National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 658, September

9/11 Aftermath Inspires Comic Book Writers
* Media pundits often bemoan the declining public interest in news about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But what if the wars were written up as a comic book? The creators of a popular comic book that depicted the events leading up to 9/11...
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9/11 Aftermath Inspires Comic Book Writers
* Media pundits often bemoan the declining public interest in news about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.But what if the wars were written up as a comic book?The creators of a popular comic book that depicted the events leading up to 9/11 have followed...
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Are Troops Best Suited for Post-Combat Civilian Duties?
* In today's wars, the Army needs more than just soldiers. To help rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army Reserve is using troops who were lawyers, accountants, teachers and soybean farmers in their civilian lives. "You're still building schools...
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Boeing Plant Buzzing despite F-22 Slowdown
* SEATTLE -- In a facility that once built the wing for the B-2 stealth bomber, teams assemble the F-22 Raptor's wings and aft fuselage with tools that are constantly drilling, buzzing and sawing. Workers here know that the assembly line may be shutting...
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By Air or by Sea?
Marines question the utility of their new amphibious warshipThe words "amphibious assault" traditionally conjure up images of Marines storming the beach by hovercraft.But with the introduction of their newest amphibious assault ship in 2013, Marines...
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By Air or by Sea? Marines Question the Utility of Their New Amphibious Warship
* The words "amphibious assault" traditionally conjure up images of Marines storming the beach by hovercraft. But with the introduction of their newest amphibious assault ship in 2013, Marines will be able to reach the shore only by air. The...
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Changing of the Guard
Transfer of power prompts homeland security fearsThere will be a changing of the guard in January 2009 - and it will be a first.Never before in its short history has the Department of Homeland security handed off its duties from one administration to...
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Changing of the Guard: Transfer of Power Prompts Homeland Security Fears
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * There will be a changing of the guard in January 2009--and it will be a first. Never before in its short history has the Department of Homeland Security handed off its duties from one administration to another. "There...
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Clock Ticking on Aviation Cargo Screening Mandate
* The Transportation Security Administration has been stow to move towards the goat of screening 100 percent of cargo loaded aboard passenger aircraft despite substantial congressional funding said the Government Accountability Office. "I'm concerned...
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Clock Ticking on Aviation Cargo Screening Mandate
* The Transportation Security Administration has been slow to move towards the goal of screening 100 percent of cargo loaded aboard passenger aircraft despite substantial congressional funding, said the Government Accountability Office."I'm concerned...
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Collaboration Is Key to Meeting War Fighter Technology Needs
* At a time when U.S. forces are heavily engaged in two major wars and preparing for an unpredictable future, it is more important than ever to make sure the nation develops the right technologies for its war fighters. Science and technology organizations--both...
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Congress' Small Business Advocate Has Harsh Words for DHS
Help For the Little Guys* If your small business has a beef with the Department of Homeland security, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland security Committee, wants to hear about it.In a monthly newsletter that is coyly titled,...
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Corporate Teaming Needed to Reduce False Claims Exposure
* Recent Civil False Claims Act activity in Washington is causing companies to reexamine their internal compliance controls, particularly their reporting mechanisms. Congress and the Department of Justice have tag-teamed to expand the scope of the...
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Federal Officials Prepare for Aftermath of Nuclear Attack
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * Although the chances of a nuclear attack remain slim, the effects would be colossal, witnesses at a Senate hearing said. "We can expect hundreds of thousands of casualties," said Paul McHale, assistant secretary of defense...
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Federal Officials Prepare for Aftermath of Nuclear Attack
* Although the chances of a nuclear attack remain slim, the effects would be colossal, witnesses at a Senate hearing said."We can expect hundreds of thousands of casualties," said Paul McHale, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and America's...
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Fewer Engineering Grads despite Growing Demand
The number of engineering students receiving bachelors and master's degrees declined for the first time in seven years, according to survey results from the American Society for Engineering Education. Last year marked the first drop since the 1990s...
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Help for the Little Guys: Congress' Small Business Advocate Has Harsh Words for DHS
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * If your small business has a beef with the Department of Homeland Security, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wants to hear about it. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a monthly...
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Kusick Elected Vice Chair of Program Management Systems Committee
Joe Kusick of Raytheon Co. has been elected vice chair of the Program Management Systems Committee of the National Defense Industrial Association.The first Raytheon executive to hold the post in more than 30 years, Kusick will serve as liaison between...
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Nation-Building
Post-conflict reconstruction to remain a booming businessPost-war reconstruction will continue to create lucrative business opportunities for contractors for years to come, concludes a study by the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.Firms that provide...
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Nation-Building: Post-Conflict Reconstruction to Remain a Booming Business
* Post-war reconstruction will continue to create lucrative business opportunities for contractors for years to come, concludes a study by the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Firms that provide "reconstruction and vital infrastructure" services...
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Navy Retrofitting Ships with Fuel-Saving Technologies
* WASHINGTON NAVY YARD--The soaring cost of oil is prompting the Navy to adopt fuel-saving measures that can be retrofitted onto different ship classes. The Navy is interested in mature technologies that can be introduced right away, says Petter...
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Readers' Forum
VIEWS ... COMMENTS ... SUGGESTIONSDefense and Innovation* Your article "Despite SecDef's Pleas, Pentagon Is , Losing the Innovation War," (Defense Watch, June 2008) was dead on. There are so many problems within defense procurement it is difficult to...
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Ready, Aim, Specialize!
Marine Corps' strategy stresses regional cultureA deeper understanding of culture has become an official part of Marine Corps strategy.Indeed, the recently published Marine Corps Vision and Strategy 2025 says that, to be successful in future wars, Marines...
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Ready, Aim, Specialize! Marine Corps' Strategy Stresses Regional Culture
* A deeper understanding of culture has become an official part of Marine Corps strategy. Indeed, the recently published Marine Corps Vision and Strategy 2025 says that, to be successful in future wars, Marines will need to gain a deeper understanding...
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Scientists Recruited to Help Fix Failing U.S. Infrastructures
* The Defense Department often has called on the private sector to help deliver technological solutions to tough military challenges. Now it's the civilian agencies that are seeking the industry's help in technologies that can monitor the nation's...
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Set Adrift
Marines' plan to deploy bases at sea faces rough watersIn preparation for the unpredictable battlefield of the future, the Marine Corps is banking on at least one constant: the sea.The Corps is anchoring its plans on the deployment of "sea bases" that...
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Set Adrift: Marines' Plans to Deploy Bases at Sea Faces Rough Waters
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In preparation for the unpredictable battlefield of the future, the Marine Corps is banking on at least one constant: the sea. The Corps is anchoring its plans on the deployment of "sea bases" that would allow Marines to...
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Shifting Gears
For the military, a future of 'hybrid' warsPentagon planners often are criticized for being locked in perpetual preparation for the last war.At the Defense Department, there is much pressure to figure out what's next after Iraq and Afghanistan. Will...
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Shifting Gears: For the Military, a Future of 'Hybrid' Wars
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Pentagon planners often are criticized for being locked in perpetual preparation for the last war. At the Defense Department, there is much pressure to figure out what's next after Iraq and Afghanistan. Will it be another...
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Shutdown?
F-22 manufacturers brace for uncertaintyThe F-22's belated European debut in the skies over England at an airshow lasted 15 minutes, but the flips and turns did little to rally any new allies for the advanced stealth fighter, whose future has become...
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Shutdown? F-22 Manufacturers Brace for Uncertainty
The F-22's belated European debut in the skies over England at an airshow lasted 15 minutes, but the flips and turns did little to rally any new allies for the advanced stealth fighter, whose future has become increasingly glum in recent months. ...
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Soldiers as Samaritans: What's the Right Balance?
* Where does one draw the line between philanthropy and national security? The boundaries between the two have become increasingly fuzzier during the past two decades. It's almost as if troops are expected to be Janus-like, with a single head looking...
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Under Watch: Government Seeking Clear Path for Biometrics Data Use
* The technology has arrived. The science of biometrics, the identification of a person through his or her physical characteristics, made great strides in the aftermath of 9/11. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Retina scans, voice imprints, 10-fingerprint...
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Washington Pulse
NEWS FROM INSIDE THE BELTWAY BY SANDRA I. ERWIN AND SARA PECKBooming MarketGlobal arms sales top $1.3 trillion* Military spending around the globe shows no signs of slowing down. The world spent nearly $1.3 trillion on armaments in 2007 - 2.5 percent...
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Water-to-Land
Second opinions sought for Marines troubled amphibious vehicleAfter ordering a major redesign of its troubled expeditionary fighting vehicle, the Marine Corps has hired an engineering firm to take a fresh look at the bow flap that transforms the 38-ton...
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Water-to-Land: Second Opinions Sought for Marines Troubled Amphibious Vehicle
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * After ordering a major redesign of its troubled expeditionary fighting vehicle, the Marine Corps has hired an engineering firm to take a fresh look at the bow flap that transforms the 38-ton troop carrier from a truck to...
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