National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 86, No. 577, December

Allies Express Support for U.S. War on Terror
Nations offer assistance for both military and humanitarian operations Nations with limited resources, largely ignored by the American media, have stepped up to help in the war on terror. The leading ally has been the United Kingdom, which has participated...
Allies Express Support for U.S. War on Terror: Nations Offer Assistance for Both Military and Humanitarian Operations. (News Analysis)
Nations with limited resources, largely ignored by the American media, have stepped up to help in the war on terror. The leading ally has been the United Kingdom, which has participated in both air strikes and ground operations. But other nations...
Base Closure Process Much Longer Than Planned
When the Defense Department kicked off its first round of military base closures in 1988, officials expected the process would take about six years. That timeline grossly underestimated the complexities associated with base closures, said Arden Roberts...
Brass Tracks
Government Navy Rear Adm. Charles T. Bush has been assigned as director of theater air and missile defense, program executive office, theater surface combatants. Navy Rear Adm. Robert E. Cowley is being assigned as deputy for acquisition and...
Breaking the Small-Arms Technology Barrier
It has no moving parts. Yet, it can fire standard, small-caliber projectiles from multiple barrels at speeds up to one million rounds per minute. Is it still a gun? Its creators call it Metal Storm. No moving parts mean no jams in the traditional sense...
Breaking the Small-Arms Technology Barrier. (Fire Power)
It has no moving parts. Yet, it can fire standard, small-caliber projectiles from multiple barrels at speeds up to one million rounds per minute. Is it still a gun? Its creators call it Metal Storm. No moving parts mean no jams in the traditional...
Commandant: Short-Takeoff JSF Is 'Affordable'
Lockheed Martin receives $19 billion contract to build 22 test aircraft The Marine Corps version of the Joint Strike Fighter, at approximately $50 million a piece, would be an "affordable" airplane, when compared to the prices seen in other aviation...
Commandant: Short-Takeoff JSF Is 'Affordable'; Lockheed Martin Receives $19 Billion Contract to Build 22 Test Aircraft
The Marine Corps version of the Joint Strike Fighter, at approximately $50 million a piece, would be an "affordable" airplane, when compared to the prices seen in other aviation programs today, said Gen. James L. Jones, commandant of the Corps. ...
Costs for Operation Enduring Freedom: Up to $1B per Month
Even though the Pentagon has not released any official cost estimates of the ongoing military campaign in Afghanistan, some experts already have speculated on the projected price tag, based on the cost of past operations. James McAleese, an attorney...
Despite Doubts, Air Force Stands by Predator
A growing confidence in unmanned aircraft technology may result in additional deployments of U.S. military drones to Afghanistan and other parts of the world in the near future. But taking advantage of this technology is easier said than done, given...
Editor's Corner
The chorus of complaints about the problems of aging aircraft and obsolete avionics in the U.S. military inventories has grown during the past several years, especially within the Navy and the Air Force. Now, that the nation is at war, the issue is...
Editor's Corner
The chorus of complaints about the problems of aging aircraft and obsolete avionics in the U.S. military inventories has grown during the past several years, especially within the Navy and the Air Force. Now, that the nation is at war, the issue is drawing...
Evolving Industry Role in the War on Terrorism
The Pentagon issues thousands of solicitations each year, asking industry to bid on specific contract opportunities. Most solicitations are very specific in what they ask for. Others, however, are more apt to interpretation and leave the door open for...
Evolving Industry Role in the War on Terrorism. (President's Perspective)
The Pentagon issues thousands of solicitations each year, asking industry to bid on specific contract opportunities. Most solicitations are very specific in what they ask for. Others, however, are more apt to interpretation and leave the door open...
Export-Control Reforms Stall in Aftermath of Terror Attacks
One of the casualties of this fall's terrorist attacks upon the United States may have been the latest effort to reform controls limiting exports of technologies that could provide a military advantage to the nation's potential enemies. The question...
Export-Control Reforms Stall in Aftermath of Terror Attacks. (Analysis)
One of the casualties of this fall's terrorist attacks upon the United States may have been the latest effort to reform controls limiting exports of technologies that could provide a military advantage to the nation's potential enemies. The question...
Fixed-Price Contracts Can Slash Cleanup Costs
industry anais Under this arrangement, companies would 'guarantee' the remediation work The Department of Defense could save up to 20 percent of environmental cleanup costs at closed military bases by using fixed-price guaranteed contracts. This type...
Fixed-Price Contracts Can Slash Cleanup Costs: Under This Arrangement, Companies Would 'Guarantee' the Remediation Work. (Industry Analysis)
The Department of Defense could save up to 20 percent of environmental cleanup costs at closed military bases by using fixed-price guaranteed contracts. This type of arrangement is called "guaranteed remediation with insurance." The U.S. Army...
Joint 'Air Picture' Fractured by Long-Standing Rivalries
Inter-service and company rivalries increasingly are coming into play in a Defense Department program that aims to create a common air picture for U.S. military forces. A common air picture, officials said, helps coordinate operations in joint warfare,...
Latest on Russian Rockets and Artillery
Is it possible that the second volume of "Russia's Arms and TechnologiesXXI Century Encyclopedia"-entitled "Rocket and Artillery Armament of Ground Forces"-is not only better than the first one (see National Defense, August 2000, p.65), but a portend...
Long-Range Bombers: How Many Does the U.S. Need?
The U.S. campaign in Afghanistan has added fuel to a long-smoldering debate in the nation's capital about the future of the Air Force's long-range bomber fleet. Most strike operations were conducted by Navy tactical jets from carriers in the Arabian...
Marines and Navy Seals Show Interest in Backpack Missiles
Navy engineers have designed a small, low-cost guided missile that would fit in a backpack. The candidates for this weapon are U.S. Marines and Navy Seal commandos. The missile also could be launched from unmanned airplanes. The fire-and-forger...
Munitions Sector 'In Trouble,' despite New Funds
Defense Department warned about problems with declining supplier base An influx of new money at the Pentagon will help replenish cruise missiles and satellite-guided bombs, but it will not necessarily fix industrial base problems in the ammunition sector,...
Munitions Sector 'In Trouble,' despite New Funds: Defense Department Warned about Problems with Declining Supplier Base. (Analysis)
An influx of new money at the Pentagon will help replenish cruise missiles and satellite-guided bombs, but it will not necessarily fix industrial base problems in the ammunition sector, sources said. Companies such as Raytheon and Boeing are working...
Ndia Event Calendar
DECEMBER 3-4, 2001 "CDM: Data Acquisition for the Sustainment Environment" Symposium Event #2010 Marriott Bay Point Resort & Conference Center Panama City, FL Regular Fees: Member $420 Non-Member $465 Government/Academia...
Pentagon Panel: Targeting Far from Perfect
U.S. military precision-bombing skills and capabilities have advanced in recent years, but there still is much room for improvement, said a Pentagon advisory panel. Among the shortcomings that hinder U.S. air-to-ground precision-strike missions, the...
Planned JDAM Upgrade Boosts Accuracy to 10 Feet
Navy completes development of new seeker that guides bombs with images An imaging infrared seeker that can improve the accuracy of the JDAM satellite-guided munitions by more than 200 percent has been tested successfully and is ready for production,...
Planned JDAM Upgrade Boosts Accuracy to 10 Feet: Navy Completes Development of New Seeker That Guides Bombs with Images. (Analysis)
An imaging infrared seeker that can improve the accuracy of the JDAM satellite-guided munitions by more than 200 percent has been tested successfully and is ready for production, said program officials. The same technology also could be used in other...
'Plngfests' Help Standardize Online Learning Technology
The Defense Department administers *appoximately 30,000 training courses per year to address the needs of its 2.5 million personnel. It costs about $15 billion annually to maintain and operate military training installations. In light of growing...
'Plugfests' Help Standardize Online Learning Technology
The Defense Department administers approximately 30,000 training courses per year to address the needs of its 2.5 million personnel. It costs about $15 billion annually to maintain and operate military training installations. In light of growing needs...
Progress Report: NDIA's Top Issues of 2001
Next month, the National Defense Industrial Association will publish its list of "Top Issues" for 2002, representing the broad concerns of the defense industrial base for the year ahead. Theses issues will guide NDIA's educational and lobbying efforts...
Progress Report: NDIA's Top Issues of 2001. (Government Policy Notes)
Next month, the National Defense Industrial Association will publish its list of "Top Issues" for 2002, representing the broad concerns of the defense industrial base for the year ahead. These issues will guide NDIA's educational and lobbying efforts...
Readers Forum
Nuclear Power Plants As a life member of NDIA and a past Chairman of the Nuclear Engineering Division of ASME, I was pleased to see the story on nuclear power entitled "Energy Department Optimistic About Resurgence of Nuclear Power," in the September...
Skibbie Scholarship to Be Established
The National Defense Industrial Associations board will establish the Lawrence F. Skibbie Scholarship Award, in honor of the association's former president, who retired Sept. 21. The purpose of the scholarship will be to support one or more advanced...
Skibbie Scholarship to Be Established. (Ndia News)
The National Defense Industrial Association's board will establish the Lawrence F. Skibbie Scholarship Award, in honor of the association's former president, who retired Sept. 21. The purpose of the scholarship will be to support one or more advanced...
U.S. Intelligence Community Reaches Crossroads
CIA official says agency is implementing reforms to address new threats Unless the U.S. intelligence community makes rapid changes in the way it collects and processes information, the United States and its allies may not be able to prevent future terrorist...
U.S. Intelligence Community Reaches Crossroads: CIA Official Says Agency Is Implementing Reforms to Address New Threats. (Analysis)
Unless the U.S. intelligence community makes rapid changes in the way it collects and processes information, the United States and its allies may not be able to prevent future terrorist attacks of the massive scale seen on September 11, experts said....
U.S. Navy Struggles to Keep Its Aging Aircraft Fleet Flying
As wave after wave of combat aircraft roar off the decks of U.S. carriers in the Arabian Sea to attack targets in Afghanistan, the Navy and Marine Corps are wrestling with the increasing age of their air fleets. The average Navy airplane is now...
U.S. Should Not 'Outsource' Duties in Afghanistan, Expert Says
For the United States to be successful in the campaign against Afghanistan's Taliban regime, it must do a better job understanding the motivations of the players involved and must stop "outsourcing" diplomatic and humanitarian duties, said Thomas Gouttierre,...
U.S. Warplanes Vulnerable to Shoulder-Fired Missiles
In Operation Desert Storm, the United States lost at least 20 aircraft to heat-seeking missiles. Ten years later, Pentagon officials have taken a cautious approach in planning air strikes on Afghanistan, fearing the threat from shoulder-fired infrared...
War Urgency Drives Decisions on U.S. Deployment of Drones
As U.S. military planners prepare to increase the presence of unmanned aircraft over Afghanistan, they should not rush to the conclusion that UAVs are money savers, experts said. The conventional wisdom about unmanned aircraft is that they save...
Washington Pulse
Letters From Lawmakers Overburden Pentagon Staff Responding to the daily inflow of letters that senators and congressmen send to the Pentagon is an ever-growing workload, said a senior Pentagon official. Since the early days of democracy in the United...
Women in Defense: Fall Events Summary
Women In Defense kicked off their fall schedule on Oct. 11, with the HORIZONS Scholarship Luncheon on Capitol Hill, featuring guest speaker U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis, R-Va. (See National Defense, November 2001, p. 93.) Professional Development Seminar The...
Women in Defense: Fall Events Summary. (Women in Defense)
Women In Defense kicked off their fall schedule on Oct. 11, with the HORIZONS Scholarship Luncheon on Capitol Hill, featuring guest speaker U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis, R-Va. (See National Defense, November 2001, p. 93.) Professional Development Seminar...