National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 662, January

A Domestic Counterterrorism Agency? It's a Numbers Game
* The question of whether to create a standalone domestic intelligence agency for counter-terrorism comes down to some cold, hard math, said The Rand Corp. in a recent study. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Members of Congress are asking if it is in the...
A Domestic Counterterrorism Agency? It's a Numbers Game
* The question of whether to create a standalone domestic intelligence agency for counter-terrorism comes down to some cold, hard math, said The Rand Corp. in a recent study.Members of Congress are asking if it is in the nation's best interest to create...
Broadband on the Battlefield
Military services follow dissimilar paths toward digital communicationsSAN DIEGO - The dream is to push streaming video and the Internet throughout the battlefield.Air Force pilots want to see what's happening on the ground. Army commanders want to receive...
Broadband on the Battlefield: Military Services Follow Dissimilar Paths toward Digital Communications
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] SAN DIEGO -- The dream is to push streaming video and the Internet throughout the battlefield. Air Force pilots want to see what's happening on the ground. Army commanders want to receive live images from unmanned aircraft...
Coast Guard Biometrics Program Expands
* TAMPA, Fla. -- A Coast Guard effort to collect and analyze biomettic data gathered at sea has expanded and will be made into an official program next year, said a senior technologist from the service. The Mona Pass, a 90-mile stretch of water...
Coast Guard Boosting Cooperation with Military
* VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Last summer, as Russian forces lay siege to the nation of Georgia, the Coast Guard cutter Dallas, along with two Navy ships, sailed to the Black Sea to provide relief. The Coat Guard crew, under Operation Assured Delivery,...
Conflict-of-Interest Plight Can Be Avoided
Recently, one of the nation's largest government contractors faced a federal jury verdict that it violated the False Claims Act and breached two contracts with an independent federal agency based on failure to disclose conflicts of interest. While...
Debate over Next-Generation Radiation Portals Continues
In the waning days of the Bush administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the Government Accountability Office were still trading barbs over the effectiveness of the next generation of radiation portals to be deployed at ports. The...
Debate over Next-Generation Radiation Portals Continues
In the waning days of the Bush administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the Government Accountability Office were still trading barbs over the effectiveness of the next generation of radiation portals to be deployed at ports.The advanced...
Defense Dept. 'Institutionalizing' Use of Biometrics
The Defense Department is institutionalizing biometrics training for soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. The organization in charge of this effort, the Defense Department's biometrics task force, conducts biweekly secure video teleconferences...
DHS Testing Specialized Plug to Contain Subway Fires
* Researchers at West Virginia University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing a "tunnel plug" that would stop fires from spreading in underground train stations. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The plug is essentially a giant...
DHS Testing Specialized Plug to Contain Subway Fires
Researchers at West Virginia University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing a "tunnel plug" that would stop fires from spreading in underground train stations.The plug is essentially a giant beach ball that drops from the ceiling...
Diplomacy from the Sea
Taking cues from new administration, naval forces shift focus to soft powerThe Navy and Marine Corps will be turning more attention to "soft power" missions in the coming years, officials said.They are taking their cues from the Corps' former commandant,...
Diplomacy from the Sea: Taking Cues from New Administration, Naval Forces Shift Focus to Soft Power
The Navy and Marine Corps will be turning more attention to "soft power" missions in the coming years, officials said. They are taking their cues from the Corps' former commandant, retired Gen. James L. Jones Jr., who will be President Barack Obama's...
Economies of Scale
Analysts predict new wave of industry consolidationExpectations of declining budgets for Pentagon big-ticket weapons and an overall uncertainty about future military spending priorities may set off new rounds of industry mergers and acquisitions, economists...
Economies of Scale: Analysts Predict New Wave of Industry Consolidation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Expectations of declining budgets for Pentagon big-ticket weapons and an overall uncertainty about future military spending priorities may set off new rounds of industry mergers and acquisitions, economists say. But any...
Erratic Oil Market Should Not Derail U.S. Energy Goals
A perfect storm of economic downturn and plummeting oil prices is posing a serious threat to the nation's quest for energy independence. But even in these troubled times, it is important to stay focused on our long-term goals and not let the oil...
Erratic Oil Market Should Not Derail U.S. Energy Goals
A perfect storm of economic downturn and plummeting oil prices is posing a serious threat to the nation's quest for energy independence.But even in these troubled times, it is important to stay focused on our long-term goals and not let the oil market...
Feeling the Pinch
Small firms seeking federal contracts face uphill climbPentagon officials are fond of saying that small businesses are critical engines of innovation that not only are essential to the military but to the larger U.S. economy. According to recent government...
Feeling the Pinch: Small Firms Seeking Federal Contracts Face Uphill Climb
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Pentagon officials are fond of saying that small businesses are critical engines of innovation that not only are essential to the military but to the larger U.S. economy. According to recent government statistics, however,...
Friend or Foe?
Defense Department under pressure to share biometric dataTAMPA, Fla. - Within minutes of knocking down the door of a suspected bomb maker in Iraq, U.S. troops can fingerprint everyone they find inside, send the scans across a satellite link, and find...
Friend or Foe? Defense Department under Pressure to Share Biometric Data
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] TAMPA, Fla. -- Within minutes of knocking down the door of a suspected bomb maker in Iraq, U.S. troops can fingerprint everyone they find inside, send the scans across a satellite rink, and find out if the subjects are suspected...
Future of Nuclear Energy Hinges on Recycling Technology
* Demands for electricity are rising around the world and a growing number of nations are seeking alternative sources of energy to fuel their needs. Global warming concerns, volatile oil prices and the security of fossil fuel sources have sparked...
Ground Control
Drone operators ask industry for 'Open' systemsThe ground-based equipment that is used to fly unmanned combat aircraft is not adequate to handle the demanding missions of current conflicts, operators say.Of most concern is die design and configuration...
Ground Control: Drone Operators Ask Industry for 'Open' Systems
The ground-based equipment that is used to fly unmanned combat aircraft is not adequate to handle the demanding missions of current conflicts, operators say. Of most concern is the design and configuration of the control stations where pilots fly...
Industry Braces for Bigger Crackdown on Corruption
A deteriorating relationship between government and contractors may be about to hit rock bottom. Amid a general climate of distrust--exacerbated by a slew of high-profile procurement fraud cases in recent years--federal regulators recently introduced...
Iris Scan Technology Yet to Take Off
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * TAMPA, Fla. -- Fans of thriller movies are familiar with the high-tech iris scanners that read an eyeball and allow access to super secret facilities in the basements of shadowy Washington spy agencies. What seemed like...
Iris Scan Technology Yet to Take Off
TAMPA, Fla. - Fans of thriller movies are familiar with the hightech iris scanners that read an eyeball and allow access to super secret facilities in the basements of shadowy Washington spy agencies.What seemed like science fiction in the 1980s is science...
Marines Eye Littoral Combat Ship for Future Missions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- The Marine Corps is considering new ways in which it could employ the Navy's new littoral combat ships. "We're working on an assessment of what we can put on the LCS," the chief of the Marine Corps...
Navy Can Text Stealthy Submarines 24/7
* SAN DIEGO -- For years, the Navy has wanted to communicate with its submarines as they travel underwater at great depths. On some missions, a commander can be ordered to run silent and deep for months without any way to send or receive messages....
Navy Seeks to Miniaturize Biometric Gear
* The Navy plans to issue biometric-capable handheld computers that can help sailors quickly identify a terrorist suspect when they are searching enemy ships. Some biometric systems already exist in the fleet but the Navy wants to scale down the...
Ndia Calendar
UPCOMING EXHIBITS, SHOWS AND EVKNTSJANUARY 15NDIA Small Business BreakfastArlington, VAndia.org/meetings/914B22-23Information Systems SummitMiami, FLImproving Defense Information System (IS) Acquisitions: Testing IS Capability in a Network Environment*...
Purchasing Power
'Milspec' technology makes a comebackANALYSISA rising propensity to "militarize" the Defense Department's information networks will be making it more difficult for the Pentagon to take advantage of cuttingedge technologies from the commercial sector,...
Purchasing Power: 'Milspec' Technology Makes a Comeback
A rising propensity to "militarize" the Defense Department's information networks will be making it more difficult for the Pentagon to take advantage of cutting-edge technologies from the commercial sector, say analysts and industry experts. In...
Renewable Fuels
Mileage mandates and biofuels aren't silver bulletsCOMMENTARYThe United States got on the right path right after the Arab oil embargo shocks of the 1970s by focusing on higher mileage requirements for cars and trucks. But the drop in oil prices in the...
Renewable Fuels: Mileage Mandates and Biofuels Aren't Silver Bullets
The United States got on the right path right after the Arab oil embargo shocks of the 1970s by focusing on higher mileage requirements for cars and trucks. But the drop in oil prices in the 1980s drove the nation off course. In addition, Detroit's...
Rescue Mission
New patrol boats: A must- win for the Coast GuardThe upcoming acquisition of new high-speed patrol boats for the U.S. Coast Guard is viewed as a make-or-break effort that could help the service recover from a string of setbacks in its Deepwater modernization...
Rescue Mission: New Patrol Boats: A Must-Win for the Coast Guard
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] The upcoming acquisition of new high-speed patrol boats for the U.S. Coast Guard is viewed as a make-or-break effort that could help the service recover from a string of setbacks in its Deepwater modernization program. ...
Soft Underbelly
'Scrambling data' a greater threat than hacking, intelligence chief saysSAN DIEGO - Hackers defacing websites or stealing information is bad, but the destruction of computer data could be worse, said Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell,...
Soft Underbelly: 'Scrambling Data' a Greater Threat Than Hacking, Intelligence Chief Says
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SAN DIEGO -- Hackers defacing websites or stealing information is bad, but the destruction of computer data could be worse, said Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell, in one of his last speeches as a member...
Software Improves Connections to Robots
Troops who rely on robots for various missions are increasingly being handicapped by limited radio ranges and airwaves jamming. Small unmanned aerial vehicles and ground robots lack adequate onboard computing power to transmit communications efficiently...
'T-Sat Lite' on Tap to Replace Troubled Satellite Program
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SAN DIEGO -- The transformational satellite program--as its name suggests--is designed to revolutionize military communications by supplying vast amounts of bandwidth to troops on the ground. But that vision is now in jeopardy...
Washington Pulse
NEWS FROM INSIDE THE BELTWAY BY SANDRA I. ERWINIndustry Protests: Government Need Not Worry* Pentagon officials have bemoaned the growing number of procurements that have been protested by industry. The rise in protests, however, appears to be overplayed....
Weapon Cost Overruns: From Bad to Worse
A report by the Government Accountability Office last year stirred up a scandal of sorts as it meticulously documented that the Pentagon's 95 largest weapon systems were nearly $300 billion over budget. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Now, another study...