National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 659, October

Airlines Vehemently Opposed to Fingerprint Collection Plan
* The airline industries' financial woes are giving lobbyists more ammunition to oppose a plan to collect fingerprints from visitors departing the United States. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT program announced that airlines...
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Airlines Vehemently Opposed to Fingerprint Collection Plan
The airline industries' financial woes are giving lobbyists more ammunition to oppose a plan to collect fingerprints from visitors departing the United States.Last year, the Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT program announced that airlines and...
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Army, Marines Want Green Ammo ... but Not Exactly
* By presidential executive order, the Defense Department is now required to buy "green" ammunition for use at training ranges. The environment-friendly rounds don't leach toxins and are far less costly to clean up than conventional ammunition. ...
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Basic Needs
Marine Corps' equipment wish list: More of the sameThe Marines' latest wish list has no surprises. They are asking for many of the same technologies they have been seeking for years - sensors that see through dust, precise weapons, lighter combat gear,...
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Basic Needs: Marine Corps' Equipment Wish List: More of the Same
The Marines' latest wish list has no surprises. They are asking for many of the same technologies they have been seeking for years--sensors that see through dust, precise weapons, lighter combat gear, portable power sources and mobile communications...
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Coalition Communications: Still A Challenge, but Improving
* HONOLULU - Naval and ground troops from U.S. and coalition forces have long complained about not being able to talk to one another. While a new communications system deployed aboard ships has improved interoperability between nations, the ability to...
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Defense Dept. Gripped by Fear of the Millennials
* Cybersecurity czars spend billions of dollars building virtual wails to protect the Pentagon's vast computer networks from relentless attacks by hackers, worms and viruses. But they are now confronting what could be their most difficult challenge...
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Defense Dept. Gripped by Fear of the Millennials
Cybersecurity czars spend billions of dollars building virtual walls to protect the Pentagon's vast computer networks from relentless attacks by hackers, worms and viruses.But they are now confronting what could be their most difficult challenge yet...
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Defense Priorities High on the Agenda for Next Administration
* The next administration will have a lot on its plate. Some of the more pressing issues such as the mortgage and credit crises, the federal budget deficit and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan might claim primary attention, but sooner or later critical...
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DHS Version of the Quadrennial Defense Review in the Works
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * The Department of Homeland Security has been infamous for delivering congressionally required reports late, but officials insist that its first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review will be delivered on time. Like the...
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DHS Version of the Quadrennial Defense Review in the Works
* The Department of Homeland Security has been infamous for delivering congressionally required reports late, but officials insist that its first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review will be delivered on time.Like the Defense Department's Quadrennial...
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Disaster Relief
Naval forces see greater demand for large amphibious shipsHONOLULU - More nations are seeking to enhance their capabilities to respond to earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis.Nations with navies, in particular, are relying on their amphibious ships,...
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Disaster Relief: Naval Forces See Greater Demand for Large Amphibious Ships
HONOLULU -- More nations are seeking to enhance their capabilities to respond to earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. Nations with navies, in particular, are relying on their amphibious ships, which can carry hundreds, even thousands of troops...
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Energy Markets
'Coal-to-liquids' promise big profits, but obstacles remainThanks to the rapid rise in the price of oil, projects to develop syndietic fuels have stopped waiting for U.S. government funding and are moving forward.As the government's largest consumer...
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Energy Markets: 'Coal-to-Liquids' Promise Big Profits, but Obstacles Remain
Thanks to the rapid rise in the price of oil, projects to develop synthetic fuels have stopped waiting for U.S. government funding and are moving forward. As the government's largest consumer of fossil fuels, the Air Force announced its intent to...
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Former Army Surgeon Recommends Wearable Tourniquets
* After witnessing a former colleague bleed to death on the battlefield, former Army surgeon Keith Rose wondered if there was a better way to quickly stanch serious wounds. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One of the most common causes of death on the...
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Lighter Trucks
Researchers see aluminum as alternative to steel armorMilitary vehicles in combat zones are so weighed down with steel that commanders worry that heavily armored trucks often are too hard to maneuver or even unsafe.In response to these concerns, Navy...
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Lighter Trucks: Researchers See Aluminum as Alternative to Steel Armor
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Military vehicles in combat zones are so weighed down with steel that commanders worry that heavily armored trucks often are too hard to maneuver or even unsafe. In response to these concerns, Navy researchers have been...
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Mobile Outreach to School Kids
The nation is now facing a critical shortage of skilled labor. This problem covers the entire pipeline from highly skilled machinists who can operate the high technology equipment used in today's manufacturing facilities through degreed scientists...
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Obscured View
Night vision technology not meeting troops' needsRetired Marine Sgt. Maj. Dominick Green shouted at the group of assembled night vision technologists in a voice that would make a drill sergeant wince.He wanted to make a point. And he wanted to make sure...
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Obscured View: Night Vision Technology Not Meeting Troops' Needs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Retired Marine Sgt. Maj. Dominick Green shouted at the group of assembled night vision technologists in a voice that would make a drill sergeant wince. He wanted to make a point. And he wanted to make sure everyone heard...
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Procurement Brief
Army, Marines want green ammo . . . but not exactlyBy presidential executive order, the Defense Department is now required to buy "green" ammunition for use at training ranges. The environment-friendly rounds don't leach toxins and are far less costly...
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'Quality Sensors': Shape-Changing Robots for Tight Spaces
* Movie audiences were wowed by the special effects in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, when a human-like robot changed its form and squeezed through small holes. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency now wants to take a small step...
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Refurbishments
Bradley makeover to continue for yearsThe Bradley fighting vehicle is going through an upgrade. This includes belly armor to protect it from mines, in-vehicle simulation training for gunners and an 800horse power engine to better bear the vehicle's increased...
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Refurbishments: Bradley Makeover to Continue for Years
The Bradley fighting vehicle is going through an upgrade. This includes belly armor to protect it from mines, in-vehicle simulation training for gunners and an 800-horse power engine to better bear the vehicle's increased weight. But that's just...
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Risky Business
Security and transportation: A tough balancing actThe United States in recent years has devoted enormous effort and expense to strengthen the security of the nation's trans- portation infrastructure. The key challenge has been to balance expenditures,...
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Risky Business: Security and Transportation: A Tough Balancing Act
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * The United States in recent years has devoted enormous effort and expense to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation infrastructure. The key challenge has been to balance expenditures, performance, profit,...
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Rucksack Generates Electricity, Lightens Troops' Loads
* Anyone who has tried running while wearing a backpack knows how cumbersome a small load can become even after a short distance. On the battlefield, troops carry as much as 80 pounds of battle gear and they lug an additional 20 to 30 pounds of...
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Self-Healing Armor Could Be in Store for Military Vehicles
* The film "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" depicted a villain whose gaping battle wounds could seal themselves shut just seconds after being inflicted. Now, in a case of science imitating science fiction, self-healing armor may be what is in store for...
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Super Soldiers
ARMY SCIENTISTS IN PURSUIT OF THE EXTRAORDINARYCombat uniforms made of light fabrics that are tougher than steel . . . Batteries that last for days and fit in tiny pockets ... Bug-sized lasers that prevent fratricide and also function as voice radios...
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Super Soldiers: Army Scientists in Pursuit of the Extraordinary
Combat uniforms made of light fabrics that are tougher than steel Batteries that last for days and fit in tiny pockets ... Bug-sized lasers that prevent fratricide and also function as voice radios ... Short of calling Wayne Enterprises, it is unclear...
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Tactical Trucks
To defeat bombs, armored vehicles get rollers and armsThe on-the-ground reality of today's battlefield is starkly unbalanced: a hulking mass of armor on four-wheels can be rendered inoperable from a couple hundred dollars worth of gadgetry, wiring and...
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Tactical Trucks: To Defeat Bombs, Armored Vehicles Get Rollers and Arms
The on-the-ground reality of today's battlefield is starkly unbalanced: a hulking mass of armor on four-wheels can be rendered inoperable from a couple hundred dollars worth of gadgetry, wiring and explosives. Military officials have recognized...
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The Revolving Door Dilemma
* The growing trend--not unnoticed by Congress--of former Defense Department policy and acquisition personnel going directly from their key government positions to work for private sector defense contractors may force the department to step-up compliance...
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Thinking Green
Can 'weird' ideas cure our energy woes?ANALYSISThe whir of alternative energy ideas is dizzying. From man-made tornadoes to harnessing the movement of crowds, the number of new energy saving concepts seems to be infinite.While many new ideas seem whacky,...
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Thinking Green: Can 'Weird' Ideas Cure Our Energy Woes?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The whir of alternative energy ideas is dizzying. From man-made tornadoes to harnessing the movement of crowds, the number of new energy saving concepts seems to be infinite. While many new ideas seem whacky, it is a historical...
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Truman's Ghost: Contractors Must Prepare for a Different Kind of War
* It has been said that no public figure ever reaped greater political reward from chairing a special investigative congressional committee than Harry S. Truman. His personal crusade against waste, fraud and abuse in defense contracting throughout...
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Under Attack
DHS under constant cyber-assault; says new chief information officerThe Department of Homeland Security is facing thousands of cyber-attacks on its computer networks each day, and these numbers are increasing, said its new chief information officer.Some...
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Under Attack: DHS under Constant Cyber-Assault, Says New Chief Information Officer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * The Department of Homeland Security is facing thousands of cyber-attacks on its computer networks each day, and these numbers are increasing, said its new chief information officer. Some are perpetrated by individuals,...
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Washington Pulse
Gas PricesEstimating tanker cost is no modeling jobThe Pentagon is a huge fan of computer modeling and simulations - for everything from training to designing weapons systems. Models are also commonly used to estimate the cost of military hardware. But...
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Wearable Anti-Sniper Technology Developed for Dismounted Soldiers
* A vehicle-mounted sensor that detects the location of sniper fire is now being developed for individual soldiers. Since its introduction into the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts in 2004, the Boomerang sniper-detection system, has been installed...
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