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Articles from Vol. 86, No. 583, June

Air Force Research Branch in Pursuit of Innovation
While many military agencies now are focusing on the next combat operation in Afghanistan, the Philippines or perhaps Iraq, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research is working to develop technologies to fight wars decades from now. "The lesson...
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Air Force to Change Acquisition Practices. (Washington Pulse)
The move away from fixed-price contracts has resulted in undisciplined programs with cost overruns. For that reason, "We need more disciplined program execution," said Terry Little, head of the Air Force Acquisition Center for Excellence. The center...
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Aviation Firm Aims to Stir Interest in Compound Helos
Proponents of compound helicopters are hopeful that the Defense Department will consider including these aircraft in the mix of rotary-wing military platforms. Compound helicopters have been around for at least 35 years, but have not caught on for...
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Aviation Firm Aims to Stir Interest in Compound Helos
Proponents of compound helicopters are hopeful that the Defense Department will consider including these aircraft in the mix of rotary-wing military platforms. Compound helicopters have been around for at least 35 years, but have not caught on for various...
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Bases More Aware of Threats, Still Vulnerable
Despite a series of blue-ribbon reports, security policies continue to evolve Many U.S. military installations remain just as vulnerable as they were before the 911 attacks, despite a heightened awareness of terrorist threats, said security experts....
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Bases More Aware of Threats, Still Vulnerable: Despite a Series of Blue-Ribbon Reports, Security Policies Continue to Evolve
Many U.S. military installations remain just as vulnerable as they were before the 9/11 attacks, despite a heightened awareness of terrorist threats, said security experts. It would only take one determined suicide bomber, for example, to wreak...
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Bio-War Exercise Tested Emergency Response
SECURITY BEAT A recent regional exercise served as a national test bed for bio-terrorism response for states and counties. The McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, about 90 miles south of Tulsa, Okla., was a participant in a community-wide exercise that...
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Brigades Not Likely to Deploy in 96 Hours
Army works to lighten Stryker's load, so it can fly longer distances on C-130 The Army's new brigade combat teams are not likely to be deployable within 96 hours, but they will nevertheless be much more mobile and faster to respond than any comparable...
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Brigades Not Likely to Deploy in 96 Hours: Army Works to Lighten Stryker's Load, So It Can Fly Longer Distances on C-130
The Army's new brigade combat teams are not likely-to be deployable within 96 hours, but they will nevertheless be much more mobile and faster to respond than any comparable unit today, officials said. The 96-hour timeline was the goal set nearly two...
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Chinook's Funding Troubles Worry 'Darkhorse' Aviators
It rips through the air, shaving off treetops, at a dizzying angle. For the Darkhorse crews, flying the Chinook in broad daylight is a breeze above the familiar grounds of Fort Campbell, Ky.-their home base. In Afghanistan, however, these aviators...
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Congressmen: More Money for Military Research
The Defense Department needs to boost its investments in science and technology, said lawmakers from the Delaware Valley region. The additional spending on research is important both to improve the capabilities of the military forces and also to keep...
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Delaware Valley Firms, Labs Vie for Federal R and D Dollars
Laboratories, universities and defense contractors in the Delaware Valley region are seeking to collaborate on a growing number of defense and homeland security projects. The Delaware Valley--which includes New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and...
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Delaware Valley Firms, Labs Vie for Federal R&D Dollars
Laboratories, universities and defense contractors in the Delaware Valley region are seeking to collaborate on a growing number of defense and homeland security projects. The Delaware Valley-which includes New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland-is...
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Division Hosts Systems Engineering Meeting
The National Defense Industrial Association's Systems Engineering Division recently hosted an interoperability conference in Phoenix, Ariz., attended by senior Defense Department and industry representatives. John Stenbit, assistant secretary of defense...
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Division Hosts Systems Engineering Meeting. (NDIA News)
The National Defense Industrial Association's Systems Engineering Division recently hosted an interoperability conference in Phoenix, Ariz., attended by senior Defense Department and industry representatives. John Stenbit, assistant secretary of...
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Editor's Corner
The security of U.S. military personnel overseas has been a sore topic at the Defense Department, especially during the past two decades. The bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the truck-bomb assault against an Air Force base in Saudi Arabia,...
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Evolving Themes in Defense Transformation
president's perspective The buzzwords of the day at the Defense Department are "transformation" and "integration." In general, when Pentagon leaders talk about transformation, they are referring to the idea that the military services will not just have...
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Evolving Themes in Defense Transformation. (President's Perspective)
The buzzwords of the day at the Defense Department are "transformation" and "integration." In general, when Pentagon leaders talk about transformation, they are referring to the idea that the military services will not just have better technology...
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Industry. (Brass Tracks)
The Boeing Company, in Chicago, has named Rinaldo Petrignani as the new vice president for Boeing international relations in Italy. Boeing also selected Bonnie Soodik to become president of shared services, senior vice president of the company and...
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Industry Cited for 'Flexibility' in War
women a national security organization At the Women In Defense annual meeting and dinner, Suzanne Patrick, deputy undersecretary of defense for industrial policy, praised the defense industry's flexibility in responding to the war on terrorism, particularly...
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Industry Cited for 'Flexibility' in War. (Women in Defense)
At the Women In Defense annual meeting and dinner, Suzanne Patrick, deputy undersecretary of defense for industrial policy, praised the defense industry's flexibility in responding to the war on terrorism, particularly to military operations in Afghanistan....
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Iridium CEO Outlines Plan for Expansion
Defense Department satellite voice-communications traffic skyrockets after Sept. 11 The Defense Department is expected to extend its contract for Iridium satellite communications services after the current two-year agreement expires in 2003, officials...
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Iridium CEO Outlines Plan for Expansion: Defense Department Satellite Voice-Communications Traffic Skyrockets after Sept. 11
The DEFENSE DEPARTMENT is expected to extend its contract for Iridium satellite communications services after the current two-year agreement expires in 2003, officials said. Company executives said that traffic on the Pentagon's secure satellite communications...
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Marines Defend New Amphibious Vehicle
Cost overruns are nowhere near Nunn-McCurdy breach, says program manager The Marine Corps' next-generation amphibious assault vehicle is under close scrutiny as a result of program delays and budget overruns. But supporters of the vehicle claim that...
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Marines Defend New Amphibious Vehicle: Cost Overruns Are Nowhere near Nunn-McCurdy Breach, Says Program Manager
The Marine Corps' next-generation amphibious assault vehicle is under close scrutiny as a result of program delays and budget overruns. But supporters of the vehicle claim that the delays are justified, because additional testing is needed. The cost...
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NATO Countries Much Too Obsessed by Tanks. (Washington Pulse)
NATO's top civilian says he finds tanks quite useless for the wars of the 21st century. "They don't stop flows of refugees. They don't stop drugs. They don't stop people trafficking," asserts Lord George Robertson, secretary-general of the North Atlantic...
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Naval Aviation: Lessons from the War
Enduring Freedom reinforces need for new targeting pods, radar, data links The accomplishments of carrier-based aviation during Operation Enduring Freedom, naval aviators say, prove that the fundamentals of flying strike missions don't change. But the...
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Naval Aviation: Lessons from the War; Enduring Freedom Reinforces Need for New Targeting Pods, Radar, Data Links
The accomplishments of carrier-based aviation during Operation Enduring Freedom, naval aviators say, prove that the fundamentals of flying strike missions don't change. But the air campaign over Afghanistan also accentuated some weak spots--such as...
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NDIA Events Calendar
ndia events calendar event JUNE 17-19 7th International Cannon Artillery Firepower Symposium & Exhibition Event #2640 Parsippany, NJ Regular Registration Rates: Member $550 Non-Member $600 Gov't/Allied...
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Readers Forum
Ammunition Shortfalls I read with deep concern the President's Perspective, "U.S. Facing Alarming Ammunition Shortfalls," in your April issue. I was employed as a deputy assistant secretary of defense (supply, maintenance, transportation) for 21...
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Readers Forum
Ammunition Shortfalls I read with deep concern the President's Perspective, "U.S. Facing Alarming Ammunition Shortfalls," in your April issue. I was employed as a deputy assistant secretary of defense (supply, maintenance, transportation) for 21 years,...
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Responding to Bio-Terrorism Requires a Concerted Effort
A homeland defense unit at the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command is working with civilian first-responders to improve the nation's capabilities against chemical and biological terrorist attacks. Under a project called the Military Improved...
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Responding to Bio-Terrorism Requires a Concerted Effort. (Analysis)
A homeland defense unit at the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command is working with civilian first-responders to improve the nation's capabilities against chemical and biological terrorist attacks. Under a project called the Military...
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Route to Improved Security for Air Travel Gets Bumpy
Passengers, fasten your seat belts. An ambitious plan to strengthen security for the nation's aviation transportation system is encountering some turbulence. A new agency has been created to do the job, and it has been given tight deadlines and...
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Security Vehicle Links First Responders with State, Feds
A Hummer truck equipped with state-of-the-art communications technology served as a command and control hub for U.S. government agencies responsible for security operations at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Although many vehicles in...
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Tamper-Proof GPS Receivers Installed in Smart Weapons
Precision-guided munitions coming off the assembly line this fall will have new satellite receivers that deny access to unauthorized users. There are concerns, however, that this technology is expensive and will drive up the cost of satellite-guided...
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Tamper-Proof GPS Receivers Installed in Smart Weapons
Precision-guided munitions coming off the assembly line this fall will have new satellite receivers that deny access to unauthorized users. There are concerns, however, that this technology is expensive and will drive up the cost of satellite-guided...
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U.S. Anti-Terror Strategy Focused on 'Last War'
Concentrating on the "last war," rather than on the next one, is a fundamental shortcoming in the Bush administration's national security policy after September 11, said a recent Brookings Institution report, tided, "Protecting the Homeland: A Preliminary...
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U.S. Anti-Terror Strategy Focused on 'Last War'. (Security Beat)
Concentrating on the "last war," rather than on the next one, is a fundamental shortcoming in the Bush administration's national security policy after September 11, said a recent Brookings Institution report, titled, "Protecting the Homeland: A Preliminary...
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U.S. Navy Raises Barriers to Protect Base at Norfolk
A gray rigid hull inflatable boat--commonly called a RHIB--roared past the warships lined up along the piers at the U.S. Naval Station at Norfolk, Va. The scene caught the eye of the base security director, Lt. Cmdr. Tito M. Arandela Jr., who was cruising...
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War Game Exposed Potential Army Weak Spots
Information overload, airlift shortfall cited as possible vulnerabilities of future force The U.S. Army can expect, in the future, to fight enemies who will know exactly how to exploit the vulnerabilities of a technologically superior force. These adversaries...
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War Game Exposes Potential Army Weak Spots: Information Overload, Airlift Shortfall Cited as Possible Vulnerabilities of Future Force
The U.S. Army can expect, in the future, to fight enemies who will know exactly how to exploit the vulnerabilities of a technologically superior force. These adversaries will be unable to march the advanced capabilities that the United States has in...
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Washington Pulse
Inouye: U.S. Must Stay in Pacific Rim During the past six months, Sen. Daniel K Inouye, D-Hawaii, traveled to places like Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, the Philippines and Singapore. The underlying theme in every trip,...
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