National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 97, No. 712, March

A Fresh Perspective on Government Waste
U.S. government spending cuts have seized national attention as the impact of leaner budgets is felt across the American economy. Amid the screaming and gnashing of teeth over the looming cuts is the inconvenient reality that government--and the...
Army Rethinks, Again, How to Acquire Technology
A decade of war taught the Army, among other lessons, that it needed a new approach for buying information-age technologies such as computers and communications systems. Senior Army leaders in 2011 introduced with great fanfare a nontraditional...
Chemical-Biological Defense Office to Kick off Dozens of New Programs
The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense will have money to spend in these lean budgetary times. The perceived threat from these deadly agents, along with a renewed emphasis in the Pentagon on guarding against weapons...
Coast Guard Trying to Stay the Course on Its Shipbuilding Plans during Tough Fiscal Times
The Coast Guard is in the middle of a 25-year effort to replace its fleets of aging ships, and has so far managed to obtain most of the funding it needs, said Mm. Robert J. Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Those years...
Companies Introduce New Software to Defeat Suicide Bombers
The military continues to invest in behavior prediction software that can alert defense and law enforcement agencies to a terrorist threat in real time. The Army in December awarded Modus Operandi, a Melbourne, Fla.-based software company, a $1...
Congress Finally Tackles Strategic Materials Reform
With the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress has enacted significant reforms to the Defense Department's acquisition and industrial base policy. Shortly before World War II, Congress initiated a "strategic materials" program, the National...
Congress Finally Tackles Strategic Materials Reform
COMMENTARYWith the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress has enacted significant reforms to the Defense Department's acquisition and industrial base policy.Shortly before World War II, Congress initiated a "strategic materials" program, the...
Defense Budget: How Low Will It Go?
Senior defense analyst Anthony Cordesman, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, estimates that defense spending--including both base funding and war costs--will drop by about 22 percent from its peak in 2010, after accounting for inflation....
Defense Contractors Ready with Lighter Weight Helmet Shells
Even though military officials have repeatedly called for lighter soldier equipment, executives from the protection industry say troops remain without the next-generation technology already available off the shelf. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Revision...
Defense Department to Wring Savings from Its Info-Tech Buys
Although the Defense Department continues to pour funding into information technology initiatives, contractors may find the pool of money shrinking over the next five years. Defense agencies will only spend $58.6 billion in 2017 on IT products and...
Defense, Intel Communities Wrestle with the Promise and Problems of 'Big Data'
For some intelligence analysts, the glut of data coming from multiple sources is an overwhelming problem. There just aren't enough hours in the day to sift through all the potentially valuable information. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For others, this...
Defense, Intelligence Agencies Struggle to Unify Data Networks
It is an article of faith among military strategists that information wins wars. This dogma, however, often collides with the reality that military information systems resemble the Tower of Babel. Incompatible data for years has been the bane of...
DoD Needs a Real Budget, Not a Partial Fix
As the budget standoff continues on Capitol Hill, it is almost certain that sequester soon will be upon the nation. Automatic, across-the-board budget cuts will affect discretionary spending government wide. But everyone wonders how it will all be...
DoD Needs a Real Budget, Not a Partial Fix
As the budget standoff continues on Capitol Hill, it is almost certain that sequester soon will be upon the nation. Automatic, across-the-board budget cuts will affect discretionary spending government wide. But everyone wonders how it will all be sorted...
Industry and Government Butt Heads over Weapons Maintenance Contracts
The Army's Abrams main battle tank was introduced in 1980 and its projected retirement is in 2050. The Humvee combat truck began service in 1984 and will stay in the fleet until 2040, as will the Air Force's B-52 bomber that first flew in 1955. ...
Industry Shooting for Army's First New Rifle in Half Century
The U.S. military has not changed its troops' primary weapon in 50 years. Efforts to replace the M16 family of infantry rifles with a significantly improved design have repeatedly failed, resulting in soldiers and Marines carrying the same weapon into...
Iran's Ability to Carry out Attacks in Cyberspace May Be Improving
Only a few years ago, network security experts didn't rank Iran's abilities to carry out sabotage and cyber-espionage very highly compared to China, Russia and the United States. That may be changing. After falling victim to industrial sabotage...
Marine Corps Struggles with Sea-Based Supply Lines
Over the past decade of fighting landlocked wars Marines have developed what leaders have termed "logistical paranoia." Modern ship-to-shore invasions, unlike their massive predecessors during World War II and Korea, rely on smaller forces that...
Military Seeks Lighter, Stronger Ammo
There is only so much weight that can be removed from a firearm before it becomes unreliable, unwieldy in the shooter's hands, or vulnerable to damage. That is especially true when it comes to small arms that are used in the extreme conditions of combat....
Navy Surface Fleet Faces Rough Waters Trying to Maintain Ships
The Navy in the past decade has found itself in a downward spiral of maintenance problems. It has subjected the fleet to high operational tempos that increased wear and tear and has cut back routine practices that help identify onboard repair needs,...
New Defense Legislation a Mixed Bag for Small Business
The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act included several provisions related to small businesses, which include expanded opportunities as well as potentially harsher penalties for failure to follow regulations. Although other agencies have created...
Readers' Forum
New Soldier Weapons* In reference to the January 2013 article, "Army, Marine Corps Succeed in Rapidly Fielding Specialized Individual Weapons" (p.28), your reporter has been doubly snookered.The Army's M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System (MASS) might...
Researchers Make Progress Spotting Suicide Vests at Standoff Distances
One of the Department of Homeland Security's 12 academic centers of excellence is seeking to adapt millimeter wave technology currently used at airport screening stations to detect suicide bombers at standoff distances. Person-borne improvised explosive...
Robots Set to Take on Marines' Logistical Heavy Lifting
The next time Marines storm ashore, they could be accompanied by a menagerie of autonomous robots, which some service leaders see as the answer to some tricky logistical challenges. Unmanned systems could remove Marines from the risky tasks of resupply...
Small Business Certification a Thorny Issue
The ever-evolving small business government contracting landscape presents myriad ethical quandaries for small businesses seeking set-aside and sole source contracts. Rules governing eligibility for various small business programs are becoming more...
Small Business Certification a Thorny Issue
The ever-evolving small business government contracting landscape presents myriad ethical quandaries for small businesses seeking set-aside and sole source contracts.Rules governing eligibility for various small business programs are becoming more complex...
Vendor Plans to Launch Commercial Laser Satellite System
Two of the U.S. military's long-standing communications problems could be solved if a new company manages to get its proposed laser-based satellite system off the ground. Laser Light Communications (LLC), based in Reston, Va., is aiming to send...
Women in Defense Marks 25th Anniversary of Scholarship Program
National Defense Industrial Association affiliate Women In Defense is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the HORIZONS scholarship program. When Women In Defense was founded in the 1980s, its leaders reali7ed that for women to reach...
Women in Defense Marks 25th Anniversary of Scholarship Program
* National Defense Industrial Association affiliate Women In Defense is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the HORIZONS scholarship program.When Women In Defense was founded in the 1980s, its leaders realized that for women to reach...