National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 96, No. 700, March

Air Force Trades Quantity for Quality
The Air Force will cut airmen and ditch some underperforming and unwanted aircraft, focusing instead on purchasing fewer but more capable new models in order to bridge a years-long investment gap, officials said. At the top of the list are aging...
An Inexpensive Solution for Quickly Launching Military Satellites into Space
During a recent trip to Yuma Proving Ground, in Arizona, I passed a unique looking artillery piece in a remote area of the installation. It has an extremely long barrel and appeared to be anchored in a concrete abutment. Having more than a passing...
Army, Marine Corps Face Pitfalls When It Comes to Modernizing Equipment
As budgets tighten and the military reduces ground forces, the Marine Corps' failed attempt to field the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle may serve as a case study for those hoping to modernize military equipment. Envisioned as a replacement for 1970s-era...
Army's Acquisition of Battle Network Slowed Down by Red Tape
The Army's fast-track method of buying mobile networks for deployed soldiers could be in jeopardy as long as it remains bound by existing procurement regulations, government and industry sources said. Under a new evaluation system that was launched...
Budget Themes: Investments Leveled, Programs Slipped, Non-Performers Nixed
A big portion of the discretionary spending reductions in President Obama's 2013 to 2017 funding request is in the defense budget. The budget removes about $50 billion per year, for a total of $259 billion in cuts over the five-year plan. This constitutes...
Budget Themes: Investments Leveled, Programs Slipped, Non-Performers Nixed
A big portion of the discretionary spending reductions in President Obama's 2013 to 2017 funding request is in the defense budget.The budget removes about $50 billion per year, for a total of $259 billion in cuts over the five-year plan. This constitutes...
Can Peace Prevail in Cyberspace?
The prospect of an assault on the United States through its networks has been a doomsday scenario for a number of years. It has often been couched in real-world military strategic terminology. "Attribution" is one of these words. To launch a counter-attack,...
Can Peace Prevail in Cyberspace?
* The prospect of an assault on the United States through its networks has been a doomsday scenario for a number of years.It has often been couched in real-world military strategic terminology. "Attribution" is one of these words. To launch a counter-attack,...
Coast Guard May Face Capability Gap on the High Seas
The Obama administration has proposed cutting $1.3 billion out of the Department of Homeland Security's overall budget. Almost one-third of that--$382 million--would come out of the Coast Guard's allocation. For starters, 222 positions at the...
Counterterrorism Office Looking for a Few Good Homeland Security Ideas
The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office is responsible for funding innovative ideas that can help operators on the tactical edge defeat non-state actors attacking civilian targets. That includes everyone from Special Operations Command personnel...
Counterterrorism Office Looking for a Few Good Homeland Security Ideas
* The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office is responsible for funding innovative ideas that can help operators on the tactical edge defeat non-state actors attacking civilian targets. That includes everyone from Special Operations Command personnel...
Defense-Funded Biofuels Program Can Spur Production and Lower Risk to U.S. Government
In the wake of failed federal loan guarantees for green companies such as Solyndra and Range Fuels, the alternative-energy industry needs solutions that decrease government risk and elicit bipartisan support. A Defense Department initiative, under...
Experts See No Logic in Air Force Mothballing New Global Hawks
Buried in a long list of Pentagon budget proposals for the next five years is the Air Force's recommendation to retire a fleet of 18 brand-new Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned surveillance aircraft. Four of them haven't even been delivered yet, and are...
Military Innovation in the Age of Austerity: Why I Love Budget Cuts
What win the projected military budget cuts do to the defense technology environment? Despite the widespread chorus of concern from industry and government alike, the cuts may actually do everyone--particularly American war fighters--a lot of good....
Navy Leaders Want a More Flexible Fleet
After fighting two land wars for a decade, the military is putting an emphasis back on the sea and is shifting its focus to the Asia-Pacific region and to a more maritime-weighted mission in the Middle East. A new defense strategy calls for a more...
Pentagon Budget Cuts Are Only Prelude to Future 'Grand Bargain'
Politicians and think tanks have been hyperventilating over the $487 billion budget cut that the Pentagon will have to make during the next decade. The austerity plan has inspired a collective "uh-oh" inside the Beltway. Some analysts say the cuts...
Plant DNA May Protect Military Supply Chain
New laws are taking a tough stance on counterfeit parts, requiring defense contractors to establish ways to detect them and keep them out of the military supply chain. For the first time, contractors will be required to absorb the costs of correcting...
Rep. Mike Honda Introduces Bill to Boost STEM Education
The chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEIV1) Workforce division, Edward Swallow, spoke to Rep. iMike Honda, D-Calif, regarding a bill he recently introduced, the STEM Education...
Rep. Mike Honda Introduces Bill to Boost STEM Education
* The chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM] Workforce division, Edward Swallow, spoke to Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., regarding a bill he recently introduced, the STEM Education...
Soldier Energy Needs Outpacing Technology, Policy
Eric Shields, an engineer with the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division, never thought he would have to monitor the use of a microwave oven in Afghanistan. But that is exactly what he and his colleagues have been doing to gauge how...
Take Heed of Post-Employment Restrictions
The new Defense Acquisition Regulation System clause (252.203-7005) requires offerors on Defense Department contracts to represent that all covered ex-department officials expected to work on any resulting contract are in compliance with all postemployment...
Take Heed of Post-Employment Restrictions
The new Defense Acquisition Regulation System clause (252.2037005) requires offerers on Defense Department contracts to represent that all covered ex-department officials expected to work on any resulting contract are in compliance with all postemployment...
Teams Look to Crowd-Source Military Vehicle Design
Three research groups are developing web-based systems that will enable disparate design teams to collaborate on future military vehicles. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has given contracts to the Georgia Institute of Technology,...
The Coming Decade: A Slowdown in Spending, but No 'Procurement Holiday'
The Pentagon's 2013 budget marks the beginning or the end of the post 9/11 era of no-holds barred military' spending. But even under the worst-case scenario, defense budgets in the coming decade will be larger than they were in the last year of the...
When Will the Military Services Come to Grips with a New Era of Austerity?
Even with a smaller funding pie, the U.S. military services should be able to weather the coming budget reductions. But the services are anxious and insecure institutions. They want more, and they insist that their equipment is aging and in need of...
When Will the Military Services Come to Grips with a New Era of Austerity?
Even with a smaller funding pie, the U.S. military services should be able to weather the coming budget reductions. But the services are anxious and insecure institutions. They want more, and they insist that their equipment is aging and in need of modernization.But...