National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 87, No. 588, November

Air Force Acquisition Training Moves to Virtual Schoolhouse
The Air Force Institute of Technology's Virtual Schoolhouse is offering online training to service personnel seeking to learn about the Air Force acquisition process. "The schoolhouse currently has 19 courses online, with five more in development...
Air Force to Expand Simulator Network
The U.S. Air Force will continue to upgrade and expand its network of combat simulators, despite widespread talk about training budget cutbacks and technical difficulties in networking disparate simulators from multiple contractors. Officials told...
Army Portal Web Site Is Marketers' Dream
The Army intends to promote more aggressively its computer-based courses via the vast service Intranet called Army Knowledge Online. The AKO portal is the Army's latest attempt to consolidate useful information sources and educational programs under...
Army to Outsource Rotary-Wing Pilot Training
Flight School XXI is expected to improve overall aviation skills and combat readiness The U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Ala., will revamp the way its pilots are trained, under a new program called Flight School XXI. Two large industry teams...
Army to Outsource Rotary-Wing Pilot Training: Flight School XXI Is Expected to Improve Overall Aviation Skills and Combat Readiness
The U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Ala., will revamp the way its pilots are trained, under a new program called Flight School XXI. Two large industry teams will be competing for a 2003 contract award. FSXXI is designed to improve the...
Battle Management Technology Moving to the Web
Defense contractors are rushing to develop Web-based software applications that promise to help war planners make decisions faster. Web technology also is gaining popularity among intelligence planners and operators, experts said, because it provides...
Budget Surge Marks Shift in Dutch Defense
Netherlands Makes New Commitments to Allied Operations, Joint Strike Fighter The Dutch government and defense industry will commit $800 million to the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter program during the next decade. That decision was driven, in large part,...
Budget Surge Marks Shift in Dutch Defense: Netherlands Makes New Commitments to Allied Operations, Joint Strike Fighter
The Dutch government and defense industry will commit $800 million to the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter program during the next decade. That decision was driven, in large part, by the belief that the JSF is a sound business investment and has a bright...
Central Fla. School Promotes Advanced Simulation Studies
A perceived shortage of scientific and technical talent in the fields of modeling and simulation has led to the creation of an advanced academic program at the University of Central Florida. The director of the project said he hopes that a new Ph.D....
Combat Vehicles Built with Embedded Simulators
Stryker, Land Warrior programs push the miniaturization of training devices High-speed computers and lifelike digital imagery are energizing the market for portable combat trainers. Among the military training programs now incorporating this technology...
Combat Vehicles Built with Embedded Simulators: Stryker, Land Warrior Programs Push the Miniaturization of Training Devices
High-speed computers and lifelike digital imagery are energizing the market for portable combat trainers. Among the military training programs now incorporating this technology are the Army's Stryker combat vehicle and the Land Warrior soldier-sensor...
Computer Games Liven Up Military Recruiting, Training
Computer games--which entertain millions of U.S. teenagers--are beginning to breathe fresh life into military recruiting and training. Earlier this year, for example, the U.S. Army launched a new computer game--called "America's Army"--over the...
Data-Fusion Systems Help Ease 'Information Overload'
The visualization, high-performance computing and networking technologies initially developed for the simulation and training market now are being applied to command-and-control systems, to help commanders make decisions faster. Command-and-control systems...
Data-Fusion Systems Help Ease 'Information Overload'. (Industry Viewpoint)
The visualization, high-performance computing and networking technologies initially developed for the simulation and training market now are being applied to command-and-control systems, to help commanders make decisions faster. Command-and-control...
Defense Budget: A Tough Balancing Act
president'sperspective In a climate of uncertainty surrounding a possible war with Iraq, there is much anticipation about what we may see in next year's defense budget. In recent weeks, the Pentagon completed the 2004-2009 spending plan and soon will...
Defense Budget: A Tough Balancing Act. (President's Perspective)
In a climate of uncertainty surrounding a possible war with Iraq, there is much anticipation about what we may see in next year's defense budget. In recent weeks, the Pentagon completed the 2004-2009 spending plan and soon will send it over to the...
Editor's Corner
It used to be that warfare could be classified as conventional or unconventional. That distinction now is not so clear-cut. Depending on how these terms are defined, Desert Storm possibly could have been the last conventional war. In subsequent years,...
Editor's Corner
It used to be that warfare could be classified as conventional or unconventional. That distinction now is not so clear-cut. Depending on how these terms are defined, Desert Storm possibly could have been the last conventional war. In subsequent years,...
E-Learning Sector Regroups after Years of Uncertainty
As technology has matured and requirements have been more clearly defined, online learning gradually has gained acceptance in military training and career-enhancing school programs for service members. This is good news for the Internet-based education...
Eurofighter Battling for Foreign Sales
Program officials admit it's an uphill struggle in international markets The much-maligned Eurofighter program must lower costs and prove that it can compete effectively against U.S. platforms, to regain credibility in the world markets, experts said....
Eurofighter Battling for Foreign Sales: Program Officials Admit It's an Uphill Struggle in International Markets. (Analysis)
The much-maligned Eurofighter program must lower costs and prove that it can compete effectively against U.S. platforms, to regain credibility in the world markets, experts said. Eurofighter officials noted they are optimistic about prospects of new...
Europe Steps Up Procurement Cooperation
Representatives from the Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en matiere d'Armement (OCCAR)-the European Joint Organization for Armaments Cooperation-recently discussed how this body is affecting U.S. defense firms that compete in the European marketplace....
Europe Steps Up Procurement Cooperation. (Government: Policy Notes)
Representatives from the Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en matiere d'Armement (OCCAR)--the European Joint Organization for Armaments Cooperation-recently discussed how this body is affecting U.S. defense firms that compete in the European marketplace....
Homeland Defenders Lack Proper Training
The United States should better prepare civilian participants in the war on terrorism The war on terrorism is not only fought by U.S. military forces overseas, but also by a significant number of "homeland defenders" in this country They are dressed...
Homeland Defenders Lack Proper Training: The United States Should Better Prepare Civilian Participants in the War on Terrorism. (Commentary)
The war on terrorism is not only fought by U.S. military forces overseas, but also by a significant number of "homeland defenders" in this country. They are dressed in police blue, firefighter's turnouts, emergency medics' whites, doctor's surgical...
How Much Will War with Iraq Cost? (Washington Pulse)
The Democratic members of the House Budget Committee released a report analyzing the potential costs of a war in Iraq. "The initial military operation alone could cost $48 billion to $93 billion, if 10-year interest costs are included," said Rep....
Longbow Crews Get Top-of-the-Line Trainers
Army will deploy 23 AH-64D simulators to units around the world by 2007 The Army recently shipped an advanced crew trainer to its Apache Longbow helicopter unit based in Germany. Aviation program officials boast that this simulator is more realistic...
Longbow Crews Get Top-of-the-Line Trainers: Army Will Deploy 23 AH-64D Simulators to Units around the World by 2007
The Army recently shipped an advanced crew trainer to its Apache Longbow helicopter unit based in Germany. Aviation program officials boast that this simulator is more realistic than any other trainer used in the Army today. The service, so far,...
Modern Trainers on the Way for USAF Traffic Controllers
A new training system for U.S. Air Force air-traffic controllers will help reduce procedural errors and expedite student qualification, said industry and military officials. The service will spend up to $72.5 million on 94 simulators. The so-called...
Mogadishu Hero Says Army Aviators Need More Training
As one of the Army's elite Night Stalker helicopter pilots, Michael Durant flew some of the most dangerous missions imaginable. He prepared for battle in conditions few others could bear. For Durant, training in his Black Hawk helicopter was more...
Navy Leads Effort to Field Joint Air-Defense Network
A cruise-missile defense network that would connect Navy ships at sea, Air Force early-warning aircraft, Marine Corps radar systems and Army anti-missile batteries, is technologically an achievable goal. In reality, however, a joint network as such...
Navy Seeks to Improve Periscope-Operator Skills
The Navy is upgrading its training program for submarine periscope operators, hoping to avoid accidents such as the 2001 USS Greenville collision with a Japanese fishing trawler. Even though the Navy had a training program in place before that incident,...
Navy Sets Up New Facility for Tunnel-Warfare Training
Tunnels, caves and bunkers buried deep beneath the desert surface have emerged as significant challenges for U.S. air and ground forces fighting in Afghanistan and preparing for a possible attack against Iraq's Saddam Hussein. To find better ways...
Navy's Task Force Excel Revamping Sailors' Training
The Navy has embarked upon an ambitious program to change the way it trains its sailors. Named Task Force Excel (Excellence through Commitment to Education and Learning), this initiative is intended to make Navy training more adaptable to new technologies...
NDIA Events
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'Owning the Night' Means Fusing Sensors
Night-vision goggles designed for next-generation information-centric force he U.S. Army is testing a new generation of night-vision goggles that would let soldiers see through smoke and dust, in complete darkness. The technology required for these goggles...
'Owning the Night' Means Fusing Sensors: Night-Vision Goggles Designed for Next-Generation Information-Centric Force
The U.S. Army is testing a new generation of night-vision goggles that would let soldiers see through smoke and dust, in complete darkness. The technology required for these goggles already is available, but both Army officials and manufacturers are...
Pentagon's Reform Plans Puzzle Experts
Contractors, program managers await release of new acquisition guidelines Senior Pentagon officials said they intend to launch yet another set of regulatory reforms to the weapons-acquisition policies. In their opinion, previous attempts at making defense...
Pentagon's Reform Plans Puzzle Experts: Contractors, Program Managers Await Release of New Acquisition Guidelines. (Analysis)
Senior Pentagon officials said they intend to launch yet another set of regulatory reforms to the weapons-acquisition policies. In their opinion, previous attempts at making defense procurement regulations less cumbersome have not gone far enough,...
Satellite-Image Suppliers Poised for Future Growth
Commercial providers of satellite imagery expect their sales to the U.S. government will grow in the years ahead. A July memo by the head of Central Intelligence, directing the National Imagery and Mapping Agency to increase its purchases of commercial...
Security Beat
U.S. `Self-Obsessed' With Homeland Security "All the major powers are self-obsessed, for different reasons," said Therese Delpech, director of strategic affairs at the French Commissariat de I'Energie Atomique. She spoke at the Eisenhower National Security...
Simulations of 9/11 Crashes Could Assist Building Designs
Engineers, computer scientists and graphics technology experts at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind., have created a simulation that uses scientific principles to study in detail what happened when a Boeing 757 crashed into the Pentagon last...
Simulator Market Growth Tied to Upgrades, Interoperability
The demand for military simulation-based training and distance learning products is expected to rise, according to a recent industry study. Those industries generated revenues totaling $3.51 billion in 2001. That amount could grow to $4.78 billion...
Simulator Market Growth Tied to Upgrades, Interoperability
The demand for military simulation-based training and distance learning products is expected to rise, according to a recent industry study. Those industries generated revenues totaling $3.51 billion in 2001. That amount could grow to $4.78 billion by...
The Privatization of Military Training Would Benefit U.S
While everyone recognizes the importance of training for military forces, the case could be made, however, that the actual procurement of training systems is not always a smooth and timely process. Military forces around the world are continuing to face...
The Privatization of Military Training Would Benefit U.S. (Viewpoint)
While everyone recognizes the importance of training for military forces, the case could be made, however, that the actual procurement of training systems is not always a smooth and timely process. Military forces around the world are continuing...
Third Chapter Launched, 40 Members Join
The Chesapeake Bay Chapter has become the third local unit of Women In Defense around the country. The chapter-headquartered in Lexington Park, Md., near the Patuxent River Naval Air Stationalready has attracted more than 40 new members for the association....
Third Chapter Launched, 40 Members Join. (Women in Defense)
The Chesapeake Bay Chapter has become the third local unit of Women In Defense around the country. The chapter--headquartered in Lexington Park, Md., near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station--already has attracted more than 40 new members for the...
Upgraded Marine Choppers Finally Begin to Take Flight
Despite production delays and cost overruns, the Marine Corps' effort to upgrade its aging fleet of light-weight AH-1W Super Cobra attack and UR-1N Huey utility helicopters is beginning to lift off. The Marines and their prime contractor--Bell Helicopter...
Upgrades to C-130 Hercules High on Romania's Wish List
Romanian's defense minister said his country plans to upgrade its fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130B transport aircraft, in hopes of providing strategic airlift support to North Atlantic Treaty Organization operations. During a recent media breakfast...
Urban Exercise Tests Novel Technology
Unmanned systems and sensors play prominent role in Marine experiment Aware of their weaknesses in urban warfare tactics, U.S. Marines are experimenting with new technology that could help them fight more effectively in crowded cities. The Marines spent...
Urban Exercise Tests Novel Technology: Unmanned Systems and Sensors Play Prominent Role in Marine Experiment
Aware of their weaknesses in urban warfare tactics, U.S. Marines are experimenting with new technology that could help them fight more effectively in crowded cities. The Marines spent several weeks testing urban combat equipment this summer, during...
U.S. Air Force AWACS Crews to Train in Modern Simulator
The Air Force has a new 32,000-square-foot facility designed to train flight crews that operate E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. The facility includes two new AWACS operational flight trainers. Flight crews--consisting of...
U.S. Air Force AWACS Crews to Train in Modern Simulator
The Air Force has a new 32,000-squarefoot facility designed to train flight crews that operate E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. The facility includes two new AWACS operational flight trainers. Flight crews-consisting of a pilot,...
U.S. Army Training Conforms to Shifts in Strategy, Tactics
Emerging threats to U.S. national security and growing restrictions on the services' ability to conduct live training are key reasons why advanced simulators and virtual combat environments must be adaptable and, preferably, portable, said Brig. Gen....
Visual Aids Enhance Paratrooper Training
Military services are increasing the use of parachute simulator to reduce injuries In preparation for what would be a successful parachute jump in Yuma, Ariz., former President George H. W Bush trained in a simulator that gives paratroopers realistic...
Visual Aids Enhance Paratrooper Training: Military Services Are Increasing the Use of Parachute Simulator to Reduce Injuries
In preparation for what would be a successful parachute jump in Yuma, Ariz., former President George H. W. Bush trained in a simulator that gives paratroopers realistic perceptions of what actually happens during a mission. The simulator, called...
Washington Pulse
How Much Will War With Iraq Cost? The Democratic members of the House Budget Committee released a report analyzing the potential costs of a war in Iraq. "The initial military operation alone could cost $48 billion to $93 billion, if 10-year interest...