National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 661, December

Aboard Space Station, Science Takes Off
* With the successful launch and installation of Japan's first manned space facility last summer, scientists are discovering increased opportunities to conduct experiments aboard the international space station. Research efforts already are underway...
Air Force, Air Guard Could Double Drone Fleet
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * The Air Force is seeking to nearly double its fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles by 2011. Its goal is to operate 212 unmanned drones by 2011, up from the current 137. The Air Force currently has 110 Predators, 20...
Alternative Energy Needed for More Than Just Cost Savings
As the price of oil has plummeted lately, we have seen a number of companies pull the plug on alternative-energy projects such as coal-to-liquids. It has happened as predicted--investors are fleeing because alternative and renewable energy is not...
Alternative Energy Needed for More Than Just Cost Savings
As the price of oil has plummeted lately, we have seen a number of companies pull the plug on alternative-energy projects such as coal-to-liquids. It has happened as predicted investors are fleeing because alternative and renewable energy is not profitable...
Avoiding Ambushes
Marine Corps accelerates deployment of convoy simulatorsThe Marine Corps is expanding the use of simulators to pre- pare infantryman to survive roadside ambushes."The explosion in ground simulations is a paradigm shift for the Marine Corps," said Terry...
Avoiding Ambushes: Marine Corps Accelerates Deployment of Convoy Simulators
The Marine Corps is expanding the use of simulators to prepare infantryman to survive roadside ambushes. "The explosion in ground simulations is a paradigm shift for the Marine Corps," said Terry Bennington, deputy director of the Marine Corps'...
Boost Needed
Competitiveness, innovation lacking in the space industryBY ALAN L. GROPMANThe nation's space policy generally seeks to maintain U.S. leadership in technology, ensure self-defense and the exploitation of space for national security and economic prosperity....
Boost Needed: Competitiveness, Innovation Lacking in the Space Industry
The nation's space policy generally seeks to maintain U.S. leadership in technology, ensure self-defense and the exploitation of space for national security and economic prosperity. But there is still no cohesive or specific plan to invigorate the...
Clouds of Uncertainty in the Forecast, but No Major Storm
* Hand-wringing has officially become a competitive sport in the defense industry. A combination of fear-of-the-unknown and expectations that the boom of the past six years may soon end is causing considerable angst among defense contractors...
Combat Stress
To heal psychological trauma, troops relive war in virtual realityMARINA DEL REY, Calif. - Sitting in a chair with goggles strapped on, the subject peered out into a virtual battle zone. He was driving down a dusty Iraqi highway. It was dusk. There was...
Combat Stress: To Heal Psychological Trauma, Troops Relive War in Virtual Reality
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] MARINA DEL REY, Calif. -- Sitting in a chair with goggles strapped on, the subject peered out into a virtual battle zone. He was driving down a dusty Iraqi highway. It was dusk. There was one humvee ahead and a fellow...
Controversial Fingerprint Collection Plan Halted, for Now
* Congress has suspended funding for a plan to collect biometric information from foreign visitors who are exiting the United States. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In an effort to ensure that foreign nationals do not overstay their visas, the Department...
Flying Partners
Army; Air Force to operate armed drones in tandemAs the Army prepares to deploy a new weapons-capable unmanned aircraft to the Middle East, it is solidifying plans with the Air Force to better coordinate the operation of combat drones.The responsibility...
Flying Partners: Army, Air Force to Operate Armed Drones in Tandem
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the Army prepares to deploy a new weapons-capable unmanned aircraft to the Middle East, it is solidifying plans with the Air Force to better coordinate the operation of combat drones. The responsibility of flying medium-altitude...
For Homeland Defense, Simulations Are Low-Tech
* First-person videogames and immersive simulations are commonplace in military training. But for the members of U.S. Northern Command's emergency response team, the training is relatively low-tech. A newly formed organization known as CCMRF--chemical,...
Market for Trainer Aircraft to Decline, Study Says
* The market for military trainer aircraft will shrink over the next decade, analysts predict. Trainers are used to prepare flight crews for combat operations. They typically are turboprops that can replicate the characteristics of jet aircraft...
Market Swings
Global economy plays major role in U.S. energy strategyCOMMENTARYThe United States consumes 25 percent of the world's petroleum but has only 3 percent of its reserves. Many advocates of "energy independence" cite that fact as a reason for abandoning...
Market Swings: Global Economy Plays Major Role in U.S. Energy Strategy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The United States consumes 25 percent of the world's petroleum but has only 3 percent of its reserves. Many advocates of "energy independence" cite that fact as a reason for abandoning foreign oil and relying on domestic...
New Specialized Military Unit to Respond to WMD Attacks
* A new military organization is being stood Lip to respond to chemical, biological or nuclear attacks on the United States. The unit is expected to assist civil authorities in responding to a weapon of mass destruction attack U.S. soil. The organization...
Portable Camera to Help First Responders
* Researchers have built a portable camera that can be attached to a helicopter and produce detailed images of an area hit by a hurricane or other natural disasters faster and at lower cost than is currently possible. Many emergency-response...
Power Shift
Marine companies win praise, but also more responsibilityThe Marine Corps is shifting more authority to its company commanders to reflect the influential role that young officers have played in recent wars.Commandant Gen. James Conway recently signed...
Power Shift: Marine Companies Win Praise, but Also More Responsibility
The Marine Corps is shifting more authority to its company commanders to reflect the influential role that young officers have played in recent wars. Commandant Gen. James Conway recently signed off on new guidelines for "enhanced company operations,"...
Protection vs. Comfort
Suits that defend from deadly agents may undergo redesignBALTIMORE - Despite a dizzying array of threats, the Defense Department's office in charge of outfitting troops with chemical-biological gear believes that it can get away with less protection."The...
Protection vs. Comfort: Suits That Defend from Deadly Agents May Undergo Redesign
BALTIMORE -- Despite a dizzying array of threats, the Defense Department's office in charge of outfitting troops with chemical-biological gear believes that it can get away with less protection. "The bottom line is the traditional challenge levels...
Show Me
Success of simulation-based training is tough to measureANALYSISConventional wisdom says that military forces increasingly will train on simulators because live exercises are too costly and time consuming. But beyond that, there is little consensus on...
Show Me: Success of Simulation-Based Training Is Tough to Measure
Conventional wisdom says that military forces increasingly will train on simulators because live exercises are too costly and time consuming. But beyond that, there is little consensus on other factors that may explain how such technologies are...
The Diplomat Soldier
Games could teach troops foreign culturesThe military has incorporated into its doctrine the idea of trying to prevent wars before they occur. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has pressed that issue of late, saying that it is better to help stabilize volatile...
The Diplomat Soldier: Games Could Teach Troops Foreign Cultures
The military has incorporated into its doctrine the idea of trying to prevent wars before they occur. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has pressed that issue of late, saying that it is better to help stabilize volatile states than to become embroiled...
Washington Pulse
NEWS FROM INSIDE THE BELTWAYIRAQ EXODUS: At Least Three YearsAs the Obama transition team hashes out plans to downn size the U.S. military presence in Iraq logistics experts are warning that it will take a minimum of three years to safely extract all...
Weapon-Mounted Sensors Track Troops as They Train
* To prepare troops for combat, the Army and Marine Corps have been building large urban training facilities that resemble villages in Iraq and Afghanistan. As soldiers and Marines run through the course, instructors keep tabs on the action by video...
When to Invite, or Not Invite, Federal Employees
General ethical tenets that bar accepting or giving gifts or gratuities to or from federal employees, for the most part, are understood. However, there are certain subtle gray areas that remain open to interpretation by federal employees and contractors...
You Can't Fool Me
Face-reading technology tough to dupeBritish researchers are developing a device that can detect lies in a subject's facial expressions.When people are hiding the truth, their eye movement patterns can suddenly change in response to questions they might...
You Can't Fool Me: Face-Reading Technology Tough to Dupe
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * British researchers are developing a device that can detect lies in a subject's facial expressions. When people are hiding the truth, their eye movement patterns can suddenly change in response to questions they might...