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Articles from Vol. 96, No. 696, November

10 Technologies the U.S. Military Will Need for the Next War
* Throughout U.S. history, advances in military capability have been fueled by innovation. All branches of the military consistently have managed to use technology in new and creative ways to gain an edge over the enemy. The wars of the past decade...
Air Force to Contractors: Watch Your Expenses
* U.S. Air Force weapon buyers are asking suppliers to be more "transparent" in how they price weapon systems and to reduce overhead expenses that are billed to the government. Recent audits of Air Force programs have revealed that "sometimes we...
Arms Transfers Alter Dynamics of International Defense Market
* As countries face constrained defense budgets and escalating equipment costs, we are likely to see a significant rise in government-to-government transfers of used defense systems. This trend may affect the defense industry, as it might generate...
Army Truck Buyers Face 'Fix or Purchase' Dilemma
* The Array's aging fleet of 160,000 Humvees needs to be modernized, officials say. The plan is twofold: Refurbish a portion of the Humvee fleet and replace the rest with brand-new trucks. It sounds simple enough, except that the project has become...
Border Patrol to Unveil New Strategy, Doctrine
* The Border Patrol will release a revamped strategy by the end of the year that will reflect new realities on the ground as well as the influx of technologies it has received during the past decade. Mike Fisher, chief of the Border Patrol, said...
Coast Guard Commandant Girds Service for Possible Budget Cuts
* Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commandant of the Coast Guard, is determined not to repeat the pitfalls of the past. The service has already lived through an era of declining budgets. In the 1990s, the Coast Guard lost some 6,000 personnel as its top...
Coast Guard Cyberdefense Office: Small but Mighty
* Like the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, the Coast Guard suffers thousands of attacks on its networks each month. The Army has some 21,000 personnel devoted to network defense. The Coast Guard: just 18. Coast Guard Cyber Command,...
Defense Budget a Political Football
* Since Congress passed deficit-reduction legislation in August that calls for reduced defense spending, rhetorical bombs have been lobbed nonstop inside the Beltway, Pro-defense interest groups and allied lawmakers are fighting back against any cuts....
Ethical Leadership in a Global Marketplace
* "Relativity applies to physics, not ethics." Albert Einstein is credited with that powerfully simple statement, which helps explain how we must operate in an increasingly competitive global defense industry. Business has always been a contact...
First Responders Sound Alarm on Loss of Grant Money
* During the past 10 years, large cities have been the recipients of federal government largess to help them prepare for the possibility of a terrorist attack. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Department of Homeland Security, through the Federal Emergency...
'Gentlemen, We Have Run out of Money; Now We Have to Think'
The quote above is attributed to Sir Winston Churchill. A variation, "We've got no money, so we've got to think," is attributed to the New Zealand physicist, Ernest Rutherford. Both of them have precisely nailed the situation in which the United States...
'Gentlemen, We Have Run out of Money; Now We Have to Think'
The quote above is attributed to Sir Winston Churchill. A variation, "We've got no money, so we've got to think," is attributed to the New Zealand physicist, Ernest Rutherford. Both of them have precisely nailed the situation in which the United States...
Lesson from Libya: NATO Alliance Remains Relevant
* NATO's six-month campaign against Moammar Gadhafi yielded a much-needed success for an alliance fatigued, if not disillusioned, by the war in Afghanistan and financially drained by the debt crisis. Operation Unified Protector, executed by a coalition...
Lockheed Martin, FBI Win Excellence in Enterprise Integration Awards
* The Association for EnterpriseInformation, AFEI1 in September announced the winners of its annual Excellence in Enterprise Integration Awards.The top government submission selected was the FBI's criminal justice information services division's Law...
Managing the Defense Industry: Stalinism or Smart Business?
* America's arms manufacturers are asking the Pentagon to step up and protect the industry from an imminent collapse. The way they see things, budgets for new weapons systems are drying up, big-ticket programs are few and far between, and many of the...
Marines Seek to Recapture Their Lost Sea-Warfare Skills
* The president has said the United States will not put any boots on the ground in Libya. But if, hypothetically a decision were made to send forces ashore, most likely they would be U.S. marines. They would not be storming the beach a la Guadalcanal....
Naval Warfare Likely to Be 'Irregular'
* The US. Navy is building next-generation submarines, aircraft carriers and guided-missile destroyers in preparation for possible future wars against rival maritime powers. Most sailors and naval aviators, however, will most likely spend their...
Readers' Forum
VIEWS ... COMMENTS ... SUGGESTIONSSpace Programs* Thank you for the July update on the status of the nation's two most advanced infrared-sensing satellites, the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRSJ and the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS)....
Regulators Flex Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Muscles
* Continuing a trend that started late in the last decade, the Securities and Exchange Commission this year continues to raise the bar on the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977. This statute, quasi-dormant at the SEC for decades,...
Robotic Mules Ready to Be Fielded, Vendors Say
* When the military is prepared to call in mechanized mules to help lighten the loads of overburdened soldiers, companies that build robots say they are ready with a variety of solutions. The Army fielded its first four driverless vehicles designed...
Smartphones in the Army
* Regarding your recent coverage of the Army's activities in considering the acquisition of smartphones, while the usage of such devices is not new within the armed services, the approach taken with insertion of this technology should cause reflection...
Solar Storms Could Plunge Nation into Darkness
* Hurricanes, terrorist attacks and earthquakes can cause devastation and massive losses of life, hut a severe solar storm could plunge the nation back into the 18th Century. The sun is on the upswing of an 11-year cycle called solar maximum, which...
Space Programs
* Thank you for the July update on the status of the nation's two most advanced infrared-sensing satellites, the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) and the Space Tracking and Surveillance System [STSS]. The story (Troubled Space-Based Infrared Satellite...
Who Is in Charge of What during Major Catastrophes Still Unanswered
* When a natural or manmade disaster strikes the United States, which federal agency is in charge of the response? The answer is all of them and none of them, former Commandant of the Coast Guard retired Adm. Thad Allen suggested recently. Homeland...