National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 90, No. 621, August

Afghanistan Taught U.S. "Hard Lessons" in Close Air Support
The battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan changed the way U.S. forces conduct close-air support, and some of those lessons are still being implemented, said Air Force Col. Michael Longoria, joint air-ground operations office of Air Combat Command....
After the Fighting
U.S. SHIFTING FOCUS TO 'STABILITY OPERATIONS'After years of trying to minimize U.S. participation in peacekeeping operations, the Bush administration is embarking upon an ambitious effort to improve the ability of the military services-and related civilian...
After the Fighting: U.S. Shifting Focus to 'Stability Operations'
After years of trying to minimize U.S. participation in peacekeeping operations, the Bush administration is embarking upon an ambitious effort to improve the ability of the military services--and related civilian agencies--to conduct such missions...
Army Brigades Will Deploy with Hundreds More Trucks
The Army is expanding its logistics and transportation operations as part of a broader reorganization intended to field combat brigades that can operate independently, without the support of higher echelons. The plan is to morph the Army's 10 combat...
Army Explores Future of Remote Control Weapons
The unenviable job of gunners manning weapons atop vehicles may become passe, as the Army tests and fields new versions of remote-controlled guns. The Commonly Remotely Operated Weapon Station has already been fielded with military police units...
A Single Day Changed Supply Strategy in Iraq
On April 7, 2004, the war in Iraq turned a corner. It was the day that the insurgency showed a more capable face than previously seen by launching a coordinated sabotage of the roads upon which U.S. supply lines depend. The attacks were so effective...
Association for Enterprise Integration
The Association for Enterprise Integration (AFEI) is the industry association for those who wish to contribute to understanding the challenges, opportunities and benefits associated with information sharing across and within the extended enterprise....
Association for Enterprise Integration
The Association for Enterprise Integration (AFEI) is the industry association for those who wish to contribute to understanding the challenges, opportunities and benefits associated with information sharing across and within the extended enterprise.Corporations,...
Bomb Attacks Test U.S. Technological Ingenuity
The Army has ordered 330 small robots to help soldiers search for hidden explosives along Iraq's roads. They are simple contraptions: remote-controlled toy cars outfitted with a pan/tilt camera that can look down and over objects up to three feet...
Congress Poised to Act on Weak Bio-Preparedness
Flaws in the U.S.' current defenses against dangerous diseases are numerous and institutional, according to experts. In response to these shortcomings, key congressional leaders are vowing action to fix the problems. Speakers at a recent bioterrorism...
Contractor-Sponsored Events: Navigating through the Rules
The ethics culture in Washington, D.C., during recent decades has become encrusted in a bewildering array of statutes, regulations, guidelines, policies, procedures, assorted memoranda, brochures and bulletins. Federal contractors and their government...
Fleet Overhaul
Army Seeking $34 Billion For New, Upgraded TrucksSenior Army officials have okayed a $34 billion plan to refurbish the services truck fleet. Between now and 2018, the Army would acquire 70,000 new vehicles and upgrade more than 200,000 from the existing...
Fleet Overhaul: Army Seeking $34 Billion for New, Upgraded Trucks
Senior Army officials have okayed a $34 billion plan to refurbish the service's truck fleet. Between now and 2018, the Army would acquire 70,000 new vehicles and upgrade more than 200,000 from the existing inventory. The proposal, which also lays...
Gaps in the Line
Pentagon Spurs its Biological And Chemical Defense ProgramsThe Pentagon is trying to buttress the military's defensive posture against biological and chemical weapons by focusing on the development of advanced vaccines and improved therapeutics, Department...
Gaps in the Line: Pentagon Spurs Its Biological and Chemical Defense Programs
The Pentagon is trying to buttress the military's defensive posture against biological and chemical weapons by focusing on the development of advanced vaccines and improved therapeutics, Department of Defense officials said. Acknowledging areas...
Gearing Up
22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Prepares to Deploy BY HAROLD KENNEDYAn estimated 600 combat-armed Leathernecks and sailors from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are scheduled early this month to prowl through the streets and waterways of Savannah, Ga.,...
Gearing Up: 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Prepares to Deploy
An estimated 600 combat-armed Leathernecks and sailors from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are scheduled early this month to prowl through the streets and waterways of Savannah, Ga., as part of an intense training regimen that almost certainly...
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's Vice 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...
Job Shuffle under Way in the U.S. Navy
The Navy is evaluating 25,000 jobs for possible elimination or transfer. The move is part of a broad reorganization designed to lower costs and improve the quality of the workforce, said Vice Adm. Gerald Hoewing, deputy chief of naval operations for...
Lessons FROM THE Front
Artillery Crews Changing For Unconventional MissionsAs Army Col. Carlton Reid prepared the 17th Field Artillery Brigade for a July deployment to Iraq, none of his time was spent on rockets and cannon rounds.Instead, as brigade commander, Reid had to...
Lessons from the Front: Artillery Crews Changing for Unconventional Missions
As Army Col. Carlton Reid prepared the 17th Field Artillery Brigade for a July deployment to Iraq, none of his time was spent on rockets and cannon rounds. Instead, as brigade commander, Reid had to contend with missions that seem very far from...
Looming Budget Cutbacks Underpin Defense Strategy
How long the fighting in Iraq will last is anyone's guess. It seems quite certain, however, that mounting war costs will be wreaking financial havoc on many of the military's prized weapon systems. When the Pentagon leaked a budget planning document...
Military Sets Less Ambitious Goals for New Tactical Radio
The Pentagon's $20 billion program to develop a family of digital combat radios is expected to see substantial changes in scope and technical requirements. The adjustments would affect substantial portions of the Defense Department's Joint Tactical...
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,...
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,...
Navy in Transition
COMMANDERS GRAPPLE WITH CHANGING MISSIONS, SMALLER FLEETIn anticipation of impending changes in U.S. military strategy, naval commanders have kicked off a series of studies that tackle fundamental questions about the Navy's missions and competencies.As...
Navy in Transition: Commanders Grapple with Changing Missions, Smaller Fleet
In anticipation of impending changes in U.S. military strategy, naval commanders have kicked off a series of studies that tackle fundamental questions about the Navy's missions and competencies. As the size of the fleet continues to shrink, decision...
Ndia Committees & Divisions
The Division Review Council is a standing committee of the NDIA Board of Directors. The council reviews and advises on the status of activity for the NDIA Divisions. The council evaluates the work of divisions to ensure that they remain focused and are...
Ndia Events Calendar
AUGUST8-11Department of the Navy Enterprise IT Industry SymposiumNew Orleans, La.POC: Christy O'Hara @ 247-2586Exhibits: Monica Glover @ (703) 247-257915-182005 Warheads and Ballistics Classified Symposium (secret, U.S. Only)Monterey, Calif.POC: Kimberly...
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...
New Science, Strategy Needed to Protect Bases
Protecting installations from biological and chemical attacks is receiving fresh attention from the Department of Defense, as researchers develop tools and knowledge for managing such strikes. Fears that military bases, supply hubs and civilian...
Official: Urgent Procurements May Mislead
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may be teaching the military and defense contractors equipping lessons that may not be applicable in the future, said Lt. Gen. Joseph Yakovac Jr., the Army's military deputy for acquisition, logistics and technology....
Precision Strike Association
MISSION AND FUNCTIONSMissionThe Precision Strike Association is dedicated to advancing the science of precision-guided weapons systems and to educate the public and its government leaders about the benefits of a national defense capability that has precise,...
Precision Strike Association: Mission and Functions
Mission The Precision Strike Association is dedicated to advancing the science of precision-guided weapons systems and to educate the public and its government leaders about the benefits of a national defense capability that has precise, standoff...
Procurement Ethics
INVESTIGATORS BAND TOGETHER AGAINST CONTRACTING FRAUDWhen a scandal involving the manipulation of a $20 billion contract for Air Force refueling tankers emerged, it inspired more than guilty pleas by two former Boeing executives. The case also served...
Procurement Ethics: Investigators Band Together against Contracting Fraud
When a scandal involving the manipulation of a $20 billion contract for Air Force refueling tankers emerged, it inspired more than guilty pleas by two former Boeing executives. The case also served as an impetus for greater coordination between the...
Small Business Developing Long Distance Non-Lethals
The Department of Homeland Security's advanced technology shop is looking at small businesses to provide improved non-lethal equipment to bring to bear on unruly crowds. The goal is to create a product with the incapacitating effects of a Taser, but...
Small Business Developing Long Distance Non-Lethals
The Department of Homeland Security's advanced technology shop is looking at small businesses to provide improved non-lethal equipment to bring to bear on unruly crowds.The goal is to create a product with the incapacitating effects of a Taser, but at...
State Department Gets Major Role in Peacekeeping
Concluding that U.S. military forces need outside help in restoring peace after a war, the White House has assigned the role of coordinating civilian and coalition efforts in what is now called stability operations to the State Department. It is...
State Department Gets Major Role in Peacekeeping
Concluding that U.S. military forces need outside help in restoring peace after a war, the White House has assigned the role of coordinating civilian and coalition efforts in what is now called stability operations to the State Department.It is a new...
Strategy and Budget Driven by Global War on Terror
For several months now, there has been widespread speculation about the outcome of the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review. The final report is not scheduled to be completed and sent to Congress until February, but looking at what is happening...
Washington Pulse
FUTURE COMBAT SYSTEMS TO HIT A FEW BUMPSThe road ahead for the Army's Future Combat Systems will be anything but smooth, a senior official said."We will always have to fight for the program and demonstrate we can get there. And that's an everyday fight,"...
Women in Defense, A National Security Organization
Women In Defense, A National Security Organization (WID), cultivates and supports the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security. A non-profit organization, WID was established to provide women a formal environment for...
Women in Defense, A National Security Organization
Women In Defense, A National Security Organization (WID), cultivates and supports the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security. A non-profit organization, WID was established to provide women a formal environment for professional...