National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 83, No. 540, September

Army Seeks Faster, Lighter, Deadlier Combat Vehicles
The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Michigan, is working on a new class of combat vehicles that will be suited to the Army's changing mission. Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. Army has changed significantly-from a forward-deployed...
Aviation Sector Seeks New Air Traffic System for Millennium
Aviation officials are working to develop a new air traffic system for the next millennium-one that will support a public/private partnership that calls for harmonious decision-making and timely investments. "As we go to the next generation system, the...
Billion-Dollar Boost Abets Bio-Chem Shopping Spree
Pentagon seeks chemical detectors, protective clothing, warning networks At a time when the Pentagon is trimming many weapon budgets, the chemical and biological defense program is receiving a funding boost reminiscent of the Reagan buildup days. This...
Commercial, Private Competition Takes Legislative Spotlight
The issue of what is inherently governmental and what is a commercial activity is not a new one, but it does promise to occupy center stage this year as far as lawmakers are concerned. Considerable debate is being generated as to the respective roles...
Defense Industry Trans-Atlantic Forays Feature Deals That Preserve Local Jobs
U.S. defense contractors seeking to expand their business in Europe must fight their marketing battles on two fronts, say industry experts. Their challenge is both to satisfy military customers' needs for advanced, affordable technology and to assuage...
Despite Computer Security Advances, Hackers Appear to Be Keeping Pace
The dark reaches of the information highway are dangerous places, and protecting information assets is fast becoming a billion dollar business. It wasn't long ago that information security was a subject of interest only to government users. They talked...
Eurosatory Showcases Advances in Small Arms
Amid a more vociferous anti-war protest than in recent shows, major arms manufacturers came together at Le Bourget near Paris in June for the biennial Eurosatory exhibition. The big story in small arms came from the mysterious black box at Switzerland's...
F-22 and Joint Strike Fighter: U.S. Military Needs Both
deas are dangerous things, especially when they are wrong. During recent years, two fallacious assertions about U.S. air power have repeatedly surfaced in the national media and congressional debates. The first contends the Air Force is unnecessarily...
Federal Procurement Reform Myths Slow Down Progress
Improvements to False Claims Act have been overlooked by lawmakers Lawmakers understand the importance of transforming the federal procurement process to make it more like the commercial marketplace. Without such changes, the federal sector may be denied...
Foreign Military Sales Enhancements Instrumental to Strong Global Ties
Anyone seeking evidence as to the success of the U.S. foreign military sales (FMS) system need only look around the world. The Cold War was won, in no small measure, because the object of FMS was the transfer of genuine military capability able to deter...
Games and History: A 'Miniature' Something for Everyone
The Historical Miniature Gaming Society (HMGS) is an organization that meets the needs of people interested in military history or families that need an activity they can share. HMGS, recently, hosted a convention in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, attended...
Medium Tactical Truck Failure Gets Quick Fix from Texas Contractor
Rapid action by the U.S. Army and industry appears to have averted a shutdown of its new medium tactical truck fleet and the indefinite postponement of a contract worth nearly $16 billion during the next three decades. At issue are 2.5 and 5 ton tactical...
NDIA Certification Program Empowers CDM Professionals
The emphasis on managing product cost and development risks continues to be a primary driver in industry and government. Many major changes have recently occurred in both government and industry acquisition processes, and the configuration and data management...
Post-Cold War Cuts Could Precipitate Deterioration of World-Class Force
As many of you know, strange things pop up on the Internet and in e-mail in-boxes. However, this past week the following item, troubling rather than strange, appeared on my computer screen: What country is described by the following statistics*709,000...
Predictions of Chemical, Biological Terror Fuel Military-Civilian Defense Partnership
During the 1996 Olympics Games, several members of Congress frowned on the dispatching of hundreds of Army troops to Atlanta to help local authorities deal with a possible terrorist attack. At the time, critics denounced the use of soldiers in a domestic...
Ranking Soldiers Explain Devotion to Flag, Country
Members of the Defense Department's Senior Professional Women's Association joined WID members recently for a program celebrating "Service to the Flag." Speakers from the military and government shared their thoughts on the subject Brig. Gen. Irene Trowell-Harris,...
Simulation-Based Acquisition Pays 'Big Dividends'
Officials in the acquisition community assert that modeling and simulation are not simply attractive alternatives to traditional acquisiton methods, but rather necessities in the light of dwindling defense budgets. Defense Secretary Cohen recently told...
Tank Designers, Operators Profess 'Small Is Beautiful'
Assuming the Army goes to war two or three decades from now, it plans to bring along a fleet of armored vehicles that can give forces the same combat edge that is now provided by its workhorse, the Abrams tank. Those war wagons, however, will be two-thirds...
Terrorist Threat Epidemic Prompts Pentagon Response
At the 1998 Academy Awards for Motion Pictures, everything-for the most part-went as planned. There was, however, one unusual award presenter-a giant grizzly bear. The audience was hardly protected from the onstage bear had it gone ballistic. What the...
Washington Pulse
Good News, Bad News-An estimated $6 billion increase in the Fiscal Year 2000 Defense Department budget appears likely. While ostensibly aimed at acquisition accounts, insiders caution that the Pentagon has a fistful of immediate spending priorities-among...
Weapons Research about to Pay Dividends in Small Arms Arena
A new generation of small arms and supporting systems for U.S. forces are rapidly reaching fruition. These weapons will offer dramatically enhanced lethality and will be able to take out the foe via a combination of direct and indirect fire. Maj. Gen....
What Conclusion.When Whistleblowers Fail to Show
Government workers of the United States, unite ... Almost oneand-a-half million jobs are at risk! The call to action came from the U.S. federal workers' largest union, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), based in Washington, D.C....
White House Plans Cyber Homeland Defense Effort
President Clinton's national protection plan speech at the U.S. Naval Academy set into motion a flurry of unprecedented, sweeping government actions designed to protect with certainty no later than 2003 this country's critical information networks. The...