National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 84, No. 557, April

Airmen Ponder Warfare Do's and Don'ts
One year after its victory in the air campaign over Kosovo, the U.S. Air Force is trying to come to grips with what that victory means for the future of "air power." Even the word "victory" is being thrown into question. Some service officials also are...
Army Covets Commercial Truck Technology
Worldwide demand for rugged vehicles benefits military programs Charged with the operation and maintenance of more than 200,000 trucks, Ithe U.S. Army also is seeking to modernize the aging fleet. The service's strategy for doing so, however, is falling...
Army Top Trainer Adapts to New Priorities
Then Army Maj. Gen. John B. Sylvester returned last year from Bosnia, where he served as assistant chief of staff in the NATO peacekeeping force, he found himself in the midst of sweeping changes triggered by new priorities and by the need to adapt to...
Army to Trim War Wish Lists So It Can Deploy in 96 Hours
The Army's future ability to deploy a combat brigade to a trouble spot within 96 hours hinges on several policy changes the service plans to introduce during the next several months. Long-standing Army practices in logistics support operations will be...
Chinese Step Up War of Words against Taiwan
Policy makers in the United States need to keep a cool head and take a broad-picture approach to relations with China and Taiwan, said a Washington, D.C. foreign policy expert. Kenneth W Allen, a senior associate at The Henry L. Stimson Center, said...
Commercial Info Tech Growth Outpaces Federal Government
Despite booming expenditures on information technology (IT) by the private sector in the United States, government agencies will see moderate growth in this arena, experts said. Federal agencies' requests for new purchases increasingly will be scrutinized...
Defense Dept. Advocates Shift to Electronic Supplier Chains
A $25 million program designed to help small and medium-sized companies conduct electronic business with the Defense Department, in the future, could contribute to Pentagon efforts to manage its unwieldy network of suppliers. The program, however, is...
Deployment Drives Need for Simulation and Training Technology
Future trends in U.S. military modeling and simulation markets will be shaped by new efforts to field deployable training equipment and expand capabilities in distance learning. Even though modeling and simulation cannot entirely replace operational...
Engine Competition Fuels Diesel-vs.-Turbine Debate
Several engine manufacturers will be battling for more than $3 billion in future Army contracts, resulting from the services plan to purchase a common engine for two of its flagship vehicles: the Abrams main battle tank and the Crusader next-generation...
Industry Issues Dominate U.S. Policy Agenda
Defense Budget A senior congressional budget specialist reports that zero real growth (after inflation) is the most likely prospect for defense spending over the next decade. Republicans may attempt to add $2-$3 billion for fiscal year 2001, but that...
Marine Off-the-Shelf, Light-Truck Program Defies Bureaucracy
Seeking more mobility and flexibility to run in rugged terrain, the Marine Corps is funding two light truck programs aimed to fulfill these needs. To meet short-term needs, the Corps is purchasing 62 Mercedes Benz G-series wagons. These are six-seat,...
Navy Seeks Balance between Simulator and Flight Training
Future U.S. Navy investments in training programs must focus on the integration of real flying, live-firing exercises and simulators, according to service officials. Such integration is important, these officials asserted, because of the new emphasis...
Private-Funding Agreement Sought by U.K. for Military Trucks
The government of the United Kingdom plans to modernize its fleet of tactical trucks via a so-called "private funding initiative" that essentially would equate to a vehicle-leasing arrangement. Under this contracting mechanism, the industry vendors supply...
Sales of Defense Systems Abroad Critical to National Security
Foreign sales of defense equipment are big business for our nation. Last fiscal year, exports of defense and aerospace products exceeded 40 billion dollars. Overall the industry employs 800,000 workers. These sales help our national security posture...
Small Arms Trainers Adapt to New Missions
Fast is fine. Accurate is final. Those are the famous last words in marksmanship. In today's multi-mission military environment, soldiers are engaged in everything from peacekeeping to standard warfare. But it is at the lower end of that conflict spectrum...
Studies Forecast Imaging, Radar, Electronic Warfare Market Trends
Industry competition in the electronic warfare markets is on the rise, according to "World Platform Self Protection Electronic Warfare Markets," a study by the Frost and Sullivan, Mountain View, Calif. Revenues for the industry were $3.3 billion in 1999....
Top Air Force Civilian Cautions about Looming Personnel Crisis
Secretary of the Air Force F Whitten Peters recently voiced concerns about the service's civilian work force, which he said is no longer structured "to meet tomorrow's needs." Peters addressed industry representatives, military officials and journalists...
U.S. Air Force to Privatize Management of Joint STARS Fleet
The U.S. Air Force plans to turn over the management of its Joint STARS aircraft fleet to the prime contractor in order to improve the rate at which these platforms can be made available for deployments, officials said. Joint STARS is an airborne surveillance...
U.S. Naval Academy Grooming Officers for High-Tech Warfare
The U.S. Naval Academy-that legendary breeding ground for Navy and Marine Corps officers-is getting a thorough overhaul to improve its ability to prepare military leaders for the challenges of the 21st century. The academy is embarked upon an ambitious...
U.S. Unprepared for Urban Warfare, Analysts Caution
.S. military forces currently lack the skills to operate successfully in city fights, noted urban warfare experts during a recent panel discussion. The panel addressed the recent Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict symposium in Arlington, Va.,...
Vulnerable Truck Fleet Worries Army
Investments needed in armor kits for medium trucks, officials assert Army officials are mulling over options to develop and deploy armor kits that would protect truck crews in combat. "Our truck fleets are the most vulnerable pieces of our logistics...
Warner Advocates Long-Term Spending Boost for Defense
Senate Armed Services Committee chairman receives top NDIA award Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John W Warner, R-Va., is encouraged by the Pentagon's proposed increase in defense spending for the second year in a row, but he warns that a lot...
Washington Pulse
Will the Vision Last? It is a given that the Army's chances of receiving congressional plus-ups for procurement programs will improve if the hardware can be tied to the chief of staff's vision for a lighter, more deployable Army. Nonetheless, there is...
Workforce Woes Hamper Safety of Public Data
Recent cyber attacks on federal and commercial web sites have sent officials from the public and private sectors scrambling for answers. What has been called one of the worst barrage of attacks in the Internet's brief history recently occurred when popular...