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Articles from Vol. 82, No. 537, April

Acquisition Down-Under Takes a Commercial-Competition Approach
Australian Counsellor of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Michael Ives makes this distinction when explaining the objectives of his office-they are "about enhancing selfreliance, not about striving towards self-sufficiency." Ives addressed a gathering...
A Fantasy Come True: This Sport Utility Vehicle Makes Long Commutes a Breeze
The Raptor with a choice of either a .50 caliber M2 Browning machine gun or GAU-2 M- 134 mini-gun, attempts to fill what its creators believe is a vacuum in the paramilitary and special forces niche. They also see a market for this weapon system as an...
Analysis-Cruise Missile Defense Policy Is Required Now
Cruise missiles- relatively inexpensive and easily launched by troops or terrorists- present a clear and present danger to U.S. forces abroad and civilian populations at home. Their potential use by an enemy in a warfighting or terrorist role has significant...
Anatomy of a Policy: How the Clinton Administration Rationalized Non-Lethals
Although different aspects of non-lethal weapons have been explored by different branches of the government for two decades, it was the Clinton administration that first developed an actual "official" policy concerning their use. Charles Swett, one of...
Army Using High Technology to Destroy Excess Ordnance
he Army soon will be destroying excess stocks of its small caliber pyrotechnic ordnance at the Hawthorne Ammunition Depot, Nevada, using lightning-like heat generated by a plasma arc torch. The unit is called the plasma ordnance demilitarization system...
Australian Policy Dependent upon Asia-U.S. Ties
Australian attaches affirmed their intention of maintaining a solid relationship with the United States. But, they also intend to fortify ties with Pacific rim countries and intensify their relationship with China. The officials spoke to a crowd of more...
Defense, Aerospace Companies Benefit from Expert Guidance
Cypress International advises on acquisition, sees potential in environmental consulting Cypress International, Alexandria, Virginia, has a professional staff of more than 20 former Defense Department officials representing the four branches of the military....
Despite Downturn, Defense Cleanup Market Still Robust
Congressional approval for more rounds of military base closures could revitalize a Pentagon environmental cleanup market that is, otherwise, expected to decline. And while experts predict a downturn in defense environmental spending, the outlook is...
Disposal of Radioactive Waste Requires Prudent Documentation
Painstaking process must comply with EPA, Energy Department, state, and local regulations Concern over the hazards associated with handling radioactive waste has increased as a result of nuclear reactor accidents and serious environmental difficulties...
Federal Capital Budget Plan Draws Defense Industry Interest, Concern
Pesident Clinton in March 1997 issued Executive Order 13037, which created a commission to study the possibility of establishing a federal capital budget. This was prompted by a request from Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ)-and as many believed to secure...
Federal Prison Industries Edge Spurs Remedial Legislation from Congress
The steady decline of funds appropriated for defense accounts has made defense contracting more competitive then ever. As a result, suppliers of goods and services are taking issue with a law that obligates the Pentagon and other agencies to purchase...
Improved U.S. Tactical Missile Defense Relies on Hit-to-Kill Success
In light of the recent crisis with Iraq, the defensive weapons available to U.S. forces to defeat enemy ballistic missiles are receiving renewed attention by military planners and congressional policy makers. Army officials in charge of missile defense...
Industry Demands for Efficiency, Savings Shape New NDIA Member Dues Blueprint
This month I would like to discuss with you a subject that seems near and dear to most hearts-membership dues. The report on the following three pages presents the elements considered by the Board of Directors as they established a new corporate dues...
Littoral Battlespace ACTD Offers Clear Combat Edge
Commercial information technologies give Navy, Marines overarching, digital systems dominance Several years ago, it appeared unlikely that a troubled General Motors would turn around. Analysts thought the same about General Electric, Motorola, and HarleyDavidson....
Mandatory Offsets in International Sales Are Costing U.S. Jobs, Profits
Is it fair for a foreign nation to demand a major share of technology and jobs as a condition for issuing a major defense procurement to U.S. firms? Though this may seem a minor question, the question is the central issue of a debate among industry,...
NASA Privatization Initiative Could Be Too Much of a Good Thing
Directed by the Clinton administration to become more efficient and curb expenses, manv overnment agencies have been aggressively contracting out services to the private sector. Because industry has often proved it can manage projects faster and cheaper,...
Nation's Info Infrastructure Vulnerable to Nuclear Pulse
At 5:15 p.m. EDT-peak ground and air traffic hour in the nation's capitol-the emergency alert system (EAS) announces that "this is not a test" and that citizens are to take appropriate action. Since no one knows what to make of the EAS or understands...
Organic Substance Spills Can Be Contained by Tiny Plastic Beads
relatively inexpensive and quick solution to organic and environmental contamination is being made available to industry and govern ment agencies in the United States and Canada. The Dow Chemical Company about 25 years ago was successful in cross-linking...
Pentagon Investments in Space Guided by Commercial Options
The Defense Department's growing demand for satellite services for communications. intelligence. surveillance, navigation, and weather will be increasingly satisfied by commercial suppliers, say Pentagon and industry officials. Booming private investments...
Precision Targeting for Foot Soldiers Is Aim of Next Generation U.S. Rifle
A new infantry weapon under development by the U.S. government will give foot soldiers devastating, unprecedented power to target and defeat enemy forces. This revolutionary rifle will, essentially, provide dismounted troops killing capabilities now...
Readers Forum
Budget Solution I keep reading how reluctant the Congress is to cut funding for the military's depots, arsenals, and laboratories. The Congress keeps saying it is concerned about weakening our present or our future defense capability. I notice, though,...
Rising Costs, Sinking Budgets Steer Navy Investments, Training Strategy
The prospect of rising costs in weapon maintenance and sailor training has galvanized U.S. Naw efforts to exploit technolo and adopt private sector businesses practices. The goal, say service officials, is to save dollars without undermining naval combat...
Special Operations Clout Hinges on Modernization
SOF's Roske suggests dropping Cold War methodologies, adopting new concepts While U.S. special operations forces (SOF) prepare for the future, their leaders acknowledge that they do not have all the answers. Officials at the U.S. Special Operations Command...
Technological Cornucopia Making Light, Elite Forces More Capable
Manufacturers from around the world were given the opportunity to display their wares at NDIAs Special Operations/Low Intensity, Conflict Symposium in Arlington, Virginia. Attendees had access to models, exhibits, videos, and slide SlOWs of the newest...
Tomorrow's Soldiers, Marines Will Fight with Smart Arms
Light, affordable weapons now being developed will offer surgical precision, increased lethality In the minds of planners for the Army of the 21st century, a commander will be limited by his needs rather than by the capabilities of the weapons at his...
Upgraded Laser-Tag Simulation Offers Army Realistic Training
For the first time, the U.S. Army field tested MILES 2000 in an operational training exercise last December. The version of the multiple integrated laser engagement system (MILES), which simulates live fire from small arms and vehiclemounted weapons,...
Washington Pulse
Outsourcing Persuader--An industry group with about 70 association and corporate mambers is optimistic th Freedom from Government Competiton Act, which sould pave the way for more federal outsourcing, will become law this year. The legislation is amied...
Weapons for Today's World May Not Require 'Perfection'
City Police, `World's Sheriff ' have different needs when it comes to Non-Lethal weapons Industry officials interested in manufacturing non-lethal weaponry should be prepared to tailor their marketing strategies to the defense and law enforcement markets....
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