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Articles from Vol. 86, No. 575, October

26th Has 'Best Equipment the Corps Can Offer,' Says CO
The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit sails into its deployment with "the best that the Marine Corps has to offer," according to its commander, Col. Andrew P. Frick. The reason, he said, is that the Marines recognize that a deployed MEU is likely to be...
Airborne Command Post Keeps Information Flowing
An airborne Army command post built on a helicopter, could help fill the gap in the flow of information that occurs when ground commanders close down and reposition their tactical operations centers, said service officials. "Every time a TOC [tactical...
Army's Future Tactical Net Apt for High-Speed Combat
The Army will be spending at least $6 billion during the next 15 to 20 years to replace its outdated communications networks that link brigades to echelons above corps and national authorities. The existing system--the mobile subscriber equipment...
Battle Lab Shrinks Army Tactical Ops Center
Missile-defense command post manages to 'condense' hardware and software The Army's missile-defense research branch developed a tactical operations center prototype that is much smaller and more easily transportable than conventional TOCs. A...
Brass Tracks
Government Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced that the president has made the following nominations: Air Force Gen. John W. Handy has been chosen for appointment to the grade of general with assignment as commander in chief of the...
Editor's Corner
On September 20, U.S. Ambassador Francis X. Taylor, the State Department's coordinator for counterterrorism, was scheduled to host a briefing on the subject of "Countering the Terrorist Threat." The invitation to the briefing said: "Recent terrorist...
Editor's Corner
In September 20, U.S. Ambassador Francis X Taylor, the State Department's coordinator for counterterrorism, was scheduled to host a briefing on the subject of "Countering the Terrorist Threat." The invitation to the briefing said: "Recent terrorist attacks...
Environment-Friendly Products Marketed to Military
Imtech America, an international company with offices in Ontario, Canada, and Little Rock, Ark., has developed a technology called "imbiber beads.' According to company president John Brinkman, imbiber beads are the only true absorbent currently available...
HORIZONS Foundation Awards Scholarships
The HORIZONS Scholarship Foundation recently announced its scholarship awards. Recipients included: * Dana Carolyn Paquin Davidson College Major: Mathematics * Kelly Marie Truver Georgia Institute of Technology Major: Operations Research...
Interactive History-Just a Click Away
A multimedia collection from Countertop Software includes three new titles. First is "The Complete WWII Collection," comprising five CD-ROM's. Without question, World War II was one of the greatest conflicts in history, involving millions of soldiers,...
Interactive History-Just a Click Away
digital A multimedia collection from Countertop Software includes three new titles. First is "The Complete WWII Collection," comprising five CD-ROM's. Without question, World War II was one of the greatest conflicts in history, involving millions of...
Leathernecks Bring Back Their Brigades
As the Army develops its middle-weight interim combat brigade teams, the Marines are resurrecting their own midsize force-the Marine Expeditionary Brigade. The MEB concept has been around since the 1950s, officials explained, Marine Brigades fought in...
Military Women: 200,000 and Counting
Controversies linger on issues such as gender-integrated training and sea-duty Females now comprise 14.7 percent of the armed forces, compared to 14.1 percent in 1998. That translates into approximately 200,000 women who serve today as part of a...
New Smart Weapons Are High on Air Force Chief's Agenda
Decisions on future procurements of precision-guided weapons are among the items on the agenda of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John Jumper. Specifically, Jumper will be expected to firm up an acquisition strategy for long-range cruise missiles....
Novel Anti-Torpedo System Sought for Ship Defense
The U.S. Navy is developing an elaborate defense system to detect and destroy incoming torpedoes. The technology is promising officials said, but it may not be ready for decades, depending on congressional funding. The program, called Tripwire, is part...
Office of Naval Research Courts Innovative Industries
The Office of Naval Research wants to be a "one-stop shopping" destination for innovative companies that have state-of-the-art technology, said Navy Rear Adm. Jay Cohen, chief of ONR. The business opportunities for those companies come in the form...
Pentagon Funding for Nano-Technology on the Rise
The Navy is spending $20 million on research of so-called nano-structures. The Defense Department is spending $120 million this year on nano-technology, said James Murday, director of the national nano-technology coordinating office. Nano-technology...
Pentagon OKs Acquisition of Software-Based Radios
Among the Pentagon programs labeled "transformational" by the Bush administration is a multi-service radio system that, unlike most military radios today, would allow all branches of the military to communicate with each other effortlessly. The Defense...
Precision-Guided Bombs Labeled 'Transformational'
Every blue-ribbon study and high-level commission report that has come out of the Pentaon in recent years concluded that the U.S. military services should boost their investments in precision-guided munitions. These studies have articulated repeatedly...
Readersforum
Hazardous Waste Disposal The article entitled "Environmental Regulations Limit Training of U.S. Troops" (July 2001, p. 34) quotes Jim Carr chief, counsel of the Defense Reutilization Marketing Service International, in several places and suggests...
Readers Forum
Hazardous Waste Disposal The article entitled "Environmental Regulations Limit Training of U.S. Troops" (July 2001, p. 34) quotes Jim Carr chief, counsel of the Defense Reutilization Marketing Service International, in several places and suggests that...
Recovered EP-3 Could Be Rebuilt in Eight Months
Key airframe components in perfect shape," says Lockheed Martin engineer I twill take approximately eight months to rebuild the U.S. Navy's EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft that was reclaimed from China's Lingshui Air Force Base in July, according to...
Robotic Combat Aircraft Get Ready for Test Flights
Encouraged by the performance of unmanned aerial vehicles thus far, Pentagon officials say they are increasingly confident that the vehicles soon will play a combat role. "Quite likely, we could now be designing our last manned combat aircraft" Navy...
Services Promote Pollution-Prevention Efforts
Defense environmental programs take advantage of information technology There are almost 12,000 contaminated sites at more than 700 active and recently-closed military bases. The Pentagon is by far the single biggest polluter in the United States....
Software That Knows Who's Talking
tech<talk talk The Army Communications-Electronics Command, in Fort Monmouth, N.J., is looking into the use of speech-recognition software, which the commercial director sees as a potentially useful tool in future combat systems. "Right now we're...
Survivor Radio Recovers from Program Delays
The Defense Department's budget for fiscal year 2002 includes nearly $30 million for the development and low-rate production of a new portable survivor radio equipped with an embedded satellite receiver. This technology would make it easier and faster...
The QDR ... and the Industry Challenge
This month, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is scheduled to unveil the document that the defense community has been waiting for: the Quadrennial Defense Review. Much has been speculated about what the QDR will say concerning the national security...
The QDR.And the Industry Challenge
president'sperspective This month, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is scheduled to unveil the document that the defense community has been waiting for: the Quadrennial Defense Review. Much has been speculated about what the QDR will say concerning...
Thompson Takes over NDIA Government Policy
Steven A. Thompson has joined the National Defense Industrial Association as vice president of government policy. The vice president of government policy is the association's chief lobbyist, responsible for oversight and implementation of the annually...
U.N. Confab OKs Global Curb on Small Arms
To address what many countries and non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, have called "the scourge of small arms," the United Nations--after nearly two years of planning--this summer convened a two-week conference on illicit trade in small arms and...
Unmanned Aircraft Attract New Interest from Pentagon
A U.S. Marine stretched a 20-foot bungee cord as far as it would go and released it, launching a 4-pound Dragon Eye unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. Instead of taking to the air, however, the tiny plane--which fits into a backpack--flew straight into...
U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit Provides 'In Extremis' Support
Poised to cruise into the Mediterranean Sea in early October is the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), one of handful of U.S. military organizations designed to permit the United Stares to intervene in almost any international...
U.S. Ship-Scrapping Program Scraping By
Maritime Administration says funding for Navy vessel disposal is running low The U.S. Navy kick-started a pilot program two years ago, to ensure that the dismantling of its ships complies with environmental and worker safety laws. Although this...
Washington Pulse
Senator Has Joint Chiefs Chairman's Midwestern Roots Freshman Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made comments welcoming fellow Midwesterner Gen. Richard B. Myers as the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff....
WTO Rules against U.S. Export Tax Law
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has decided again that U.S. tax law covering export income earned by U.S. companies violates international trade agreements. Under the ruling, the United States has until November 1 to enact replacement legislation...