National Defense

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Articles from Vol. 89, No. 616, March

Air Force Maps out Future, with an Eye on the Present
strategy drillsAir Force strategists preparing for an upcoming war game are setting their sights on 2025, mapping out scenarios for how the service will organize, equip and train its forces two decades from now.Current events, however, also will play...
Army Halts Multibillion-Dollar Radio Program
The Defense Department's ambitious program to equip the military services with a family of digital combat radios has run into significant roadblocks. Encryption problems and an array of other technical shortcomings are throwing the entire project...
Coast Guard Helicopters Gain Firepower
Exposing ship crews to armed-helicopter missions has become a priority for the U.S. Coast Guard. As the agency's missions expand in the nation's war on terrorism, Coast Guard mainstays, such as the HH-60 Jayhawk and HH-65 Dolphin, are being equipped...
Common European Defense Market Still Years Away
The newly created European Defense Agency is positioning itself to play a pivotal role in guiding European Union countries towards a common military equipment market. But the Union, which has hit a barren period in cooperative programs, has a massive...
Contractor Security: Pentagon Revisits Rules for Battlefield Contractors
The role of contractors in Iraq has driven them into the spotlight, but experts disagree over the level of regulation and oversight that these operations. The Defense Department is rewriting regulations under which such firms will operate. However,...
Cops Protect Florida Harbor from Terrorists
The go-fast boat came roaring around the bend of the harbor in Tampa, Fla., followed quickly by a high-speed pursuit boat from the city police department's marine unit. Bullets were flying from both craft. A policeman fell into the cold water. Within...
Defense Review: Beltway Dogfighting at Its Best
Military officials have, in recent weeks, been diligently articulating their thinking on how each service contributes to the overall national security strategy. This is the rhetorical drill that is expected during the preparation of the congressionally...
Efforts to Reorganize U.S. Army Tied to Emergency War Spending
As Iraq war costs approach the $300 billion mark, the Defense Department's increasing reliance on emergency appropriations to pay for military equipment is stirring controversy on Capitol Hill. Several lawmakers, in recent weeks, have accused the...
Helicopter Units Team with Cutters in Pursuit of Drug Smugglers
A helicopter gunner is blasting the engines from a smuggler's speedboat, leaving it dead in the water for a small boat crew to board. Catching only the endgame of this airborne interdiction belies the complexity of the operation. It is asj incomplete...
Homeland Defense: Military Efforts Target the Protection of Civilians
The Defense Department's agency in charge of developing chemical and biological defense technologies is shifting its focus from large-scale incidents on the battlefield to small-scale terrorist attacks against civilians. "It's been a seismic change...
Insurgents Learn to Exploit U.S. Military's Vulnerabilities
As insurgents continue to develop more lethal means to attack U.S. forces and allies in Iraq, both military and private security officials have been conducting briefings on how to recognize and avoid the ubiquitous threats of suicide bombs, roadside...
Journalists Taught How to Survive Kidnapping
The gunfire began shortly after the bus forded the Shenandoah River in the backwoods of northwestern Virginia. As the bus came to a halt, five armed, black-masked gunmen swarmed aboard. Suddenly, the 15 passengers--journalists from the United States...
Marine Corps Ponders Options to Expand Armor Forces in Iraq
As the demand for armored scout units in Iraq soars, the Marine Corps is reviewing its entire array of combat vehicle programs and is considering revising procurement plans. Officials are debating, among other things, whether to shift funds from...
Mexico Prints Guide for Undocumented Workers
The Mexican Foreign Ministry has published a guide to aid illegal border crossers, raising eyebrows among immigration officials and activists at a time immigration reform is gaining Beltway attention. The 32-page book, "The Guide for the Mexican...
Mexico Prints Guide for Undocumented Workers
The Mexican Foreign Ministry has published a guide to aid illegal border crossers, raising eyebrows among immigration officials and activists at a time immigration reform is gaining Beltway attention.The 32-page book, "The Guide for the Mexican Migrant,"...
Military Efforts Target the Protection of Civilians
The Defense Department's agency in charge of developing chemical and biological defense technologies is shifting its focus from large-scale incidents on the battlefield to small-scale terrorist attacks against civilians."It's been a seismic change in...
Pentagon Redirects Priorities in Chemical-Biological Defense
The Pentagon will broaden the scope of its chemical and biological defense programs, in an effort to prepare for future domestic emergencies, officials say. Major concerns are the Defense Department's inability to respond to a mass-casualty biological...
Pentagon Revisits Rules for Battlefield Contractors
Contractor SecurityThe role of contractors in Iraq has driven them into the spotlight, but experts disagree over the level of regulation and oversight that are appropriate to these operations.The Defense Department is rewriting regulations under which...
Pentagon Strategists Ponder Value of High-Tech Weapons
The Pentagon's sweeping review of strategy and programs is expected to bolster investments in sensors, networks, information technology and precision-guided munitions.Although the Defense Department and Congress will be focusing their attention on issues...
Report Warns of Influence Peddling over DHS
The jumble of congressional committees with oversight of the Department of Homeland Security is more than an inconvenience to those called to testify. It opens the door to undue influence from lobbyists and government contractors, according to a panel...
Report Warns of Influence Peddling over DHS
The jumble of congressional committees with oversight of the Department of Homeland security is more than an inconvenience to those called to testify. It opens the door to undue influence from lobbyists and government contractors, according to a panel...
Researchers Cast Wary Eye on Atomic-Level Computing
Government researchers have spent a decade investigating computers that use the principles of quantum mechanics to process information much faster than currently possible. The promise of quantum computers is enormous, but experts within the U.S. military...
Shrewd Tactics Underpin Navy Strategy to Defeat Diesel Submarines
In preparation for future wars, U.S. ship commanders will be trained to employ unconventional tactics against enemies equipped with diesel submarines. Navy planners anticipate that adversaries will try to deny U.S. forces access to key strategic...
Small Boats on the Front Lines of Maritime Security
As the profile of the U.S. Coast Guard's homeland security mission rises, the role of small boat operations is becoming central to the effort. These missions vary from safety inspections of family sailboats to climbing onto smugglers' speedboats...
Strategy Drills: Air Force Maps out Future, with an Eye on the Present
Air Force strategists preparing for an upcoming war game are setting their sights on 2025, mapping out scenarios for how the service will organize, equip and train its forces two decades from now. Current events, however, also will play a leading...
Stryker Brigade in Iraq Will Protect Bases with Remote-Controlled Mines
The Army Stryker brigade now fighting in Iraq will be first in line to receive a new radio-frequency kit that allows soldiers to detonate mines from several kilometers away. The technology, called "Matrix," essentially turns old-fashioned mines...
Supreme Court Ruling Will Influence Industry Ethics Programs
Corporate officers in the defense industry seeking to implement an effective ethics program may find a useful reference in the "Sentencing of Organizations" chapter of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, amended in November 2004, and in a recent Supreme...
The Budget Realities We Must Face
As Congress deliberates at length on the fine points of the Bush administration's fiscal year 2006 budget request for the Defense Department, it may be an appropriate time to take a broader look at the potential implications of the Pentagon's spending...
Underway with the USCG Mellon: Helicopter Units Team with Cutters in Pursuit of Drug Smugglers
A helicopter gunner is blasting the engines from a smuggler's speedboat, leaving it dead in the water for a small boat crew to board. Catching only the endgame of this airborne interdiction belies the complexity of the operation. It is as incomplete...
U.S.-Canadian Border Crossings to Tighten Security
The bridges and border control stations on the U.S.-Canada border are undergoing strategic overhauls, not only to increase security but also to ensure rapid throughput of commercial traffic, leaders from both nations recently announced. Then-U.S....
U.S.-Canadian Border Crossings to Tighten Security
The bridges and border control stations on the U.S.-Canada border are undergoing strategic overhauls, not only to increase security but also to ensure rapid throughput of commercial traffic, leaders from both nations recently announced.Then-U.S. Secretary...
Vendors Vie for Chem-Bio Defense Dollars
A number of new technologies were on display in Tampa, Fla., at an industry iconference hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command. Here is a sampling: The Hawk Long-Range Chemical Detector--made by Bruker Daltonics, of Billerica, Mass.--can...
Washington Pulse
DEFENSE BUDGET: PAY Now OR PAY LATER?The question that keeps defense insiders buzzing around these days is how much of the nation's ballooning deficit realistically can be trimmed even as Pentagon's budgets continue to rise. Although the Pentagon has...
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