National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 92, No. 645, August

Army Aviation
{'Sandblasted' gives helicopter pilots hope for safer landings}Landing a helicopter in sandstorms, dust, or snow typically produces a dense cloud that can disorient and blind pilots. In military operations, these treacherous "brownout" conditions often...
Army Aviation: 'Sandblaster' Gives Helicopter Pilots Hope for Safer Landings
Landing a helicopter in sandstorms, dust, or snow typically produces a dense cloud that can disorient and blind pilots. In military operations, these treacherous brownout conditions often are to blame for costly mishaps. The Army has for years been...
Army Helos Can Thwart Missiles, but Remain Vulnerable
THE ARMY HAS MADE progress protecting helicopters flying in Iraq from shoulder-fired missiles, but its crews and aircraft routinely are the targets of small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. "The primary threat from the enemy that we see...
Army Must Embrace Unconventional Fight
The U.S. military campaign ill Iraq ha, raised difficult and thought-provoking questions about the future or the Army as a counterinsurgency force. Many observers are confused because conventional weapons and tactics are used in Iraq. And they wonder...
Association Leaders Experience Life aboard the 'Big E'
A recent visit to the USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered carrier in the U.S. Navy, became an unforgettable experience for Rear Adm. Fred Lewis, USN (Ret.), president of the National Training and Simulation Association, and for Dave Chesebrough,...
Association Leaders Experience Life aboard the 'Big E'
A recent visit to the USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered carrier in the U.S. Navy, became an unforgettable experience for Rear Adm. Fred Lewis, USN (Ret.), president of the National Training and Simulation Association, and for Dave Chesebrough,...
A Word from NDIA's Vice President of Operations
Dear NDIA Members: As you receive this year's issue of the Mega Directory, fiscal 2007 will be waning, but what a year it's been! NDIA member volunteers who generously contribute their time and talent to serve in Divisions, Industrial Committees,...
A Word from NDIA's: Vice President of Operations
Dear NDIA Members:As you receive this year's issue of the Mega Directory, fiscal 2007 will be waning, but what a year it's been! NDIA member volunteers who generously contribute their time and talent to serve in Divisions, Industrial Committees, Chapters...
Border Patrol Receives Unexpected Technology Boost
NOGALES, Ariz. -- Hundreds of obsolete Javelin missile weapon sights collecting dust in a warehouse have been given new life with the U.S. Border Patrol. The Javelin is an anti-tank missile that is used by the Army and Marine Corps and produced...
Border Patrol Still Looking for the Ultimate Tough Truck
TUCSON, Ariz. -- If a manufacturer has built an off-road truck tough enough to withstand the punishment the Border Patrol inflicts on its vehicles, the agency would like to see it. Agent Jim Hawkins, Tucson sector spokesman, said the Border Patrol...
Bridging the Gap
Small businesses unable to exploit research grantsFor a majority of the small businesses that have received government funding for their high-risk research and development efforts, crossing the so-called "valley of death" to bring products to market...
Building an Ethical Culture from the Top
The NDIA ethics code encourages companies always to aspire to and implement best practices in all dealings with the government and other businesses. Lockheed Martin Corp. has approached its goal of advancing its ethics program beyond the basics--such...
Buried Poison
Abandoned chemical weapons pose continual threatTACOMA, Wash. - Hidden chemical weapons are scattered across the globe, in rivers, bays, lakes and oceans, and buried in the ground at current and former military bases.Lost and abandoned chemical weapons...
Buried Poison: Abandoned Chemical Weapons Pose Continual Threat
TACOMA, Wash. -- Hidden chemical weapons are scattered across the globe, in rivers, bays, lakes and oceans, and buried in the ground at current and former military bases. Lost and abandoned chemical weapons are known as non-stockpile materiel--separate...
Closest of Allies, but Not When It Comes Radios
British and U.S. military commanders for years have been told that they would soon be able to talk and share data over a joint radio network. Despite considerable advances in tactical communications technology--particularly in software-based radio...
Closest of Allies, but Not When It Comes to Radios
British and U.S. military commanders for years have been told that they would soon be able to talk and share data over a joint radio network.Despite considerable advances in tactical communications technology - particularly in software-based radio and...
Coordination Needed for Food Emergencies
There is no way to guarantee the safety of U.S. food and agricultural products, and confusion within governmental agencies may slow down response time should supply chains be attacked, said one expert. "I think there's a perception out there that...
Defense Technologies for an Uncertain Future
The United States is at a crossroads when it comes to developing defense technologies for a future that seems obscure at best. The U.S. military, the world's most technologically advanced fighting force, is pouring billions of dollars into next-generation...
Energy Security: Impact on the War on Terror
The crucial link between national security and energy has been the subject of much debate and several blue-ribbon studies in recent months. There is a growing consensus that the United States has to find ways to bring along alternative and renewable...
Equipment Requests Raise Procurement Integrity Questions
The increasingly frequent practice of tagging combat equipment requests as "urgent" needs has resulted in widespread abuse of the system, military officials and congressional investigators said. Because the Pentagon's acquisition bureaucracy can...
Equipment Shortfalls Compromise Disaster Preparedness, Guard Says
NATIONAL GUARD EQUIPMENT readiness has plummeted in recent years, hampering the service's ability to respond to domestic emergencies, Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Management,...
Fiber Optic Cables Help Special Operators Stay Concealed
TACOMA, WASH. -- Fiber optic cables that connect tactical radios to antennas up to 10 kilometers away or farther can be useful tools in covert operations, said an industry expert. The technology replaces shorter, heavier cables that can be more...
Fighting Tactics
Special operators criticized for snubbing unconventional approachesTACOMA, Wash. - As U.S. special operations forces undergo a shift in responsibilities and a surge in personnel, a heated debate has developed about their future priorities.On the one...
Fighting Tactics: Special Operators Criticized for Snubbing Unconventional Approaches
TACOMA, Wash. -- As U.S. special operations forces undergo a shift in responsibilities and a surge in personnel, a heated debate has developed about their future priorities. On the one hand are supporters of the "direct action" role of special operations...
Future Fleet
Inefficient shipbuilding jeopardizes Navy's expansion goalsThe Navy owns 277 ships, but somehow manages to keep 551 different engines in its inventory. It has a fleet of 57 submarines, but maintains an array of 161 periscopes and masts.Such inefficiencies...
Future Fleet: Inefficient Shipbuilding Jeopardizes Navy's Expansion Goals
The Navy owns 277 ships, but somehow manages to keep 551 different engines in its inventory. It has a fleet of 57 submarines, but maintains an array of 161 periscopes and masts. Such inefficiencies partly explain why the cost of buying and maintaining...
Government Policy
The following divisions are overseen by NDIA's Vice President for Government Policy, Peter M. Steffes. Government Policy Advisory Division The Government Policy Advisory Division is responsible for developing and implementing the association's...
Government Policy
The following divisions are overseen by NDIA'sVice President for Government Policy, Peter M.Steffes.Government Policy Advisory DivisionThe Government Policy Advisory Division is responsible for developing and implementing the association's policy agenda...
Hayden: War on Terrorism Requires New Intelligence Techniques
The United States is trying to fight 21st century wars using World War II intelligence approaches, said Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, director of the CIA. "We have started to recognize that intelligence is inherently operational," he said during...
Irregular Warfare Group Dissects Terrorist Strategy
TACOMA, Wash. -- Al-Qaida's strategy for establishing a grand caliphate is laid out in seven specific steps. But without a clear understanding of this plan, the U.S. military will fail to counteract it, said Brian Berrey, a retired Navy SEAL and government...
Littoral Combat Ship Troubles: Opportunity for Small Boat Companies
WITH THE COST OF THE NAVY'S littoral combat ship skyrocketing and its funding in peril of repercussions from Congress, some say the sea service ought to give serious consideration to acquiring cheaper boats that could complement a reduced fleet of...
Littoral Combat Ship Troubles: Opportunity for Small Boat Companies?
WITH THE COST OF THE NAVY'S littoral combat ship skyrocketing and its funding in peril of repercussions from Congress, some say the sea service ought to give serious consideration to acguiring cheaper boats that could complement a reduced fleet of larger...
Mercury Contamination Could Slow Down Destruction of Chemical Stockpile
THE ARMY HAS destroyed nearly half of the nation's chemical weapons stockpile during the past decade. But completing the second half of the job by the mandated deadline of April 2012 will be tougher than previously expected. The $36 billion effort...
National Guard, Reserves Get Help, but Need More
It has been widely recognized that the National Guard is over-committed and under-equipped. Many members of Congress also acknowledge that the challenges facing the National Guard go beyond equipment and personnel to include a lack of institutional...
National Training and Simulation Association
Companies in the simulation, training, mission planning/rehearsal and support services industry are represented through membership in the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), an affiliate of NDIA since 1992. NTSA provides the training,...
National Training and Simulation Association
Companies in the simulation, training, mission planning/rehearsal and support services industry are represented through membership in the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), an affiliate of NDIA since 1992. NTSA provides the training,...
Ndia Committees & Divisions
DIVISION REVIEW COUNCIL ARMAMENTS DIVISIONChairDavid E. BrodenBroden Resource SolutionsMission:To provide a forum for industry, government and the military services to address issues which ensure a superior armament system capability today and in the...
NDIA Committees & Divisions
DIVISION REVIEW COUNCIL ARMAMENTS DIVISION Chair David E. Broden Broden Resource Solutions Mission: To provide a forum for industry, government and the military services to address issues which ensure a superior armament system capability...
Ndia Points of Contact
For further information regarding NDIA technical symposia and policy meetings, key professional staff contacts are:Maj. Gen. Barry Bates, USA (Ret.), Vice President of Operations. General Bates brings more than 32 years of experience in a broad array...
On the Line
National Guard plugs gaps for Border Patrol in the SouthwestSAN LUIS, Ariz. - Sgt. Elgin Cofield, and two other National Guard members stood under a canopy along a dusty road overlooking a road leading to the U.S.-Mexico border.It was 107 degrees and...
On the Line: National Guard Plugs Gaps for Border Patrol in the Southwest
SAN LUIS, Ariz. -- Sgt. Elgin Cofield, and two other National Guard members stood under a canopy along a dusty road overlooking a road leading to the U.S.-Mexico border. It was 107 degrees and the three were dressed in full body armor. Cofield...
Overlooked Business Model Could Benefit Small Firms
SUPPOSE A SMALL BUSINESS has produced a technology that will help troops fighting in Iraq, and it would like to put that product into the war zone. Does it try to sell the product directly to the government? Does it sell the product to a large company...
Pentagon's New Jet Fighter Epitomizes Budget Dilemmas
Beltway prognosticators warn that the military's priciest procurement programs will be the biggest casualties of the looming Pentagon budget wars expected to erupt following the draw-down of U.S. forces in Iraq. Among the Pentagon's largest weapons...
Precision Strike Association
The Precision Strike Association is the premier professional organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of precision engagement concepts and technologies. The Association focuses on the Kill Chain by supporting the development of systems...
Small Businesses Unable to Exploit Research Grants
For a majority of the small businesses that have received government funding for their high-risk research and development efforts, crossing the so-called "valley of death" to bring products to market remains a futile effort. Experts have suggested...
Storm Bound
Littoral combat ship could slip behind schedule as price tag nears $500 millionIn the midst of a contentious debate about the Navy's embattled littoral combat ship program, the services coveted warship has come under fire by its own supporters on Capitol...
Stormbound: Littoral Combat Ship Could Slip Behind Schedule as Price Tag Nears $500 Million
In the midst of a contentious debate about the Navy's embattled littoral combat ship program, the service's coveted warship has come under fire by its own supporters on Capitol Hill. A combination of escalating costs and uncertain procurement plans...
Their Finest Hour
Documentary aims to boost Coast Guard's public imageAs the Coast Guard reels from criticism of its mishandling of the Deepwater acquisitions program, one filmmaker hopes to counteract that negative publicity and bring some positive exposure back to the...
Their Finest Hour: Documentary Aims to Boost Coast Guard's Public Image
As the Coast Guard reels from criticism of its mishandling of the Deepwater acquisitions program, one filmmaker hopes to counteract that negative publicity and bring some positive exposure back to the service. Her answer is a documentary called,...
Washington Pulse
ARMS SUPPLIERS TO GET TIGHTER SCRUTINYIn another sign of the times, the Justice Department appointed its first federal prosecutor in charge of export control enforcement. Stepping into this job is Steven W. Pelak, a U.S. attorney, who will be responsible...
Women in Defense, a National Security 0rganization
Cultivating and supporting the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security is the mission of Women In Defense, A National Security Organization (WID). A non-profit organization, WID was established to provide women a formal...
Women in Defense, A National Security Organization
Cultivating and supporting the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security is the mission of Women In Defense, A National Security Organization (WID). A non-profit organization, WID was established to provide women a formal...