National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 90, No. 631, June

Air-Ground Coordination in the Battlefield Found Lacking
LACK OF DIRECT communications between pilots in the cockpit and troops on the ground in Iraq impede close-air support operations, says a Navy air wing commander. During a 10-month deployment last year as commander of Carrier Air Wing 9, aboard the...
Alliance Endorses Bar Code for Real ID
A consortium of government and industries involved in document security has recommended two-dimensional bar codes to fulfill a requirement for machine-readable personal data on driver's licenses and other official identification cards, when the Real...
Alliance Endorses Bar Code for Real ID
A consortium of government and industries involved in document security has recommended two-dimensional bar codes to fulfill a requirement for machine-readable personal data on driver's licenses and other official identification cards, when the Real...
Balancing Act
Army aviators better trained, but at higher costsA new Army flight-training program has made it possible for helicopter pilots to gain combat proficiency much faster than was previously possible. The expediency of the training, however, comes with a...
Balancing Act: Army Aviators Better Trained, but at Higher Costs
A new Army flight-training program has made it possible for helicopter pilots to gain combat proficiency much faster than was previously possible. The expediency of the training, however, comes with a higher price tag, according to recent studies....
Budget Traps
Navy on a mission to cut the cost of aviationExpectations of a smaller force and leaner budgets set the tone for an ongoing, sweeping review of Navy aviation programs.An estimated $40.4 billion a year operation, the Navy's air force for years has been...
Budget Traps: Navy on a Mission to Cut the Cost of Aviation
Expectations of a smaller force and leaner budgets set the tone for an ongoing, sweeping review of Navy aviation programs. An estimated $40.4 billion a year operation, the Navy's air force for years has been under pressure to cut costs. In the latest...
Canadian FORCES
Commandos see expanded mission portfolioTo boost its unconventional warfare capabilities, Canada is revamping its special operations military organization and emphasizing counter-terrorism skills in elite unit training programs."We've known for some...
Canadian Forces: Commandos See Expanded Mission Portfolio
To boost its unconventional warfare capabilities, Canada is revamping its special operations military organization and emphasizing counter-terrorism skills in elite unit training programs. "We've known for some time that there's been a void," says...
Career Transitions, Conflicts of Interest
Employees by the thousands transition from military and civilian government service to the private sector. These employees and the companies recruiting and employing them must know the ethical rules applying to the different phases of this transition....
Coastal Patrols
Navy's smallest fighting ships prove littoral warfare conceptsLITTLE CREEK NAVAL AMPHIBIOUS BASE, Va. -The Navy s smallest fighting ships - Cycloneclass patrol boats - are blazing the way for a future fleet of littoral combat ships.Little Creek is slated...
Coastal Patrols: Navy's Smallest Fighting Ships Prove Littoral Warfare Concepts
LITTLE CREEK NAVAL AMPHIBIOUS BASE, Va.--The Navy's smallest fighting ships--Cyclone-class patrol boats--are blazing the way for a future fleet of littoral combat ships. Little Creek is slated to receive as many as 22 LCSs in coming decades, according...
Commanders' Wish List Makes for Wishful Thinking
Part of the current gospel at the Defense Department is the notion that field commanders should have a say in procurement decisions. Consistently, Pentagon officials have spoken about their desire to make the procurement bureaucracy more responsive...
Counterproliferation
U.S. steps up efforts to keep WMD out of enemy handsAmid continuing concerns about terrorist attacks against the United States and its allies, the U.S. government is increasing its efforts to keep enemies from acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction.Some...
Counter Proliferation: U.S. Steps Up Efforts to Keep WMD out of Enemy Hands
Amid continuing concerns about terrorist attacks against the United States and its allies, the U.S. government is increasing its efforts to keep enemies from acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction. Some of the steps that it is taking, however,...
Defense Debate Must Recognize Tough Realities
What has passed lately for important political debate at the national level has been more focused on rhetorical back-and-forth than real treatment of critical issues. And a paramount issue that deserves national attention is the work our military...
Defense Production Act Speeds Up Wartime Purchases
One procurement tool that the government is using vigorously to accelerate its response to recent terrorist threats has been available since 1950--the little-known Defense Production Act. This law, known as DPA for short, and the regulations that...
First Armed Ground Robot Readied for Deployment
The robot army is coming. A concept touted by science fiction novelists for decades, the first armed ground robots may roll into the field as early as this month, according to Army and industry officials. Unlike the sci-fi robots that enslave mankind,...
For Navy, More Unmanned Aircraft on the Horizon
An unmanned combat aircraft that can operate from carrier decks would be of great utility to the Navy, but it appears to be unaffordable, at least for the time being, said a naval aviation expert. "There is a natural need for a carrier based sensor...
Gas Tankers Prompt Tight Security
BOSTON - Three specially designed tugboats yank the hulking pale green liquefied natural gas tanker from its dock near Boston Harbor.More than 1,000 feet long, with an odd color and sets of pipes sticking out the top, it's apparent that this is no ordinary...
High-Tech Weapons Mix Targets Urban Hazards
DAHLGREN, Va. -- As the Pentagon continues to invest in technologies to neutralize roadside bombs, rocket propelled grenades remain a potent threat. More than 100 soldiers have been killed since operations in South East Asia began. The Trophy active...
Intelligence Sharing: 'Still a Battle'
Despite efforts since 9/11 to improve the gathering and analysis of government and military intelligence, getting agencies to pool information "is still a battle," said Kevin R. Brock, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center."A lot of...
Local's Role in Intelligence Sharing Pondered
THE SHARING OF intelligence between the federal government, and state and local law enforcement is a two way street--but one that isn't always straight or easily traveled. Local police agencies have received conflicting and confusing information...
Perspectives
NATO needs a unified elite force, experts contendWhile most NATO members have skilled special operations units, the alliance so far has not forged them into a cohesive multinational force. Such a commando formation would be better qualified - particularly...
Perspectives: NATO Needs a Unified Elite Force, Experts-Contend
While most NATO members have skilled special operations units, the alliance so far has not forged them into a cohesive multinational force. Such a commando formation would be better qualified--particularly in counterterrorism scenarios--to respond...
Protecting PORTS
Cooperation key to expanding Coast Guard's reachBOSTON - Cmdr. Thomas Miller, chief of the prevention department at the Coast Guard s Boston sector, sits in a corner office with a view of the city and the port.To his right is the North End district,...
Protecting Ports: Cooperation Key to Expanding Coast Guard's Reach
BOSTON--Cmdr. Thomas Miller, chief of the prevention department at the Coast Guard's Boston sector, sits in a corner office with a view of the city and the port. To his right is the North End district, where tourists dine in Italian eateries and...
Smart Munitions
Army to curtail procurement of precision-guided weaponsThe Army needs to reevaluate its precision-guided munitions programs, and identify which of its current weapons should continue to receive funding, says Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sorenson."In many cases,...
Smart Munitions: Army to Curtail Procurement of Precision-Guided Weapons
The Army needs to reevaluate its precision-guided munitions programs, and identify which of its current weapons should continue to receive funding, says Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sorenson. "In many cases, everything we became enamored of, we can't play...
Special Operators Gain Civilian Assistance Unconventional Wars
As it plans for an extended struggle against terrorism, the U.S. Special Operations Command is realizing that it is going to need a lot of outside help, and it is reaching out to civilian agencies, allied nations and private contractors. Lining...
Spending Outlook
Marine Corps procurement forecast clouded by bleak budget projectionsThe prospect of tighter defense budgets is arriving at a time when the Marine Corps is struggling to repair and replace equipment lost or damaged in recent fighting, and to restore...
Spending Outlook: Marine Corps Procurement Forecast Clouded by Bleak Budget Projections
The prospect of tighter defense budgets is arriving at a time when the Marine Corps is struggling to repair and replace equipment lost or damaged in recent fighting, and to restore its combat readiness. "If we get involved in another major operation...
Trouble in the Skies
Export rules could stymie anti-missile plansAs the Department of Homeland security continues to pay for tests on systems designed to thwart shoulder-fired missiles from taking down commercial airliners, a potential barrier looms on the horizon.Any time...
Trouble in the Skies: Export Rules Could Stymie Anti-Missile Plans
As the Department of Homeland Security continues to pay for tests on systems designed to thwart shoulder-fired missiles from taking down commercial airliners, a potential barrier looms on the horizon. Any time a U.S. commercial aircraft carrying...
Unconventional Wars
Special operators gain civilian assistanceAs it plans for an extended struggle against terrorism, the U.S. Special Operations Command: is realizing that it is going to need a lot of outi side help, and it is reaching out to civilian agencies, allied...
Vessel Tracking
Coast Guard begins to tackle complex surveillance missionSorting out potential wrongdoers among the millions of vessels that transit the oceans bound for United States has become one of the Coast Guards biggest challenges, officials say. Multiple initiatives...
Vessel Tracking: Coast Guard Begins to Tackle Complex Surveillance Mission
Sorting out potential wrongdoers among the millions of vessels that transit the oceans bound for United States has become one of the Coast Guard's biggest challenges, officials say. Multiple initiatives have been set in motion to develop better ship...
War Gaming
Maritime security creates new market for user-friendly simulation softwareHUNT VALLEY, Md. - Agencies in charge of port security, such as the Coast Guard, are target customers for a new video-gaming technology that allows individuals to create simulations...
War Gaming: Maritime Security Creates New Market for User-Friendly Simulation Software
HUNT VALLEY, Md.--Agencies in charge of port security, such as the Coast Guard, are target customers for a new video-gaming technology that allows individuals to create simulations and rehearse complex missions on desktop computers. A developer...
Washington Pulse
SPECIAL OPERATORS No LONGER TRAVEL LIGHTSpecial operations forces are not what they used to be. Case in point is the growing use of heavy armored vehicles by SOF units, relates John G. Grimes, the Defense Department's chief information officer. The rapid...
Who Pays?
Weighing the costs of securityA smorgasbord of legislation and policy directives aimed at patching up security at U.S. ports in recent years has resulted in expenditures of billions of dollars worth of protective systems and technologies.But there is...
Who Pays? Weighing the Costs of Security
A smorgasbord of legislation and policy directives aimed at patching up security at U.S. ports in recent years has resulted in expenditures of billions of dollars worth of protective systems and technologies. But there is lingering confusion among...