorporate everything into a laptop creates what the technocrats call a "brick" because of its weight and loss of portability. MetroBook,...
Technology Demos Accelerate Delivery of Combat Systems
The Defense Department's Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) program has become the bridge between the scientist and the soldier. It is enabling the Pentagon to innovate faster and, moreover, the results are increasingly hitting the field....
U.S. Ponders Sea-Based Missile Defense
Navy system could save money-but the technology is still years away The Clinton administration's plan to field a missile defense system to protect all 50 states may include a sea-based component. That option currently is being debated at the Pentagon...
Washington Pulse
CROSSING FINGERS-The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization is bracing for the first flight test of the multibillion-dollar national missile defense program in the upcoming days. Officials said the technology to ram a missile with another missile does...
White House Labels GOP R&D Budget Goals 'Schizophrenic'
The Republican-led Congress has proposed "deep and risky" cuts in federal funding for research and development (R&D) in the fields of science and technology as part of its $792 billion tax cut bill for fiscal year 2000, White House Chief of Staff...
WID Announces Networking Opportunities
HORIZONS Happenings HORIZONS is the non-profit 501 (c)3 foundation established by Women in Defense (WID) in 1987 to encourage women and men to pursue careers related to the national security interests of the United States. We are proud to have provided...
Wireless Tracking System Improves Marine Inventory Accuracy
In an effort to comply with orders from the office of the Secretary of Defense to reduce manpower, inventory levels and improve customer service, the Marine Corps is shifting to portable computer terminals to manage logistics operations. The Intermediate...
Yesterday's Weapons Race Is Taken over by High-Stakes Technology Competition
Most experts agree that weapons modernization-which is the process of envisioning and subsequently producing the systems that will be needed two or three decades from now-is crucial to the long-range security of the United States and its partners in...