National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 86, No. 573, August

2001 Mega Directory: Association for Enterprise Integration
All about AFEI International The Association For Enterprise Integration International (AFEI) is a non-profit association for corporate and individual members whose common goal is to advance enterprise integration and worldclass electronic business practices...
2001 Mega Directory: National Training Systems Association
Companies in the simulation, training, mission planning/rehearsal and support services industry are represented through membership in the National Training Systems Association (NTSA), an affiliate of NDIA since 1992. NTSA provides the training, simulation,...
Affirmative-Action Regulatory Focus Shifts
Government wants contractors to seek results, not just show compliance Remember the new math? That was the short-lived teaching philosophy that rewarded students for following the right process, even if they reached the wrong answer. Government...
Aging Avionics Spell Doom for Air Force, Study Warns
The Pentagon needs a new game plan for dealing with aging avionics in its aircraft fleet, experts said. A study, just published by the Air Force Science and Technology Board and sponsored by the National Research Council (NRC), urged the Defense Department...
AIRBORNE RADAR: Military Systems Redesigned for Commercial Applications
The commercial market for ground-surveillance aircraft equipped with side-looking radar has been a tough nut to crack for U.S. defense contractors seeking to make international sales, said industry experts. The reasons for the slow business, sources...
Allies Urge U.S. to Open Lines of Communication
During the Millennium Challenge'02, a large-scale joint training exercise scheduled to begin next summer on the U.S. West Coast, U.S. allies will participate in air and sea operations, said U.S. Joint Forces Command officials. The JFCOM is responsible...
Army Aims for More Precise Ways to Drop Troops, Cargo
The U.S. Army is developing a new generation of controllable parachutes called "parafoils" in order to drop troops and supplies with greater safety and precision than ever before, according to Edward Doucette, director of airdrop and aerial delivery...
A Word Form NDIA's Vice President of Operations
Dear NDIA Members: During a recent conference, my luncheon mates and I were discussing the seemingly endless number of such meetings conducted throughout the United States. They are sponsored by numerous for-profit and non-profit businesses and associations....
Brass Tracks
Government Army National Guard Col. Gary A. Quick has been nominated for appointment to the grade of brigadier general. Quick currently is serving as the commander of the 31st Armor Brigade, Northport, Ala. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Robert Magnus...
Combat Troops Pitch a New Generation of Field Shelters
As the Army rushes to transform itself into a more rapidly deployable force-and at the same time, offer its troops in the field a few more creature comforts-soldiers are beginning to see major innovations in one of the very oldest pieces of military...
Consolidation Expected for European Industry
Both U.S. and European defense and aerospace firms increasingly plan to outsource manufacturing work and focus on software and electronics. That strategy, however, still fails to address the excessive over-capacity in the industry today, said Jon B....
Consolidation Expected for European Industry
Both U.S. and European defense and aerospace firms increasingly plan to outsource manufacturing work and focus on software and electronics. That strategy, however, still fails to address the excessive over-capacity in the industry today, said Jon B....
Editor's Corner
With new leadership at the U.S. Senate, defense industry executives, military analysts and other observers are wondering what the changeover to Democratic control means for defense policies and spending priorities. It's still early to make any drastic...
Editor's Corner
With new leadership at the U.S. Senate, defense industry executives, milltary analysts and other observers are wondering what the changeover to Democratic control means for defense policies and spending priorities. It's still early to make any drastic...
Federal Prisons Have Edge over Competition
Federal Prison Industries (FPI), a nonprofit corporation operated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons that employs inmates as workers, has a "mandatory-source" advantage over its competitors that runs counter to congressional best-value contracting initiatives,...
Florida, Ohio Reps Lobby for Space Dollars
Modernization, research efforts under-funded, members of Congress contend Congressmen Dave Weldon, R-Fla., and Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, represent districts in the country with high concentrations of NASA employees and contractors. Weldon's district...
GAO Report on Deepwater: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
A recent report by the General Accounting Office may indicate rough seas ahead for the Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater recapitalization project. The May report, titled, "Progress Being Made on Deepwater Project, But Risks Remain," raises serious questions...
GAO Report on Deepwater: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?
A recent report by the General Accounting Office may indicate rough seas ahead for the Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater recapitalization project. The May report, titled, "Progress Being Made on Deepwater Project, But Risks Remain," raises serious...
Helping Develop Women Leaders in Defense
Women are continuing to take on a greater role in U.S. enterprises, be it in government agencies, military organizations, academic institutions or private companies. Our organization--a fellowship of those who support women in the national security...
'Millennium Challenge' Will Test U.S. Military Jointness
The ability of the U.S. military services to blend into a seamless force and act decisively against a sophisticated enemy will be tested in a large-scale experiment next summer, called the Millennium Challenge. The Millennium Challenge 2002, or...
More Military Business on Vought's Horizon
Despite losing JSF, executives are optimistic about defense market growth As it seeks to solidify its role in the commercial aviation sector, Vought Aircraft Industries also hopes to increase its share of military business, said company executives....
Navy Can Secure 'Access' for Joint Force
Future enemies could attempt to deny U.S. entry to ports and airfields Despite the geographic and--sometimes perceived--philosophical distance between the operating fleet and those inside the Beltway, the Navy's ongoing efforts inside the Pentagon...
Navy's Oldest Base Gets Clean Sweep, Fore and Aft
The Washington Navy Yard--the oldest shore installation in the service and, for years, one of the most neglected--is being cleaned up in an effort to repair its image as a national showpiece. Nearly two centuries of industrial pollution are being...
Nuclear Power Can Help Solve Energy Crisis
Energy Department leading long-term effort to develop safe nuclear plants The United States must increase its capacity to generate energy, in order to prevent the shortages in California from cascading across the nation. Nuclear power should be...
Pearl Harbor: It Was More Than a Movie
It seems strange that we consider this event not on the anniversary of the date that it occurred nearly 60 years ago, but during the release of a summer movie. Whatever the reason, it is appropriate that Americans not forget Pearl Harbor. Criticism...
Pearl Harbor: It Was More Than a Movie
It seems strange that we consider this event not on the anniversary of the date that it occurred nearly 60 years ago, but during the release of a summer movie. Whatever the reason, it is appropriate that Americans not forget Pearl Harbor. Criticism that...
Radar Upgrade for Hawkeye Could Bolster Sales Abroad
The U.S. Navy's E-2C Hawkeye carrier-based surveillance aircraft could improve its chances for more international sales after it receives a new radar later this decade, said industry executives. A Hawkeye equipped with a more sophisticated radar, these...
Readersforum
Fuze Industry Concerns The President's Perspective issue (June 2001, p.4) of National Defense struck me, because fuzes have been an important part of my engineering career since 1947. In 1952-1953, I participated in a study concerning the high failure-rate...
Readers Forum
Readersforum Fuze Industry Concerns The President's Perspective issue (June 2001, p.4) of National Defense struck me, because fuzes have been an important part of my engineering career since 1947. In 1952-1953, I participated in a study concerning the...
Research and Education Group Teams with NDIA
The National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT) is a non-profit research and education organization, which develops creative approaches to science and technology challenges by promoting effective collaboration between the public and private sectors....
Senate Leadership Change: What It Means for Defense
The recent leadership change in the U.S. Senate has triggered speculation about what the Defense Department and industry can expect from the Democratic majority on the Armed Services Committee. There are many unanswered questions about the new chairman,...
Setting the Record Straight on Mobile Offshore Bases
Among the topics being debated at the Defense Department today is the use of so-called mobile offshore bases (or MOBs). An MOB is a self-propelled, modular, floating platform that can be assembled into lengths of up to one mile, as required, to...
Stricter Emissions Standards Prompt FMTV Engine Redesign
The U.S. Army's future 2.5-ton and 5-ton tactical trucks will have to comply with tougher diesel-emissions standards, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set for on-highway vehicles, beginning in 2004. Even though the deadline for...
Supplier Base 'Shifting' for Landing-Gear Maker
In today's competitive defense and aerospace markets, companies must learn not only how to integrate new technologies into their operations but also how to manage global networks of subcontractors, said industry executives. A case in point is the...
Un-Piloted Hybrid Plane: Potential Escort for V-22?
The U.S. Marine Corps is showing interest in a new type of hybrid vertical-takeoff and landing rotorcraft, called the canard-rotor wing. The technology--which allows the rotorcraft to shift to fixed-wing flight in midair--is in development by the Defense...
USAF Software Automates Environmental Forecasting
The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command has created an automated, global mission-planing tool that can help military commanders predict how a combat mission will affect the environment in the theater of operations. This environmental planning...
Washington Pulse
Congressional Aide Says Goldin Should Go A congressional aide speaking on condition on anonymity said it's time for Dan Goldin, the head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to leave his post. "Nine years is a long time for someone...
Wireless Phones to Be Made Secure, by Pentagon Standards
The lack of secure telephone communications between U.S. and allied military forces was an oft-heard complaint during the Persian Gulf War and subsequent operations involving multi-national coalitions. Now, the Defense Information Systems Agency...
World Market for Early Warning Radar Could Reach $30 Billion
Several multi-national aerospace industry teams will be vying, during the next 10 to 20 years, for a piece of what could be a $30 billion market for so-called airborne early-warning and control (AEW&G) systems. Among the most popular AEW&C...