National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 675, February

Army, Marines Mull over Options to Modernize Truck Fleets
The Defense Department has been on a truck-buying spree for the past several years, and the demand will remain high for some time. In the next two years, the tab for new tactical wheeled vehicles could reach $18 billion. But truck manufacturers...
Army's Anthropology Teams under Fire, but in Demand
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The military's lack of knowledge of the Iraqi population and its socio-cultural dynamics was one of the key failings of U.S. policy that led to the rise of insurgency there,To avoid making the same mistake again, the Army in 2007...
Balancing Act
Cost of current operations jeopardize Marine Corps' modernization plansPANAMA CITY, Fla. - Marine Corps leaders have big dreams of new hardware. They want amphibious tanks that can swim from ships to the shore. They also expect the Navy to equip it with...
Balancing Act: Cost of Current Operations Jeopardize Marine Corps' Modernization Plans
PANAMA CITY, Fla.--Marine Corps leaders have big dreams of new hardware. They want amphibious tanks that can swim from ships to the shore. They also expect the Navy to equip it with advanced vessels that would, be used for high-end warfare, low-intensity...
Bulking Up
Army's Shadow unmanned aircraft receiving upgrades for longer missionsHUNT VALLEY, Md. - The gray fuselages of the Army's workhorse unmanned system, the Shadow, line up on wooden carts in preparation to proceed through final assembly at this facility.Business...
Bulking Up: Army's Shadow Unmanned Aircraft Receiving Upgrades for Longer Missions
HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- The gray fuselages of the Army's workhorse unmanned system, the Shadow, line up on wooden carts in preparation to proceed through final assembly at this facility. Business has been booming for the aircraft's manufacturer, AAI...
Calendar
UPCOMING EXHIBITS, SHOWS AND EVENTSFEBRUARY7-92010 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles ConferenceMonterey, CAwww.ndia.org/meetings/05308-10Munitions Executive Summit (MES)Coronado, CAwww.ndia.org/meetings/06509-1121st Annual SO/LIC Symposium & ExhibitionWashington,...
Helping Computers Understand Natural Human Speech
One of the fictional technologies on the "Star Trek" television series enabled humans to interact with a ship's computer system simply by talking. The sci-fi computer could understand entire sentences and converse almost naturally. [ILLUSTRATION...
Helping Computers Understand Natural Human Speech
One of the fictional technologies on the "Star Trek" television series enabled humans to interact with a ship's computer system simply by talking. The sci-fi computer could understand entire sentences and converse almost naturally.In today's automated...
Homegrown Terrorist Cases Bring Focus to Debates on Radicalization
Since the 9/11 attacks, there have been many public controver sies and debates on how to employ technologies and policies to thwart terrorism. Less well known have been the discussions in psycho-social academic circles on how a terrorist becomes...
Homegrown Terrorist Cases Bring Focus to Debates on Radicalization
Since the 9Al attacks, there have been many public controversies and debates on how to employ technologies and policies to thwart terrorism.Less well known have been the discussions in psycho-social academic circles on how a terrorist becomes a terrorist,...
Human Terrain
'Culture maps' becoming essential tools of warThe U.S. military has access to the world's best topographic maps. It is now trying to build "culture maps" that include details such as a region's tribal affiliations, ethnicity, religion and language.The...
Human Terrain: 'Culture Maps' Becoming Essential Tools of War
The U.S. military has access to the world's best topographic maps. It is now trying to build "culture maps" that include details such as a region's tribal affiliations, ethnicity, religion and language. The commander of U.S. Central Command, Army...
Intelligence Agencies Reach out to Scientists to Counter Terror Weapon
The U.S. intelligence community has thousands of qualified personnel who analyze and collect data on weapons of mass destruction, but few experts in the sciences on which these potentially deadly technologies are based, said experts at a recent panel...
Intelligence Agencies Reach out to Scientists to Counter Terror Weapons
The D.S. intelligence community has thousands of qualified personnel who analyze and collect data on weapons of mass destruction, but few experts in the sciences on which these potentially deadly technologies are based, said experts at a recent panel...
Logic Bombs
Malicious firmware could sabotage military, security systems* Microscopically small and enormously complex circuits inserted surreptitiously into military or security hardware could potentially turn U.S. weapons against their users, warned one of the...
Logic Bombs: Malicious Firmware Could Sabotage Military, Security Systems
Microscopically small and enormously complex circuits inserted surreptitiously into military or security hardware could potentially turn U.S. weapons against their users, warned one of the nation's leading experts on the threat. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Losing Control
Job creation argument may prompt Congress to move on arms export reform* BY STEW MAGNUSONWith elections approaching and a worsening unemployment outlook, observers are wondering if 201 0 will be die year when Congress begins reforming the regulations...
Losing Control: Job Creation Argument May Prompt Congress to Move on Arms Export Reform
With elections approaching and a worsening unemployment outlook, observers are wondering if 2010 will be the year when Congress begins reforming the regulations that control the export of military technology and data overseas. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Marine Corps Faces Gap in Ground Tactical Vehicles
The Marine Corps is caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place when it comes to recapitalizing its tactical vehicle fleet. Officials say the Corps needs billions of dollars to repair and replace battle-worn vehicles and to modernize its...
Military Medical Advisor Calls for Development of 3D Human Models
ORLANDO, Fla.--A medical advisor to the U.S. military is urging the government to support the development of modeling technologies in order to create advanced computer simulations of the human body. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency...
National Flight Academy to Prepare Youth for STEM Careers
Using a 9,000-square-foot facility called the Flight Adventure Deck at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pen-sacola, Fla., more than 50,000 students during the past 10 years have seen firsthand, how their classroom science, technology, engineering,...
New Personal Conflicts of Interest Rules
Proposed Federal Acquisition Regulations call for contractors to police their employees' personal conflicts of interest or face serious disciplinary action. The proposed rule was issued on Nov. 13 by the office of federal procurement policy, along...
Predicted Fiscal Train Wreck Fast Becoming a Grim Reality
The fiscal year 2011 defense budget is about to be released by the Obama administration. The budget, as well as the Quadrennial Defense Review and the Nuclear Posture Review, are much-anticipated documents because they will provide the first real insight...
Predicted Fiscal Train Wreck Fast Becoming a Grim Reality
* The fiscal year 2011 defense budget is about to be released by the Obama administration. The budget, as well as the Quadrennial Defense Review and the Nuclear Posture Review, are much-anticipated documents because they will provide the first real insight...
STEM Students Excel in Corporate Programs
Companies that have invited science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) inclined students to participate in formal workplace programs over the years have had such positive experiences that some are now housing education programs at their...
Teaching Non-Pilots to Fly Predators Requires More Cockpit Hours in Manned Aircraft
The Air Force last fall graduated its first class of Predator pilots from an experimental program aimed at training non-aviators how to fly remotely-operated aircraft.With the eight graduates either flying combat missions or training for operations at...
Tough to Free Troops from Oppressive Tyranny of Fuel
What will it take for the military to be greener? If $400 a gallon fuel, incalculable logistics burdens and losses of human life don't light a fire under the leaders of the Defense Department, it's hard to imagine what will. The current wars have...
Tough to Free Troops from Oppressive Tyranny of Fuel
What will It take for the military to be greener? If $400 a gallon fuel, incalculable logistics burdens and losses of human life don't light a fire under the leaders of the Defense Department, it's hard to imagine what will.The current wars have exposed...
Turf War II
Army to Air Force: We won't give up our surveillance aircraftA second turf war over control of unmanned aerial vehicles is underway after sharp criticism from a senior Air Force general who said the Array is not efficiently deploying its fleet of medium-sized...
Turf War II: Army to Air Force: We Won't Give Up Our Surveillance Aircraft
A second turf war over control of unmanned aerial vehicles is underway after sharp criticism from a senior Air Force general who said the Army is not efficiently deploying its fleet of medium-sized remotely piloted aircraft. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...