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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 670, September

Achieving Balance over Time
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been articulate and decisive in moving the Defense Department, military services and agencies toward a more "balanced" force. But one must ask, "Will the balance for today be the right balance 20 or 30 years from...
At the Age of 50, It's Time for DARPA to Rethink Its Future
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency just celebrated its 50th anniversary. DARPA has been heralded as a model of what can be right about government. The agency's challenges, however, are about to get a lot harder now that the post 9/11...
Attracting New Blood Tougher Than Building Jets and ICBMs
For many industries, successful "youth marketing" is the secret to long-term profits and growth. For aerospace and defense, the pursuit of the much-coveted youth market has become a matter of survival. The recruitment and retention of young professionals--especially...
Body Language Takes on New Meaning in PC World
With the advent of touch-screen technologies, navigating the digital world is no longer limited to typing on a keyboard and clicking on a mouse. Today, we drag our fingers across handheld devices and tabletop displays to interact with electronic data....
DHS Inspector General Slams Secure Border Initiative Oversight
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has faulted Customs and Border Protection for failing to properly oversee work on the Secure Border Initiative. From the "start of the program, neither CBP, nor the...
DHS Inspector General Slams Secure Border Initiative Oversight
The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has faulted Customs and Border Protection for failing to properly oversee work on the Secure Border Initiative.From the "start of the program, neither CBP, nor the Department of Homeland Security...
Explosive Threats
Feds begin to tackle the vexing problem of how to defeat homemade bombsA troubled University of Oklahoma mechanical engineering student named Joel Henry Hinrichs III sat down on a park bench on his campus in the early evening of Oct. I1 2005. A few hundred...
Explosive Threats: Feds Begin to Tackle the Vexing Problem of How to Defeat Homemade Bombs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A troubled University of Oklahoma mechanical engineering student named Joel Henry Hinrichs III sat down on a park bench on his campus in the early evening of Oct. 1, 2005. A few hundred yards away, a stadium packed with some...
Higher Prices and More Failures Predicted for Defense Electronics
Defense and aerospace industries are bracing for a spike in the cost of manufacturing high-tech electronics for the U.S. government, as well as for a possible rise in the number of catastrophic failures of pricey military hardware. The culprit is...
Inside the Box
Self-storage facilities eye sensors to detect terrorist threatsPrior to the 1993 World Trade Center and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings, the perpetrators used self-storage facilities to hide explosives and briefly housed the trucks used to carry out...
Inside the Box: Self-Storage Facilities Eye Sensors to Detect Terrorist Threats
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Prior to the 1993 World Trade Center and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings, the perpetrators used self-storage facilities to hide explosives and briefly housed the trucks used to carry out the attacks. A 2004 FBI memo to self-storage...
International Gateway Airports Proposed for Small Aircraft
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Three Department of Homeland Security agencies are collaborating on a proposal to have small aircraft entering the United States land at so-called "gateway airports" so they can be inspected before traveling to large cities....
International Gateway Airports Proposed for Small Aircraft
Three Department of Homeland Security agencies are collaborating on a proposal to have small aircraft entering the United States land at so-called "gateway airports" so they can be inspected before traveling to large cities.The concern is that terrorists...
Lack of Funding Leads to Federal Building Security Failures
In a covert intrusion test, General Accountability Office investigators successfully penetrated 10 government facilities revealing widespread disorganization, and fundamental security failures within the Federal Protective Service (FPS). The service,...
Lack of Funding Leads to Federal Building Security Failures
In a covert intrusion test, General Accountability Office investigators successfully penetrated 10 government facilities revealing widespread disorganization, and fundamental security failures within the Federal Protective Service (FPS).The service,...
National Security and Energy: Setting the Right Priorities
The latest Center for Naval Analyses report, "Powering America's Defenses: Energy and the Risks to National Security," makes a case that national security interests are consistent with concerns about climate change. The study says that the United...
New Northern Border Camera System to Avoid Past Pitfalls
* DETROIT - The Border Patrol win be begin work this year to install a series of cameras north of Detroit with one motto in mind: keep it simple.The agency official in charge of the program said the goal is to avoid the pitfalls of Project 28, a similar...
Program Terminations Invariably Have Unintended Consequences
Much of the current debate surrounding recent defense budget decisions misses some important points. One of the most controversial decisions was to end the F-22 fighter program at 187 aircraft--only four more aircraft than the Bush administration...
Program Terminations Invariably Have Unintended Consequences
Much of the current debate surrounding recent defense budget decisions misses some important points.One of the most controversial decisions was to end the F-22 fighter program at 187 aircraft - only four more aircraft than the Bush administration had...
Sun Power
Advanced solar generators move to market in 2010Four next generation solar powered collection dishes designed by Stirling Energy Systems and Tessera Solar - were recently showcased at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. These new SunCatchers...
Tech vs. Terrorism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For every threat to the homeland, there's a business that has a technology waiting in the wings to counter a would-be terrorist's moves. Many of these are so-called dual use technologies--things that began as a solution in...
The Thin Watery Line
Plans under way to beef up porous northern borderDETROIT - Capt. Fred Midgette, commander of the Detroit Coast Guard Sector, pointed outside his office window to a white pleasure boat that was speeding down the river."That guy could be in Canada before...
The Thin Watery Line: Plans under Way to Beef Up Porous Northern Border
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DETROIT -- Capt. Fred Midgette, commander of the Detroit Coast Guard Sector, pointed outside his office window to a white pleasure boat that was speeding down the river. "That guy could be in Canada before I could get a...
Tighter Rules for Conflicts of Interest
This year, dramatic developments have changed the landscape for conflicts of interest in government contracting. The first-ever personal conflicts of interest (PCI) regulations were implemented by the Department of Treasury, and Congress enacted new...
Unfit for Duty?
Navy rethinks how it maintains surface combatantsFacing readiness problems in surface combatants, the Navy is redoubling its efforts to improve fleet maintenance. The goal is to ensure that ships are fit for deployments and are able to reach and even...
Unfit for Duty? Navy Rethinks How It Maintains Surface Combatants
Facing readiness problems in surface combatants, the Navy is redoubling its efforts to improve fleet maintenance. The goal is to ensure that ships are fit for deployments and are able to reach and even surpass their expected service lives. Ships...
Washington Pulse
Going PrivateMilitary to expand outsourcing of weapons maintenanceOutsourcing military work to contractors has been under much scrutiny lately. The Obama adrninistration has unleashed plans to curtail outsourcing and bring more work in-house, But one...
Wild, Wild West
In the fight against cybercrime, weapons have short shelf livesIf you purchased a brand new computer today with all the latest security software and plug it into the Internet, how long would it be before the first hacker probed it?About four hours.Even...
Wild, Wild West: In the Fight against Cybercrime, Weapons Have Short Shelf Lives
If you purchased a brand new computer today with all the latest security software and plug it into the Internet, how long would it be before the first hacker probed it? About four hours. Even the latest innovations to protect networks are not...
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