National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 666, May

Breaking Down the Info Tech 'Rice Bowls'
The Defense Department's directive 5000 series governs the defense acquisition process. Most recently updated last December, the policy instruction DoDI 5000.02 aims to simplify the management of acquisition programs that include weapon systems, services...
Building STEM Coalitions
There has been much dialogue about the shortage of skilled labor and workers with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The solution is to build industry led coalitions focused on realistic, achievable, continuously improving...
Desert Dealer
Oil wealth helps Gulf nation build domestic arms industryABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates-On the sandy shore of this Persian Gulf nation, the Abu Dhabi Ship Building facility features five wet berths, a climate controlled composite molding facility the...
Desert Dealer: Oil Wealth Helps Gulf Nation Build Domestic Arms Industry
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- On the sandy shore of this Persian Gulf nation, the Abu Dhabi Ship Building facility features five wet berths, a climate controlled composite molding facility the size of a football field, eight open air dry berths...
First Responders: To Fight Terror, Cross-Training Needed
* If terrorists stage a large-scale strike on a major city, police, firefighters and other first responders may not simultaneously converge on the scene. Police could arrive first, but might have to wait for fire companies to bring emergency medical...
First Responders: To Fight Terror, Cross-Training Needed
If terrorists stage a large-scale strike on a major city, police, firefighters and other first responders may not simultaneously converge on the scene.Police could arrive first, but might have to wait for fire companies to bring emergency medical equipment...
For the UAE, Iran Is Both Enemy and Trading Partner
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- As the United Arab Emirates spends billions to defend itself against a perceived Iranian threat, it also enjoys a robust trading relationship with its potential foe. The UAE sees Iran as both a threat and a valued...
Further Government Contracting Reform on the Obama Agenda
* Contractors should prepare for major federal contracting reforms within the next several months. President Obama advised in his fiscal year 2010 budget highlights and in his March memorandum to executive agencies to expect more accountability and...
Gates Reshapes the Budget, Can He Change the Culture?
Defense Secretary Robert Gates' reshuffle of the Pentagon's $1.7 trillion weapons portfolio contained no major surprises. He had frequently voiced frustration about an "imbalance" in defense spending and a procurement system that operates in isolation...
Green Construction Standards Adopted at Army Posts
Army engineers are evaluating hundreds of construction projects to ensure that they meet "green" building standards, officials said. The goal is to apply the LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) rating system on all new construction--including...
Jury Still out on Future of Littoral Combat Ship
* The Navy's littoral combat ship is under fire by lawmakers who are threatening to pull the plug at a time when the Obama administration is prepared to commit long-term funding to the program. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently announced that...
Jury Still out on Future of Littoral Combat Ship
The Navy's littoral combat ship is under fire by lawmakers who are threatening to pull the plug at a time when the Obama administration is prepared to commit long-term funding to the program.Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently announced that the...
Middle East Arms Race
Iranian threat spurs Gulf nations to upgrade defensesABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The United Arab Emirates government in December announced a deal to buy two Patriot missile battalions from The Raytheon Co.When it comes to air-and-missile defense,...
Middle East Arms Race: Iranian Threat Spurs Gulf Nations to Upgrade Defenses
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- The United Arab Emirates government in December announced a deal to buy two Patriot missile battalions from The Raytheon Co. When it comes to air-and-missile defense, the United Arab Emirates is sparing no expense...
Military's Green Projects Could Benefit the Nation
* The five billion gallons of fuel consumed annually by the Defense Department is a pittance compared to 200 billion gallons burned nationwide, but the Pentagon is better positioned than most other agencies to lead the way in renewable energy, said...
Navy Shifts Shipbuilding Dollars to Mid-Tier Yards
Most of the Navy's large warships are built at the nation's "big four" yards in Avondale, La.; Pascagoula, Miss.; Bath Iron Works, Maine; and NASSCO, Calif. But as the Navy seeks to build smaller vessels for coastal patrols and other nontraditional...
New Methods to Measure the Safety of Military Equipment
The Defense Department has developed a new tool for acquisition programs that was designed to gauge the safety of weapons systems. It is called the "system safety metrics method" tool, or SSMM. SSMM can be especially useful for programs that are...
Offshore Wind: An Untapped Energy Source
* In the United States, the wind-energy industry has risen an average of 32 percent per year during the last five years. But despite efficiency improvements and other technology developments, the country still lags behind European and Asian nations...
Pentagon Acquisition Rules Exacerbate Problems
* The defense industry has launched an intensive lobbying campaign in Washington. It contends that future reductions in acquisition funding will put hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Industry makes a persuasive case...
Power Struggle
Prolonged wars tax military capacity to deploy electricityThe war in Afghanistan is testing the limits of "déployable energy."As the Pentagon prepares for a troop buildup, officials worry about the huge logistical challenge of having to ship enormous...
Power Struggle: Prolonged Wars Tax Military Capacity to Deploy Electricity
The war in Afghanistan is testing the limits of "deployable energy." As the Pentagon prepares for a troop buildup, officials worry about the huge logistical challenge of having to ship enormous amounts of fuel and power generators to military bases...
Robots Are Major Players in U.S. Military Strategy
* The Defense Department is serious about robotics. The use of robots in warfare has long ceased to be a topic for science fiction and the technology has now become an essential component of the U.S. arsenal. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently...
Robots Are Major Players in U.S. Military Strategy
The Defense Department is serious about robotics. The use of robots in warfare has long ceased to be a topic for science fiction and the technology has now become an essential component of the U.S. arsenal.Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently gave...
Under Construction
Smarter shipbuilding could help ease Navy's budget troublesMARINETTE, Wis. - When the Navy's first lit- toral combat ship was in its final construction phase at this shipyard near Lake Michigan, about a quarter of the hull protruded from the end of the...
Under Construction: Smarter Shipbuilding Could Help Ease Navy's Budget Troubles
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MARINETTE, Wis. -- When the Navy's first littoral combat ship was in its final construction phase at this shipyard near Lake Michigan, about a quarter of the hull protruded from the end of the 300-foot...
Untapped Resource
Natural gas: safer cleaner energy that pays for itselfVIEWPOINTUnlike renewable energy sources, natural gas is a proven fuel with mature associated technologies. And it has a cost advantage over other forms of energy such as wind, solar and geothermal....
Untapped Resource: Natural Gas: Safer Cleaner Energy That Pays for Itself
Unlike renewable energy sources, natural gas is a proven fuel with mature associated technologies. And it has a cost advantage over other forms of energy such as wind, solar and geothermal. Along with clean coal, natural gas is perhaps the most practical...
Washington Pulse
NEWS FROM INSIDE THE BELTWAY BY SANDRA I. ERWIN2010 BudgetGates: Industry unharmed by program cancellationsMilitary weapons programs often are justified on grounds that the nation must protect its industrial base. But the industry has consolidated into...