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Articles from Vol. 86, No. 576, November

Ammo Shortages Undermine Navy, Marine Corps Training
Navy and Marine Corps tactical aviation units do not have enough ordnance to meet their training and exercise requirements, according to a report by a government watchdog agency. The General Accounting Office said that Navy units are experiencing...
Army Tests Move to 'Virtual Proving Ground'
Developmental Test Command focusing on system interoperability The U.S. Army is applying advanced simulation technologies, communications architectures and real-time data-sharing processes to be able to test multiple weapon systems from different...
Aviation Enthusiasts Ponder: How Good Are PC Simulators?
It has been by now widely reported that the hijackers who committed the deadliest terrorist act in U.S. history acquired some of their aviation skills in flight simulators. To what degree the hijackers were able to only rely on simulators to learn...
Brass Tracks
Government Navy Rear Adm. Alan S. Thompson, has been assigned as commander of the Defense Supply Center in Columbus, Ohio. Thompson is now strategic studies group fellow at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Navy Rear Adm. Christopher W....
Congress Ups Funding for Live-Fire Testing
Since 1997, the Pentagon's operational testing office has received millions of dollars from Congress to fund technologies that have the potential to improve military training and weapon testing. These projects increasingly have gained popularity because...
Cut off Drug Money, Says Congresswoman
For the United States to succeed in its efforts to combat terrorism, it also must defeat the international drug trade, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis, R-Va., told an October luncheon sponsored by Women In Defense. Davis made her comments to a riveted audience--many...
Distance-Learning Could Help Train More First-Responders
The U.S. homeland defense program should include distance-learning technologies that would allow local, state and federal emergency-response units to train together, said retired Army Gen. Dennis J. Reimer, He is the director of the Memorial Institute...
Editor's Corner
U.S. military forces today are uncontested in their skills and competence. In the future, however, will America's armed services be able to avoid a "training surprise?" That was the question posed in a study by the Defense Science Board, an expert...
Editor's Corner
U.S. military forces today are uncontested in their skills and competence. In the future, however, will America's armed services be able to avoid a "training surprise?" That was the question posed in a study by the Defense Science Board, an expert panel...
F-22 Pilots to Get Advanced Trainers by '03
Various training devices are planned for flight and maintenance The simulators and training equipment for the F-22 Raptor air-superiority fighter aircraft are scheduled for delivery to the Air Force by 2003, industry officials said. The F-22,...
Federal Procurement Chief Outlines Priorities
Bush administration supports continuation of public-private competitions I Government procurement policies will not change drastically in light of the planned "war on terrorism," a senior procurement official told defense industry executives. ...
Focus on Basics, Urges Small Arms Designer
The small arms community should remember its roots and work on improving the internal functioning of weapons, rather than developing peripheral products, such as laser designators and fire-control devices, according to L. James Sullivan, a veteran...
Forecast Is Rosy for Visual Simulation Industry
The cost of visual simulation technologies has plunged to a point that commercial applications are becoming more and more viable, said a recent industry study. Just five years ago, about two-thirds of all revenues generated by the market for visual simulation...
'Ghost Recon' Tests Tactical Shooter Skills
Newly-released computer game simulates small-unit warfare, circa 2008 The notion that a computer game can help teach soldiers how to make tactical decisions on-the-fly may seem farfetched to traditional military planners. But even skeptics must...
How Will New War Change Defense Policies?
In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, the urgency of transforming U.S. forces to prepare for 21st century warfare became palpable. Indeed, the assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, in many ways, changed the rules of war,...
Industrial Readiness Requires Steady Commitment
As the United States undertakes an extended campaign against global terrorism, the changing landscape of the nation's security invites an examination of the readiness of the nation's defense industrial base and some of the factors that affect its health....
Interest Growing in Disaster-Management Simulator
Federal transportation security agencies are considering the use of digital simulations to recreate the September 11 hijackings of four U.S. commercial airliners. These simulations also could be used to test new airport emergency procedures. A company...
Joint Interoperability Test Site Expected to Grow
Defense Information Systems Agency branch certifies 'critical' data systems The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) was designated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the authority that certifies whether critical information systems used by the...
Lack of 'Single Integrated Picture' Hinders Commanders, Study Says
If acruise missile--fired from a ship or a submarine offshore--entered U.S. airspace, national authorities would detect it, but would not know where it came from. Such a scenario was presented at a summer 2001 counter-terrorism exercise conducted...
Longbow Apache Trainer: First Deployable Simulator for Army
Deployable training devices promise new flexibility for the U.S. Army, which wants to become a more mobile fighting force. They are especially important to attack-helicopter battalions, with their expensive aircraft and weapons. The AH-64D Longbow...
Marines Expand Beachhead in 'Mecca' for Simulation
The U.S. Marine Corps has moved all of its training-system acquisition functions from Quantico, Va., to Orlando, Fla., where the military services have based their simulation and modeling facilities, according to Col. Joseph F. Buranosky, program manager...
Micro-Robots, Sensors Shape Urban Warfare
Marine Corps tactical war games focus on enhancing 'situational awareness' A recent war game sponsored by the Marine Corps is offering insights into the challenges of fighting urban wars and is helping participants to determine what military technologies...
Military Training Needs More Flexibility, Analysts Contend
In current and future battles against global terrorism, U.S. military forces would benefit from flexible command go," structures, so they can "learn as they according to military analysts. The training of U.S. conventional forces, particularly,...
Modeling, Simulation Sector to Undergo Change
Technologies will help defense planners adapt to new geopolitical realities In the movement to transform the U.S. armed forces--and in their ongoing efforts to fight an unconventional war against terrorism--the modeling and simulation industry will...
Navy Program Bolsters Links between Testers, Engineers
The Defense Department is funding a two-year, $10 million program that seeks to emphasize the use of technology experimentation and cost analysis before weapons systems enter full-rate procurement. The initiative, called War Fighting Concepts to...
Navy Shifts Gears on Air-Combat Training System
Pentagon officials unhappy about the lack of progress in JTCTS program The Defense Department directed the Navy and the Air Force six years ago to develop a joint training instrumentation system for combat aircraft. The project, called the Joint...
NDIA Washington Chapter Raises 37K for USO
Each year, the National Defense Industrial Association's Washington Chapter hosts a fund-raising golf outing for the United Service Organizations (USO). This year's event was scheduled for September 24, 2001. However, since the terrorist attacks on the...
New Books, Old Subjects-Better, Expanded Coverage
How many times have you gone to the bookstores, scanned titles, and thought, "Already read that!" Maybe so, but if you had looked more closely, you might have seen that many of the newest books covering key historical events have so much more in them,...
Next-Generation Carrier Will Have Several 'Leap-Ahead' Technologies
In the three decades since USS Nimitz joined the fleet in 1968, successive aircraft carriers largely have been modified "repeats" of that ship, reflecting both the soundness of the original design and the limited funds available to launch a comprehensive...
Outlook for Flight Training Market: A Mixed Bag
Some growth expected in niche areas, such as 'collaborative' simulations The current downturn in the commercial aviation industry could result in lower sales of simulators and trainers in the short term, but how long the slump will last is difficult...
Precise Weather Models Guide Navy's War Planning
Navy vessels depend on accurate weather information to safely traverse oceans to reach battle zones. The timing and nature of strike operations from the sea must also be in sync with weather conditions. Technologies that can predict weather conditions...
Predicting Network Performance Can Save Millions
Organizations looking to invest millions of dollars in a new communications network would be wise to develop a digital model of the system before they commit to major hardware purchases. Although this advice seems common sense, an expert said, it is...
Reservists Called Up for Homeland Defense
Illinois congressman says U.S. reliance on reserve force will grow The reserve call-up that the President ordered under-scores the modern reality of the United States military. We can't go to war without reservists," said freshman Rep. Mark Kirk...
Sept. 11 Attacks Tested Emergency Alter System
An automated emergency alert system currently used at the Pentagon originally was designed for cable companies that wanted technicians to receive immediate notification of service disruptions in particular areas. The system, called the Communicator,...
Simulation and Training Industry: Acquisitions, Mergers and Name Changes
Simulation and Training Industry: Acquisitions, Mergers and Name Changes COMPANY NAME CHANGES (without acquisition or merger, company structure and ownership remaining mainly as before, except for the change of name) New Name ...
Simulation-Based Acquisition Only a 'Slogan,' Says Survey
A Pentagon-funded survey of major defense programs revealed what many had suspected all along: that simulation-based acquisition is more of a myth than a reality. Simulation-based acquisition is a buzzword that illustrates the notion that weapon...
Simulation Professionals Will Gain Certification
Lack of standards prompts efforts to develop new industry criteria Professionals in the modeling and simulation field currently suffer from lack of standards in areas such as computational science, systems engineering and training delivery, said...
Simulations Help Train for 'Extreme Risks'
Military drills by all services rely increasingly on computer-based modeling Although nothing can take the place of live-fire training, simulation technology will play a big role in preparing U.S. troops for the war against terrorism, according...
Training Commanders Tout Guff Coast Ranges
Gulf area promoted for standoff munitions testing, joint training exercises The uncertainty surrounding the availability of live-fire training and testing ranges has fueled a lobbying effort to convince the military services that they should take...
Training Commanders Tout Gulf Coast Ranges
Gulf area promoted for standoff munitions testing, joint training exercises The uncertainty surrounding the availability of live-fire training and testing ranges has fueled a lobbying effort to convince the military services that they should take advantage...
U.S. Forces Should Avoid 'Training Surprise'
Pentagon advisory panel says program managers often cut training funds As they gear up for an extended campaign against global terrorism, U.S. troops will have to sharpen their training, specifically, so they can avoid surprise attacks, said William...
U.S. Navy's Training Systems Division Is Adding New Space
The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division--the Navy's main simulation and modeling facility--is expanding, said its commanding officer, Capt. Donald R. Gagnon. The division has outgrown its 13-year-old wave-shaped building, located...
U.S Preparations for War Sharpen Focus on Training
As the United States prepares for a war against international terrorism, it is more important than ever that the armed forces devote more resources to improve(1 training, accoring to a number of retired military commanders who spoke to National Defense....
U.S. Preparations for War Sharpen Focus on Training
As the United States prepares for a war against international terrorism, it is more important than ever that the armed forces devote more resources to improved training, according to a number of retired military commanders who spoke to National Defense....
Virtual Metropolis Underpins Emergency Response Trainer
A virtual-reality emergency-response training system--currently being designed for the Army National Guard--could gain wider use within the Defense Department to prepare troops for homeland defense missions. The system is called the virtual emergency...
Washington Pulse
Clash of Civilizations: `Required Reading' "Let me recommend to all of my colleagues the book by Samuel P. Huntington, `The Clash of Civilizations,'" said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. In a speech on the Senate floor, he said Huntington's book "should be...
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