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Articles from Vol. 88, No. 604, March

'05 Defense Bill Will See 'Smooth Sailing'
Congressional staffers predict the fiscal year 2005 funding for the Defense Department will move quickly through the appropriations process, despite widening concerns about the administration's reluctance to disclose projected cost estimates on the...
$5B to Be Awarded for Iraq Reconstruction
The Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and the Department of Defense are expected to award $5 billion in reconstruction contracts this month to help rebuild the country's infrastructure. High up on the list of needs are power generators, sewage...
Air Force Forging Alliances in Pacific Region
In the aftermath of back-to-back wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Pacific Air Forces--the air component of U.S. military units covering the Pacific and Indian Oceans--is restoring aircraft and crews, and reexamining its basic deployment strategies. ...
Army Aviation Must Change to Stay Relevant, Says Panel
Army aviators will adopt many of the tactics, techniques and aircraft maintenance practices that traditionally have been unique to special operations forces, said senior officials. This will help prepare Army aviation units for the unconventional warfare...
Army Awaiting Go-Ahead for New Helicopter Engines
The Army's Improved Turbine Engine Program--formerly known as the Common Engine--is in limbo, awaiting funding decisions. The program was designed to provide a more powerful engine for the Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. Program officials are...
Army Crime Fighters Shift Focus to Wars
The U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command--which usually concentrates on bringing that service's own lawbreakers to justice--now is employing its detective skills against enemy combatants in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, according to the unit's...
Army Rushes to Deploy Defensive Gear on Aircraft
The Army is rushing to field anti-missile systems for rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, seeking to make up for cutbacks that practically zeroed out funding for aircraft survivability equipment during the past five years. Funding for helicopters'...
Army's Old Huey Choppers Getting a New Lease on Life
The U.S. Army had planned to get rid of all its UH-1 Huey helicopters, which began flying in the late 1950s--almost half a century ago--by September of this year. Now, however, the service is awaiting the results of a major review of the service's...
Balancing Defense Needs against Fiscal Realities
The 2005 defense budget request that the administration sent to Capitol Hill last month is an impressive attempt to balance the demands of a nation at war against the sobering fiscal picture now confronting us. The request of $401.7 billion is about...
Better Planning Needed for 'Dirty Bomb' Attack
Experts who argue that the United States potentially is susceptible to radiological attacks--better known as "dirty bombs"--claim that this threat is often misconstrued. "The reality is that the threat of a dirty bomb attack by terrorists is a credible...
Editor's Corner
In the U.S. Army, "transformation" may be an overused buzzword, but it's also a fair description for what is happening at the service's training centers. Notably the Army has reorganized its training centers to address gaps in areas such as stability...
Increased Bioterrorism Funding in Fiscal 2005
The Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services will share $275 million to expand the BioWatch program, improve a nationwide bio threat reporting system and upgrade food and animal inspections. If Congress approves the president's...
Lack of Common Technology Still a Problem in Air Combat
Although NATO leaders have expressed interest in acquiring interoperable technologies for tactical aircraft, the alliance is far from having a common information backbone, according to Gen. Robert Foglesong, the commander of U.S. Air Forces Europe....
Local Investment in Osprey Pays off by Creating Jobs
A unique arrangement between the city of Amarillo, Texas, and the manufacturers of the V-22 Osprey offers a case study in how local economies can gain defense industry jobs and possibly help military programs cut costs. Under the agreement, Amarillo...
Local Investment in Osprey Pays off by Creating Jobs
A unique arrangement between the city of Amarillo, Texas, and the manufacturers of the V-22 Osprey offers a case study in how local economies can gain defense industry jobs and possibly help military programs cut costs.Under the agreement, Amarillo financed...
Navy Downsizing Force to Pay for New Ships
'Sea Warrior' program will determine which jobs will stay, which will goTo meet growing demands for U.S. maritime presence around the world and adequately support the war-fighting regional commanders, the Navy says it needs more ships, but fewer sailors.The...
Navy Downsizing Force to Pay for New Ships; 'Sea Warrior' Program Will Determine Which Jobs Will Stay, Which Will Go
To meet growing demands for U.S. maritime presence around the world and adequately support the war-fighting regional commanders, the Navy says it needs more ships, but fewer sailors. The desired expansion of the fleet--from 292 to about 375 ships--would...
Navy Prepares to Put Aegis Ships 'On Alert'
The Navy is speeding up preparations to deploy a sea-based missile defense system by early 2005. But it has yet to deal with unsolved issues, such as the specific missions the service will be assigned in the overall U.S. missile-defense blueprint....
Non-Lethal Weapons Find Their Niche in Urban Combat
Weapons that once were meant only for police use increasingly are finding their way into military units in Iraq and elsewhere. These so-called "non-lethal" weapons have seen their share of controversy, but, nevertheless, experts predict that the...
Partners Sought for Littoral Combat Ship
The U. S. Navy is looking to tap the experience of foreign navies and shipyards in the design and development of its Littoral Combat Ship. The Navy envisions the LCS operating in coastal waters, clearing mines, chasing diesel submarines and potential...
Poor Intelligence Hampers Precision Weapon Performance
Despite the widely publicized success in precision strike operations during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the U.S. military lacks the intelligence and sensor capability to assess its targets and battle damage, according to a top Defense Department...
Poor Intelligence Hampers Precision Weapon Performance
Despite the widely publicized success in precision strike operations during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the U.S. military lacks the intelligence and sensor capability to assess its targets and battle damage, according to a top Defense Department weapons...
Real-World Missions Shape Army Training
The U.S. Army has reorganized its training centers to fill gaps in areas such as stability and support operations, according to senior officials. The revamped training programs draw from lessons learned from counterinsurgency operations in Iraq. ...
Security Beat
Homeland Defense BriefsIncreased Bioterrorism Funding in Fiscal 2005The Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services will share $275 million to expand the BioWatch program, improve a nationwide bio threat reporting system and upgrade...
Small Companies Need Ethics Programs Too
Wrongdoing may come to any organization, large or small. It may be surprising to many that the overwhelming majority of companies suspended or debarred from government contracting are smaller firms. With the intense attention being given to responsible...
U.S. Army Assesses Precision Strike Capabilities
The U.S. Army is due to release a study this month on how to improve the capability of its precision munitions, according to a top service official.The service has reached out to industry to gather the "best ideas on how the Army delivered capabilities...
'Virtual Maintenance' Promises Big Savings
The U.S. Navy can reduce future fleet operations and support costs increasingly by automating maintenance and repair tasks. Under a concept called "net-centric maintenance," both land-and sea-based systems would help remotely diagnose and repair...
Washington Pulse
'05 Defense Bill Will See 'Smooth Sailing'Congressional staffers predict the fiscal year 2005 funding for the Defense Department will move quickly through the appropriations process, despite widening concerns about the administration's reluctance to...
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