National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 87, No. 591, February

Air-Strike Coordinators Need Lighter Equipment
Tac-air controllers on the ground are still burdened by heavy combat gear Putting bombs on target is, in large measure, the responsibility of U.S. Air Force specialists known as tactical air control parties. The TACPs typically are assigned to Army combat...
Air-Strike Coordinators Need Lighter Equipment: Tac-Air Controllers on the Ground Are Still Burdened by Heavy Combat Gear
Putting bombs on target is, in large measure, the responsibility of U.S. Air Force specialists known as tactical air control parties. The TACPs typically are assigned to Army combat units to request and direct air strikes against enemy targets on the...
Avionics Upgrade Underway for Special Ops Helicopters
During the next several years, U.S. Army special operations helicopters will be upgraded with modern avionics, designed to improve the capabilities of the aircraft, while making them easier to maintain, officials said. The technology is called common...
Combat Survivability Division Presents Awards
NOIA Welcomes New Government Policy VP The National Defense Industrial Association INDIA) welcomes Peter M. Steffes as vice president of government policy. He replaces Steven Thompson, who accepted a partnership at a Washington lobbying group. Steffes...
Combat Survivability Division Presents Awards: NDIA Welcomes New Government Policy VP. (NDIA News)
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) welcomes Peter M. Steffes as vice president of government policy. He replaces Steven Thompson, who accepted a partnership at a Washington lobbying group. Steffes has been a professional staff...
Concerns on Child Soldiers. (Readers Forum)
A few thoughts came to mind while reading the article on child soldiers in the December issue of National Defense, page 18. The suggestions by the experts at the seminar appear to overlook military and population trend reported in the Encyclopaedia...
Digital Visual-Aid Technology Helps Pilots 'Own the Weather'
Air Force transport-aircraft pilots are testing a so-called "synthetic-vision" system that would make landings in rough terrain and poor visibility conditions safer and easier. The technology creates a digital picture of the environment around the...
Editor'scorner
Amid lots of speculation and guesswork about whether or when a war may start in Iraq, it would be safe to assume that not many Americans are aware that at least 3,000 U.S. soldiers remain deployed in Kosovo, that war-torn province of the former Yugoslavia....
Editor's Corner
Amid lots of speculation and guesswork about whether or when a war may start in Iraq, it would be safe to assume that not many Americans are aware that at least 3,000 U.S. soldiers remain deployed in Kosovo, that war-torn province of the former Yugoslavia....
'Expeditionary Warrior' Probes Marine-SOCOM Relationships
A tabletop war game at Quantico Marine Base for the first time examined the details of how Marines and special operations units could fight as a combined force. The drill, in late November, was called Expeditionary Warrior, and was part of a wide-ranging...
Head of Chesapeake Bay Chapter Honored
Cindy Broyles-president of the Women In Defense Chesapeake Bay Chapter, in Lexington Park, Md.-has been named Woman of the Year by the Margaret Brent Business and Professional Women's Organization, which is headquartered in the same town. Broyles was...
Head of Chesapeake Bay Chapter Honored. (Women in Defence)
Cindy Broyles--president of the Women In Defense Chesapeake Bay Chapter, in Lexington Park, Md.--has been named Woman of the Year by the Margaret Brent Business and Professional Women's Organization, which is headquartered in the same town. Broyles...
Homeland Security-The War Is over There
president'sperspective Since the U.S. war on terrorism began nearly 18 months ago, we often have heard people lament that, in this fight, the combat zone-unlike in previous conflicts-is not in faraway places, but in our own homeland. That may be true...
Homeland Security-The War Is over There. (President' Sperspective)
Since the U.S. war on terrorism began nearly 18 months ago, we often have heard people lament that, in this fight, the combat zone--unlike in previous conflicts--is not in faraway places, but in our own homeland. That may be true in the sense that...
Navy Special Warfare Expands Command Role in Joint Force
For the first time ever, a Navy SEAL was the commander of a joint task force, fighting 400 to 600 miles inland in Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom. Navy special warfare commanders were placed in unprecedented leadership positions during...
New GPS Handheld Receiver Planned for '04
Fast processors, advanced displays will simplify satellite-guided navigation in the field The U.S. Defense Department is preparing to test a next-generation Global Positioning System handheld receiver that will be lighter and easier to operate than current...
New GPS Handheld Receiver Planned for '04: Fast Processors, Advanced Displays Will Simplify Satellite-Guided Navigation in the Field
The U.S. Defense Department is preparing to test a next-generation Global Positioning System handheld receiver that will be lighter and easier to operate than current devices, officials said. The new system, known as the Defense Advanced GPS Receiver...
Peacekeeping in Kosovo: No Tanks Required
U.S Army tank operators learn new infantry skills, miss their armored vehicles Freezing rain has been pouring for days, washing away the first December snow. The fog stubbornly fingers over the mountains of Kosovo and the ravaged villages of this embattled...
Peacekeeping in Kosovo: No Tanks Required; U.S. Army Tank Operators Learn New Infantry Skills, Miss Their Armored Vehicles
Freezing rain has been pouring for days, washing away the first December snow. The fog stubbornly lingers over the mountains of Kosovo and the ravaged villages of this embattled region in the Balkans. Inside a still-dry field tent at a training...
Pentagon Broadens Duties for Its Civil Affairs Teams
The Defense Department is increasing its use of Army Civil Affairs teams as the war in Afghanistan moves into a reconstruction phase. These highly specialized units--part of the U.S. Special Operations Command-work with local governments and civilian...
Readers Forum
Concerns on Child Soldiers A few thoughts came to mind while reading the article on child soldiers in the December issue of National Defense, page 18. The suggestions by the experts at the seminar appear to overlook military and population trend reported...
Rumsfeld: Special Operations Command Slated for Growth
An anticipated increase to the U.S. Special Operations Command's budget is justified, given the organization's growing responsibilities in the war on terrorism, said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. "Today, we're taking a number of steps to strengthen...
Security Beat
Navy School Offers Homeland Defense Degree The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, Calif, will offer a master's degree in homeland security. Lt. Cmdr. Joe Navratil, an NPS spokesman, said the courses will be primarily taught through distance...
Special Ops Forces Are 'Tool of Choice'
When U.S. policy makers need a job done quickly, they often turn to SOCOM The U.S. special operations forces occupy center stage in today's war against terrorism. Unfortunately, claims for their services far outstrip available supply. This was not always...
Special Ops Forces Are 'Tool of Choice': When U.S. Policy Makers Need a Job Done Quickly, They Often Turn to SOCOM. (Commentary)
The U.S. special operations forces occupy center stage in today's war against terrorism. Unfortunately, claims for their services far outstrip available supply. This was not always the case. By the end of the war in Vietnam, the military services...
Special Ops Helmet to Be Fielded Army-Wide
Lightweight MICH headgear so far well received by troops, officials said A new lightweight military helmet already fielded to U.S. special operations forces and elite Army infantry units could, in the future, be distributed among conventional troops,...
Special Ops Helmet to Be Fielded Army-Wide: Lightweight MICH Headgear So Far Well Received by Troops, Officials Said
A new lightweight military helmet already fielded to U.S. special operations forces and elite Army infantry units could, in the future, be distributed among conventional troops, officials said. During the past three years, the Special Operations...
Urban Warfare Simulation Helps Train Company Commanders
A new high-tech simulation is now available to U.S. Army captains who are preparing to lead infantry units in urban warfare scenarios. The computer game, called Full Spectrum Command, is the first of its kind, because it was specifically designed to...
U.S. Marines Closing Ranks with Special Operations
After 15 years of keeping its distance, the tradition-oriented U.S. Marine Corps is cooperating more closely with the unconventional U.S. Special Operations Command. The two organizations are stepping up joint training exercises and deploying together...
War on Terror Reaffirming Role of Special Operators
As the United States continues to pursue the war on terrorism, special operations forces increasingly will be relied upon, for their unique skills in unconventional warfare and urban combat, said the former deputy chief of U.S. Special Operations Command....
Washington Pulse
Sen. John Edwards Supports Disarming Iraq Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), a contender for the Democratic nomination for the White House in 2004, recently outlined his priorities for domestic and international security. He said that Saddam Hussein must be...
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