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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 656, July

'Big Dog' Could Become a Marine's Best Friend
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BALTIMORE -- Dogs are said to be man's best friend. Marine Corps officials hope that a new four-legged robot called "Big Dog" will be a Marine's best friend. The designers of the robot, which was funded by the Defense Advanced...
Border Calculus
Contentious debate over border fences won't end soonAUSTIN, Texas - Build a 20-foot high fence on the border and you will make the manufacturer of 21-foot high ladders rich - or so goes the maxim commonly repeated in Texas.Dormant as a national issue...
Border Calculus: Contentious Debate over Border Fences Won't End Soon
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AUSTIN, Texas -- Build a 20-foot high fence on the border and you will make the manufacturer of 21-foot high ladders rich--or so goes the maxim commonly repeated in Texas. Dormant as a national issue until late 2005, securing...
Bug-Sized 'Bots for the Urban Battle
See that spider crawling along the sidewalk? In five years, you might want to take a closer look to see if it has a nanocomposite exoskeleton or cameras and infrared sensors for its eyes. No, you haven't stumbled upon a Hollywood set filming the...
Clash of Ideas
Export controls: a contentious issue reaching a 'boiling point'Stringent U.S. controls on exports of military technology may help keep advanced weapons out of enemy hands, but they also are making it tougher for the United States to get the best available...
Clash of Ideas: Export Controls: A Contentious Issue Reaching a 'Boiling Point'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Stringent U.S. controls on exports of military technology may help keep advanced weapons out of enemy hands, but they also are making it tougher for the United States to get the best available weapons for its armed forces,...
Cost of New Border Fencing Could Reach $47 Billion
A series of cameras and sensors linked to Border Patrol vehicles and a command and control center south of Tucson, Ariz., was meant to serve as a test bed for a so-called virtual fence. The Department of Homeland Security put the Project 28 pilot...
Damage Control
FEMA on a mission to regain credibilityLast year, the much maligned Federal Emergency Management Agency was looking for a disaster to redeem itself in the eyes of the public and Congress.Scarred from its poor performance during Hurricane Katrina in 2005,...
Damage Control: FEMA on a Mission to Regain Credibility
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last year, the much maligned Federal Emergency Management Agency was looking for a disaster to redeem itself in the eyes of the public and Congress. Scarred from its poor performance during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, agency...
Difficult Choices Lie Ahead for the Nation's Military Services
Much discussion--even hand wringing--is taking place among the military, Congress and defense industry about where finite resources need to be placed. At issue is the current, expensive conflict in Iraq on the one hand and on the other, equally...
Disaster City
Emergency responders hone skills amid the rubbleCOLLEGE STATION, Texas Removing a one-ton jagged piece of broken concrete is not an easy task - especially when there are no cranes.One of the first skills firefighters and other first responders learn...
Disaster City: Emergency Responders Hone Skills amid the Rubble
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Removing a one-ton jagged piece of broken concrete is not an easy task--especially when there are no cranes. One of the first skills firefighters and other first responders learn at the National Emergency Response and Rescue...
Eglin Prepares to Open F-35 Training Center
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Lockheed Martin Corp. is building a high-tech training center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., which will be used by all F-35 pilots and maintainers. The facility, scheduled to be completed in 2010, will house full-motion simulators,...
FAA Allows Texas Law Enforcement to Use Aerial Drone
Police agencies have been clamoring for the right to use unmanned aerial vehicles in domestic airspace, and manufacturers are waiting for the day when they become a common sight in the skies. But the Federal Aviation Administration has been notoriously...
FAA Allows Texas Law Enforcement to Use Aerial Drone
Police agencies have been clamoring for the right to use unmanned aerial vehicles in domestic airspace, and manufacturers are waiting for the day when they become a common sight in the skies.But the Federal Aviation Administration has been notoriously...
Marine Corps Lab Eyes Unmanned Aircraft for Battlefield Re-Supply
BALTIMORE -- With Marines scattered around dozens of outposts in Iraq and Afghanistan, delivering essential supplies and equipment in a timely fashion has stressed the capacity of the service's logistics and transportation systems. [ILLUSTRATION...
Marine Corps Ponders Latest MRAP Lessons
BALTIMORE -- As thousands of mine resistant, ambush protected vehicles are rushed to the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, military officials say that the enemy already has found ways to beat the heavily armored trucks, known as MRAPs. "The...
Navy Pilots Eager to Replace Aging Workhorse
It's one of the hardest aircraft in the fleet to fly, sailors say, but the C-2A Greyhound continues to endure thousands of arrested landings and catapult launches to deliver mail and cargo to sailors deployed aboard the Navy's largest warships. ...
Office Seeks to Quickly Field Counter-Terrorism Technologies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ben Riley, director of the Defense Department's rapid reaction technology office, wants to tell vendors, laboratories or anyone else who has a gadget that can help defeat terrorists, insurgents or other bad guys, that he's...
Out-of-Control Healthcare Spending Straining Budget
Healthcare in the United States is a $2 trillion industry that soaks up about 16 percent of the gross domestic product. The rising cost of healthcare puts great pressure on the federal budget, and managing this strain in the next decade and beyond...
Out to Sea
For Navy aircraft carriers, 'missions haven't changed'ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT - After spending nine months in the shipyard last year for routine maintenance, this 24-year-old Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and her crew are preparing for the...
Out to Sea: For Navy Aircraft Carriers, 'Missions Haven't Changed'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT--After spending nine months in the shipyard last year for routine maintenance, this 24-year-old Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and her crew are preparing for the ship's fourth deployment to...
Pentagon Bracing for Yet Another Round of Turf Battles
Does the United States need two land armies? Must each branch of the military operate its own air force? Why does the military have multiple agencies in charge of cyber-security? These and other notoriously touchy issues about the division of labor...
Production Targets
F-35 factory: One aircraft per day by 2016FORT WORTH, Texas - Inside a manufacturing facility so large that workers routinely bike and ride golf carts down paths named after fighter jets, preparations are underway to begin mass production of the F-35...
Production Targets: F-35 Factory: One Aircraft per Day by 2016
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FORT WORTH, Texas -- Inside a manufacturing facility so large that workers routinely bike and ride golf carts down paths named after fighter jets, preparations are underway to begin mass production of the F-35 Joint Strike...
Readers' Forum
VIEWS ... COMMENTS ... SUGGESTIONSCost of Contractors* This letter is in response to comments made by Acting Undersecretary of the Army Nelson Ford that were reported in the May 2008 issue of National Defense (Washington Pulse, p. 10) that "government...
Right and Wrong Ways to Use Others' Patents
In the private sector, using another firm's patented invention without a license may infringe upon patent rights, giving rise to damages liability and treble damages and an award of attorney fees if deemed willful. Federal contractors, however, can...
Rough Patch
Marines likely to curtail ground-vehicle wish listBALTIMORE - The Marine Corps is struggling to keep its ground-vehicle modernization plans afloat. A combination of overly ambitious technical requirements and higher-than-expected costs threaten some...
Rough Patch: Marines Likely to Curtail Ground-Vehicle Wish List
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BALTIMORE -- The Marine Corps is struggling to keep its ground-vehicle modernization plans afloat. A combination of overly ambitious technical requirements and higher-than-expected costs threaten some of the Corps' most prized...
Top Dogs
Canines' contributions to homeland security missions documentedAs the Department of Homeland Security spends billions on high-technology solutions to secure the border, it's easy to overlook the humble working dog.A recent Department of Homeland Security...
Top Dogs: Canine's Contributions to Homeland Security Missions Documented
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the Department of Homeland Security spends billions on high-technology solutions to secure the border, it's easy to overlook the humble working dog. A recent Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's report...
Washington Pulse
NEWS FROM INSIDE THE BELTWAY BY SANDRA I. ERWlNScientists: We Need HelpMuch 'unfinished business' for the next administrationThe nation's top scientists called for the next administration to reinvigorate government's focus on critical research areas...
Weak Signal
How to achieve next-generation public safety networksVIEWPOINTIt is a disconcerting dichotomy that while most Americans can rapidly thumb text messages and instantly send pictures and videos to their friends, public safety workers frequently are given...
Weak Signal: How to Achieve Next-Generation Public Safety Networks
It is a disconcerting dichotomy that while most Americans can rapidly thumb text messages and instantly send pictures and videos to their friends, public safety workers frequently are given antiquated wireless technologies to perform the important...
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